Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: YSL Shocking Mascara

Recently I ran out of mascara, and decided to try something new. So while perusing the shelves of Sephora, I spotted YSL's Shocking Mascara. Okay that's a lie, actually I went to Sephora specifically looking for it. That aside if I had just spotted it without having heard of it from Fleur de Force I would have bought it anyways.

The full name for this mascara is YvesSaintLaurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking. That is definitely a mouthful, but I believe it lives up to it's name. It retails for $30. Before I get into what the mascara does, lets talk about what initially grabbed me, which is the packaging. It's absolutely gorgeous, just look at it. (Why yes, that is a pumpkin in the upper right corner of the photo, these shots were taken right before thanksgiving.)


YSL is a Luxury brand, and it definitely shows, The packaging is just lovely and feel really solid. The cap gives a very satisfying click when you close it, which makes me feel like it's sealed better and will keep the product from drying out longer. Just looking at the packaging makes me feel giddy, and I love the way the YSL always lines up when you've completely closed the tube. It's this kind of attention to detail that makes this product. I absolutely hate when you buy something that doesn't line up anymore when you close it.

 Then there's the brush which is also really nice. It's kind of midsized, full but not overly full like Bad Gal Lash from Benefit is and has a bit of twist to the bristles which really helps it catch and evenly coat all of your lashes. This is the best shot I got of the brush, you can sort of see the twist that it has, but it's sort of hard to capture.


Then there's the mascara itself which is absolutely lovely. The formula seems very wet to me, which I don't usually like, but this goes on smoothly and dries quickly. The box says it gives indecent and spontaneous volume. I don't know about indecent and spontaneous, but it does give an amazing amount of volume. But as the cliche goes "The proof is in the pudding", so the only real way to prove how amazing this looks in through photos. These photos are unedited, just cropped.

Here's my eyes before the mascara:
In this photo I'm wearing a pink glittery/metallic eyeshadow from Lancome called Off The Rack which was a free gift with a $50 purchase, Urban Decay's Bourbon  24/7 Glide on Pencil on my upper and lower lashline and on my tightline with Tarina Tarantino's Eye Dream Hyperliner in Broken Doll on my waterline and in my inner corner and my eyelashes are bare. If you notice my eyes are sort of different shapes and it's really noticeable without mascara, and my eyelashes look non-existent on my upper lashlline.

Here's how my eyes look with one coat of the YSL Shocking Mascara:
 My eyes look more open and brighter and less bloodshot, and I adore what this does to my lashes. They look so long and full. I fully believe this mascara lives up to it's name. I really believe that these pictures are worth more than words. I truly love the effect the mascara has on my lashes and how it changes the way my makeup looks.

Dare I say it? I do, I really believe this mascara may be my Holy Grail mascara. Obviously, it's not perfect for all occasions, I wouldn't wear it if I'm wearing absolute minimal makeup and wanted a really natural look. But that's not what Holy Grail means to me, to me it means that it's my absolute favorite. I've tried nearly all the drugstore mascaras on the market and a few of the higher-end ones including Inimitable Intense from Chanel which was lovely and also $30, but I haven't loved anything as much as as I love this one from YSL.

The images in this post were taken by my husband and belong to me, the mascara was purchased by me, and all other products were purchased by me unless otherwised stated. This post does contain affiliate links.