As a rule, I'm not really a fan of high-end mascaras.
It's not that I don't think any of them are good -- I just don't think it's worth it to spend $20+ on a product that I can only use for three months.
I have a couple of higher end mascaras that I really love -- the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes and bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascaras are my two biggest faves -- but I almost always buy those as part of a larger kit so I'm not paying full price for it.
I know that I'm probably missing out on fantastic mascaras because of my refusal to pay big bucks, but I am that stubborn.
So I was pretty excited when Influenster gave me the chance to try the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
It is not something I would have tried on my own, for sure -- and I would definitely have been missing out.
The mascara comes in a sleek black packaging -- the tube features a cool hexagonal design that makes it pretty comfortable to use.
|Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara|
The brush features traditional bristles, but there is something special about it: the head has a curved, almost hourglass shape so it fits the natural curve of your lashes almost perfectly, ensuring that nearly every lash gets coated.
I seriously love the brush.
|Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara brush|
And this mascara can definitely get clumpy too, but it does deliver volume like few mascaras I have in my collection so I've learned to work with it. I just run a clean spoolie through my lashes when the mascara is mostly dry to get rid of any clumps and that leaves me with beautiful full, lush lashes that really make the little bit of extra work I have to do worth it.
It also makes my lashes super black, which I love.
However, now that I've been using the mascara for about three weeks, I've noticed that the formula has started to dry out just a little bit, which actually makes it easier to work with -- so if you can hang in there for the first few weeks, this is a pretty fantastic mascara.
Still, I don't know if I'll be repurchasing it -- it retails for $26 at Sephora, which is pretty steep for a mascara in my book.
However, if you usually purchase high end mascaras and the price doesn't scare you off, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.
Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara? What's your favorite high end mascara?