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