Wednesday, March 28, 2012

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara

YSL mascaras have long been in my rotation. Most of them proved to be great performers and I know more than one Chanel rep who reaches for them when doing a makeover instead of their own brand's (and I agree. I never repurchased a Chanel mascara). But we're here to talk about the YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking mascara that was released last year.

Yves Saint-Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking mascara is on the wet and goopy side. The only "shock" I had is how it made my lashes clump and stick together, something that rarely happens with high end mascaras these days. I'm guessing that someone whose lashes are a more sparse (I have a heavy-ish fringe) will not experience this, but do be aware that the texture is stickier than average. The mascara covers the lashes in a very glossy, very black (at least in the case of No. 1 Deep Black) coat that is good for extra definition, but does nothing for length or curl. I don't even think Effet Faux Cils Shocking is extremely volumizing. There are other mascaras on the market that do a better job in this regard.

The brush is of the short plastic teeth type, but I also tested it with a standard round brush and got similar results, though the thicker brush is better at controlling the product. The only shocking thing about this YSL mascara, now that I think of it, is that it misses the mark so spectacularly. There are so many great mascaras on the market and YSL is responsible to several of them; so why bother with this underachiever?

Apparently, the lovely Rae of the RAEviewer agrees with me, and her lashes are quite different than mine.

Bottom Line: meh.

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara


  1. Never tried this one, but an SA once talked me into buying its predecessor which was simply Effet Faux Cils. It gave good thickness, but also raccoon eyes by mid-afternoon. I never bought an YSL mascara again.

  2. I was thinking of trying this one actually, but the last thing I need is another messy mascara. I had the Effect Faux Cils which never gave me much trouble, but then again I had bought it in Burgundy (a purchase heavily influenced by a seven hour delay to catch a connecting flight) and only used it at the ends of my lashes after applying black. The Mascara Singulier on the other hand was like you described, very wet and it made a mess of my lashes. I went about it by wiping the brush on a wand the first few times I used it. After a while it was a bit drier and not as messy. YSL mascaras used to be fantastic, what have they done to them?

    (I am not going to comment on Chanel mascaras. I should have given that money to charity or something like that instead of wasting it on a rubbish product)


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