Ranging from high end to low end, I've tried my fair share of different mascaras, and last year saw me finding my holy grail in both the YSL Shocking and Babydoll Mascaras. I thought I'd never stray away from either of these two, but many months ago when I bought my nanna a Chanel face powder for Christmas last year, the lovely lady at the concession counter at Myer put a sample of the Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara into my shopping bag. As I'm constantly reading beauty blogs and watching beauty YouTube videos, discovering products on my own isn't something I always think about, so I didn't really think twice about this mascara nor was I excited to try it out, since I'd never heard anyone talking about it. Needless to say, that morning I thought to myself, 'Let's give this a go', I was absolutely blown away and winced at the thought of investing into a Chanel mascara every few months.
Before my sample had even run out, I just had to buy the full size of this mascara because it didn't take me long to decide that I could not be without it. Like most fresh tubes of mascara always are, it's quite watery at first and you have to be careful when blinking so as to not end up with mascara all around your eyes. It's a small qualm I have with the product, but it's not overly bothersome and it means the mascara lasts longer. The one issue I have with YSL mascaras is that while the consistency is amazing, they dry up a lot quicker than most other mascaras I've used.
The first thing I notice when applying Le Volume de Chanel is how incredibly lengthening it is. With one or two coats, you get long, fluttery natural looking lashes, but I'm a mascara fiend and can't even tell you how many coats of mascara I actually apply. No matter how much you build this mascara up, it doesn't clump nor leave you with those horrible looking spider lashes, and unlike other mascaras I've tried, I don't have to frustratingly apply coat after coat in order to get the desired length and volume I'm after. The big plastic wand (my preferred type over bristle and really thin wands) makes it really easy to coat every single lash. They're long, voluminous and my eyes appear wider. I'm not a fake lashes kind of girl, but I'd say this comes pretty damn close.
With no words except "Chanel" written on this thin, black tube, the packaging is sleek, sexy and minimal. I can't remember how much I paid for this mascara, but it's Chanel, so we can establish that it was expensive. For a long time, I was hesitant in dropping a lot of money on mascara as it's a product I go through quickly and has a short self life, but I've tried many different cheaper mascaras - some I loved and then fell out of love with. High end or low end beauty products is a matter of personal choice, but as you're probably already aware, I love my luxury brands and as I can confidently say that this is the best mascara I've ever used, I will fork out the cash for this wonderful, wonderful mascara.