Friday, 1 November 2013

Makeup | Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara with before & after photos

The other night I had the urge to treat myself and was debating over which high end mascara to go for as I'd run out of my Benefit They're Real and the little samples I'd got from various gift with purchase bits. After Googling different mascara brands and trawling various different blogs for before and after photos I finally decided on YSL Shocking Mascara.


Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara £23.50 Debenhams


 Before
After

This mascara takes some getting used to, the amount of product that goes on is unbelievable, probably a little too much because it seems to clump very easily. I think the wand is very much to blame for this problem; it's helix-cut which means that you can load lots onto the brush but I think it means that it doesn't brush on as well.

There's no denying that it gives great volume and adds length but it doesn't separate the lashes as well as I would like. I think application of this mascara is going to take time to perfect, I think I'm going to need another clean mascara wand to brush the lashes out once I've applied enough product. I do think it's more of a night time kind of mascara unless you also like bold eye looks during the day. 

Once it's on and applied properly the staying power of YSL Shocking is pretty impressive, it lasted me all night on a very drunken saturday without smudging or flaking around my eyes but it's really easy to get off when cleansing which is always good!

I'm not keen on doing these kind of 'meh' reviews because I'm neither recommending it nor advising against it which I don't like doing but I have told you what I do and don't like about it! As for likelihood of repurchase, I'm pretty sure I won't repurchase. I had a small sample size Lancome Hypnose mascara a few months ago, I much preferred that. How it applied was much better, I just wanted to try something new which is why I went for this YSL one. 
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  1. I'd love to try a more high end mascara, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect one!
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    1. If you like fibre brushes I'd suggest something from Lancome, if you prefer plastic brushes then I'd definitely go for Benefit They're Real! x

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  2. The huge clumpy lashes look is not one I tend to go for and I have a heavier hand with mascara so I think I'll be avoiding this! Thanks for the review!

    Erica | Abundance of Erica

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    1. You definitely need to be careful when applying this! x

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  3. This seems to be very similar to the YSL False Lash Effect - I found that quite clumpy to apply but it also has quite a lot of fall down which they must have fixed for the Shocking mascara. It's a shame because I do like the volume, just not how much my lashes stuck together xx
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    1. Never tried that one but I did toy with the idea when I bought this one. I didn't notice any flaking at all, so I guess that is an improvement! x

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  4. Gutting I had high hopes for this when you said you had bought it. Shame really as the packaging looks lovely too - sort of thing I would grab on a whim so glad I have read your review and will avoid. I still think I'm the only one out there who doesn't like They're Real - think its crap LOL Don't get me wrong, gives long lashes but the look like spider legs on mine LOL!! Great review hun, better to be meh about a product than say you love it if you don't. Mel x

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    1. I know!! I think They're Real is one of those things that you either love or you really hate because the brush is a bit weird! At least there's one thing, this YSL one is quite the decorative one haha so it'll look nice on my desk even if I don't use it (ha, what an awful waste of money if this was all I was going to do with this!) x

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