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I was recently lucky enough to win a sample size (3g) of Chanel's new Le Volume mascara, which came packaged in an elegant mirrored cardboard box. I really like my lashes to look full and long, and rely on a good mascara to achieve this look - my own lashes are less than impressive in their natural state - and so I was eager to try this product. I have owned a few pieces of Chanel make-up in the past, although it's a long time since I've treated myself to anything from this premium cosmetics brand, and I have always been impressed by their high quality.
Whenever I receive a lovely treat like this, I always Google the product to find out more about it, and to check the price. I was quite astonished to discover that a full-size mascara (6g) costs a whopping £24, and I thought that Le Volume Mascara must be staggeringly good to warrant such a high price.
The card that came enclosed with my sample made the following statements: 'Discover new Le Volume De Chanel Mascara with this luxurious sample compliments of Chanel. The Shock of Volume; The Shock of Colour; The Shock of Style. Available now from your nearest Chanel counter.'
Before trying the mascara, I first applied a light coat of pressed face powder to my eyelids and lashes. I always do this before applying eye make-up as it provides a good base for eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Then I opened the potentially magic little tube. I was pleased to see that no excess mascara came out with the wand, although if this does happen, simply wipe the excess away on the neck of the tube as you remove the wand. I always apply my mascara using a technique I came across when reading one of pixiwoo's blogs. Holding the mascara wand at the base of my lashes, I wiggle the wand up - three strokes towards the inner corner of my eye, and three strokes to the outer corner. Then I sometimes go over each lash with the tip of the wand to give greater definition.
The mascara initially felt quite thick and wet, but it was easy to apply, was not at all messy and dried quickly. After applying the first coat of Le Volume, I was slightly disappointed to find that although my lashes were definitely longer and mored curled, they also had a slightly 'spidery' look, which is something I normally associate with the Maybelline mascaras I have tried in the past. It's not a look I care for, as I prefer my lashes to look full and thick rather than long and spidery. However, a second coat soon made my lashes look as full and thick as I could want, while still retaining a good definition.
Having taken a look at Chanel's website so that I could see the full-sized product, I was able to see the simple and elegant packaging of this mascara - a long black tube with the word 'Chanel' on the front. I am assuming that the back of the tube (or the outer carton) will give information about how long this product lasts after opening, but I'm afraid my sample size does not show this. It simply gives the name of the product and the colour - in my case it was '10 Noir'. I checked some online images for the full-size product, and could see that it comes packaged in a black cardboard box with a gold-coloured edge at the base.
As well as black, this mascara is also available in '20 Bleu' and '30 Prune' - blue and purple. I took a quick look at a couple of blogs so that I could see the blue and purple versions. 'Bleu' has been described as a 'bright cobalt blue', while 'Prune' is a deep red-plum shade. I only ever wear black mascara, and wouldn't want to try the other shades, but those with a more adventurous attitude might find them appealing.
I was interested to read Chanel's own description of the brush, as I had found it quite unusual - although very effective. The brush is flexible, and its fibres vary in length - some short, some long - in a sort of angled helter-skelter pattern. This helps ensure that each lash is thoroughly coated. The tip of the wand is slightly pointed, so you can use that to define each lash if you wish. According to Chanel: 'The brush creates volume thanks to its smart design of snowflake shaped disks that are stacked and oriented for an ideal finish.'
I found that the mascara makes my lashes look really dark, and the specially-designed brush certainly gives a very dramatic look. My own lashes are not blessed with great volume or curl, so I am delighted with the effect produced by this mascara. It lasts all day without my needing to reapply, and on one occasion it lasted all night too - I had felt really poorly and simply didn't have the energy to remove my make-up before falling asleep. The next morning the mascara was still in place, although there were a few little flakes under my eyes.
The product page on Boots' website describes the product: 'Instant volume and intense curves from the first stroke with longer, plumper and thicker lashes. Lashes are coated in deep colour, giving eyes a wide-open effect.' I usually take a look at the MakeupAlley review website before purchasing cosmetics, and also after receiving treats like my Chanel sample. They give the mascara an average rating of 4.2 out of 5, and 76% of 64 reviewers said they would buy again.
