Monday, 17 March 2014

Beauty| YSL Shocking Mascara

Mascara is one of my all time favourite things to buy and to try as well as apply in my make up routine. Being someone with fairly long, natural lashes, nothing beats a good mascara that accentuates that. I've tried many mascara from the high street to the high end and long to find one that will become that 'must have' staple in my collection. I've heard a lot of hype surrounding the YSL Shocking Mascara on various social networking sights and as much as tried to convince myself that I didn't need it, really I knew at the bottom of my heart, I would most definitely eventually end up buying it. Especially when it has such a gorgeous metallic gold packaging, how could one resist, honestly? 

This mascara promises a 'shocking' amount of volume, a claim that did not disappoint. After one application my lashes were thick, bold and the blackest of black but that came at a price. The formula is extremely wet, clumps easily and all in all is very hard to work with. The brush worked wonders volumising my lashes but completely flumped on the separating front. I found it near enough impossible to achieve the look I was after with this product and often had to call in help from other mascaras to create a finish that was acceptable to leave the house with. I hesitated to do a review on this straight away as I wanted to give the product a good enough chance to perform in the way I wanted it to before I slated it for the world to see. Luckily around three weeks later the formula dried out slightly, meaning the product applied more effectively and there was less clumping and more separation and of course volume. 

All in all, a mediocre mascara that although I'm happy using for the time being I probably wouldn't purchase again in future. I don't fully understand the hype surrounding this product and I truly believe I have trialed drug store mascaras that gave me better results than this. 

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What mascaras did you find that didn't live up to the hype? 


  1. I can't get over how pretty YSL's packaging is for basically everything! It's a shame this mascara didn't do it for you, I've read some pretty good reviews and who can say no to gold packaging?! haha

    Holly /

  2. The packaging is STUNNING, but I'm not digging the description of it! Definitely sounds like a mascara that wouldn't work for me! Thanks for the honest review!