12 September 2011

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Black Bronze; FOTD, and swatches

Top: sleek gold packaging; middle right, product swatch; middle left, product on eye; bottom right, product on eye; bottom left, the helix cut brush.

I had a very special occasion this week that merited some very special makeup. Two of my friends got married to each other in a lovely and intimate ceremony, followed by a fun yet elegant party in the charming Schoolhouse Hotel. I had to bring out the big guns and wore my brand new Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking mascara in Bronze Black, from the latest YSL collection, Noir Couleurs (or The New Blacks).

I’m really excited by this collection, which is focused on the eyes and nails and blends black with an array of shimmering jewel tones for a deliciously dark and smoky finish.

The mascara promises ‘instant excessive volume’ thanks to a new, slim, helix cut brush – and it delivers. I found the wand easy to work with, creating a full-on lash look with pumped up volume and length in seconds.  On my black eyelashes the bronzed effect was very subtle - pretty when it caught the light, and dark enough to give me the intensity of a plain ol’ black mascara.

The colour perfectly complimented what is probably my favourite current eyeshadow, the marbled bronze, black and gold shade from Clarins 2010 Barocco eye colour trio. I teamed it with Avon’s very impressive mega impact gel eye-liner pencil – it was the first time I’d tried this product, too, and I plan to review it shortly.

And there’s good news if you like the idea of this mascara or any of the other gorgeous products in the new YSL range.  Between now and the end of September you can receive a complimentary smoky eye make-over in Brown Thomas Dublin, Galway, Limerick or Cork, to coincide with the exclusive launch of YSL's The New Blacks/Noir Couleurs Collection in BT stores.
Here’s a breakdown of the other products I used -- if you’d like me to review anything else from this look, just let me know in the comments.  

FACE: Clarins Everlasting Foundation; Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in Peach Nuance, #21

EYES: Clarins Barocco Eye Colour Trio (middle shade all over lid, and gold on the inside corners); Avon mega impact gel eye-liner in black flash; Avon glimmerstick brow definer in dark brown; YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Bronze Black, #3

LIPS: Avon Colordisiac in Flirty Fuchsia (reviewed here)

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Are any on your wish list? 

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