My daily cosmetic staple is mascara. Even if I don't wear any other make-up that day, sometimes I'll curl my lashes and throw on a coat for a polished, wide-eyed effect. My Holy Grail mascara is Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof but I've been experimenting with new mascaras recently because many of my YouTube subscribers have been requesting recommendations for a non-waterproof mascara that performs as well as my HDWP. I figured YSL's newest mascara release, Shocking Faux Cils, would be a great candidate so I rushed out to pick it up as soon as it hit my local YSL counter.
I've always loved the YSL Faux Cils mascara line-up. The original is my favorite non-waterproof mascara and the Noir Radical Faux Cils adds even more volume without clumping but unfortunately, it smudges something major. The Shocking Faux Cils does not smudge but the formula is a fail, at least for my lashes, and you'll see why soon.
The brush has the standard FC head w/ultra soft bristles.
My lashes are thin but long. They curl easily but are very resistant to staying curled. Shocking is a wet mascara, heavier by nature, so it drags down the curl of my lashes. I expected that as soon as I pulled the wand out of the tube but what I did not expect were the clumps during application of the second coat [4 full brushstrokes]. I can apply at least 2 coasts of the original Faux Cils and at least 3 coats of the Noir Radical FC without encountering a single clump! What Shocking does well, however, is lengthen my lashes. And like the Noir Radical, Shocking is lovely in that it is a true black that does not fade after drying.
The problem is that I expect a $30 mascara to look ultra black, hold my lash curl, and add length and volume. The Armani ETK WP does that. My HG Lancome HDWP does it even better for $25!
Two Coats [Clump City!]
So is Shocking worth the high price tag? No. Stick to the original Faux Cils if you are interested in purchasing a YSL mascara! All Shocking did was shock my wallet, considering the poor performance, so I exchanged it for a Chanel Holiday glossimer :)