I always drool over the makeup I see in stores and in reviews from Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. The packaging alone is enough to throw me into fits of longing. I love the silver or gold metal cases and the way the logo is wrought in metal. A big step up from most of the plastic cased makeup I own.
I was more than surprised when I got an email from Influenster, the social media organization, letting me know that I’d be receiving a special box, and I was amazed when I learned it was a YSL mascara. Thank you, thank you, Influenster and YSL Beauty!
Nevertheless, when it comes to mascara, I’m picky. I have sensitive eyes, so I can’t use a formula with fumes or a strong scent. I wear contact lenses so I can’t wear mascara that flakes. I hate mascaras that clump or that give me spider lashes. I don’t usually like weirdly shaped wands.
So regardless of the beautiful packaging, the YSL Mascara Volume Effets Faux Cils (that means False Lash Volume Effect) had to deliver in order for me to use it. And it does!
YSL Mascara Volume Effets Faux Cils arrived in a pretty gold box over the gorgeous gold metal tube. I received black mascara.The wand is fluffy, traditionally-shaped, tapers at the tip and is easy to use.
It has a faint floral scent that I didn’t notice until someone else who also received the mascara mentioned it to me. Many mascaras have a chemical scent, so the floral scent was quite a positive change, though I think most women would have to sniff the wand or the tube itself to actually smell it.
The thick, but not too thick, formula was created to provide a false lash effect. According to material I’ve read about it, the formula has “a triple-film complex: a coating film for intensity, a conditioning film for curve and a fixing film for long-lasting”. I can see that. One pass with the wand does give me amazing intensity, though I use the wand to go over individual lashes that need more mascara. I curl my lashes, but the formula does seem to help them keep the curl that my Shiseido Lash Curler gives them. And I am happy to report that there is no clumping or flaking.
I don’t like a thick lash look so I don’t go overboard in building up the volume with this mascara or any other. I like my lashes to still look natural-ish! But I have seen photos of other women who do build up their lashes to quite a thickness with this mascara. Not my taste, but doable if it’s yours.
YSL Mascara Volume Effets Faux Cils has become one of my HG mascaras in the couple of weeks that I’ve owned it. I’m going to do a blogpost about my favorite mascaras, and this one will be at the top of the pantheon 😆
IMHO, I would say that YSL Mascara Volume Effets Faux Cils is worth the $30 price tag for its superior formula, ease of application, staying power, and beautiful packaging. It comes in 6 shades:
- High Density Black
- Rich Brown
- Extreme Violet (looks like azure, a medium blue, to me)
- Fascinating Violet (purple)
- Deep Night (dark blue).
When I get some extra cash, I will buy the brown one since the CoverGirl Lash Blast in Brown that I currently own doesn’t give me quite enough volume, and I like to have a good brown mascara in my stash.
Ingredients: AQUA (WATER) . PARAFFIN . STEARIC ACID . CERA CARNAUBA . TRIETHANOLAMINE . CERA ALBA (BEESWAX) . C10-30 CHOLESTEROL/LANOSTEROL ESTERS . NYLON-12 . STEARYL STEARATE . PHENOXYETHANOL . HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE . EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX . DIMETHICONE . PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) . TITANIUM DIOXIDE . TOCOPHERYL ACETATE . METHYLPARABEN . ADIPIC ACID/DIETHYLENE GLYCOL/GLYCERIN CROSSPOLYMER . PANTHENOL . VP/ EICOSENE COPOLYMER . BEHENIC ACID . SORBITAN STEARATE . PEG-40 STEARATE . ALGAE EXTRACT . ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE . BUTYLPARABEN . ETHYLPARABEN . ISOBUTYLPARABEN . PROPYLPARABEN . [+/- MAY CONTAIN : CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES) . CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE) . CI 75470 (CARMINE) . CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE) . CI 77019 (MICA) . CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET) . CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) . CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE) . CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE . CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE) . CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE) . CI 77000 (ALUMINUM POWDER) . CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE) . CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN) . CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE) . CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS) . SILICA . “3YY07-1“ . ]
Have you tried any of the YSL Mascaras yet? What did you think?
“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, but my opinions are my own!”