I received this product from Influenster to try, and I could not be more giddy! YSL is a luxury brand I love, but do not buy often. The packaging is usually sleek and elegant and so far, I have not tried one product I absolutely dislike.
I am constantly looking for a mascara to give my puny lashes more oomph, and many times, a mascara will come up short. I either get minimal length or volume, or spidery lashes if I overdo it. My eyelashes are short and don’t hold a curl well with non-waterproof specific formulas.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils is not a brand new mascara, but is a reformulated one. Which in my book is the same as new. The gold tube feels very posh and I adore the YSL imprint on it. The brush is a straight, full nylon fiber brush and has no clumps as I pull it out of the tube.
The mascara contains B5 pro-vitamin, which helps to thicken and strengthen lashes. The formula did not feel dry and black is undoubtedly a stark black.
I applied two thick coats of mascara to get the look in the after photo below. Look! I actually have lashes now! It’s not a true false-lash effect on me, but it definitely amped up the volume. Remember – my lashes are naturally short, so I was glad with the volume I did receive. I think another coat would have been way too heavy and clumpy, and 1 – 2 coats (depending on your lashes) is all you need.
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils stayed on all day without flaking. I did notice a bit of smudging near the end of the day, but nothing I couldn’t wipe away. I have allergies and my eyes do water on occasion, so I’m always a bit hesitant to wear a non-waterproof formula. The only issue I had was the little bit of smudging, so I was relieved.
I was able to easily remove this mascara with my normal waterproof eye makeup remover. I use a gel formula, so I’m not sure if that made a difference.
This is a heavier formula, so if you have weak lashes like mine, they will droop. But I just use my heated eyelash curler after application to lift & curl my lashes again, use a brush to separate and I’m done.
I noticed on the YSL site that there is a waterproof version! I really like this mascara, but if my allergies go crazy one day (many days), I might end up with big black smears under my eyes. That is a maybe, but with my luck, why risk it? I’m definitely going to pick up the waterproof formula.
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