YSLtheshockShocking indeed!

There aren't many mascaras that impress me. However, this one lived up to its name.

Mascara and I go way back. In fact, ten years ago I started The Mascara Report due to overwhelming disappointment in the world of mascara. And while I wish I had the time to continue the report to help guide lash enthusiasts in the right direction when selecting a mascara, this will have to serve as my stamp of approval.

Mascara should serve your purpose. And yours may be different than mine. I have high expectations and I realize it. However, there is no reason why I shouldn't be able to find the perfect mascara match. My absolute musts — volume, length and positively no clumping, smudging, smearing or flaking. 

How did The Shock fare?

There is no doubt this is the most volumizing mascara by Yves Saint Laurent. The hourglass shaped brush allows the formula to grab hold of lashes. Because of that, it lengthens automatically. What was most shocking for me was the ability to get the look that I wanted without compromising my need for 'work all day' mascara. Literally in one coat it did everything I wished for with complete ease. It's even sweat proof! Yet, at the end of the day, it comes off incredibly easy (and I have no idea how YSL does it). The only drawback is the life of The Shock. A month to a month and a half can be expected. In my book, well worth it.

Available at Neiman Marcus

curlingmascaraMascara is just one of those products I demand a lot from.

Always have.

It mustn't smudge, smear, flake or clump. And it absolutely must bring volume and definition to my lashes. When I leave my house every morning shortly after 6am, I expect my mascara to hang with me all through the day. I rarely get a chance to look into a mirror, so it better not let me down. By the time I wash my face (10pm), I want to be proud of what my mascara has accomplished. Don't you?

Typically I find a new mascara and stay married to it for quite some time. So I have to admit it's difficult making a switch. However, this switch was a surprisingly beautiful one.

Trish McEvoy's Lash Curling Mascara rocks! A big Kevyn Aucoin fan, this is better than the comparative formulas. It's a tubing mascara, so it forms water-resistant tubes around your lashes. Far better than waterproof mascara, the 24-hour formula stays just-applied looking all day. The innovative curling brush lifts and curves each lash. And clean up? A snap. Just add warm water and the tubes slide off. 

So I say almost perfect. Simply because it doesn't last the typical 3 months. However, worth it? Yes.