Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara review

Marc Jacobs mascara

Yeeeep, that’s a mouthful, ain’t it? I don’t think I’ve ever featured Marc Jacobs anything on Clumps of Mascara and is a darn shame, because I actually really like the brand. Their nail polishes are absolutely wonderful. Granted, it’s the packaging that I go gaga over, but shoot…I love me a higher-end brand that makes me feel all fancy when I’m using their products. Marc Jacobs is IT.

That said, I had been meaning to try this mascara for quite some time and I finally swooped by Sephora a month ago to test drive it. Like many higher-end mascaras, I had high hopes for it because well, it’s a $26 mascara. You’d have high hopes for it too, am I right?

Price: $26 from Sephora and
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What They Say About It: The lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles lashes for major drama. The super-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less. Velvet Noir gives you the thickest lashes in one sweep.” (source)

What I Loved About It: That formula, honey. There’s just something so decadent about a higher end mascara’s formula. All you need is 2 coats and you’ve got some seriously dramatic lashes. 

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a bit flakier than I would have liked.

Overall: Some folx would never spend this much money on a mascara. And I get it. You can get A LOT of quality cosmetics for $26. However, if you like the occasional splurge, I’m thinking you’re really dig this mascara. The wand? 

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara review

It’s good! Thin with bristles long enough to get into those inner corners, I didn’t have any problem getting this wand through my short and sparse lashes. Marc Jacobs has several different mascaras for various purposes so I would have loved to have something a little plumper. That’s the thing. You either get a wand that does great at combing the lashes or plumps them up. It’s a hard for a wand to do both but I can deal with how effective this wand is at really getting those lashes out.

Did I tell you how great the formula is? It is! Don’t call me a snob, but I’m starting to think that I can really tell the difference between drugstore mascaras and higher-end mascaras. Higher-end mascaras have such a creamier and thicker consistency. They are almost mousse-like. Applying this mascara on the lashes is easy and you can get a  good 2 coats in before you start having issues. I got more volume than length and I think it’s a winner! 

Marc Jacobs has given us a paraben-free and sulfate-free formula, which is pretty nice. The tube is just so so. Not as impressive as other higher-end mascaras, but I don’t care because…it works. I’m a fan!

Bare Lashes



2 Coats

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Mascara review

(mascara on left eye)

Marc Jacobs Velvet Major Volume Mascara review

I’m still working on really trying to capture how mascara looks on my lashes. It’s SO hard because my lashes aren’t that long to be begin with and my lenses have a hard time focusing. I’m working on it, peeps. I’m working on it. 

Do I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you have some extra pennies.  

I can’t wait to get my hands on the other mascaras that Marc Jacobs has. And I’ve got to buy a few of his nail polishes, too. Yep, they’ve got a forever fan in me when it comes to cosmetics, purses/wallets and shoes! 

Do you like higher-end mascaras? 

  • Kay’s Ways

    I so need to try this mascara! I keep hearing great things about it. Great review

  • NeonChipmunk

    I love this mascara – It gives me such massive lashes. Velvet Noir has replaced Covergirl Clump Crusher has my favorite mascara, which sucks because there’s no way I can justify the price =(

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  • AllyMcBeagle

    Love this (now)! I didn’t love it straight away because the formula was too “wet” compared to my favorite: MJ’s O!Mega Lash. O!Mega Lash rec’d a lot of negative user reviews – it’s a drier formula and thus doesn’t last as long before it gets too dry to use (flaky). But a drier formula on my fine, sparse lashes allows the curl to stay longer and is more volumizing. I loved the lengthening I got from Velvet Noir – how to choose? I didn’t – I use both! Two coats of O!Mega and one or two coats of Velvet Noir and done. I have never been satisfied with drug store brand mascara’s (but I keep trying them and they get tossed into my “keep because you never know when you’ll run out” drawer, lol). Mascara is probably the one place I have no regrets splurging for higher-end.