The new Vinyl Couture Mascara range sees nine new mascaras launching. There’s your classic black, gold and silver top coats, some serious brights and a couple of wearable, more muted shades.
At first glance, some of these look a *tiny* bit scary (I’m looking at you hot pink mascara). And believe me when I say that the colour pay off on these is insanely good. The electric blue and bright pink really do translate onto the lashes thanks to the innovative high impact, lacquer-like formula YSL have used for these. It’s removed the need for any sort of white base that often comes with coloured mascaras and instead allows you to go straight onto your lashes for a really bold look.
I quite like the blue shade as an alternative summer look and while the pink is pushing it too far for me, I think this would make a fantastic contrast against deeper skin tones. They’d also work nicely used on the lower lashes with black on top for a cheeky pop of colour, making it much more wearable than an all over look.
In contrast, the aubergine ('I'm the Unpredictable') and green ('I'm the Excitement') shades are a lot more subtle, but so much less stark than traditional black. As part of the launch event I trialled the aubergine shade on my lashes and while it didn’t look overtly purple, it provided a really nice change of tone and was very flattering on everyone that tried it.
The glittery shades are a whole other ball game – they’re billed as topcoats, so you can customise your lash look with hints of glitter. Perfect for party season, or just those days when you feel the need for a bit of glitter. I'm the Storm has a black base to it with pewter glitter flecked through it, whereas I'm the Fire is gold, gold, gold. There’s a look on the YSL website showing Cara Delevigne with the gold shade packed onto her lower lashes and it looks absolutely stunning. I’d highly recommend buying at least one of the glittery shades to add to your mascara wardrobe – they really add something a bit different and the glitter stays on your lashes, not on your cheeks or in your eyes.
Weirdly, the only shade out of the whole lot that I’d give a miss was the black one. While it’s a very vivid black, I found it a bit of a wet formula and it clumped quite a lot on my lashes. I’d stick to their False Lash effect mascara if you’re after a black one, but do check out the coloured shades (and buy at least one!), you won’t regret it.
YSL Vinyl Couture Mascaras cost £25 each and can be found across YSL counters.
*contains PR samples