As I said earlier, Le Volume De Chanel Mascara (6g) costs £24, and it is available from Boots and department stores, as well as online outlets. When I first tried my sample I was quite blown away by its effectiveness, and thought I might treat myself to the full size, in spite of the cost. However, common sense prevailed. I already have quite a few excellent mascaras in my make-up drawer, and I eventually decided that although I really like this product, I don't love it quite enough to splash out my hard-earned pennies. There are a few premium products that have become my Holy Grails, and I am happy to purchase these again and again. Among these are Lancome's Bifacil Lotion (for removing eye make-up and especially good at removing waterproof mascara), Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick, and Estee Lauder's Automatic Eye Pencil Duo. I have reviewed all these products, and consider them 'investment' products, which I am happy to pay that bit extra for.
So, instead of spending £24 on a full-size mascara, I decided to take a look on eBay. I have since purchased another of the 3g travel size samples, as well as an even smaller size (1ml), which comes packaged in a little sachet. The body of the 1ml mascara itself comes in a little tube, like you would find with a trial size of moisturiser, although it still contains a good-sized brush. There are quite a few of these items - in both of the small sizes - available for auction, and I think this would be an excellent way of trying the mascara for yourself before you decide to splurge £24 on this new product. Having said that, some buyers are asking ridiculous prices for the 3mg size - one (as of 22nd July) has a Buy It Now price of £19.79 plus £3.49 postage and packing. I really don't understand how they can ask that! I bought my extra 3mg mascara at auction on Saturday, where I paid £2.45 plus £2.70 p&p.
I now have three mini-magic-mascaras, and I'm sure that together they will last me for quite a while. The tiny one will be really good for stashing away in my handbag, or for taking away on holiday (if I hadn't already been away this year, sigh...). I'm very glad that I was lucky enough to be able to try this lovely mascara, and I have added it to my 'favourites' collection - although not quite my Holy Grail collection.
I'm deducting one star because of the cost, but otherwise I think this is an excellent product - I am very pleased indeed with my dark, curled and voluminous lashes!
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name)
Chanel is an iconic fashion and beauty brand with products which are generally more expensive than my means. Despite this, I have had one or two Chanel beauty products in the past - a lipstick which I loved and a nail polish which, although good, wasn't really worth its extortionate price tag in my opinion. Therefore, when I received a sample of 'Le Volume De Chanel' mascara as a freebie with my monthly magazine subscription I was really pleased, and excited about trying it out.
* The Product *
My tube of mascara is a mini sample size, so I can't really comment on the packaging of the full-size product. Mine is a simple black plastic tube with the product name on the side, the colour (10 Noir) and a screw-top with the iconic Chanel brand logo on the top. Looking at the website, this packaging looks very similar to the full size product. I have the black version, but the 'Le Volume De Chanel' is also available in Blue, Prune and a limited edition shade, Khaki Bronze. I was very pleased to receive the black version as I only really wear black mascara - I have toyed with the idea of trying out other colours, but all the mascara I buy seems to be black. On opening the tube, you find a fairly chunky looking mascara wand which has relatively dense bristles, a common theme in mascaras designed to provide additional volume. However, what is different about this particular wand is that it has a mixture of short and long bristles whereas most of the mascaras I own have bristles of a similar length. According to the blurb on Chanel's website, the wand is designed to "achieve instant volume and intensely lush colour in a single stroke" and also to "deliver an extreme, eye-opening effect".
* Performance *
I found this mascara very easy to use, and a single application was enough to give me the volume that I desired. I loved the density of the colour and the way that it made my lashes look dramatically different in that they were intensely dark and well defined. The thickness of the mascara also added extra volume, although no more than some lower-priced volumising mascaras in my opinion. The only real issue that I had with application was that this mascara seemed to be very wet. It was very rare that I managed to apply the mascara and leave the house without having to clean off a few smudges under my eyes - this wasn't a major issue for me, but I would have preferred the application to be a bit 'cleaner' as it isn't the easier product to remove from skin without the aid of cleansing wipes, which then had an impact on my facial make-up.
In terms of durability of performance, this mascara performed very well. My lashes stayed defined and volumised throughout the day, even on days where I was rushing around at work getting hot and sweaty (we have been having building work done). However, I did feel that there was an element of irritation to my eyes, particularly at the end of a long day - this may have been as much down to my hayfever as the performance of the mascara, but I'm not convinced that it is 100% suitable for people with sensitive eyes.
Removal of this mascara was a bit tricky. I tend to remove my make-up using facial wipes at the end of the day, and these only removed traces of mascara. The wipe was very black which showed that some mascara had been removed but, perhaps due to the intensity of the product application, it rarely all came off. I also tried with a liquid eye make-up remover which was better, but I still ended up with smudges under my eyes the following morning, even after a shower and cleansing my face. Fortunately, the smudges came off easily with the facial wipes.
