I was so excited when the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara came out, because I just had ‘that’ feeling that it might be amazing. The conical, tapered wand seemed similar to my favorite mascara by L’Oreal (the False Fiber Lash), reviews I was reading were positive, people didn’t report any flaking, and well, the packaging was adorable. I purchased Miss Manga mascara at Walgreens for roughly $12 (yup, that’s New York prices for you); however, you could wait for a sale or purchase it online or at Target for a better price (sold here for $7.99). Just as a heads up, my expectations are high: my favorite mascara will give me fake looking lashes with both tons of volume and length, while not flaking during day (I’ll let you guys know when I find that magic unicorn).
The L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara features a 360 degree flexible wand, which I’ve never used before and truthfully, I’ve never really jumped of excitement at the thought of it. Yet to my surprise the flexible wand makes application very comfortable and is perfect for sensitive eyes or beginners. Unfortunately, I noticed that since the wand was lacking rigidity, it wasn’t packing on enough product at the ends (tops) of my lashes, so I wasn’t getting as much volume as I would have liked. The Miss Manga formula is not too wet or too dry, and I don’t find my lashes clumping on the first layer; on the second layer, you might get a bit more clumping, because the bristles in the wand aren’t super dense (and they don’t separate like their life depends on it). I wouldn’t say this mascara builds very well - in my experience, what you get with your first layer is probably the look you’ll end up with. I enjoy the conical wand shape for my bottom lashes, as the pointed tip can really coat your lower lash line comfortably. I have noticed slight flaking, but nothing out of the ordinary or too disconcerting. Lastly, the lashes feel soft and not brittle or dry (for those of you that dislike spidery lashes).
Bottom line, I enjoy the L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara enough to keep it. Will I wear this for going out when I’m looking to sport some mad-lash action? Probably not, as it does not provide me with a dramatic enough look. But because Miss Manga is so comfortable to wear, doesn’t flake and emphasizes my lashes enough, it’s great for everyday wear.
Have you tried the Miss Manga mascara yourself? Let me know in the comments about your thoughts on this product (and share your love of the ultra cute anime packaging)!