CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel Mascara Review

chanel le volume de chanel

Hello lovelies,

let’s take a break from all the nail polish and switch to make-up instead :) Oriflame mascara in my last empties post reminded me that it’s been awhile since I reviewed a mascara. Today I went through my stash to pick my new mascara since I got rid of Oriflame and I picked a mini Chanel mascara.

It is Volume de Chanel  ($30) and I received this mini approximately a year ago with a magazine. I had a Chanel mascara before – it was Sublime de Chanel and I liked it as a nice daytime mascara. After wearing more natural mascaras for several years, I was looking forward to trying a volumizing one. However, while it is volumizing, Volume de Chanel won’t be entering my favourites mascaras list.

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Volume de Chanel has a silicone bristles brush – the bristles are shorter and there’s a lot of them. This means that the brush picks up a lot of product. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, in this cases it only helps to create clumps. It gives a volume, but the lashes aren’t smooth – mascara makes them look like I have a bunch of spider legs on my eyes.

Since the bristles are short, they often stick my lashes together so instead of a bunch separated lashes, I have three super thick lashes. This is easy to fix by combing the lashes (what I did).

I like the colour – it is very deep black.

The mascara isn’t waterproof, but it doesn’t smudge or flake off on me. Granted, I only wear mascara on the upper lashes, although I put it on my lower lashes for the purpose of review and didn’t get any smudging in the 6 hours I had it on.

To be honest, I think that there are better volumizing mascaras, at least for my lashes.

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MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

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My Stash: Eyeshadows, Mascaras and Eyeliners

We have finally arrived to my favourite part: eyeshadows. I think that if I’d stop to buy eyeshadows today, I’d still have enough to last me a lifetime.

As for the eyeliners, I’m not a great collector. I prefer black, but here and there I use colour eyeliners.

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ORIFLAME Power Curl Mascara Review

Oriflame Power Curl Mascara is that ona mascara that you always keep in the stash because you know that you can always rely on.

It retails for $10, but very often it is possible to get it for even less than $5.

The mascara has a bit weird brush – it is sort of oval shaped and on the one side the bristles are very short, while on the other side the bristles are longer and they create a curve. I’d say that the brush, as far as the shape is concerned, is very similar to the brush of another Oriflame mascara – Wonderlash (except that Wonderlash has silicone bristles). The bristles are not very closely set, thus being good for defining.

For such a cheap mascara, this mascara is excellent. Although this is primarily curving mascara, it gives a decent volume and lenght. It also curls my eyelashes, but nothing too dramatic. I don’t think that any mascara could do what an eyelash curler can.

The black shade is very black, not greyish and the mascara doesn’t flake or smudge. I’m happy to note that mascara dosen’t dry out very quickly in the tube, so you’ll get the maximum of it.

The mascara is easy to remove with almost every eye-make up remover (even Estee Lauder one).

This is definitley one of mascaras that is very close to HG. I really don’t know why do I keep throwing away so much money on the mascara, when I can get an excellent mascara for much less.

Overall:

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CHANEL Sublime de Chanel Mascara Review

Some days ago I saw a woman in the tram and I swear that her lashes were at least an inch long. At first I didn’t believe that they are natural, but since she wasn’t wearing any mascara I could see that they were real. This was enough to make me obsess about long eyelashes so I’ve decided to find some lengthening mascara.

I’ve already been writing about Chanel L’Ame d’un Regard Collection which is available in Europe since February. The only item I’ve purchased so far is Sublime de Chanel Mascara in Deep Black. 6ml retail for 30 euros.

Sublime de Chanel is first and foremost a lengthening and curling mascara. Shade Deep Black is a very intense true black shade.

The mascara has a plastic/silicone bristles brush which is good at separating and defining lashes without sticking them together.

Sublime de Chanel doesn’t flake or smudges. I’ve tested it doing exercises and sweating a lot and yet the mascara hasn’t budged.

The mascara is indeed lengthening an it makes my lashes look considerably longer (but they are still not an inch long). I usually don’t curl my lashes because they are naturally slightly curvy, but the mascara didn’t straighten my lashes. However, I don’t know how will it react if you put it on the curled lashes. Since this is not a volumizing mascara, I didn’t expect volume at all, but my lashes did get a slight volume.

Sublime de Chanel is the most appropriate as an everyday mascara. It is natural looking enough so it won’t be over the top and you can combine it with a more volumizing mascara to get more dramatic look.

Overall impression:

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MAX FACTOR Masterpiece Mascara Review

I haven’t tried many silicone brush mascaras. Before Masterpiece, I’ve tried Oriflame Wonderlash mascara (excellent) and Max Factor False Lash Effect (horrible). I’ve picked Masterpiece because the brush is very similar to Chanel Inimitable and I wanted to see how such brush works on my lashes before shelling out $40 for Chanel.

I have the black colour, which is a regular black – it is not very deep, but neither greyish. Mascara never smudges and it doesn’t flakes. There is very little of product in the tube- only 4,5 ml, which makes it pretty expensive for a drugstore mascara (it retails around 12 euros).

Masterpiece brush has a lot of silicone bristles, which are excellent in defining lashes. This means that mascara doesn’t clumps and if I apply Masterpiece, I never have to comb the lashes.

It is also great for the lengthening – my lashes seem much longer if I use this mascara.

