Clarins Supra Volume: The Best Brown Mascara?

Clarins Mascara Supra Volume in Brown

I’m partial to a bit of brown mascara for daytime makeup looks; often jet-black can look a little bold and stark, especially if I’m trying to keep things low-key. There’s nothing wrong with bold, of course, and if you want your lashes to properly stand out then black is unbeatable, but if you’re fair in skin or hair-tone or you’re going for au naturel then a brown mascara will give your lashes a bit of volume and definition without making them the main attraction.

(Again, I’m all for “striking” but when did eyelashes become such monstrous affairs? I saw some the other day that covered – at a quick reckoning – about 40% of the person’s face! Sorry to bang on like an old fogey, but some look almost grotesque these days – like those giant millipedes that you see on wildlife documentaries. I love what false lashes can do – instant glamour and, on my semi-droopy lids, a brilliant eye-opening effect – but come on people! Lashes that reach higher than your eyebrows? So heavy that you can only see if you tilt your head back? That’s not makeup, that’s just “gluing objects to your face”. You may as well get out the foil stars and the dried pasta pieces, make a full primary school art piece.)

Anyway, brown mascara. Quite a lot of them out there are weak and wishy-washy and completely pointless – if I’m going to take the time to apply mascara then it needs to do something. The best ones I’ve found in all of my travels are the Chanel Le Volume de Chanel* and Guerlain Maxi Lash* but I think that Clarins Supra Volume* may now have to take first prize. It’s makes my lashes look brilliant – fatter, longer and darker – and stays in place all day.

Clarins Mascara Supra Volume in Brown

Excuse weird crop on the photo – it’s so hard to take pictures of your own lashes! – but you can see how wonderfully volumising the Supra mascara is. It’s a nice waxy formula that gives instant oomph and it’s very easy to build up the layers – no clumping or blobbing. I even go back in for a final coat once I’ve done all of my makeup and clean-up and it gives a good little boost without flaking off what’s already underneath. Beautiful definition, but – as I said – a softer effect, because the brown shade just takes the edge off and makes it all a bit less punchy.

I’m on tube number three of the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara, which is something of a record – I try so many mascaras that I rarely come back to the same one time and time again. This seems to have become my makeup bag staple. You can find it at FeelUnique here* – it’s £21.50.

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  1. August 29, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Sold. I’ve recently discovered brown eyeliner – it looks so much prettier than black. Gonna try the double brown combo.

  2. Sally
    August 29, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I agree – this mascara is amazing! I’m on my second tube now and it’s my firm favourite.

  3. Becky
    August 29, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I’ve recently bought my second tube of this mascara and I love the look of my lashes – only gripe is the scent? I’m not keen!

  4. August 29, 2017 / 10:25 am

    This is perfectly timed! I’ve been searching for a brown mascara, for the reasons you mentioned – I’m fair and sometimes I don’t want the dramatic look that black mascara has sometimes.

    The only problem I have with mascara is that I have quite hooded eyes and it often transfers, so I get a lovely dark smudge just under my eyebrows! Hopefully this one won’t?!

    Thanks x

  5. Jane
    August 29, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I love brown mascara too, as a fellow blue eyed girl I find it really flatters my eyes. I haven’t tried Clarins before, but I’m going to try this, it looks like it gives lovely plump lashes in your photo. Love your “rant” about lashes, I feel the same about the utterly crazy eyebrows I see everywhere these days, when is this monster eyebrow craze going to calm down?!

  6. August 29, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I’ve recently stopped wearing mascara when I go for a super natural makeup look because I feel like the contrast of a black mascara against my pale face makes me look mean (if it makes sense), my eyes just look more severe! So thank you for the reminder that brown mascaras exist (I completely forgot about them). Le Volume de Chanel is one of my favourite mascaras so I might try this one, but this Clarins one sounds really lovely as well :)

    • August 29, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Yeah the Chanel is also really nice!

