Beauty Product Review: Yves St.Laurent Faux Cils Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume #07 Eff. Faux Cils

I so, so wanted to love this mascara. It’s been recommended to me by so many people, who’ve said such wonderful things about it that I just had to try it. Here’s what happened…

How It Works:
Well, it’s a mascara, innit? It works by making your eyelashes look darker, longer, lusher and lovelier. Or that’s the theory, anyway. This one in particular is supposed to mimic the “faux ciels” (false eyelashes) look, creating big ole doll-like lashes. But does it work?

Like Touche Eclat before it, Faux Ciels comes in YSL’s signature gold “tube”. It’s a look that’s working for them, so let’s not knock it: and there’s no denying it feels satisfyingly expensive when you pcik it up. I like that. 8/10

Here’s where Faux Ceils falls down. For me at least, the applicator brush was just way too chunky to be able to use effectively. Yes, it went on OK, and it didn’t clump at all (probably its biggest strength), but the brush was just too thick for me to get from roots to tip without smudging the mascara all over the eye area. Shame.

Well, it coated my eyelashes fine, and it certainly didn’t clump, but it didn’t leave me with the dolls-eye lashes I’d been hoping for, either. In fact, my eyelashes, which are fairly long anyway, just looked spiky after I’d used this, which really wasn’t the effect I was hoping for. In the interests of fairness, and because I wanted this to work so very badly, I tried it three times, both with my trusty eyelash curler and without. It all ended up the same, I’m afraid, with short, spiky lashes and a bit of a mess around the eye. Sorry, Faux Cils.

Price: £13.50 from StrawberryNET

Worth it?: Sadly, no.


  • October 12, 2006


    Actually, just to add to this… I wrote this review last night, and when I used Faux Cils this morning it actually looked a lot better than any of the three previous times. Now I feel like an ass.

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  • October 14, 2006


    I’m loving your honesty! Have you tried DiorShow mascara? I’ve been reading passionately positive reviews about it everywhere but I’m not sure who I can trust…

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  • October 15, 2006


    Hey Winona 🙂
    I have indeed tried Diorshow (bit of a mascra whore, here), and must have read the same reviews as you because I expected big things from it, but it all eneded up a bit like the Faux Cils experience, I’m afraid. I actually liked it better than the YSL – less spiky – but the brush is still too clumsy for me. I try everything, but I always end up going back to good ol’ Lancome for mascara – definitely the best I can recommend!

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  • May 5, 2007


    Amber, you are a life saver!
    I was browsing around the net to check which mascara had the best review and found yours, was searching for reviews for Diorshow and YSL, but now that you recommended Lancome, I will definitely give keep that at mind.
    You are an angel, any other recommendation?
    Such as foundation, eye pen?

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