However, do not expect a lot of volume. The swatches are made with only one coat of mascara, but even putting three coats didn’t help much in the volume department.

As for the curling, my lashes have a natural curl, so I don’t curl them. This mascara didn’t weight down the natural curl.

What I really hate with this mascara, and I’ve had the same problem with False Lashes Effect, is that the mascara formula feels heavy on the lashes. It seems that something in the formula of their newer mascaras bothers me, because I don’t have that problem with 2000 Calorie mascara. It is very uncomfortable, especially if I wear the mascara for the whole day, because my lashes seem very heavy (and there is only one coat of mascara on). Whenever I wear it, I cannot wait to remove it. This makes me not wanting to purchase it and I’d rather take Chanel next time (by the way, Chanel seems to have a new mascara: Sublime de Chanel)

Summary: Excellent lengthening and defining mascara, but not so good in volumizing.

Overall:

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MAX FACTOR Haul

 

This is my recent haul from Max Factor.

The set contains:

Masterpiece mascara in Black (full size)

Vibrant Curve Effect lip-gloss in #14 Majeste (mini size)

Nailfinity nail polish in #900 Ruby Fruit (mini size)

Second Skin Foundation in #70 Natural (mini size)

Kohl Pencil in Black (mini size)

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I’m planning to purchase Chanel Inimitable mascara, but I’m not willing to shell out $30, since I’ve never used mascaras with such a  brush. I’ve noticed that many compare Max Factor Masterpiece mascara with Chanel’s, so I’ve decided to check a cheaper version.

 

ESTÉE LAUDER Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara Review

“Lift each lash with big, bold, weightless volume. Unprecedented Bold Volume™ formula has ultra light, lash-thickening fibers. Lifts and plumps even sparse lashes into big, lush lashes that are all lightness and flirtatious curl. Daringly full, sensuously curved, all-out seductive lashes. Now take your lashes all the way to big, bold, beautiful.” (from esteelauder.com)

Sumptuous mascara retails for $19.50 or 25.50 euros.

I’ve let the SA to talk me into buying this mascara because it was 40% cheaper (and in my country the usual price of Estée Lauder mascaras is $45!!!. Even Guerlain Les 2 mascara is cheaper here.), plus GWP packaging of Lash Primer Plus and Make Up Remover were included so it seemed like a good deal Also, the brush, even though it doesn’t look like a typical volumizing brush, seemed Ok.

I have to say that this is the worst make-up purchase I’ve made this year.

The mascara itself is not bad – it doesn’t smudge or flake, it is not clumpy, it holds curl and has a rich black colour, but this is not a volumizing mascara. There are no dark, big, lush lashes, only my lashes, albeit a bit darker.

Sumptuous dries out very quickly. I’ve been using it for 2 months and it is very dry. I neet to apply 5 coats just to get it show on the lashes.

If you are looking for a natural mascara, which will just colour the eyelashes, than this might be worth considering.

If you are looking for a bold volume, then avoid this mascara.

Overall:

 

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LANCÔME Virtuôse Mascara Review

Virtuôse is advertised as a curving and lengthening mascara so I’ve never felt the need to check it before.

This mascara is a GWP. The shade is noir sensuel, which looks like a grayish black on the brush, but on the lashes it is much more intense black. In spite of the curved brush, it applies easily.

It gives everything: volume, length and curve and all that without clumping. I don’t know whether this is due to a good brush or a good formula, but I can put as many coats I like and it still won’t clump.

It is difficult to remove, but then it doesn’t smudge nor flake.

Volume        5/5

Length         5/5

Curl             5/5

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LANCÔME Fatale Mascara Review

It has an unusualy brush with three combs. It gives great length and curl, but I have to be careful when I’m trying to get some volume because it clumps very easily. It doesn’t flake.

It is not the easiest mascara to remove, but I’ve realized that most of Lancome mascaras are like that.

This mascara is in the shade Saphir Glamour, which is a drrk greyish blue, but it looks almost black on my eyelashes.

This product is discontinued

Volume      4/5

Lenght       5/5

Curl            5/5

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SISLEY PARIS Phyto-Mascara Ultra Volume Review

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Sisley calls it „a lenghtening and volumising mascara“. They promise a perfectly curled , visibly lenghtened and fuller lashes without clumping and smudging. It comes in three shades (Black, Blue, Brown)

Phyto-Mascara Ultra Volume is a very pricey investment (like every Sisley Paris product) and it retails for $65. The tube contains 10ml of the product.

The bristles on the brush are too separated to give a dramatic volume. (I have realized that the best volumizing mascaras have closely set bristles.). The tube is very fragile. I always twist the mascara cap firmly so that it doesn’t dries. The cap of this mascara has fallen apart after one month.

On my lashes, Phyto-Mascara Ultra Volume gives a very natural result. I have medium lenght, slightly curved and thick lashes, and while one coat of the mascara enhances them, it doesn’t give them that wow-dramatic-false lashes look. The second coat, which provides a bit of volume, but still not anything dramatic, must be applied quickly, before the first coat dries, or the result will be clumped lashes.

The mascara doesn’t flake or smudge and yet it’s easy to remove with a bi-phase eye make-up remover. The tube I own is almost five months old and mascara still performs as good as it did the first day.

Despite its good points, the overall effect of this mascara isn’t worth the exorbiant price.

Summary:

Volume                         3/5

Lenght                          4/5

Curl                               4/5

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