I was so excited recently that I was sent the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Epic Lash Primer and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. I’ve really enjoyed testing out new mascara products lately and I was interested in seeing if a mascara really made a difference for me.
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I have naturally long lashes so I usually can make most mascaras work for me. Which is why I like trying out more higher end mascaras since I want to see if they are really worth the price point. I have so many affordable mascaras that work really well and I’m always interested to see if the higher price point can take the mascaras to the next level.
The packaging on both of these mascara tubes is identical, they are just different colours. The wands are pretty much identical as well. They have a slim hourglass shape to them. This makes it easy to really get close to the lashline and the inner corners. I also find that these types of wands really help to apply the mascara product and keep the curl of the lashes.
The primer is nude colour. I’m used to primers being white or black so this was a little different for me. I feel like it was slightly easier to cover up compared to a white primer. I think that’s partly because it looks just a little bit lighter than the colour of my natural lashes.
The primer is extremely lengthening. It basically makes my lashes almost touch my eye socket. I’m all about longer lashes but this might have been a little too much for me personally.
I found it to give me a little bit of volume but if you weren’t careful it could make things clumpy and a little spidery looking. I found that this worked best if applied mascara right away after applying the primer. If you wait even just a little bit of time it was a little more difficult to keep under control and it almost got a little goopy and kind of balled up a bit on each little lash.
I did also find that when you used the primer you didn’t have to apply a second or third coat of mascara. It gave more than enough volume and length that you basically just needed the mascara to make the lashes go from the nude colour to black.
I really enjoyed how this brought both volume and a little bit of length to my lashes. I think this does a good job at taking your lashes up a notch. When I wore it with both the primer or on it’s own I felt like it just coated everything and kept everything from getting clumpy for the most part.
One big thing I liked about the mascara is that I rarely had flakes or smudging. There was only one time that I had flakes and that was after I touched my eyelid and rubbed at my lashes a little bit. I even accidentally wore this to an extremely sweaty hot yoga class and it didn’t look that messy when I was leaving the studio which was really surprising for me.
It was really easy to remove at the end of the day. It broke up quickly with a regular cleanser, oil cleanser or a micellar water. I loved how easy it was to remove and that was a huge bonus for me.
Overall I’m seriously torn on whether or not I’m a fan of both of these products. I think they both perform wonderfully but I have a hard time justifying the price of both of these products. If you purchased both of these products it would be over $70 dollars (CDN). That’s mind boggling to me when it’s a product that you have to throw out in 2 to 3 months. I think if you were to get either of these products through you would probably be better off buying the primer. I think out of the two that’s the product that makes the most difference when it comes to your lashes. I think it would be really good if you have shorter lashes because I think that’s where it made the most difference. You also get to use the primer with any mascara that you use and I think you would get a lot more use out of it over the few months that you’re using.
Have you tried out either of these products? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below! Are you a fan of mascara primers? Let me know if you have one that works really well for you because I would love to check it out.