Product Review: Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara

Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara, US$27
Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara, US$27

Lancome Hypnose mascara (the original version) had long been a personal favorite of mine, my HG mascara. Nothing else really came close to it; it curls, volumizes and lengthens to crazy effects like no other. I got this as my 100-point reward at Sephora last year and waited till all my other mascaras are used up; and now, I finally tried the new Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara. Let’s see how it fares against the original!

Wearing Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara on its own without a mascara base; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner in BE-1
Wearing Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara on its own without a mascara base; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner on bottom in BE-1

Product description:
A mascara that extends, lifts, and pumps up the volume to doll-like proportions of lashes.

What it does:
This mascara helps create Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides an extremely smooth application, precisely defining even your hard-to-reach corners and lower lashes. This expert formula lifts and thickens every single lash without weighing it down.

Wearing a coat of Lancome Cils Booster XL plus a coat of Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner in BE-1
Wearing a coat of Lancome Cils Booster XL plus a coat of Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner on bottom in BE-1

I don’t know if it’s because of this sample size (shorter handle) but I experienced a lot of product all at once when it comes out of the tube. Clumping is an issue here.  It isn’t as tight as it should be…so I ended up with quite a glob, which I used a separate lash comb to remove. I wore it with just one coat without a base the first time and you can see that it already looks dramatic; but with the Cils Booster XL, this is dynamite!

Wearing a coat of Lancome Cils Booster XL plus a coat of Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner in BE-1
Wearing a coat of Lancome Cils Booster XL plus a coat of Lancome HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Mascara; also wearing KATE Eyelid Liner on bottom in BE-1

It does create doll lashes like it claims. The curling effect stays put also, and with the Cils Booster I experienced very little flaking and smudging until I take it off at night. Without the mascara base, there is a little bit of flaking/smudging but nothing major. Even one coat is enough, by the way – the effects are just crazy!

To sum up:

Pros: lengthens and volumizes dramatically; decent staying power

Cons: clumps; doesn’t curl as well as the original Hypnose so you need to start with nicely curled lashes (I don’t rely on mascaras for curling power though – I only need a mascara to keep the curls)

I adore this mascara and prefer this to the original, and like it more than Diorshow as well. The shade I have is 01 So Black, which is a very rich black. Highly recommended!

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