Mascara Monday: Lancôme Virtuôse Black Carat mascara

It’s another mascara from Lancôme! This kid isn’t one of their newest ones but I figured I should add it to our Lancôme mascara line-up anyway. Is it as good as its siblings?

Price: $25 (from Sephora)
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Give lashes the attention they deserve with voluptuous curves, luscious length and captivating volume.The fluid, pigment-rich formula glides on smoothly and delivers the deepest, blackest most dramatic color that’s simply show-stopping. The patent Keepcurl™ Brush is designed to curl lashes with a perfect 100º curve that keeps all day. Its long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.” (source)

The Truth: It’s from Lancôme, therefore it rocks!

What I Loved About It: I love love LOVED the wand. Lancôme always has the best wands.

What I Didn’t Like: What’s not to like?

Overall: Sometimes I get in those moods where I want to try a new mascara from a brand that I’m already familiar with. While I enjoy discovering new brands and mascaras, there’s no place like home. And when it comes to mascara, Lancôme is truly one of my homes.

It alway cracks me up when mascaras have those curvy wands. They are nice to look at but in theory, they really don’t help with application. Everyone’s lids and lashes are different and so it may not be the best fit for everyone. But it won’t hinder application in any way either so applying it the same way you apply a regular mascara is just fine.

Virtuôse Black Carat is all about lengthening. While it promises to volumize, it does so but minimally. Its true strength lies in the the lengthening and separating department. Which is fine for me. The formula is thick but also makes for a great layering mascara. I didn’t notice any clumps after applying a good 3 coats.

It also stays put throughout the day without any smudging or flaking. Score!

Bare Lashes

Lashes with 3 Coats of mascara

Do I recommend it?: Yep! It’s a winner.

Has anyone tried this mascara? Whatcha think?


  • Rachel

    I’m a big fan of Lancome Definicils Pro, so it doesn’t shock me at all that this one performs as expected. For the price tag though, it should! It’s a shame they can’t push all the great things about Lancome mascaras down to the L’Oreal line.

    • victoria

      Actually I think L’Oreal Voluminous does give Lancome-like performance.

      • Brittany

        I’m a huge fan of L’Oreal Voluminous too.

  • gio

    I love Lancome mascaras too, too bad they are so expensive though. This one looks amazing on you!

  • victoria

    Great to see another review of the awesome Lancome family of mascaras; just now on their website it looks like they have a new baby, Oscillation Intensity!

    • Brittany

      Whaaat! I didn’t even know about that one!

  • Kelly

    Based on your pics, it looks like an awesome mascara.

    • Brittany

      It iiiis. I LOVE it!

  • Cara

    WOW your before and after photo is amazing! I haven’t tried this one, but I’m a Lancone Hypnose fan! :)

  • McKenna

    Wow, that wand looks awesome! Kind of reminds me of the Falsies wand. I really like how defined your lashes look too. I’d love to try it out, but I’m a college student who needs books and gas right now :/

    • Brittany

      Girl, I know your pain. I was a college student once and thankfully I wasn’t into makeup at the time. Otherwise I would have been BROKE! Or…broke-r. HA!

      • Sugarbearwalk

        Just go to e-bay – I just purchased for $9.00 vs the $25 tag at Macy’s