March 08, 2011

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

Price: $30.00

This award-winning volumizing mascara achieves a dramatic result in a single stroke. The secret? The triple-film complex. A coating film for intensity, a conditioning film with pro-vitamin B5 and aloe vera for curves and a fixing film with vinyl polymer for long-lasting effectiveness. The brush applicator combines nylon fibers of varying diameters for volume enhancement, as never before. 

 My bare lashes (curled)

 2 coats of mascara

  • luxurious packaging

  • clumps
  • smudge
  • expensive
  • strong scent
  • doesn't hold a curl
  • dries out pretty fast
  • doesn't lengthen lashes
  • not dramatically volumizing
  • the brush doesn't "grip" the lashes and doesn't coat them evenly

What I think:

OK, yes my lashes might look nice in the close-ups, but don't be fooled! In real life, my lashes barely show, and the effect is far from false lashes.

I tell you, this is one of the worst mascara I have ever tried.

I have super short and straight lashes, and this mascara did absolutely nothing for them. It's barely volumizing, it absolutely didn't lengthen my lashes and it couldn't hold a curl at all! If you have straight lashes, don't even bother using a lash curler. On top of that, it clumps and smudge.

I'm not a fan of the brush either. The bristles are so close together, it makes it hard to reach for every single lashes and coat them properly, especially the little ones in the inner corner.

Every time I use this mascara, I have to remove the excess of product (and I'm talking about chunks of product) that builds up at the opening of the tube with a tissue. What a mess.

I have had this mascara for a little more than one month I would say, and it's already starting to dry out and difficult to use.

I have this mascara in the shade 1 High Density Black, and it's not even that black, really. It actually looks like a matte dark grey.

The only good thing I can't think of about this mascara is the packaging. Not only is it super sleek and luxurious, it can almost speak! It will tell you if the mascara is properly closed with a little "clik!" How practical is that? Oh but be sure you hear the "click" if you don't want your mascara to be all dried out in as little as 2 days.

Overall, I'm totally disappointed by this mascara, and it's absolutely not worth $30 (no, not even for the pretty packaging).

Available shades:

Recommend? no, Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express does a better job than this one, and I'm sure it's not the only one!

Disclaimer: I received this product as part of a sponsorship. I was not paid for this review,  I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion.


  1. you look so beautiful!
    and thats a shame about the mascara :/ i honestly think that drugstore mascaras are so much better than high end ones!

  2. Gaby what camera do you use I absolutely love the closeups, I tried doing that with my nikon coolpix for the Avon Super extend mascara review but it wasn't very clear :(

  3. Thanks for the tips, I will try and let you know how I get on! And I'll have a look at the covergirl foundation too :)

    Thanks :D

  4. Another comment from me, yes sorry I'm stalking you lol, but I just saw you're an AVON rep and have been dying to ask someone about their samples, do you get samples to give out to your clients for free?

    Sorry again!

  5. I've been wanting to try this one, but always put it off because of the price. Thanks for the heads up, I won't spend it on it :)

  6. I was looking through your past posts and it was in the comments section :( So sorry!


  7. Merci pour ton commentaire :) Es tu québecoise? :D
    Tu as des super beaux cils ^^
    Mais je suis d'accord avec toi je préfère le falsies que le YSL. Avant j'achetais que des trucs de "haute gamme" mais maintenant je me tourne vers les produits de pharmacie spécialement les mascaras qui sont juste superbes ! :D
    Bisous, K.

  8. i've been thinking about getting this but think i might give it a miss now... great review :) x

  9. sometimes the cheapest mascaras are better than the expensive ones!
    u really must try the new one from MAYBELLINE one by one volumen express, it's just amazing!

  10. C'est drôle je ne m'aurais pas attendu a ça à cause de la marque ! En tout cas on vois qu'il faut pas se fier juste à ça!!

  11. Ah I feel like there's a makeup rut right now. Nothing seems to be working like you expect like that Warm Palette. Is it that hard to put out good quality? Especially for the prices we pay. Sorry this mascara didn't work out for you :( Thanks for the review

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  13. ahh so dissapointed this isnt amazing!! i mean the packagain is stunning and sexy :(

    Great review.....when it comes to expensive products its best hearing the bad before you splash out xox

  14. sux you didn't like it the close up did look great !!! but you can always use it as a back up

    thanks for stopping by my blog

  15. Réponse à ton commentaire :
    J'avais essayé le gloss Rose Exclusif de Bourjois et je trouve que le rose qui donnait sur mes lèvres était très joli, hyper naturel. Mais je veux le rouge à lèvres L'Oréal parce que je préfère le geste de mettre du rouge plutôt que du gloss ^^

  16. it actually looked really good in the close up pic! what a pity! have u tried loreal curl impact collagene mascara ? it lengthens, thickens and curls for me really well..

  17. C'est domage que tu n'aimes pas ce mascara! Je l'ai en Noir Radical, qui est je crois le plus récent, et apart du fait qu'il smudge pas mal, je l'aime. J'ai trouver un truc pour aider avec le fait qu'il smudge... Le Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara! J'ai remarqué qu'avec ceci, il ne smudge pas autant. Je ne suis pas sure si la formule est pareille avec le Noir Radical, mais je le trouve correct. =) Le Falsies de Maybelline est un autre de mes favoris!

    Andrée xx

  18. LOL ! I saw only one pros and there's many cons other than that ! haha...
    Quite an honest review though =) I used this before and I don't like it either. Agree with you , Maybelline is better than it XD

  19. @christine : Awww thank you Christine! Now I'm afraid to invest in high end mascaras, as this one sucked so much for me. I'll stick to drugstore mascaras for now!

