Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Blue Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara Makes Sad Lashes Happy About Blue

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yves saint laurent majorelle blue

Some things are just made to be together, ya know, like chubby cats and costume jewelry, pink feather boas and plastic tiaras, stretchy pants and pints of ice cream (again, the whole no-dairy thing = not happening), blue mascara and naked butt cheeks…


Wait — what was that last one again?

Oh, yeah. Blue mascara and bare bottoms. 🙂 So about that, I wore the new Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara in Majorelle Blue ($30) to the Bay to Breakers yesterday, and over every inch of the 7.25-mile course and after many, many bare booty sightings, Majorelle Blue held the curl from my lash curler and refused to flake or smudge.

More importantly, the color, a bright electric blue, and the formula’s fringe-fattening powers, fit right in with all of the funny faces I made during the race. 😯

It began at the starting line…

My friend Marisol’s workout buddies asked me to take a picture of them. “Sure!” I yelled over the crowd, which was steadily growing around us.

Time was of the essence once the tortillas started flying through the air! (It’s a tradition; folks throw them like Frisbees.) One second, I’m composing the camera and telling the girls to “Say ‘cheese’ in 3-2-1…” The next, a guy wearing nothing but body glitter (and running shoes) is brushing past me down the street, whoosh!

The camera shutter clicked.

I’m thinking, Uh oh… Did I get the right shot? And the girls started cracking up. “Your eyes got SO BIG!”

This happened several times during the race. One or more naked butt cheeks would cross my path, I’d make a funny face, and my eyes would double in size! One might conclude that this wide-eyed effect was due to good old fashioned shock, but I say it was Majorelle Blue.

Yeah, it was mostly shock. But I do think Majorelle’s intense bright blue contrasts with my brown eyes in a way that makes my peepers look just plain HUGE!

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yves saint laurent majorelle blue eye

yves saint laurent majorelle blue

I see a similar effect on the YSL model’s eyes (I’m diggin’ her ’80s look)…

ysl majorelle blue

This is kinda like how it was at the Bay to Breakers, except that instead of peering up at a presumably handsome Don Draper type, an assumption I’m basing on the shoes at the bottom of the shot, I was staring at a skinny naked dude with the word “slut” tattooed across his left butt cheek. IN ALL CAPS!

For what it’s worth…at least he had the good sense not to use Comic Sans. 🙂

Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Blue Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara, $30

  • One of four waterproof mascaras released for YSL Summer 2012 (there’s also a Charcoal Black, Burnt Brown and a Signature Violet)
  • Great for overall lengthening and thickening, but since the formula’s a little thick, you might want to keep a lash comb around during application to separate lashes
  • The mascara feels light, not heavy, but it does leave my lashes a little stiff
  • It’s extremely waterproof (just don’t rub at your eyes)
  • Two coats deliver a dramatic electric blue lash look

PRICE: $30
AVAILABILITY: Available now at YSL counters and nordstrom.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (pricey, but I love the color and performance)

B2B 2012

Just a few pics from the race yesterday. I’m pretty sure I vetted out the NSFW ones… NOTE: I said, “pretty sure.” 🙂


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  1. Amanda Val says:

    how i miss san francisco and the rest of the bay area now

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda Val,

      Are you originally from the Bay? Which part did you live in? I grew up in the East Bay, lived in SF for a while after college and now I’m in Marin. I love it here and don’t think I could ever leave.

      • Amanda Val says:

        I’m actually from the south of SF, near Burlingame 😀
        but i’ve been an expat in china for the majority of my life, so i come back every summer.. I really would just love to settle down back in SF one day! The rolling fog, the crisp air.. it’s a giant contrast to China 🙂

  2. I love the blue mascara on you! I really want to try colored mascara – I think I had some 10-15 years ago, but I haven’t tried it recently.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Emi,

      It’s rare to find one that’s actually really, really blue like this one… give it a go sometime!

      Hope you had a nice weekend. Did you do anything fun?

  3. I love how that mascara really looks blue on you! Most colored mascaras aren’t that pigmented and the color can only be seen in bright daylight.

    Have you tried out the purple one?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kajal Couture,

      I know, right? It’s rare to find a richly colored mascara that is both bright and thickening. LOVE IT.

      I haven’t tried the purple one yet. Have you? I’m so curious now!

  4. This looks great on your lashes, Karen! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to pull off blue mascara, but you do it well 😉

    And congrats on finishing the race – naked people or not, it looks like it had a really good vibe going on! 😛
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  5. steph b says:

    That looks like so much fun and I hate running!

    I’ve been putting together an 80s playlist for my road trip and I think I need to wear bright blue mascara when I listen to it.

    • Karen says:

      It’s really fun! I think everybody should do it at least once. 🙂

      Okay, so I really, really hope you’ve got some songs from The Cure on your list (I’ve been listening to them a lot lately).

      • steph b says:

        But of course! I have The Perfect Girl, Why Can’t I Be You, and Catch on the list. I dug out my cd — haven’t touched them in years. In going through them, I swear I have some that I don’t recognize a single song!

  6. musical says:

    Ooh, that looks lurvely on you! Very charming! Gotta’ try it!

  7. Tracy says:

    I have this mascara and love it!! I used to love blue mascara in the the 80s.
    And congrats on the race! That’s awesome!
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  8. Rads says:

    Your lashes are looking so long! Never tried colored mascaras….but it looks nice on you 🙂

  9. gio says:

    I love how blue this looks on the lashes. And you pull it off so well!
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  10. The race looks like fun and so does the mascara! I’m waiting for a good plum one. I think it might work better for me, though I know a lot of brown-eyed girls dig blue and it certainly looks great on you!
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  11. Dominique says:

    Oh it’s really very pretty Karen !

  12. NeenaJ says:

    Do you thing the formula is flexible enough to be layered? I’m thinking it would be really cool to streak it over black mascara to make colored highlights.

  13. Stèphanie says:

    Oh, I love blue mascara!!
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  14. Nina says:

    Ohhhh I want the blue mascara – so interesting!!!

  15. Kim says:

    I nearly snorted water out my nose reading this. I’m sorry, I know that’s TMI, but you just kill me sometimes. The mental picture of glitter boy and SLUT was good enough, but the Comic Sans line put it over the top for me. Nice job seeing the silver lining in that. HAHA!

    I had the very same Don Draper thought when I saw the shoes and I love YSL Faux Cils. The blue looks good on you and the model but my blue days are done. Still, it brings back good memories and I wish I knew about YSL back then. 🙂

  16. Jessica says:

    My favorite blue mascara is diorshow in azure blue but this YSL one appears like it would be a better option because the brush isn’t HUMONGO like the diorshow one. 🙂

  17. Stef Smith says:

    I’m going to have to look into this mascara, I haven’t found a blue mascara that is quite so blue!

    And I’m going to have to run that race, nudies are always a good thing, but I think I’ll wear clothes! LOL!

  18. Dominique says:

    You also have the ” Bleu Majorelle ” nail polish, it looks great.

  19. Outlawd98 says:

    Karen, where did you get that gorgeous necklace??!

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