Product Review: Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Name: Inimitable Intense Mascara
Brand: Chanel
Price: $30.00

From Chanel’s website:
This technologically advanced formula builds on the success of the original mascara, delivering dramatic effects with a unique brush. The result is a more intense lash look, with the same easy application. Lashes appear longer, thicker and more curled, yet each lash, even the finest, is still precisely separated – without clumping, spiking or flaking.

What I liked:
– intense black shade
– adds length
– makes lashes look fuller and a bit thicker
– holds a curl well
– longlasting, doesn’t smudge nor flake

What I didn’t like:
– it becomes clumpy after two coats
– doesn’t separate lashes well
– the price

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara, which is available in four shades – Brun, Noir, Purple and Rouge Noir – is one of those rare mascaras that make your lashes look great, fuller and longer with just one coat, which is ideal for lazy gals like me. Noir is a true and intense black shade with a quite thick, smooth formula that doesn’t weight lashes down. It doesn’t take too long to dry either.

The wand is very simple with tiny teeth that reach all the lashes, even the smallest ones. A single coat creates a dramatic look that’s not over-the-top: it makes lashes noticeably longer, fuller and a bit thicker too. It also holds a curl from the lash curler for the entire day. A second coat makes lashes look even more dramatic, but because the mascara doesn’t separate lashes all that well (if you want precise definition, Inimitable Intense is not for you), it will also make small groups of lashes stick together. After a third, it becomes really clumpy.

However, considering how well one coat works (I only applied one in the swatch above), that’s not really a problem. And once applied, Inimitable Intense lasts all day (so no need to retouch it) without flaking nor smudging. To me, the main con is the price. It retails at $30.00, which is very expensive especially when you consider mascaras have very short lives. But if you’re gonna spend that much on a mascara, you’d want to buy one that delivers and Chanel Inimitable Intense does. It keeps its promises and makes lashes look great.

Available at: Nordstrom

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara has a quite thick formula and simple wand that provide a lot of length and fullness and a bit of volume too with only one coat. In addition, it holds a curl well and lasts for the entire day without smudges and flakes. However, it doesn’t separate lashes well, becomes clumpy after a couple of coats and is very expensive.

Rating: 4/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Brittany, it’s incredible how well it works with just one coat, isn’t it? It’s a good thing you don’t need more or it can get really clumpy..

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Lyn, you’re welcome. And you should really try it then. Just be sure to use only one coat so you’ll avoid the clumps.

  1. says

    Whoa, one coat is intense! I’m one of those people who loves one-coat mascaras LOL, this one sounds really nice. I’m always iffy about buying super high end mascaras though b/c I have to throw them out after 3 months. I think if I’m able to buy something and get this as a GWP or sample, I will definitely try it out though :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I love one-coat mascaras too, and they’re so hard to find! But like you, I rarely buy high-end mascaras because of the short shelf-life so I was glad when I’ve found a sample of it in a mag. I hope you can get your hands on a sample of it too as it is really a wonderful mascara.

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