Yep, you read the title right as far as I can remember (because in my teens I was wayyyy more likely to buy high end makeup from the likes of YSL and other similar price pointed brands than I am now!) this is my first experience with a piece of Chanel Makeup. I know. But used to go through bottles of Chanel Chance like it was water, so I’m not totally unfamiliar with their cosmetics.
Their Vita Lumiere Aqua foundation has been on my list to try for the longest time, and when I get to the point where I’ve significantly depleted my stash of foundations (or run out of ones in an appropriate colour shade for the time of year) then it’s on the top of the list (alongside Urban Decay All Nighter) to try.
Boots were giving away some samples of Chanel’s latest mascara at the end of spring/start of summer and it’s been waiting patiently for me to finish up any part used mascaras and has been on the go for the past few weeks.
I’d been good and kept this locked up and didn’t even peek at what style the brush was to save any air getting into it and going dry before I had chance to try. If I’d looked I’d probably have tried it sooner, packed with dense hair bristles, the brush is large and fat tapering towards the end to get into the inner corners more easily. From it’s first open the formula has been thick – exactly the kind of thing that looks like it will build a lot of volume.
It’s rare that I have to curl my lashes, I can count on one hand throughout the year how often I normally pick them up, often feeling that curlers curl me too much making me look like a cartoon with lashes pointing up. But with this the formula seems heavy, like it does weigh my lashes down and have found myself reaching for curlers when using this – so those who suffer with holding a curl or have less lashes I don’t think you’ll get on with this. Whilst I also love a big fat brush as I find it normally the easiest way to build volume, those with shorter lashes might find this hard to use too.
I’m used to being a one, maybe two coats at a push, in and out kinda gal, my lashes are normally the quick part of my routine but with this mascara it isn’t the case. I need three or even four coats with this, it requires patience to build up length and volume, but it does do both. Whilst there are several negatives, there are also big pluses, this build volume in a natural way and it never seems to become clumpy. Lashes look naturally volumised, lengthened and separated. This lasts until I get home, but any longer starts becoming a push, it doesn’t seem to smudge under the eyes or flake, it just starts disappearing after the 8-10 hour mark. If I wanted to take my makeup day-night this wouldn’t be the mascara that I’d be reaching for.
I like this mascara, but I don’t love it – I’m not someone who is used to needing such patience to keep layering and layering coats of mascara, and whilst the final effect is nice other mascaras do the same effect quicker. Also, you don’t want an experience with Chanel to be deemed as just “like” do you? It needs to be love at the price point of £25 – it’s more expensive than other high end favourites I’ve had in the past and I like this as much as other drugstore mascaras. Sorry Chanel, your report card says Good Effort, but I know you can do better.
What are your favourite mascaras?