06.20.2013
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Yves Saint Laurent
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll
Rating
$30
Category:Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:06.20.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

The claims for this "Baby Doll" mascara are about as realistic as a Barbie doll's waist-to-hip measurements. Although the short-bristled rubber brush can work through lashes to achieve clean-looking separation and average length, this mascara is a far cry from creating "long-lasting volume". It takes numerous layers to build any sort of volume and doing so causes lashes to become clumpy and brittle.

As for the 24-hour wear claim, don't count on even eight hours of wear. The more layers applied, the more likely this mascara will flake throughout the day, and it smears any time your eyes water. Given this mascara's price, you should expect a perfect score all around, but it doesn't even come close.

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Pros:
  • Short-bristled rubber brush separates lashes well after one or two coats.
Cons:
  • Doesn't achieve volumizing claims.
  • Clumps when three or more coats are applied.
  • Flakes and smudges.
  • Doesn't wear flawlessly for 24 hours as claimed.
  • Overpriced.
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Brand Overview

Yves Saint Laurent At-A-Glance

Strengths: Every sunscreen includes avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection; some moisturizers with elegant textures; good makeup removers and toners; Radiant Touch is a favorite for good reason; intriguing blushes; two fantastic mascaras; very good liquid highlighter; innovative gloss/stain lip products.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no AHA or BHA products; no products to manage acne or combat skin discolorations; mostly mundane moisturizers and serums; pervasive use of jar packaging; antiwrinkle claims that epitomize ridiculous, yet cost hundreds of dollars; mostly average foundations; eyeshadow quads; mostly average lipstick and gloss options.

We have never reviewed an expensive cosmetics line with the intent of criticizing it based on the price tags alone. Our standard for reviewing all cosmetics remains the same whether the prices are rock bottom or stratospheric. What cannot be denied is that there are many consumers who just refuse to give up the notion that, in terms of cosmetics, expensive means better. If you're one of those consumers you may have been curious about our take on Yves Saint Laurent's makeup, which by far outshines their skin care.

In the past, as we surveyed the other French-themed lines at the department store (including Lancome, Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain), YSL almost always came in last, barely stepping up to the plate to compete in any category. Lately, we've been pleasantly surprised to find several impressive products, along with some needed improvements for many of their previously lackluster options (whose price-to-performance ratio was depressingly low). YSL still isn't the French line to set your sights on and fill your makeup bag with, but there are enough positives to make a trip to their counter worthwhile, assuming that your budget extends far enough to comfortably afford these items. (Even the best products from this line have less-expensive counterparts, but if you're label-conscious, you should know what to focus on.)

What's not so great is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in products with sunscreen, or SPF ratings that are too low given what we know about the need for a sufficient level of daily sun protection. Adding sunscreen to many of the foundations and lip products was a smart move, but doing so without getting the basics right doesn't get a passing grade. Most of the mascaras are surprisingly average also, yet on the other hand the foundation and powder shade selections have improved considerably. It's this off-kilter blend of outstanding and boring products coupled with steep prices all around that earn this line an "approach with caution" statement. However, careful shopping from YSL will undoubtedly net you some wonderful products you'll be pleased with, at least until the credit card bill comes due!

When it comes to skin care, Yves Saint Laurent relies heavily on its fashion heritage to convince consumers to give these products more than a passing glance. Based on the formulas and outlandish prices, we see no reason for anyone to admire, let alone purchase, most of the skin-care products this brand sells. The claims are nothing short of ridiculous, especially for any YSL product designed to minimize wrinkles or stop sagging. It's good that all of the sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection, but the cost means you'll be replacing them quickly (if you're being diligent about liberal application, as you should be) and, of course, all of them contain wafting fragrance. The moisturizers are much less impressive, but carry some of the most too-good-to-be-true claims imaginable. None of what they're said to do in terms of wrinkles, skin regeneration, firming, and sculpting skin is the least bit reliable, though many of the moisturizers have luxurious textures.

What's missing is a focused approach to provide skin with what it really needs to thrive and remain healthy. Some of the basics are covered, but antioxidants are seemingly an afterthought, water-binding agents and skin-identical substances are mostly lacking, and once again fragrance takes precedence over advanced ingredients with substantiated research to support their use. If your skin-care routine must involve a designer brand, you'd be better off shopping Chanel and only considering YSL for the makeup products they have that, cost notwithstanding, are worthy of the attention they get in, where else, fashion magazines.

For more information about Yves Saint Laurent, call 800-399-0929 or visit www.ysl.com.

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Definitely average

My results were almost exactly as described in the Cosmetic Cop review although I had no problems with clumping. I just found this to be an average mascara with no real results in either volumizing or lengthening or anything of any note other than adding color. For an YSL price tag, I would expect something a little more spectacular than this nothing special product.

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Meredith R
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Quite different from others

My experience with this mascara is the opposite of the reviewers here. I find this mascara does last as long as it claims to and it never flakes or smudges. Two coats and I get the longest, most defined lashes I've ever had. This mascara feels like "hair", too, not like rubber or plastic or fibers. It has a unique texture unlike any mascara I've ever tried, (and I think I've tried 95% of the mascaras on the market in the past 30 years).

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