I'm surprised at the low reviews this product has received. I don't think it is available in the US yet (at least not in NYC) -- but on my last trip to Paris in November, I decided to pick this up. I ended up getting it at Carrefour for 12 Euros or so (which, with the dollar exchange rate, equated to $18!), and was excited to try it because I am a mascara junkie.
I didn't have too high of expectations because I've never been tremendously in love with any Bourjois mascaras, but Volume Clubbing was surprising. It definitely did volumize, and it also added some nice length, held the curl, and the black color was also very deep. I didn't have any problems with the brush, but I happen to like large brushes (ie. DiorSho!). I used one of the flat sides to "volumize" and push the lashes up first, and then the longer bristled sides to lengthen, and it gave good results. With 2 coats, I had club-worthy lashes.
This actually reminds me a bit of the TooFaced Lash Injection mascara, except without the Krazy Glue smell that TF has. My only complaint is that it is difficult to remove (just as the TooFaced)... I understand it is supposed to be long-lasting, but when I tried to remove, it sort of "crumbled" and created little black flecks all over my face. Not cute.
So, while I do love the result, I don't think this will be my HG mascara due to this fact. continued >>
This is a case of good product formulation, terrible wand. The mascara does not run at all, but with this brush I look as if I've got no more than 3 lashes in total...I use the brush from the Volume Glamour Ultra Black mascara and it works fine, but it's a hassle - too much hassle in fact to ever consider buying this again.
Pros: It really doesn't run, I managed to rinse my whole face with water with this on. pretty cheap at £5
Cons: I found the colour was not very rich, a bit dark grey and it sort of gives a spider leg look rather than volume, although I didn't layer it on so it still looked pretty good and it does make a noticable difference, it's definitely not a weak kind of mascara.
I will definitely keep using this one as I need this kind of mascara for clubbing and sports but when it runs out I probably won't buy it again, I'll hunt for a waterproof with richer colour and better texture.
I thought this mascara was pretty awful to be honest. The brush was big and clumpy to use, and you either looked like you weren't wearing any or had 5 fat spider legs on each eye! The only thing i liked was the colour which was a rich black.
i like the mascara,it gives me longer,fuller lashes.. but i dont like the big brush -it is full of the mascara and it makes applying the mascara very tricky cause if youre not careful youll end up with most the lashes sticking together..
i cant seem to remove it well either because none of my eye make up removers has managed to get it all off..
but over all i love this mascara because when it is on its fabulous!
I've only had a brief chance to play around with this so far but I like what I see.
The first thing that struck me about VC is just how thick the tube is. I don't think I've ever owned a mascara that comes in such a hefty tube. Speaking of hefty, the brush is by no means a lightweight. There are other mascaras out there with large brushes but I haven't had any experiences with those to date. This probably explains why I did a grand job of poking myself in the eye and smearing mascara all under my eye on initial application.
A lot of product does seem to come out on the brush so it's probably wise to wipe the very tip with a tissue, this seems to be where all the excess gathers.
After just one coat, I couldn't stop staring at my lashes in the mirror. They are fairly lengthy anyhow but with this mascara thrown into the equation we're talking crazy length and definitely a big improvement on volume. Had I not been in such a rush to play and actually curled them beforehand, it would have been an effect akin to false lashes. I do not say this lightly as many mascaras promising just such an effect always fail to deliver for me. Even my husband noticed and agreed that it did indeed look like I was wearing falsies. Bourjois aren't kidding when they state on the tube "dramatic look". I bought the shade "Absolute Black" and it is indeed black. Not washed out greyish black, or black like a more natural-looking mascara but deep, dark black.
One downside is that you really do need to comb your lashes through otherwise it will clump a little. As I always do that anyway it's not such a big issue for me.
There was no flaking at all and my lashes weren't left feeling brittle and dry and just urgh (there's probably a word for that feeling but it isn't springing to mind at this point).
As I said, this was just an initial testing but it will be given a full run over the weekend, complete with pre-curled lashes. So far so good, however.