  7. ziloa
    August 29, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    hi Ruth! Gosh you don’t know what is hard to find.. what is super hard to find… is a good WATERPROOF brown mascara (or should I write brown waterproof mascara, I dunno). I love brown mascara, only wear that, but it’s almost impossible to find a good tears resistant one. If you come across one, make sure to talk about it on the blog <3
    Lots of love,

    • August 29, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      OK noted! I shall keep an eye out…hohoho

      • Annemieke
        September 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

        Maybe a tip for you Ziloa… Just saw that Clarins has a ‘Double Fix Mascara’. Kind of a primer you can apply over your regular mascara, which will (should?) make it waterproof. You can also tame your eyebrows with it, since it is transparant. A 2-in-1 product. Here in the Netherlands there’s a website (Sephora-esque) which now has a great offer: 40% reduction on all mascaras.
        So I will give it a try ;-)

  8. Abigail
    August 29, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I hear you with the ridiculous fake lashes, done well, they can look great but it’s often too much. Fake dolly lashes, too long and too thick plonked on the lid. Add sharpie brows and drawn on duck face pout, stripes of ‘ contouring’ that look like gravy browning, thick wobby eyeliner and blinding highlighter, it’s a veritable nightmare of cosmetic gunge. Maybe I’m getting old!

    • Jane
      August 29, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Hi Abigail, I must admit I wonder if I’m getting old too, see my post above re what I call “tranny brows”. I was a young woman in the 80s and I wore some very colourful makeup then, particularly on the eyes, but it still never looked trowelled on like a lot of the current fashionable looks do, it was still possible to see my natural features. God I sound like a right old fart don’t I!

      • Abigail
        September 3, 2017 / 8:47 pm

        I couldn’t agree more Jane! Back in the eighties we wore it all, but we still looked somewhat natural. One of my favourite looks was the Addicted to Love, all eyes, lips, cheeks and the kitchen sink thrown in, all sitting on top of a liberal coating of loose powder. I still can’t not powder, hard as I try….But I’ve come a long way from smothering my face in powder then dusting off the excess but I still really want to do it….It’s very nice to meet a fellow old fart! <3

  9. Lizzie
    August 29, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Guttingly, they seem to have discontinued Le Volume Ultra-Noir de Chanel, which was loads better than the standard Le Volume mascara. It was pretty much perfect.

  10. Catherine
    August 29, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I adore brown mascara but it’s so hard to find! This one I could only find in stock one place but shipping to the US was $310

    • Lizzie
      August 29, 2017 / 8:08 pm


  11. Julia
    August 29, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Totally agree with the brown mascara. For blondes or fair skinned people it looks much less harsh. It appears in the US the brown is no longer available from a Latina. I had used it for years and all of a sudden it’s gone. I do believe Guerlain makes a good brown one too.

  12. Sarah
    August 29, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Wait…. are those REAL? SOLD.

  13. Margarita
    August 29, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I love the sound of this mascara…is it easy to remove? Does it require heavy duty make up remover? I find Chanel mascara really difficult to remove so I only use it on very special occasions.

    • August 29, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      No it’s actually not bad – I just use Clinique Take the Day off or whatever.. x

  14. August 30, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I went through 5 of those! Absolutely love Clarins’ Supra Volume! xx

  15. Anna Heesom-Green
    September 15, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I’ve been informed (by a make-up pro) that one should rather buy a cheap mascara and ditch it every 3 months than buy an expensive mascara and hang onto it for dear life (as I was with my Lancome.) Which inexpensive mascaras can you recommed? Ideally not tested on animals. Much appreciated. :-)

  16. Eva
    October 16, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Great brown one is made by Italian Collistar, I always stock up when in Italy and have to say it is one of the best mascaras I have tried. And there is a black/ brown Max Factor( think is was Masterpiece) for a drugstore price and really good. Have not been purchasing it in the UK though.

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