Shook by the Shock? YSL The Shock Mascara Review

YSL is one of those brands which I always want to try more from, but I get to the counter. Stare at the beautiful gold packaging with big magpie eyes and run away from it feeling a bit overwhelmed by choice. For a brand at YSL’s price point I don’t want to make mistakes with what I’m buying. One thing I do know I like from YSL is their Faux Cils mascara. and after revisiting that in November and December I was really keen to try out another mascara from the brand. During the January sales I was invited by my local shopping centre Queensgate to go on a beauty shopping spree for the best deals, and The Shock mascara was one I immediately snapped up.

The Shock mascara feels a step away from YSL’s usual gold plated effect packaging. It’s plastic and doesn’t feel quite as luxe. It’s nice quality, heavy plastic and the price is that little bit cheaper thanks to it not being a metal tube. This retails at £22, which is marginally cheaper than their usual £25.50 price tag. It’s still definitely up there in price, but the high end mascara lover in me is always looking for the next best thing.

The packaging of this is simple, it reminds me quality wise of the Tarte Tartist mascara. With plain glossy black tube and a champagne pink chrome lettering and handle on the wand with an embossed YSL logo adoring the top.

Cracking the tube lid open I was happily surprised (because I really didn’t know anything about this mascara, other than what the packaging looked like) that the wand is an hourglass shape. Most of my favourite mascaras have his shape wand, I find they pick up product well, lift the lashes and tend to be the best wand shape for volumising. I do tend to prefer hair bristles over rubber wands so I was interested to see how this performs.

The bristles are  a mixture of lengths which means that the wand picks up mascara easily, almost a little too easily as I find myself wiping some of the excess. As a result the effect of this mascara is interesting, the wand on first layer is separating, lengthening and a little volumising, the mascara creates and holds a curl well and is really black and pigmented. With a second coat of mascara it starts to create more volume and goes to that semi-clumpy look.

The Shock Mascara Applied

There’s a double-edged sword to this mascara. It’s not listed as waterproof, but having worn it teary eyed to a funeral yesterday I can say that this holds up without any streaking at all. By the end of the day this hasn’t flaked or smudged at all once, however when you get to the point of removing it, it’s also bloody difficult, wipes are useless, micellar waters barely touch it and cleansing balms are even a struggle.


Overall I really like the effect of this mascara and think it’s really pretty. I kind of like that clumpier lash look sometimes so it’s nice to have one mascara that can do both, whether or not I will buy it again hinges a lot on how long it ends up lasting, but so far – I’m impressed… but not quite Shocked.

Have you tried this mascara from YSL? It seems to be one that’s less talked about than others in the range

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24 thoughts on “Shook by the Shock? YSL The Shock Mascara Review

  1. Lashes look great Rach! I’ve never tried a YSL mascara but would probably steer away from this one based on packaging alone as it doesn’t look as luxe as you’d expect. Great to know it actually works well though 🙂 xxx

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  2. Now you mention it this does look a little like the Tarte Tarteist mascara! Don’t think I’ve tried an hourglass shaped wand before, but they do sound like they work well on the lashes. Fingers crossed this lasts well for you and you find a fuss free way to remove it!

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  3. This is one of my favourites for sure.

    I bought after I saw the recommendation from Rachloves on YouTube. Used a full tube and it was awesome but for some reason my second tube is leaving something to be desired

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  4. I like YSL mascaras but I’ve not tried this one. The packaging is a little on the cheaper side so I prefer the gold tube. That said it lookd good on your lashes. If it’s hard to remove then I’ll be leaving it. One of Benefits mascaras was a pain to remove so I hated it x

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  5. I can’t justify high end mascaras! And this formula sounds like a beast. My eyes just don’t get on with waterproof formulas – they hurt! It’s so hard to describe but throughout the day, the fumes from the mascara makes my eyes really tired and feels sting-y. That’s why I don’t wear waterproof mascaras. Not to mention how many lashes I would lose trying to remove them!

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  6. Don’t think I’ve ever tried any YSL mascara. I don’t mind slight clumps, it fattens the lashes which is nice too. It’s good that you’ve spotted that this mascara is “tear proof”. It is such a problem with many non-waterproof mascara.

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