I received a sample of the Lancome Hypnose Star mascara in a kit with a Sephora order I made. I’d been a little curious, but didn’t really need another low-performing $28 mascara in my life, so I was hesitant, feeling that certain drugstore mascaras can perform just as well as most higher end products.
Since I got the sample, though, of course I had to try it out immediately! I’ve worn it dozens of times since then, and my opinion seems to shift from day to day.
The first day I wore it, I thought I was going to give it a bad review. The next day was a little better, but still nothing remarkable.
Some time toward the end of the first week or the beginning of the second, though, I had an amazing eyelash day, and it seemed to be the mascara. The problem is, it isn’t consistent, and it doesn’t live up to the description even when it is performing well.
Even on the best days, my lashes don’t look glossy and there’s no discernible shimmering “black diamond effect” (which is part of what is supposed to differentiate this one from the other Lancome Hypnose mascaras). The color is just the same as your average black mascara.
The brush is tapered, so it’s easier to get the lashes on the inner corner without making a mess of your lid there, but the formula is so wet, it splashes up onto my eyelids most mornings when I’m applying it, so I have to go back and clean it up with a cotton swab anyway.
The claim is that this gives you “ultra-volume,” and it does, but that extra volume sometimes comes with massive clumping.
Results seem to be up to a combination of luck and the way you hold the wand. The flat side of the brush is for depositing the product as close to the roots as possible, while the rounded side is for pulling it through, separating, and defining the lashes.
I know this, yet I can’t get a perfect application every time; it still seems like it just comes down to luck in the end, or maybe such a subtle flick of the wrist during the application that it goes unnoticed and unable to be replicated on purpose. I don’t know.
If this were an $8 drugstore mascara, I would recommend giving it a try next time you’re on the hunt for a new one. But since this is a $28 mascara, I’m not so sure I can recommend it to just anyone.
I say give it a try if you like thinner formulas, dual-action brushes, or the other Hypnose mascaras available from Lancome. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
Photo credit: Sephora