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?

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Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara review

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One

I hate Revlon mascaras. Yeah, I said it. I know it’s pretty risky making such a claim about a brand as big as them but I’ve reviewed so many of their mascaras and most, if not ALL of them have sucked. I purchased their Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara only because a friend of mine wanted to get my thoughts on it. My expectations were anything but high so mmmm, let’s see if this mascara turned me into a believer. 

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara review

Lancome Grandiose mascara

I love everything about Lupita Nyong’o. I hope she never fades away and continues to be in the spotlight. Dark brown girls hardly ever grace magazines that aren’t Essence and Ebony and I just think these beauty and fashion magazines could use some diversity. So keep winning, Lupita, my love. Please. I love her so much that I’ve got her on my vision board. I just find her spirit, drive and success so inspiring…

Lupita Nyong'o

Months ago I received a sample of Lancome’s Grandiose mascara and I put it to the test in early February. I don’t have many bad things to say about Lancome’s mascara. I think they are wonderful. I think they are consistently consistent when it comes to performance and I rarely have bad experiences with their mascaras. And this one?

Well…

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara review

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Yaaaay! The chick who has a blog about mascaras is finally doing a mascara review. Finally, right? Woot! During my hiatus, I was pretty ghost in the mascara exploring department. I pretty much wore the same thing ALL the time. Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. But a few weeks ago, I finally got into the groove of things and Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara called my name. And so I purchased it! 

I spotted this baby at Target and packaging-wise, it looks like…you know, Maybelline’s other 28,000 mascaras. But that wand. The wand sold me!

Maybelline Lash Sensational wand

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Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

For the first time EVER in Clumps of Mascara history, I am posting a mascara review on a day that isn’t Monday. Yeah. Craziness, huh? I did a video review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara and instead of waiting another week to do a blog post, I figured I’d just give you the post now.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

Besides, do I only have to post on Mascara Mondays? Naw. It’s all good. And so is this mascara. I won’t ramble too much (I did enough of that in the video) but this waterproof mascara is quite fitting for summer. Maybelline has given us plenty of waterproof mascaras before but it’s nice of them to roll one out the first time they release a mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up

The wand is pretty cool to work with, too.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up wand

I recently came back from a week long trip from Virginia – which, by the way, the high there was like 80 degrees. SERIOUSLY???? Because when you live in Florida, you just assume that it’s butt hot everywhere else in the world. Yeah no. Mind blown.  Anyway, enjoy the video review version of this mascara.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Urban Decay Perversion mascara review

A week ago a massive box landed on my doorstep. And yes, you may think this is the norm for a beauty blogger but this box was huge. And inside was a mascara. Okay, so not just a mascara. Urban Decay kindly sent over a darling black bag, some goodies and yeah, a mascara. Perversion mascara doesn’t get released until July 13th and I’m really not a fan of reviewing items that you lovely folx can’t get yet but…forgive me for this one.

I’m telling you now because I REALLY think you’ll want to save your pennies for this baby. Trust me on this.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Price: $22 from UrbanDecay.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Because it is top secret, I don’t have any official claims just yet but I will update this as soon as I find out.

The Truth: N/A

What I Loved About It: I really, really loved how dark this mascara is.

What I Didn’t Like: Like many mascaras that do great at volumizing, if you go overboard, you will endure spider lashes.

Overall: Way to go with this mascara, Urban Decay! I’m thinking this baby will be quite a winner. When you think of the brand UD, you may not always associate them with fantastic mascaras. Which is a shame because they really do have spectacular mascaras. Perversion puts them all to rest, though. I don’t even remember the names of their other mascaras. All I know is Perversion. Let’s talk about the wand first.

UD Perversion mascara

The wand is just okay, to me. I gave it high ratings because while there isn’t any thing spectacular about it, it doesn’t have any flaws in my book, either. UD keeps it simple with a wand that isn’t too narrow but is also wide enough with space in between the bristles to really comb through the lashes. The bristles are also stiff enough to get those bottom lashes.

Formula-wise, we’re working with perfection. It sits comfortably between thick and thin and applying it on the lashes is easy.

And then the application – a swift move through the lashes and after one coat, you are left with insanely pigmented lashes. Which is impressive after only one coat. After applying 2 coats, my lashes reallllly got out there and were lengthened and volumized. A third coat may possibly enter you into Spider Lash territory but with a mascara this good, you really don’t need a third coat.

