The volume that this mascara produces is outstanding and I also found it to be lengthening. I will say, this isn't a mascara that you just quickly apply and run out the door. It takes a little nurturing but the results are worth it. It is somewhat of a wet mascara and you need to let your top lashes dry before going on to the bottom because the product will transfer. That being said, you can get away with one coat easily. In fact, I did both eyes and bottom lashes without having to re-dip into the tube for second coat. Now that's impressive. Although, I did go back in for a second layer so what you see in pictures is two coats. More like one and a half. A third coat would produce some clumping so two is more than enough.
And let's talk about the pigmentation, wow! This is a rich dark black, the blackest of blacks as far as I am concerned. But it also comes in blue, brown, and purple if you're feeling adventurous. It retails for $30 but you can find samples galore on Ebay if you want to try before you buy a full size. That's what I did and now I'm hooked. If you like the results of YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils, you may find the Volume de Chanel easier to work with.
* Please note, my lashes are quite average without mascara. They aren't short and they aren't long. And they are a very light brown.