Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
It was only after I completed my first couple blog posts did I realize that cosmetic and skin care brands make it their mission to create the longest names for their products. Not quite sure why, but I’ve resorted to using copy and paste in efforts to prevent my fingers from cramping up (ok, maybe I’ve exaggerated a bit).
This is my first Marc Jacobs product I’ve ever tried, and I think it’s fantastic – except for a little drawback. The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (C$33) is a fantastic mascara with a hefty price tag, and depending on what you look for in mascaras, this one might be worth it for you.
This Marc Jacobs mascara has a little bit more weight to it, that makes it feel high-end, but it’s awfully large, not making it the best contender when it comes to travel essentials.
The wand of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
As seen in the picture, the fiber mascara wand is in a faint hourglass shape with curved ends.
Before the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
One layer of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Two layers of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I’m not sure if it was the shape of the wand or the formula of the mascara, but this is probably the most clump-free mascara I’ve ever used. I can layer it on 2-3 coats and it just looks better and better, without looking spidery. Now with that being said, if you are a fan of the false-lash, semi-spidery look, it may take a lot of building until it looks thick enough. Because although it claims to give you “major volume”, I find that the mascara gives me more wispy length than thickness.
The one drawback that stops the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara from being my holy grail mascara is the fact that it doesn’t hold my curl. I have very easy-to-curl eyelashes, and my eyelashes droop after I put on this mascara within 15 minutes. An easy way to solve this would be to apply a thin coat of waterproof mascara on prior to this Marc Jacobs one. Waterproof mascaras are not only notorious for being impossible to take off at the end of the day, but also for being the best choice for those who have eyelashes that are stick-straight, or refuse to stay curled. Of course, this can change the effect of this mascara, so on the days where I’m being picky, I comb through my eyelashes using a lash comb after every coat to prevent clumping.
This is a great mascara, and I’d be surprised to find other mascaras that beat this one in terms of being clump free and so layering friendly. But due to the extra work needed to keep my lashes curled throughout the day while wearing it, I don’t think I will repurchase the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara once I run out.