We Try It: YSL Long Wear Cream Eyeliner

Today, I’m bringing you a brand new review of the YSL Effet Faux Cils Long Wear Cream Eyeliner, which you can buy for 25 USD at your local Sephora. Is it as good as its award-winning Bobbi Brown (22 USD) counterpart? Spoiler: no, it’s really not. It’s not even better than the ELF one (3USD).


You’ll love this if:

  • you like to rock the winged liner look
  • you are not exactly super gifted with liquid eyeliner (join the club)
  • you like shiny golden YSL packaging
  • you like overpaying for your makeup. Again this was $25, and if you keep reading you’ll see why it’s not worth it.

Skip this if:

  • you have oily skin/eyelids,
  • you live in a hot climate
  • you need your eyeliner to actually last all day
  • you hate it when your eyeliner transfers up on your top lid (and you’re just weird like that)


This eyeliner is much creamier than the other brands of pot-eyeliners I’ve tried (i.e., Bobbi Brown and ELF). In all fairness, Bobbi Brown is a gel liner, while this is a cream liner. I find it a bit gloopy, and it shows during application.

Coverage / opacity:

This eyeliner goes on quite opaque, although you may have to go over it one more time to get it completely opaque.

Right: freshly applied liner.
Left: my cheat technique. Yes, when I want a really sharp and straight wing,
I use tape. All the cool kids do it!

Colour range: 

YSL offers this product in six shades. There is Deep Black (01), which is the one I have, Black Grey (02), Black Bronze (03), Black Blue (04), Black Burgundy (05) and Black Green (06).


As a product that claims to be long wearing, this is exceptionally disappointing. It doesn’t go on as smooth as the Bobbi Brown, or the ELF. I do not have oily eyelids by any definition of the term, yet it immediately transfered onto my upper lids. I wiped the smudges before going out, and two minutes later, they were back.

Left: the eyeliner transfers up on your top lid right away. So much for “waterproof” and “long wear.”
Right: the eyeliner 5 hours after I applied it. It wears off ridiculously fast.

So there you have it. My completely honest, unfiltered and disappointed review of the YSL Effet Faux Cils Long Wear Cream Eyeliner. Now somebody please tell me that the nice people of YSL were stoned out of their minds when they made this. It’s the only possible explanation.

Disclaimer: I bought this product with my own money. I wish I hadn’t, because it is crap.

If, for some reason, you still want to buy this product, you can find it on the Sephora website.

I would recommend the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner instead.

Or, if you are a frugal makeup enthusiast, go for the e.l.f. one.

This post is originally posted on my beauty blog, The Moroccan Shopaholic.

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