    @Carla : Hope my advices will help you! Let me know if you try them (=

    @Evelien: well it could always work for you, but it was a total mess for me )=

    @Little Asian Doll : Oui je suis québécoise! Je ne pense pas acheter des mascaras haut de gamme à cuase de cette mauvais expérience. Je n'en reviens toujours pas, j'avais entendu tellement de choses bien à propos de ce mascara )= Oui, comme tu dis, je suis heureuse avec les mascaras de pharmacie moi aussi!

    @Hannah- Ramblings of a Cosmetic Junkie : it could always work for you but I would definitely not recommend it x=

    @patukiii : Oh I'm not sure about the One by One, my friend hates it. And I don't think this is the mascara I need as I want length and volume, not definition z=

    @Chloé : Oui, je suis très, TRÈS déçue. J'avais entendu tellement de choses bien à propos de ce mascara... mais bon, c'est sûr que le résultat peut être différent sur quelqu'un d'autre.

    @She Likes To Pretend : Ahah you are right! I wasn't so mad at the palette but come on, this mascara is worth $30!!!

    @Fash Boulevard: Thanks for the link!

    @Steph xox: I was so eager to try this mascara, but it's so disappointing. Seriously, for $30, I was expecting something amazing! Aww well )=

    @Curves ahead makeup : Yes, I thought it looked great in the close-up, too! But if you look from a little far way, my lashes are barely there z=

    @Mara: Oh d'accord! Moi c'était l'inverse, je ne trouvais pas l'effet très naturel. Mais bon, j'avoue ne pas porter du rouge à lèvres tous les jours, donc c,est peut-être tout simplement le manque d'habitude. J'ai hâte de voir ce que tu penses du rouge à lèvres L'Oréal si jamais tu l'achètes!

    @Blovet Beauty : No, I haven't heard about this mascara. I'm not a fan of L'Oréal mascaras as they are a little more expensive than what I normally pay for a drugstore mascara. I think I prefer Maybelline when it comes to mascara.

    @Straight Up Glam : Oh mais je ne mets pas de mascara sur mes cils du bas, justement, et il smudge quand même! Pour 30$, c'est complètement ridicule, franchement!

    @AnnaYJia : yes, I was so mad when I wrote this review LOL! But it seriously sucks big time! Yey for Maybelline =D

  20. That's a shame that the mascara didn't work out for you. For me it's my favorite masacara but I must agree it does dry out pretty quickly.

  21. @Lisa : I was very excited to give it a try as I've heard do many great things about it, but I've been totally disappointed )=

  22. wow look at the list of cons! :(

    thanks for the review!

    re: etude house nail polishes! Yea - asian packaging seems to be more cute ahaha but i like the simplicity of western makeup packagin!

    btw - thnks for following my blog! :D

  23. wow look at the list of cons! :(

    thanks for the review!

    re: etude house nail polishes! Yea - asian packaging seems to be more cute ahaha but i like the simplicity of western makeup packagin!

    btw - thnks for following my blog! :D

  24. btw - i am following u back too! u hav an awesome blog! :)

  25. i have this mascara too, but it dried out so fast :S
    Dont think im going to buy it again. But i really like the packaging, its really pretty

  26. @for the love of beauty by lara : Thanks for the follow =D

    @Christine: It's already dried up and I've been using it for only a month! That's crazy! But yes, besides the packaging, I don't see anything at all positive about this mascara )=

  27. Ayoye! J'avais entendu des quand même bons commentaires sur ce mascara là, c'est ben ça le pire! mais même avec les photos en gros plan, c'est comme pas impressionnant! Je me suis toujours demandé si ça valait la peine de payer un masacara genre 30$ comme celui là, pis j'pense que c'est la preuve que nos mascaras à 7$ de pharmacie font amplement la job et que on peut investir dans autre choses pour ce qui est du make up :) merci du review : )

  28. @j0waaa : Je sais, j'ai également entendu beaucoup de bonnes choses et j'ai vu pas mal de beaux résultats (surtout sur JLovesMac1 sur YouTube tu la connais?), alors j'avais d'énormes attentes... Ma seule consolation est que je ne l'ai pas payé, mais quand même, c'est très décevant de la part de Yves Saint Laurent! Oui, vive les mascaras de pharmacie (surtout Maybelline ahah!)

  29. I agree! Thanks for the honest review.:D

    ***** Marie *****

  30. I would have to disagree with the post. I have tried many different mascaras and the YSL has been the best for me. I only do one coat so that it wont look tacky and clumpy. The mascara stays on all day. It doesn't smudge and i don't have black spots under my eyes. The formula doesn't irritate my eyes like the drug store mascaras do. Drug store mascaras make my eyelashes fall out. They also make my eyelashes hard when i have the mascara on. The YSL mascara makes my eyelashes look naturally dark and long. I also tried DiorShow and it makes the mascara fall under my eyes. There are only 2 cons for the YSL: it tries fast and it is a little pricey. On the other note. I love your blog.

  31. @Marie : Glad I'm not the only one who hates this mascara Marie!

    @MAUDE: Thanks for your opinion Maude, I understand mascaras work differently for each of us. Drugstore mascaras don't make my eyelashes fall out, for example, and I have very rarely hated a drugstore mascara. I fI do only one coat of the YSL mascara, my lashes barely show (same results even with 3 coats anyway). But this mascara seems to smudge for a lot of people from what I've read on other blogs. I have DiorShow but have yet to try it, it's sleeping somewhere in my stash. I don't have high expections though, as I've been disappointed with YSL. I'm glad you like my blog, thanks for stopping by! x

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