Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils: Influenster Review

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I received this mascara complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I was one of the lucky people to receive the Yves Saint Laurent Voxbox from Influenster (!!!!!) I have never owned any YSL beauty products before (although I promise, I’ve admired them from afar), mostly because of how expensive they are. I have a hard time paying $18 for MAC lipsticks, so spending $32 on mascara is pretty much unheard of for me. I’ve currently been using Urban Decay Big Fatty ($20 at Ulta) mascara, and as shown in my last blog, L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions ($11 at Ulta). I’m pretty satisfied with both of those mascaras because they both give me a bold look – the UD mascara is super volumizing, and the L’Oreal is super lengthening, so depending on the look I’m going for, I can pick out of those two. ANYWAY, before I bore you to death, I was super duper excited and thankful to try this mascara out!

So, first of all, this is the Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara in black. ($32 at Sephora) As far as the packaging goes…this is GORGEOUS. The entire tube is different variations of gold. You only get 0.2 fl oz of product, which in my opinion is not a lot. For reference, you get 0.29 fl oz in the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara and a whopping 0.51 fl oz in the Urban Decay mascara. One weird thing that I noticed immediately when I opened it, is that the mascara is perfumed. Yes, you read that correctly. Perfumed. If that’s not some bougie shiz right there, I don’t know what is. That might be an issue for users with sensitive eyes? It has a pretty standard straight bristle brush.

Claims from the YSL website:

Achieve absolute dramatic lashes in a single stroke for eyes that instantly pop. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes.

I used this mascara in the photo above, and I have to say….I’m relatively unimpressed. It reminds me almost exactly of the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara, which you can get for less than $6 at Target, with 0.23 fl oz. It took two coats for me to feel like it actually volumized my lashes, and the brush doesn’t grab any little lashes on the inner corner. This is definitely a natural looking mascara, which is fine for some people, but it’s just not the look that I usually go for with mascara. As far as the claims about conditioning the lashes, I’ve only used it twice so I’m not sure I can accurately comment on that, but I haven’t noticed any difference in my lashes so far. One positive about this mascara is that it’s super black. Although that’s pretty much the only standout thing about it, other than it doesn’t clump, smear, or flake. 😁

Overall, I think I’d take a hard pass on this mascara and spend the money on a YSL lippie instead. I just don’t think it’s worth $32 for the little amount of product that you get, plus I can get a better mascara for $6 at Target. I’m sorry but this product does not deserve any hype lol! I was so excited to get it and soooo disappointed. Save your money on this one, gals! If you have tried this before, or also got this Vox, let me know what you thought about it in the comments!

Deets on the rest of my face:

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me+ Matte & Poreless in 120 Classic Ivory

Concealer: Nyx HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain

Blush: Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover

Bronzer/Contour: Benefit Hoola

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

Eyes: Elf Beach Beauty Book (limited edition), Jordana Cat Eye liquid liner

Lips: Maybelline ColorSensational in Pink Please  & Nyx Butter Gloss in Meringue

Mascara: YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Black


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