YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black

YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black

I thought there have been way too many lippy reviews and its time to shift gear a little. So I introduce you to one of my favorite cream eyeliners – YSL Effet Faux cil Crème d’Eyeliner (which in English just means Long-wear cream eyeliner) in shade Sea Black.

The story on this one is that I love a bit of colour on my eyes but I am still to master the art of blending powder eyeshadows and identifying what colour would work well for me. Whereas, I am most comforable with liners – especially liquid but I am getting comfortable with gel and cream ones too. Nothing adds brighteness to your face and drama to your look than coloured liner.

Product Information (from the website):

Intensify the eye with a spectacular, long-lasting line. The soft and silky texture draws on smoothly without skipping, and upholds on the eyelid all day without flaking or creasing! Smudgeproof. Waterproof. 24-hour wear.

What it is:

A waterproof cream eyeliner that holds for up to 24 hours.

What it does:

Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner creates a spectacularly intense line without creasing or flaking. Its soft, silky formula formulated with quick-drying oils creates a lightweight base for smooth application without skipping. Beautiful and mess-proof, it stays put for smudge-proof, all-day wear.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Ingredients: Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceresin, Caprylyl Methicone, Talc, Silica Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Tin Oxide. [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Mica, CI77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470/Carmine] (F.I.L. B47681/1).


$28 for 2,8gms of product / INR 1600
In comparison Bobbi Brown gel liner is $23.00 / INR 1540 for 3gms of product.


It comes in a typical glass pot with a black screw cap – quite similar to the Loreal Superliner pot. There is no moirror or brush with it.

Duty Free outlets stocking Bobbi Brown generally have special offer where you can get the Black Ink and Sepia Ink (a rich brown) gel liners with a free mini ultrafine eye liner brush!

There is 3gms of product there but you hardly need much for the application.

My Experience with YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black:

Colour: The colour “Sea Black” is deep indigo blue. It doesn’t have shimmer or sparkle but there is shine when it catches the light – which makes for the understated elegance rather then loud in your face colour and sparkle. Unlike the Bobbi Brown range, which goes for subtleness in colour, this one is vividly visible but still not loud.

Texture: As the name suggests, its got a creamy texture. It glides on smoothly, evenly and in one swipe of the brush, you get full opaque colour.

Pigmentation: As I mentioned, the colour is fully poaque in one swipe – you don’t need to go over and over to get colour or to make it deep. The colour in the pan is the clolour on the lids.

Staying power – I have super oily lids. However, this liner stays put. I have tested it for 8hours. There was a little fading of the colour, however, no smudging. No panda eyes. I have used it on my waterline – the staying power is lesser than on the lids.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black:

1. Lovely color – intense dark blue which catches the light at certain angles.
2. Insanely pigmented – you don’t need to go over and over with the brush to apply it. One swipe is enough.
3. Creamy texture which glides on smoothly – Easy to apply
4. Smudge proof and waterproof – stays put till you decide to take it off!
5. Can be used to create thin line or smudged smokey eye effect. You can also use it as a base for blue smokey eyes. But I would advise a primer under this when used as over all lid colour.
6. I have had this for about 5months – does not show any sign of drying.
7. There is no fragrance – I don’t like fragrance in eye products!
8. Did not cause any irrirtaion to my sensitive eyes (even when applied to the lower waterline).
9. Lives up to its claim of being long wearing.

Cons of YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black:

1. Availability of YSL product – restricted to certain Shoppersstop outlets in India. It was not availble even in Thailand, except their On premise (at airport) duty free segment.

To be able to bring out the colour, I have swatched my Loreal Gel Superliner in Black alongside YSL Sea black



IMBB Rating – 5/5

Now the Big question – Could I wear this to office? Answer is yes, maybe not everyday but once a week…sure! Even to a client or board meeting! I wish I had found it while I was working. Its one of the most astounding beautiful blue in eye makeup that I have come across.

So what do you think about a bit of colour in your office look?

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41 thoughts on “YSL Effet Faux Cil Crème d’Eyeliner – Sea Black

  1. wow, its a great blue liner, loved it, *happy dance* *happy dance* this is in my list top priority after lamer moisturizer cream, will buy it for sure, but i have to wait for 2 months *cry* *cry* i recently shopped a lot at recent sales, i spent atleast 1000$ for makeup and clothes, my hubby said no shopping until 2 months *cry* *cry* but great review KK.

    1. rofl rofl $1000 for makeup and clothes!!! No wonder you are on shopping ban! *hihi* *hihi* I bet post 2 months there is gonna be another $1000 spent!!

      1. what to do it started from dusshera, diwali, 1st anniversary, my birthday, in between black friday sale, then christmas sale and new year sale, actually it is more than 1000 *headbang* *headbang* , so hubby is serious *duel* *cry* *waaa* , after ban yes it will be more than for sure *happy dance* *happy dance*

    1. Yes, YSl has an eye for detail when it comes to their packaging – they ooze luxuriousness! And its a stunning shade! *drool* *drool*

    1. I have used Maybelline BB cream stick – its a shade lighter than what came out in the Indian market – I had picked it from Thailand.

    1. *thankyou* Arshi! Yes, its fab, isn’t it! I haven’t consciously contoured my cheeks but have used a bronzer as a blush…

  2. STUNNNNING Kulpreet. I soo badly want this one. I think I would. and what beautiful eye makeup you have done. LOVEEEEEE!!! *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*

  3. Kk, apka and mera ab phada hojaega. mac, estee lauder, gurulien, YSL, nothing avlb here, neithr bobbi brown, na online, mujhe rona araha khali thandi aah bhar k comment kar k ajati *raflol* superb pick. As ever
    100/100. Not for the product for the sense of your shopping! Keep it up

    1. rofl rofl rofl Im sorry Gurrrrl for increasing the lemming. See, when you do travel and get your hands on these brands your shopping list is gonna be ready!! *puchhi* *puchhi*

  4. I am drooling over the color, packaging and your review is just perfect to give me a push to buy… *pompom* *pompom* *pompom* *pompom* *haan ji* *haan ji* *haan ji*

  5. wow.. beautiful shade kk n wt a clean graceful eye make up.. *clap* *whistle*
    I am loving its packging as well.. *drool*
    An ultimate job done by u again gurlll… *jai ho*

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