Also, wear is fantastic and while it isn’t waterproof, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day. It really is an exceptional mascara and best fit for my girls who love dark and lush lashes. You’ll get a good amount of length and great volume but really I think the star quality of this mascara is just how dark your lashes will look. Which is a fantastic quality for a bangin’ eye look. Or you know, every day. If that’s how you roll.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 2 coats

Urban Decay Perversion after

UD Perversion comparison

Urban Decay Perversion on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah, I do. It is such a great addition to UD’s already stellar Perversion lineup.

Basically you’ll want to snag this mascara. Even if you aren’t an avid mascara wearer. You’ll love this one. And $22 ain’t cheap but you’ve spent more on coffee in a week, right? Well, I haven’t but…yeah. Bookmark this page and on July 13th, order Perversion mascara. Oh and while you are at it, check out some of the other lovely Perversion items that UD has…

 

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. 

 

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara

Mascara Mondays used to be a regular occurence here on Clumps of Mascara but uh yeah…I got lazy. Or overwhelmed. Or a combination of both. Whatever. But hey, I do have a review for you by way of a video!

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara

If you don’t feel like hearing me ramble, know this…this mascara is pretty awesome. I will be reviewing a ton in the next few weeks but this will be the mascara that I wear when I’m not testing. Lovin’ the formula and the adorable packaging.

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara display

I am feeling like a dummy that someone has to school me on what manga was. I get an F in Japanese Culture. Check out the review and let me know if you’ve tried this mascara or not. L’Oreal is really doing great things in the mascara department. Keep it up, L’O!


And other cool mascaras…

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Mascara Monday: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Once upon a time a dear friend of mine told me about the brand Younique. I laughed because the brand name sounded like the name of a little girl I used to teach when I worked for AmeriCorps. I explained the chuckles and she proceeded to tell me about this revolutionary mascara, blah, blah, blah…yeah, I get this quite often.

ounique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

The “OMG, you should try this mascara!” thing comes with having a blog titled Clumps of Mascara but I told her that I had already had a ton of mascaras to review on my plate and that I’d check it out. I never did. Until Trish from MomDot presented me with a sample of Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes on our Royal Caribbean Brandcation trip. Within minutes, I had headed back to my room to apply the mascara and ZOMGGGG.

Yeah. Impressed isn’t even the word.

Younique mascara

Price: $29 from Younique.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. ” (source)

The Truth: We’ve seen plenty of fiber mascaras but this is definitely one of the better ones.

What I Loved About It: The wands! They are slick, slim and perfect for applying a fiber mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: You can’t overdo it. If you over apply the gel of this mascara, you’re doomed. Very doomed.

Overall:  So obviously this isn’t my first time using a fiber mascara and Younique isn’t terribly innovative in this department. However, I do appreciate many aspects of their mascara. For one, like Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes, the mascara comes in 2 tubes.

Younique Fiber Lashes

I love when this happens. Having both a base mascara and then a tube of just “fibers” leaves less room for error. Younique recommends that you apply a coat of your favorite mascara, a goat of their gel mascara and then the fibers and theeeen the gel again. Seems easy enough, right? Of course, this is the kind of mascara that you don’t need to be applyin’ right before a meeting or if you’ve got a toddler tugging at your leg. It will definitely take a good 3-5 minutes to apply everything.

The Moodstruck Transplanting Gel has a goopy and almost putty-like feel to it. It applies easily to the lashes and helps to bring them out a bit.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes gel wand

The key is applying the fibers on top of the gel while the gel is still wet. But obviously, right? The good news is, this is easy. The bad news is, you have to work at the speed of light. I’m not even kidding. I found that for the best results, it was imperative to apply the fibers within seconds of applying the gel.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes fiber wand

And like most fiber mascaras, removing this is easy. Simply wet your lashes and the fibers come right off. You will still need to use your regular makeup remover to get rid of the mascara that you used. But overall, I’m impressed with Younique’s version of a fiber mascara. Technique is everything when using one but it really helps when a brand provides a nice base (or in this case, gel) and workable fibers. As usual, you may suffer some fall-out while using this but you combat that by again, applying those fibers quickly and before the gel dries.

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

(with step 2)

Younique mascara on lashes
Younique on lashes

Mascara comparison

Do I recommend it?: Yes! It’s one of the better fiber mascaras that I tried.

Any Younique lovers in the house?