I hope you’ve been enjoying my mascara reviews for this series. If not, you’re out of luck because today I’m bringing you part 3! I’ve chosen another high end mascara this week which is quite a contrast to the bargain from last week (catch up here). Let me talk to you about the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
So this is a mini which I picked up in Sephora after the huge hype when it launched. More than any other product, mascara is something which I am always sucked in by so if there’s even a smidgen of hype, I’ll try it. I paid $14 for the 6g travel sized version, which for a mini is still pretty steep. But I just wanted to try it out before going for the full size as I wasn’t completely sure it’d be for me. FYI the full sized version is available in the UK in John Lewis here.
The packaging is sleek and simple, and there’s not really a lot more I can say about it. It’s black with Marc Jacobs written on it – not groundbreaking but still class-eh (read that word in a Leicester accent for the full effect). The wand is very similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex and L’Oreal Paradise Extatic mascaras as it has that hourglass shape. The difference is that this seems less densely packed with bristles compared to the other two. And that is why I was unsure if I’d get on with it.
I was right about the bristles. I find the formula of the mascara to be quite wet, which would be fine if there were enough bristles to spread it out across the lashes. I just find this sticks my lashes together and so I have to go in with a dry spooly to make it wearable. The wand is absolutely no good for separation at all. I do find it’s quite good for lengthening but I can’t build it up at all, because I start to get blobs on the ends of my lashes making them look spidery (which you can kind of see below on the left eye). Granted, the picture doesn’t make them look that bad, I think they look worse in real life for sure. As it dries and throughout the day, my lashes start to stick together again so they look quite sparse.
It’s definitely not the worst mascara I’ve ever tried, but honestly I’m glad I didn’t go straight in for the full size. I do think it’s a formula that would probably improve as it dries out a little bit though so it maybe something I report back on in the future. I just prefer mascaras which really fan out my lashes, making them look as full as possible.
If I compare this mascara to the last one I reviewed (again, do check it out here if you haven’t already) then I’d pick the other one every day of the week. I compared my two after pictures and I look like I have half the amount of lashes in the Marc Jacobs pic – not the look I’m going for at all.
What do you think? Have you tried this mascara? I know it’s so many peoples’ holy grail so I’d be interested to hear some other opinions. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading…