Tuesday, March 24, 2015

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara: Pics + Review


I could write paragraphs about my excitement on receiving the most coveted Influenster Vox Box yet, but we just don't have the time and basically, we all know you're here to get the goods on this iconic mascara. To sum it up, the makeup geek within passed out, died, and went to voluminous lash heaven when I got the email and when I got the package I had to clutch my heart and ask myself "Is this real?"

Okay! Now that I've got my cosmetic fangirling out, let's get to the review!

The mascara retails for $32.00 and comes in 6 colors (High Density Black, Extreme Blue, Burgundy, Rich Brown, Fascinating Violet, Deep Night)

I got mine in High Density Black, and thank goodness for that because that's basically the only color mascara I wear! 

The mascara wand itself is long with tightly bunched nylon fibers of the same length distributed evenly throughout the brush, tapering in size near the tip.

The formula has been reformulated to not dry out + includes B5 Pro-Vitamin to strengthen and protect lashes.

Upon opening the mascara I was pleased to see they didn't skimp on packaging. The lighter gold tube looks so sleek and frankly, expensive, sitting on my makeup desk. I'm sure to rotate it to the YSL insignia so everyone will know exactly who made this gem. They get a solid A for packaging!

When It came to applying the mascara for the first time, I was a little disheartened by the smell. As soon as I twisted the wand out of it's tube, a strong hair dye scent wafted up to my face. I mean it smells EXACTLY like hair dye! That did freak me out at first and I wasn't sure I wanted it on my lashes because sometimes I'm a bit sensitive to certain ingredients but everything worked out fine. While it was wet, it continued to smell like hair dye but once it dried, the scent faded This was honestly the only real complaint I had about the product so I thought I'd get it out of the way first.

Now onto the goodies! Check out these Before & After shots!

Top Row: No Makeup or Mascara, Middle Row: Left Eye No Mascara, Right Eye Mascara, Bottom Row: Both Eyes Mascara.

The pictures speak for themselves. My lashes have never looked more voluminous or long. I felt like I applied false lashes, except I didn't have to go through all of the fuss. All I did was curl them, apply one layer of mascara and BAM, full on false lash effect (exactly like the name suggests). The curl stayed over 12 hours and when It was time to remove it, the mascara didn't give me much fuss.

I feel confident in saying this is the best mascara I've used. Ever. 

So is it worth the $32 price tag? Yes, yes it is. If you are fully invested in buying the best of the best, don't settle for anything other than YSL's Effet Faux Cils. These blow my previous favorites out of the water (one of which is a prestige brand, the other a drugstore brand). 

Just look at those "Bedroom Eyes", I feel so sexy with this mascara on. Thank you Influenster and Yves Saint Laurent for providing me with a full sized mascara to try + review, I really appreciate it!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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