I've been very loyal to Benefit They're Real mascara but the one drawback is that it dries up quicker than any mascara I've ever used. I have used the regular YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara in the past which I've enjoyed and so I decided to try the newer version which is called "Shocking". It's supposed to give even more volume and I've heard mixed reviews about it. It is $30 and I purchased it from Sephora.
*Gorgeous packaging and very
expensive nice scent that is unlike many of the unpleasant "plastic-y" mascara smells out there.
*The Shocking formula does give volume that is similar if not better to the original "Non-Shocking" version.
*Works very well to add volume after using a lengthening and separating mascara first and then topping it off with the YSL.
*Did not notice any flaking or smudging when worn all day.
*Rich black color, and very glossy finish.
*I was already very aware of what others noted as the biggest drawback to this mascara: it is very very wet! When you take it out of the tube, the wand is coated with product.
*Wet formula can cause extreme clumping if you aren't really careful with how you apply it. But this is a matter of preference, some people see the wet formula as a good thing. I am somewhere in the middle.
*When used on its own, it is difficult to get separation and volume at the same time but when used in conjunction with a good separating mascara, the YSL compliments it nicely.
Final verdict: I do really like this mascara but I am not sure that I can't live without it.