Name: Exceptionnel De Chanel
From Chanel’s website:
Captivating volume and audacious curves give lashes the fullest advantage – with clump-free, smudge-proof separation. Innovative six-sided brush ensures dramatic results.
What I liked:
– thickens, adds volume and lenght
– doesn’t clump
– no smudging or flaking
– not hard to remove
– long lasting
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– it takes a while to get used to the application technique
– the price
Chanel Exceptionnel is the first high end mascara I’ve ever tried. I usually only buy drugstore mascaras because I don’t really feel like paying a lot of money for something that has a shelf life of three months, unless it is HG material. However, a while ago, the Italian Chanel website put up a form to request a sample of Exceptionnel, so I filled it in and submitted it straight away. It was delivered pretty fast as well.
Exceptionnel is available in 4 shades: black, brown, blue and purple. i have the black one and the colour is very pigmented. It comes in a pretty sleek black tube.
The six-sided brush has 2 types of bristles: 3 rows of short and dense brush bristles for volume and thickness and 3 rows of comb bristles for length and definition. You’re supposed to rotate the brush as you apply the mascara from the bottom of the lashes to the tips. It actually took me a while to get the hang of this technique but once I did the results were amazing! However, this is a €28 mascara and for that amount of money I expect it to give my lashes volume and length with just one swipe without me having to figure out the correct way to apply it.
The formula is very rich. It thickens, and gives lots of volume and length. It gives a very dramatic, fake lashes effect with just one or two coats. It also separates lashes and gives then a natural curl, but it doesn’t hold it for the entire day.
This mascara is almost clump free. The only time it clumped a little is when I tried to apply more than three coats. I don’t recommend doing that though, as a couple of coats are more than enough to get dramatic length and volume. The mascara is not waterproof but it is smudgeproof. I haven’t experienced any flakes at all. The mascara is very longlasting and easy to remove.
The mascara contains Cera Alba (beeswax) and Stearic Acid that give it its smudgeproof properties, while Trithanolamine is added so that it can be removed easily.
Overall, the mascara is really good and delivers what it promises: lots of volume and lenght. It separates lashes and curls them a bit. It is long-lasting, smudgeproof and clump-free. However, it is expensive and it takes a while to figure out how to apply it properly to get the promised effect.