In My Makeup Kit: YSL Faux Cils mascara Noir Radical

Faux Cils mascara Noir Radical  I’m breaking some rules by posting this now, but I just couldn’t wait any longer… Usually I wait at least a month when testing mascara, to make sure that it keeps performing as expected. If it’s a crappy mascara, I check that it’s still flaky/smudgy/giving me tranny lash, and if it’s a good one I like to make sure it’s not a high performer for two weeks and then a dud (which has happened before, you know).

But this guy – well it’s got me so excited I’m only halfway through the testing period and I love it more every day, so I had to tell you all. It’s the new YSL Faux Cils mascara. I’ve used Faux Cils before and liked it as the product is quite slick and allows you to build without clumpiness. But this new dude, well it’s in a league of it’s own! Whatever they’ve been doing at YSL Beaute they just need to continue right on doing it. I love everything about it.

It’s really black, so it falls into the Carbon Black mascara category, but without a hint of blue in it, which can make us fairer types look punched out. It has a lovely big brush but with lots of surface area on it, so you get to every lash. Also, unlike Diorshow (another large brushed mascara), it doesn’t get gelatinous in the tube. Honestly I have bought brand new Diorshow before and the first time out of the wand it looked like I had nuggets (yes, nuggets, it’s the only way to describe it) of road tar on them. I may as well have given my money to a homeless person for all the good it did my lashes – and then at least my karma would be shiny – so I’m no longer a Diorshow shopper.

Best of all? it’s really hard to get clumpy. The result? You get thick AND long lashes, which is super rare in one product. You can go back in and add more at the base without it getting on your lid, it stays all day, no flaking OR smudging, and the smell makes me swoon. It’s like wearing little bursts of French perfume on your lashes. What better way to start your day?

So this is my new weapon in my mascara arsenal. A word of caution though – it is beautifully easy to remove but because it’s a slippy mascara there is a lot of product on those lashes (even if it doesn’t look that way). A nice gentle makeup remover – currently I’m loving Chantecaille’s Camomile Eye Makeup Remover – and LOTS of cotton balls is the way forward. But it’s a small price to pay for dream lashes.

YSL Faux Cils in Noir Radical is available now in the UK, US and Australia.
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2 Replies to “In My Makeup Kit: YSL Faux Cils mascara Noir Radical”

  1. Hi,
    I’m new to mascara and I would like to know how to apply mascara properly, so I can do the product justice. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    I think I need a thickening mascara, because my lashes are long, but not very thick. So I’ve been “hunting” for a mascara to add definition to my eyes, without the nasty clumps (which I get when I use “maybeline, great lash!”).

    Does a drug store, thickening mascara, without clumps exist, or is it worth splashing the extra cash on the high end brand? (I’m on a student budget :).
    Also, is it true that a mascara brush determines its performance, more so that the formula itself?

    Thank you

    PS: My eyes are blue and my hair/lash colour is brown 🙂

    1. This is a big question! The main thing with mascara is to really get in at the roots and work it through the lash – combing with a clean mascara wand after each coat is helpful. My preference is for thickening mascaras and you can get great results with drugstore brands. I like Cover Girl Lash Blast and Maybelline Full n’ Soft. The performance of a mascara is part brush, part formula, part application and part personal preference. Just practice with it and have makeup remover and cotton buds on hand to correct any mistakes.

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