A New Favourite Mascara?

I’ve been ambling across mascara no man’s land since my ol’ fave L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara disappeared from the shelves earlier this year. I’ve got a handful of drugstore fallbacks that I’ve been satisfied with, including another L’Oreal one, their Shocking Extensions Telescopic Waterproof Mascara, which doesn’t seem to have made its way to UK soil yet, but nothing that caught my heart quite like the Telescopic. The other day, completely off the cuff I perused the YSL counter and exited with the YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara purchased. With a million and one raves I’ve spotted over the years whirling round my head and the luxe packaging blurring my decision making it was finally time to give it a whirl and yep, it’s love.

There are a few reasons why I wish I didn’t love it but I do. Firstly it comes in at double the price of my usual mascara loves (boo!), though isn’t that what Boots Advantage Card Points are for? Secondly, it comes in fancy schmanzy gold packaging which looks fabulous for a few weeks until it gets scratched up in the depths of your makeup bag. Thirdly, it’s equipped with a fibre brush wand, whereas I’m normally more of a plastically girl myself when it comes to combs. All signs point to neigh, but for me it’s yay. Despite its pitfalls the formula is spot on, adding volume and length in equal measures and managing to keep my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler-induced flutter. It stays in place all day with no smudging even with my eyes that decide to stream with tears in the cold climate (I really am quite a catch) and there’s no flaking or signs of tiring to be seen. Now I can see what all the fuss is about when it comes to YSL mascaras.

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  • BelleJeunesse

    I’m trying to find one at the moment to buy myself for Xmas – I’ve been looking at the MAC ones. This looks great on your lashes! 🙂 x x

  • Ivana C

    Looks so good! Now about that price…
    Also totally off-topic, but what lip colour are you wearing in that photo? Looks amazing!

  • Elisia

    Looks lovely Anna – I’m trying to ween myself off my spidery lash inducing Maybelline falsies – I just can’t, I love me some spidery lashes!!!

  • Maddy Cane

    Looks like a lovely mascara, if only it didn’t have such a huge price tag! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Jodie
  • Hmm although it’s extremely tempting but I find it a bit pricy for a piece of makeup that I cannot use for more than 3 -5 months. Luckily I keep getting FREE (is the keyword lol) Lancome mascaras as gifts. Don’t ask, I keep ending up with at least 2 new ones before I throw out the old ones.

  • Lucy Cole

    Looks great!! Wish I could afford it haha!

  • klaudia m

    Looks great but I prefer more thick looking lashes. <3


  • Stormy Mittens

    Nice! Curious if you’ve tried the burberry mascara. I’ve been using it nonstop since I got it a few weeks ago, and I don’t usually even wear mascara due to most ones I’ve tried smudging and giving me racoon eyes. The burberry one doesn’t do that, even though it’s not waterproof. Love love it. I’d highly recommend trying it if you get the chance!

  • Eleri Roberts

    Oooooo very nice.. really need to snap up the SU some eyelash curlers also! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Bella

    I certainly see why you like it. I have never tried the waterproof version, and the non-waterproof version seriously smudged EVERYWHERE. Thanks to you I used to use Loreal Telescopic Waterproof at the gym, and I’m on my last one. I’ll be lashless at the gym in future.
    I currently use Clinique High Impact Extra Volume thanks to LIly…Love it too.

  • yanksgurl613

    beautiful! love how it looks on your lashes! xx. gigi.

  • Sultana

    You should really try the new Volume de Chanel mascara it really is the best mascara ever, create amazing volume, lengthens and holds curls so well, not to mention it makes eyelashes look incredibly black that the lashes look amazing even from 20 metres away!!

  • Maddie

    I used to be a big YSL mascara fan but since my stepsister introduced me to Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara nothing compares. Anna you should try the waterproof version! I swear by it!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • It is a shame about the price of this, but hey ho I also have been saving up my Boots points and have been looking for a decent mascara so I’m going to have to treat myself to this I love how natural it looks! xx


  • Katie Dickson

    looks great, lovely and natural!

  • Le Makeup Freak

    I think that YSL Shocking mascara is the HE version of the Loreal one.

  • Rachel Brooks

    I was given this for my birthday recently and I have to concur – it’s fabulous. Can’t believe I’ve never tried it before!

  • I’ve used this for years after discovering it during a pre holiday splurge in duty free and I can’t get enough. The staying power is amazing, 100% better than the non waterproof version. I’ve been through, Chanel, Givenchy, Dior etc nothing else compares to the Faux Cils. Its worth every penny.

    kate | essential / obsession

  • Emily P

    I’ve been struggling to find a mascara that lives up to the great Telescopic. Maybelline illegal length has been on of my new favourites!

  • Lyndsey

    Wow! I see why you love it. Looks amazing!

  • Camille

    YSL’s mascaras are great but they dry EXTREMELY fast. That’s why I’ve stopped using them. You should try the L’oréal Extra Volume Collagène Mascara. I gives your eyelashes length, curl and volume. It’s my new favorite !

  • Camille

    L’oréal Telescopic waterproof mascara can still be found in France. Maybe next time you come to Paris… Or order online ?

  • You might wanna give Benefit’s “They’re Real” a chance, if you haven’t tried it yet… I bought it about a month ago and am seriously hooked!