After quite some time, I finally have a new empty in front of me: Lancome’s Hypnose Star mascara. I’m one of those people who takes at least 84 years to finish a tube of mascara, so the fact that this is actually finished is legitimately monumental for me. The real shocker though, is that this was part of a 250 point VIB bag from Sephora on June 15, 2013. That means it’s a sample size; a sample size that lasted me 21 weeks without ever spoiling or becoming less effective. Talk about mileage!
Even though I got a sample size, it had the same glittery designed tube as the full size, which I think is so cute.
I have a glitter obsession and I regret nothing.
Anyways, Lancome claims that “this mascara dresses lashes in intense volume, unfolding a new vision of glamour inspired by Betty Boop and top model Daria Werbowy. The formula’s “black-diamond effect” imparts a glossy gel-like finish. The dual-action brush has a flat side for optimizing product deposit at the lash line while the rounded side separates, defines, and lengthens.”
Quite a tall order to fill, if you ask me.
If you look at the wand, it’s pretty much perfect for separating, lengthening and volumizing. It’s also great for getting those inner lashes and lower lashes. It’s just an all around great wand inside and out. Other mascara brands should learn from Lancome because their wands are usually always perfection, even outside of the Hypnose line.So yeah, even if the mascara itself was lacking tremendously, the wand is just great.
As far as the formula goes, I’m not exactly sure what Lancome means about this “black-diamond effect” but I didn’t notice much of a glossy gel-like finish, and trust me, I know what glossy mascara looks and feels like. This formula is actually pretty standard with the exception of how lightweight it feels, which isn’t a bad thing, mostly because it doesn’t feel heavy but still gives you a ton of length and volume.
The separating and lengthening power of this mascara is dynamite and if that’s what you’re looking for when it comes to a mascara, you’ll love this one. Personally I only used one coat, two tops. From what I’ve heard from others who’ve used it as a buildable mascara, even after 3 coats if you wanted to continue to push it to the limit with coating you can do so with minimal clumping. I personally didn’t experience any flaking with this, but a bit of searching around the web showed that quite a few people did. I think this mascara would work best for people with relatively thick and long lashes to begin with, because those with shorter and thinner lashes seemed to have more difficulty.
In my opinion there’s nothing to lose from trying out a sample of this stuff, and it’s pretty frequently given away in Sephora BI and VIB samples and goody bags, so there’s usually always a chance to snatch it up. Hypnose Star is a great introductory mascara if you use the bare minimum, but also doubles as a great professional/night out mascara when you add extra coats, and for that versatility it gets 5 stars!