As much as I love Lancome, I don't care for this mascara. It is kind of brittle and flakey. I can find a ton more better mascaras.
That's bad. It's the first high end mascara I used besides MAC's Plushlash and I am not impressed at all. I'm glad I got this as a gift because ds mascaras perform way better than this one! It clumps and flakes a bit under my lower lashes. The curved brush is nice but it doesn't change the fact that the formula is really weird... it doesn't separate my lashes well since it clumps, and it doesn't really volumize my lashes either. So...... Yeah, I'll rather use a plain old Lash Blast mascara or even a Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara. At least this one is buildable and doesn't ever flake!
Lancome is known for its mascaras, but this has to be one of their worst (if you don't count the vibrating battery-operated one for super lazy people). I wanted to love it. I was excited about wearing it in summer with the gold speckles and what have you. But it turned out to be just another annoying, average quality mascara. This formula dries out very quickly. But what really got to me was the effect of the gold speckles. My friends said they could see it, but I doubt that. I think they were just staring very hard. I, however, could definitely see it. ALL THE TIME. With every single blink (that's 16-17 blinks a minute). Gold speckles were floating in my view - in my peripheral vision - everywhere my eyes would move to - complicating everything including driving! You'd think maybe it's fun to see gold everywhere, but it's not. Yet it didn't show when I'd look in the mirror. So what's the point? Totally unsuitable for contact lens wearers (that includes me). Dont get it for the gold or silver effect. Not good.
I got this as a sample a while back from a Lancome gift pack.
Been using it for months and it's generally give me great results.
I have long, but thick asian eyelashes that are stubbornly point down so i general curl my lashes first with my Koji curler and then coat it with mascara.
With the Lancome Virtuose Black Carat, I find it VERY effective in volumising AND curling if i brush on the product and separate my lashes with the inside of the curled brush and then use the top/outside of the curled brush and hold the tip of my lashes in a curled angle for about 5 seconds. I don't remember this being as effective with other macaras with a curled brush (don't remember which brands i've tried...that's how insignificant they seemed.) the result is that the curling stays on for pracically the whole day while i'm at uni.
My lashes end up having a sheen or glow, not just plain black. I guess that's why it's called the black carat.
I also love how this product DOES NOT smudge with normal activities. I actually cried once with the product on and I didn't have panda eyes afterwards.
It removes pretty easily with Lancome Bi-Facil eye make up remover that also came with the gift pack, but I made the mistake of buying an "extra-gentle" eye make up remover and that was not so effective with this product. So I suppose if you use a double-phase eye makeup remover that should do the job.
Sadly, my tube of Virtuose black carat is getting quite old and clumps quite a lot now...need replacement+back up asap.
Also I should add, because I had it in the sample size, it was just a small, straight, round tube. I guess that eliminated the problem of having a "fiddly wand" as some other users have commented on.
OMG... new HG!! I quite do not get the bad ratings here. This has immediately substituted Inimiitable and Exceptionnel (Chanel) in my Top 3 list of preferred mascaras. I had never tried Virtuose before, so I got myself a tube of Vitruose Black Carat. This mascara has ALL I need from a mascara. 1) Makes lashes look LOOOONG. I mean LONG! you get a false lashes look witt just one application. If you go for the second round, you get OMG lashes. 2) does not add super volumes (alerady does a extremely good job in addding length !). I do not like volumizing mascaras, as it means lashes get stuck together &look clumpsy and messy. 3) Dries quite fast (on the lashes , probably in the tube as well); I like that as some mascaras take forever to dry , then u blink and your makeup is to re do (Hate that when I am on the run). 4) hold a nice curl and the color is a deep, pitch black. 5) in the night, you can remove it EASILY!! one thing that i have hated with "new generation mascaras" is that they are so hard to remove, even with bi-phase eye makeup removers. Virtuose, on the contrary, is easy going!! :o) Love at first application!
I am gonna buy 3 or 4 backups for fear it gets discontinued. continued >>
Im surprised by all the bad reviews on this - but considering how individual mascara is perhaps I shouldnt be. I have never really been impressed with Lancome's mascaras - the brushes have usually just been awful and left me with clumped thin lashes. I figured this would be similar but gave it a go - the brush was a bit awkward at first with the curved shape but after I found a way of holding it that worked for me things improved and slowly I began to find myself reaching for this mascara above my others on a regular basis. Now, I dont curl my lashes nor do I look for a curling mascara since my eyelashes already grow as curled as I want them so I cant vouch for how this performs on that but I am impressed with how this is very buildable (I like layering a LOT of mascara to get a really dramatic false eyelash look), yet it doesnt clump nor does it dry/flake and Im left with very wonderfully separated lashes which look volumous. The only downside to this product as far as Im concerned is the price. Im stingy about spending so much on mascara and am still determined to find something equivalent at a drugstore price range.
this product works like a regular drugstore mascara. there's no real volume or thickening. no length. no curling. just average
. diorshow is much better.
Update: now that the product is older and more dried out, it finally thickens. Better than drugstore because it doesn't weigh the lshes down
I have found my HG for mascaras! The color, black carat, is the perfect black for me as a pale-skinned redhead. It's not overly black and it's not a washy grey, either. I have long but sparse lashes and this gives them a lot of definition as well as just the right amount of curl. The curved brush helps to make them splay outward just right and makes my lashes look even longer and full!
I was very disappointed by this mascara. It did not maintain the curl of my lashes at all, and actually weighed my lashes down. The benefit is that this mascara dries quickly after application and doesn't smudge, but it does not deliver on its claims to lengthen, curl, and volumize.
I really really enjoyed using this product. Unfortunately I misplaced it, but overall it was a great mascara. If you can afford it, then its perfect to buy again and again. It curled my lashes ti an amazing degree, did not clump, and I loved the curved brush, which helped applying the mascara to every single of my lashes. The color was amazing on my lashes.