* Price *
Now, this is the scary bit. A full-size tube of Le Volume De Chanel costs £24.00 from Boots. It is also available via a vending machine from Selfridges (according to Google and the Vogue website) - not that I have seen this as I have banned myself from the Selfridges Beauty Hall as it is just too tempting!
* Recommendation? *
Yes and no really. Le Volume de Chanel is a mascara which performs very well in creating both volume and intensity of colour and, if money isn't a big issue, then I would probably recommend it. However, there are plenty of other products out there which do a very similar job for significantly less money so, if money is a bit tighter, then I'd suggest purchasing one of those instead. I'm giving it four stars because I was impressed with the way it looked, but feel the need to knock off a star for a combination of the high price, the smudging immediately after application and the trouble I had with removing it. None of these are major issues for me - after all, I am yet to find my holy grail mascara (Benefit's They're Real comes closest for me and that isn't exactly cheap) - but I don't think I will be rushing out to purchase it... unless the novelty of getting mascara from a vending machine proves to be too much to resist!
Mascara is an essential in my make up bag and something I use every day, I was recently really pleased to receive through the post a free sample of Chanel mascara, to be precise Le Volume De Chanel. My sample wasn't a full sized mascara but a nice size all the same and enough to allow me to wear it all week.
The mascara tube is plain black with just Le Volume De Chanel written in white, the colour, which in my case was Noir is also on the tube and the top of the lid displays the Chanel logo.
The mascara wand is attached to the inside of the lid as with all mascaras, the lid is easy to remove it simply screws on and off. When I took the mascara wand from the tube I thought it looked a little different to others I have tried, not a brush but not a comb either, the bristles don't go right to the end of the wand and on the end is a slight point a bit like a pencil , to be honest it looked a bit scratchy.
I was keen to try the mascara and wore it the very next day, as soon as I applied it to my lashes I just knew I was going to like it, there were no clumps at all just smooth black liquid which coated my lashes beautifully, my lashes looked longer and fuller after the first application. I think to be honest with this you could get away with just one coat, if that's your preference, however I applied 2 as I do like my lashes to look really nice.
I was pleased to find the mascara dried quickly as I never fail to sneeze when applying it and with a slow drying one this gets messy.
I always comb my lashes through after applying mascara as I hate lashes that are stuck together but I found that with this mascara I barely needed to do this my lashes were mostly fanned out and separate.
I wore my Chanel mascara all day and by the time I removed it later that night it looked as fresh as it had when I first applied it, it hadn't flaked at all.
When it came to removing the mascara I found my usual make up remover worked fine, the mascara wiped away cleanly and easily and I never suffered any irritation from the mascara either which is important as I wear contact lenses.
I cannot comment on how well this creates the "intense curves" that the advertising states as I am fortunate to have naturally long curled lashes but as for volume and the ease of applying the mascara I was very impressed its definitely one of the best I've used.
Le Volume De Chanel is available in 3 colour options, Noir, Bleu and Prune and comes as you would expect with a hefty price tag of £24.00!
I have now used my sample up and sadly wont be buying a full sized tube, its just too expensive.
I received a sample of this mascara in noir for free - a full-sized bottle would set you back around £16 ($25). Pretty pricey, but to be expected from a Chanel product.
My eyelashes are annoyingly straight, so what I look for most in a mascara is the ability to curl. I wouldn't say Le Volume De Chanel curled much (despite my going at them with the eyelash curler beforehand), but my lashes looked neat and pointed upwards as opposed to outwards and in 500 different directions. My lashes were noticeably longer and very voluminous, true to its name. However, I found it to clump a little and the mascara didn't separate my lashes as well as I would have liked. The clumping was much less noticeable in comparison to cheaper mascaras I've tried, but for the price of Le Volume, I expected a product that really stood out from mascaras half its price.
My sample bottle has lasted 10(ish) uses so far, so I imagine the full-sized mascara will last a loooong time. Still, I don't think this is enough to justify spending almost £20 on the product - don't get me wrong, it's a great quality mascara and I was happy with the results; my lashes were voluminous and pretty, albeit still kind of straight, and they did look good, but I probably won't be purchasing Le Volume as it's just too pricey for me.
If you're somebody who has £16 to spend on a mascara, I'd still recommend Le Volume. You might get brilliant results, but my lashes are VERY stubborn. If you aren't one of the people who can afford to have this as a staple, c'est la vie! This mascara is no miracle breakthrough. I'll miss the volume it gives, but I'll be saving £10 by choosing a cheaper alternative!