Mascara has always been one of those beauty products that I never really paid much attention to. If you were to pick through my make-up collection, chances are that you would find a few sample mascaras and a couple tubes of drug store mascara. I never really delved into the world of high-end mascara because I was always pretty happy with my L’Oreal Lash Paradise or my Covergirl Lash Blast. However, the world of bridal make-up has taken over my brain recently and the idea of having the look of false lashes without the false lashes for things like events and photos is very intriguing. One mascara that I’ve had my eye on lately is YSL’s The Shock Volumizing Mascara. I’ve seen a few online reviews and first impressions praising this product for delivering long, thick and luscious lashes. So I had to check this one out for myself.
Sephora describes this mascara as “coating each lash with maximum volume in a single stroke and without clumping”. With its “brilliant, high intensity colour, this long-wearing mascara will give dramatic lashes that will not smudge”. This mascara is available in three colours, including burgundy, blue and black, and costs $41 CAD. Each tube comes with about 0.28 fl. oz. of product, which is less than my Covergirl Lash Blast but about the same amount of product as my L’Oreal Lash Paradise.
First and foremost, the packaging is on point. The tube is high shine and lacquered, with a beautiful rose gold cap bearing the YSL logo. As you can see from the photo on the left, the wand applicator of the mascara is quite large and contains synthetic-type bristles for coating the lashes. The bristles are shaped in more of a curvy design, with the middle tapered in, giving the applicator an hourglass shape. I was a little worried at first that the applicator might be too large for my eyes, but there’s something about the shape of the bristles that just contours and hugs my lashes. It’s perfect.
The thing I love the most about this mascara is how black in pigmentation it is. With just one coat, my lashes are absolutely saturated and super black. I also love that this mascara helps to curl my lashes and will keep that curl for the better part of a work day. Since I wasn’t blessed with the world’s curliest lashes, I often need to lean heavily on a good eyelash curler to help me get the lifted effect I want. When using this mascara, I often don’t need to pre-curl my lashes (unless I’m have a particularly rough morning). In terms of formulation, this mascara is definitely on the thicker side. In fact, if I’m not careful with the application, it can even be a little clumpy. This is a bit of a sticking point for me because the description of this mascara on Sephora’s website specifically says “without clumping”. In my opinion, not totally true. It definitely clumps if you’re a little too wild with it. I do have to say that even with a few clumps, this mascara does not flake off or smudge during wear. I’m still surprised about this to be honest. Most mascaras, be it drug store or one of my higher end sample mascaras, will tend to flake or smudge, especially under my eyes. I do have eyes that tend to water a bit more than the average person, so mascaras can be a total wreck by the end of the day. I haven’t had that problem with this mascara, which is great.
Overall, I do enjoy using this mascara but it’s not one that I reach for every day. I typically save this for special occasions or important appointments. Because I don’t use this product on the regular, it’s not worth the $41 CAD price tag for me personally. I know that I can get the job done with much cheaper alternatives (I still swear by L’Oreal Lash Paradise). Have you tried YSL’s The Shock Mascara? What were your thoughts? Is it a mascara you use for every day wear? Leave your comments below!