The Great Mascara Hunt Project: Yves Saint Laurent's FauxCils
Review by Cavewoman
Photo of YSL with Loulou de la Falaise & Betty Calroux from gettyimages
Graphic from Katie at Scentzilla
This review is dedicated to my product guru, ChattyKathy. She has sung the praises of Yves Saint Laurent FauxCils mascara for so long that I think I had an earworm from her voice! Kathy has never steered me wrong. When she says a product is great, she's right. Because of Kathy, I've found and loved the legendary Marais liquid and cream foundations, Paula Dorf cream blushes, and Shiseido Hydropowder in Whitelights eye shadow, just to name a few.
I caved on two tubes of FauxCils, basic black (of course) and also #3 which is a dark but bright ultramarine blue. I tested the mascara in the blue shade for this review. Inside the elegant gold tube, I discovered the longest, lushest, fattest mascara brush I had ever seen. FauxCils promises volume, and I set out to get some good blue fringe. The brush was easy to use despite its size, and soon enough I had nicely coated lashes with a slight lift and no clumping or spiking. FauxCils did not require coat after coat and stroke after stroke. The product coated well, the blue shade was noticeable but not weird or creepy or theatrical. I was able to build good lashes, not really thickened much, not really lengthened much, but I was very pleased with what I saw. My lashes were well-separated and even after the mascara was dry, my lashes did not stick together or look fake or unnatural. FauxCils did not volumize as much as I had hoped, but it did not cake or 'dot' my skin, and my lashes looked beautiful. What I liked best about FauxCils was that it did not take long to build visible lashes, and at the end of the day it was easy to remove with my Almay pads. I did notice a bit of flaking under my eyes at the end of a long day, but the flaking was minimal. FauxCils stayed on very well after a 16 hour day. I don't require that kind of longevity very often.
I bow to ChattyKathy for insisting that I try YSL FauxCils. I can't wait for her next product recommendation.
Product rating, 8.
Disclosure: This product was purchased by the reviwer, Cavewoman