Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof, in Signature Violet


What I am looking for in a waterproof mascara: I usually use a waterproof mascara for when I know I am going to be in a wet environment and dont want mascara all over my face. I prefer a colored waterproof mascara when going to the beach or pool because I dont feel its is appropriate or necessary to wear any other eye makeup to these places.  A mascara in a subtle color which enhances your eye color will make your eyes stand out without eyeliner or eyeshadow on. (Purple brings out golden eyes and can bring out the warmth in blue and green eyes, Plum or red based browns enhance blue and green eyes, Greens and blues look great on brown eyes, Navy and dark blue will make the whites of your eyes brighter).  I want something that isn’t brittle on my eyelashes (which many are) and will withstand a day at the pool.  I want the mascara to give my eyelashes a bit of length and volume while not looking overdone at the beach or pool.

My lash type and concerns: I have long, stick straight lashes which could use a bit of definition and volume.  My skin can be oily and I use oil based moisturizers so under eye smudging can be a problem.  In addition, I need my mascara to hold a curl well.

The Product (as stated on their website): MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS WATERPROOF for a dramatic false lash effect now available in a waterproof formula. The unique brush is designed to work specifically with the new formula for to maximize lash volume and 24-hour hold.

Ingredient list: (I found this on Sephora.com.  Its for the black version because they dont sell the violet color and I threw the box away when I purchased this product, before I decided to review it for the blog.  This is the most reliable list of ingredients I have found)

Charcoal Black

Isododecane, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax, Disteardimonium, Hectorite, Aqua / Water, Allyl Stearate/Va Copolymer, Oryza Sativa Cera / Rice Bran Wax, Paraffin, Alcohol Denat, Polyvinyl Laurate, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Talc Synthetic Beeswax, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Peg-30 Glyceryl, Stearate, Silica, Parfum / Fragrance, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax, Panthenol. May Contain: Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77007 / Ultramarines, Mica, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide.

My thoughts: The Ingredients, although not all natural, are of pretty good quality. The wax in the ingredients keeps my lashes soft and plush, while the mascara stayed in place all day no matter what.   The violet color really brightens up my eyes and seems to make them glow. I remove it gently with a bit of jojoba or coconut oil and then wipe away with a cotton ball and rinse. The formula is wet and goes on wet but, my lashes stay curled and in place.   If you have used the non waterproof version of this mascara, please note that this brush is thinner and I feel that the mascara does not apply the same. for instance, the look is less dramatic but still buildable.

YSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof VioletYSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Violet 3


– Leaves lashes flexible and soft for a waterproof mascara

– Violet color seems to make my blue eyes glow.  Comes in several subtle, yet eye enhancing colors.

– Does not flake or smudge

– Is very waterproof

– Buildable


– May be difficult to remove

– Not the same as the Effet Faux Cils regular formula

– May not create enough volume for those who like a really intense look

– $30 price tag may be considered steep

Overall: This is my new favorite waterproof mascara. I was using Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara, but it started smudging on my sometimes oily skin.  This, on the other hand, stays in place all day. It really enhances my eyes so I can wear minimal makeup but still look great at the beach or by the pool.  I love that it leaves my lashes soft and flexible so I know its not drying out my lashes.  The gold tube of this signature YSL packaging makes this product feel luxurious to use. I would recommend anyone looking for a good waterproof mascara to try this in any color of their choice.

(Available at Nordstrom; $30)


Yves Saint Laurent Singulier Nuit Blanche waterproof mascara in #3 Vibrant plum

(photo from sephora.com)

It seems lately all my reviews have been pretty negative, and unfortunately this review is no different. There are actually more products I like than dislike, it just seems like several of my latest purchases have been a miss. Fear not readers I have some exciting posts coming up about some products I love, and I will be having a friend contribute to reviewing items and sharing her views right here on my blog. But in the mean time let me get one more disappointment off my chest.

I purchased this product because last year in the summer I loved my YSL waterproof mascara that I had purchased. But unfortunately that mascara was discontinued, and I was left with a choice between this one and the effet faux cils in waterproof. I knew I should have gone with the latter choice, but I was tempted by the rich plum color that the Singulier came in. (Plum color on the eyes really enhances blue eyes, where as violet will bring out gold color in eyes, and blues and greens will make brown eyes sparkle)

This wasn’t a horrible mascara, it just didn’t do my lashes much justice. The pros of this mascara were that it holds a curl beautifully even though it goes on wet. Whatever shape of curl I achieved with an eyelash curler is the sharp it would stay all day with this mascara. Another good thing is that it was truly waterproof. It could stay on through anything and did not smudge on my oily skin. In fact when applying it was a pain to clean up any smudges. Also the color was beautiful. As far as the cons and reason I returned this mascara, because of the highly waterproof formula, even with using oil to remove the mascara it seemed near impossible to remove. I don’t recall having this problem with my other waterproof mascara from YSL. Also one of the reasons I loved my old YSL waterproof mascara was the soft feel my lashes had when using it instead of a brittle feel that waterproof mascara usually gives. But this mascara was more stiff on my lashes. Also the brush I felt gave an inconsistent application. Sometimes I would apply this and think “not bad” and other times my lashes would end up all clumped together. I think this is because the space between the bristles holds too much product. I also noticed some lash fall out and breakage, however I must also state I have been playing around with some different eyelash curlers so it may not be the fault of the mascara, I will keep you updated on that. But I only noticed it since I have been testing this mascara which is why I mention it.

The brush is made of plastic comb like bristles in a spiral pattern. The brush seems really cool, but it takes too much work to get to look decent, and applies inconsistently. For a high end mascara I don’t want to have to work so hard for great lashes.