Monday, January 25, 2016

Product Review -- Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

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
In terms of the formula, I originally expected to dislike the Velvet Noir.  That's because it's a wetter mascara and I usually dislike that kind of formula because it gets clumpy on my lashes.

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?


  1. Personally I love high end mascaras - but I´d also never pay the full price for them. In the german version of sephora they often have sample sizes for 6 or 7 dollars that last me almost half a year. Of course the packaging is never as deluxe as the full size. In the case of this beautiful marc jacobs mascara that would really be a bummer. ^^

    Also I never seem to see much difference with mascaras in general. Sure some brushes are easier to operate than others but in terms of volume, lenght etc I just don´t get it. ^^ As long as it doesn´t clump or coat my cheeks in black dust while blinking, I´m fine with pretty much anything.

    1. Yeah, that's how I feel -- I don't really notice much difference from mascara to mascara. There are some that I hate because of the formula is too wet and messy or the brush doesn't work for me, but it's rare for me to be wowed by a mascara.

      Our Sephora has those mini sizes too, and I will pick them up on occasionally, but I usually just get my mascaras in kits. Right now,I think I have five full-size unopened mascaras just waiting to be used. I never seem to run out. lol

    2. xD I see, so there is actually no need for you to buy mascara at all.

      I think the only one I ever truly hated was one that had bizarrely long bristles. Even when I carefully applied it, I poked myself in my eyeball.


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