Most often than not, a mascara does not live up to its promise at first try, at least based from my experience. I don’t know about you but there is something about air exposure that seems to alter the formula in one way or the other. I’ll give it 3 days to a week before I can make a formal conclusion; for better or worse, that is the question. So I had the opportunity to try Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara via Influenster program, is it  yay or nay? scroll further for the great reveal!

marc jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara, review, before after photos

Consistent with other Marc Jacobs makeups, this mascara has that fashion-forward vibe packaging. The demi-cylindrical plastic tube mimics lacquer, a definite upgrade in comparison to other prestige brands I have in my stash.

marc jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara, review, before after photos

The brush itself is nothing revolutionary, it’s slightly curvaceous with spaced out bristles, which may or may not work according to your preference. The formula is on the wet side with the blackest of black pigment which in effect does translate to voluminous lashes. It does not melt or budge throughout the day but here’s the thing, at second coat, expect clumping just how it turned out in the comparison photo below. 

marc jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara, review, before after photos

If you’re into spider lashes, then you’ll find a legitimate excuse to love this mascara. On your right side is the contender for the most boring lashes in the universe, on the left is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara transformation. Voluminous, yes. Budge-proof, yes.  Clumpy, yes. See, lashes don’t lie. 

Bottom line, it’s nice to have but not a must-have. Will I purchase it down the line? Much as I adore other Marc Jacobs products, this mascara did not wow me enough because I can get the same results (if not better) from drugstore brands. There I said it!

what say you?



  1. December 29, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Looks like an excellent mascara. I love that deep dark shade, too! <3

  2. December 29, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Thanks for your honest assessment, Kath! I seldom purchase mascaras because I have so many on hand.

  3. December 29, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    What a disappointment! I was sad that I didn't get picked for this effort, but the YSL Faux Cils Mascara that I received in the spring was the better bet: nice length & volume with no clumps

  4. December 30, 2015 / 1:09 am

    Thanks for the honest review–I'll skip it I hate clumps.

  5. December 30, 2015 / 2:07 am

    How disappointing! It's too bad it was so clumpy.

  6. December 30, 2015 / 3:44 am

    I had the original mascara from his brand and I wasn't impressed with it at all. It looked similar to how this one looks on you.

  7. December 30, 2015 / 5:09 am

    Well boo. I can't say I'd be a fan of the formula either, but the packaging is quite nice.

    • December 31, 2015 / 12:28 am

      Yeah packaging is nice but formula is another thing

  8. December 30, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    Thank you for a good and honest review ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have checked around on your blog.. I really love it so Iยด m a new subbie ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mascaras with brushes like the one you wrote about in this blog seldom work for me :/

    • December 31, 2015 / 12:28 am

      Thanks so much, I'm happy you love the blog. Welcome aboard! xo

  9. December 31, 2015 / 6:17 am

    Good to know because there are so many more awesome ones out there!

  10. December 31, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Mascara for me is largely about the applicator and this definitely would not impress me much either.

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