Definitely a 5* mascara for me. It gives my lashes length, volume, definition and lift. I don't expect anything more or less from any mascara.
I love the wand shape, the tapered tip is great for edge and lower lashes, and the fuller base is brilliant for really plumping up the middle and outer lashes.
Only thing is, I know I can get the same effect from cheaper mascaras (L'Oreal's Manga Eyes is a great dupe) so this is more of a special purchase than a regular one.
This is another very nice mascara (in regular formula) that doesn't work with my "Asian" (thin, point straight down) lashes and sensitive eyes. Because it's not the waterproof formula (I got it in a set with Cils Booster and Definicils for a nice price), I layered it over my waterproof mascara (Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes in waterproof). It was nicely volumizing althought a little clumpy (which is typical of volumizing mascaras) and after I would de-clump with a spoolie, I really liked the way the lashes looked. Unfortunately, my eyes tear easily from allergies and other random things like when I laugh, and then the mascara would flake rather badly. Once mascara starts flaking on me, it gets into my eyes and irritates them, causing more eye tearing, and then it's a big mess. This might be nice on someone who can wear regular mascara and doesn't have sensitive, teary eyes.
I love the brush, but hate the formula. The balls up in your lashes making them look clumpy. It also flakes. Too bad because the brush is awesome and so is the packaging. I will not buy again.
I usually buy drugstore mascaras. I wince on shelling out more than $10 on a mascara. In this case I am glad I did.
Lengthened my lashes
The brush was convenient
Very nice packaging
Did not dry out fast
Might repurchase if I got a gift certificate.
Probably give this one a miss if you've got naturally straight lashes, as they probably won't hold a curl with this mascara on!
Got this in a sample size from one of the monthly subscription beauty boxes in Australia. It was WAY too wet when I first opened and tried it. It's been sitting in my drawer for a good few months, and I just remembered to try it again yesterday. Will say that it's definitely much better now after drying out a little bit. Just one coat is amazing for adding considerable length to my short lashes without looking spider-y. I had it on for about 6hrs on a humid day, and didn't end up with any smudging below the eyes, which is a problem I usually have with non-waterproof formulas.
HOWEVER, the formula seems to be quite 'heavy', and it weighs down my lashes immensely. My lashes are naturally short and straight, but they can hold a curl for a couple of hours with a good non-waterproof mascara, or all day with a waterproof formula. Despite having just curled my lashes as much as possible, they went back to pointing straight down as soon as I had applied the hypnose doll eyes mascara!! Not sure I want super long, super straight lashes that point downward... Maybe the waterproof formula will solve my problem?
My mom and dad both have longer than average lashes however both did think to pass that gene down to me. Thanks mom and dad- moving on I really do like this mascara! It makes my eyes pop and really make my face look alive and awake.
Crunchy, spindly lashes that don't have an even coat. This mascara adds some length and color, but it doesn't look natural, and it is not at all volumizing. Maybe if you are looking for a particular effect that doesn't involve volume, but otherwise, I would avoid this.
Dries really fast and isn't as effective as it claims.
I'm picky about mascaras. There are only two I use - the Mabelline yellow one, which I've been using for years (colossal volum express carbon) and now this, after I got it as a freebie at an event.
With most mascaras, it's hard to get proper application on the outer edges lashes, which is of course were you want the most! However, this product has a clever little conical brush which means you can get a good coating on those outer lashes, which really opens up your eyes and yes, gives a 'doll eyed' look. It's a great mascara to use when you're doing winged eyeliner too It's also really volumising and rarely smudges
I do feel, however, that mascaras are very personal and the results depend on your own lash type and layout
I really disliked this mascara and I'm typically a Lancome mascara fan. My lashes are straight, short and probably average in thickness. Overall, this is a very "wet" mascara although according to some reviewers if you wait a month+, it dries nicely to a usable formula. For $27, I'm not waiting for it to work well!! My biggest problem w/ this mascara is the brush. I love a big thick brush but this one is super thick on 1 end and tapers down to thin & tiny on the opposite end (picture a cone shape). This brush is a great idea in theory but it just didn't work well for me. Too big on the thick end. I also found that Hypnose Doll Lashes did not lengthen much w/ 2 coats and added no volume (although I don't think it's a volume mascara so that's an unfair complaint). What it did do for me was clump. Clumps=deal killer, for me!
I have to add that, as another reviewer mentions, this mascara does have a distinct smell. It goes away but it's an unpleasant smell which is odd because I never noticed any unusual scents w/ any of Lancome's other mascaras.
Pros: packaging, very dark black color
Cons: messy application due to 1 huge end and a wet formulation, clumps galore, price, odd scent