Ladies, you’re either gonna love me or hate me after this recommendation; you’ll either think I know what I’m talking about or that I’m full of shit.

Yves Saint Laurent has come out with the best mascara I have ever used–yes, EVER! It’s called Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking. Let me lay it out for you: I have short, stumpy–but curly–lashes. For years, I thought all I needed was a separator, so that’s what I bought for the most part. It was only when I started buying premium mascaras that I realized what a true voluminous lashes look like. They look like an entry into heaven, ladies, an.entry.into.heaven. I have used DiorShow and loved it and Chanel and loved it, however I never knew a love like this before. First off, the formula is amazing–it’s thick and weighty and smells divine. The effect on the lashes is second to none. It provides dramatic volume and dense, surprisingly longer-looking lashes. Now, I have to warn you: it takes some practice to truly learn how to work the mascara. Its formula is wetter than others and so it provides an effect that makes you look like you just stepped out of the shower where some lashes stick together. I personally like this look, but I prefer fanned lashes. This is where a bit of dexterity comes in. You have to work the wand a little to get the desired amount of separation, but as I prove daily, it can be done.

I notice that this mascara is hit or miss with people. Because the formula is primarily one that is volumizing, its default can be to clump more than other mascaras, but with a little practice, the incidence of that can be greatly reduced. For those of us that love it, we love that it withstands an intense workout, rain, sleet and snow, but washes off easily with soap and warm water. Best of all, it doesn’t dry out within 6 weeks, which really pisses me off, given that these products aren’t cheap. Neither DiorShow nor Chanel can say that.