If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I’m a part of Influenster, and sometimes they send me products to try and review. I am NEVER paid for these reviews, though. I just get to try out new products and let you know my thoughts!
My most recent box contained a full size Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara to try out. I received this before it even hit shelves!
The full size is .32oz and retails for $26. If you haven’t heard about this mascara, it was inspired by Marc Jacob’s first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes. That is lash dedication! The wand has a traditional, bristle brush that looks similar to the hourglass wand of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, but not quite as large. I actually prefer the brush in the Velvet Noir mascara.
Due to Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s Disease, my eyelashes have thinned over the last four years, so large mascara wands tend to deposit mascara onto my eyelids during application. I experience a negligent amount, sometimes, with this wand. Tip: if you ever get mascara anywhere besides your lashes, wait until it dries before trying to remove it. Once dried, it will come right off. trying to remove it while wet will just cause a mess!
There are some crazy statistics with this mascara, such as 1800% more volume in three strokes and 300% more volume in one stroke. I don’t know what kind of nifty gadget they have that calculates those claims, but I don’t have one. What I do have, is my experience with this mascara for the last 22 days.
My lashes are blonde, so I always need mascara if I want my lashes to be visible. It is one thing I CANNOT skip. Velvet Noir is supposed to have “super-concentrated black pigment” and the “Flash Volume Complex” that creates “instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less”. I agree that this is a super black mascara, which I love. The darker the better. I have experienced no flaking or smudging with this mascara, but I have NOT used it on my lower lashes; I use a specific mascara there. I love the Too Faced mascara, but because it is such a dry formula, it flakes. The “three strokes or less” I also find accurate. 1=Good, 2=Better, and 3=Best, in my opinion. My preference in my lashes is the more dramatic, the better! I don’t mess with falsies, so I expect my mascara to really deliver a punch. The formula in the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir is more on the wet spectrum, but it doesn’t weigh my lashes down, or cause the curl to fall. I’ve used this mascara with and without primer, and I love it either way. I love this mascara so much, I used 100 points at Sephora to pick up a deluxe sample as a back up!
(My full size tube next to the deluxe sample from Sephora)
My final thoughts on this mascara are this: I adore it! The formula isn’t too wet or too dry, which makes it pretty much perfect. It holds my curl, gives amazing volume, and doesn’t flake or smudge. Mascara is one of the most fickle things to recommend to someone. What works for me may certainly not work for you! However, if you have the opportunity, I recommend trying it! As of right now, it is still available as a 100 point perk here. This is my absolute current favorite mascara, and I fully intend on finishing this tube and diving into my small one! I wanted to include it in my December Favorites post, but I didn’t receive it until 12/22/2015, so I didn’t think it was fair. I bet it shows up in my January Favorites, though! 😉
This was my favorite Influenster box, and I couldn’t wait to share how much I love this mascara!
Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir? Will you give it a shot? Let me know what you think!
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*The above mentioned product was sent to me complimentary by Influenster, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.