I think having long full lashes makes me look my best so when I was given a sample of a new Chanel mascara called Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara in Smoky Noir, I was eager to use it.
My eyelashes, on their own are pretty unexceptional. The length of them is fine but they already have a natural curl so they look much shorter than they really are. My main gripe though, is how thin they are, so I love when a mascara can lengthen and thicken my eyelashes, so I was hoping the Exceptionnel de Chanel mascara would do this.
When I first opened up my tube of the Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara I was surprised by it’s wand. It’s thicker and more innovative than other mascara wands I’ve used. It’s called a sculpt volume brush and it’s shaped like a torpedo and has 6 sides. Three of those sides have a regular mascara brush and in between these brushes are 3 small combs.
It looked a little intimidating at first, but I found it to be really easy and fun to use. You start by placing the wand at the very base of your lashes like you do with other mascaras, but as you move it upward you also rotate the brush outwardly (just as you would if you were using a round brush on your hair). As you continue to rotate you just move it up the rest of your lashes until it’s coated.
I really liked rotating the wand, and it actually felt natural and easy to do. I actually felt like I had more control than I do with other mascara wands, and I didn’t even have to really look in the mirror while I did it.
Because of the combing and the rotating part I got an intense amount of curl and length in my lashes that I hadn’t really expected. My eyelashes were so long that they reached my upper eyelids and tickled them that whole night whenever I blinked. Usually whenever a mascara claims to be a curling version it makes my lashes curl tightly, so they wind up looking short and stumpy.
But the Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Mascara gave me a long and dramatic curl, the kind that every mascara ad promises but hardly ever delivers. I also liked that the Exceptionnel Volume and Curl Mascara also didn’t flake, budge, or smudge at all, even if I rubbed my eyes.
The only points where the Chanel mascara fell short for me was with the volume that it promised. The comb that’s added to the mascara wand serves to separate and prevent lashes from clumping which it does exceptionally well. But because my lashes looked so defined it didn’t look as full and thick as I like them to be.
I also didn’t like the fact that the mascara wand is so bulky that it’s really hard to get it at the very base of your eyelashes to really maximize the volume there. It’s also very difficult to reach the small lashes at the inner and outer corners as well.
If you are looking for a mascara that will give you length, curl and smudge resistance the Exceptionnel de Chanel is perfect, I give it a 5 out of 5 in these areas. For volume and fullness I give it a 3.5 out of 5. And for defining the inner and outer lashes it receives a 1 out of 5.
Overall I really love the Exceptionnel de Chanel. It gives lashes a lot of drama when the wand is rotated a lot. I think it’s a perfect mascara for a night out, especially when you’re dressed up and you want your eyelashes to look crazy long. It can be toned down however for the day if you keep the rotations to a minimum though.