Lancome's Hypnose Doll Eye Mascara was sent to me as a gift. The mascara retails for $52 in Australia.
When it comes to lashes, I barely have any.
I am a typical Asian girl with lashes that are short and sparse. They also have a tendency to slant downwards regardless of how much I curl them. I have zero luck with fake eyelashes because I always end up with glue in my eyes. I also have to cut the lashes up a fair bit and so I have a long piece of lash sticking out of my inner corner. It just looks so amateur and unnatural!
How I long to have long, luscious lashes that curl at just the right angle to make me look more awake.
Recently, Lancome released Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara which promises separated, thick, long and 'nylon' shine lashes. The mascara is meant to lengthen, curl and plump lashes giving you the ultimate wide-eye look.
It definitely makes the mascara sound like a one stop shop for all your mascara needs. But does it really live up to all the hype?
When buying mascaras, the most important thing is the brush because it is the shape of it is responsible for sculpting your lashes. I am someone who has a good variety of mascaras with different brush sizes. I find that the smaller the brush, the easier it is to lengthen my lashes and therefore the more natural look. The thicker the brush and closer the bristles, the more volume I get and therefore is great for dramatics looks.
The benefit of the Doll Eyes Mascara is that it comes in a conical brush that is designed to give you the best of both worlds. The tapered tip allows you to reach the smaller lashes in your inner corner and the thicker end of the brush allows you to give your lashes some volume.
To be honest, I haven't had much luck with this mascara. Firstly, I am a huge fan of Clinique's mascaras and I like the vast majority of them. I compare all mascaras to what I've used from Clinique and nothing works quite as well. This Doll Eyes Mascara is no different. Compared to Clinique's mascaras, this product from Lancome comes up short.
For me, the Lancome mascara did not dramatically lengthens or separate my lashes. It did not darken, thicken, curl or voluminise my lashes either.
I found that the difficulty with this mascara is that you have to coat your lashes gently and lightly. I tried applying it quickly and I ended up with clumps and scary spider legs poking out of my eyes. It made my few lashes look even more lonely.
I also curled my lashes before I used the mascara and initially it seemed to hold the curl pretty well. However, within a few minutes, my lashes were drooping.
The Doll Eyes Mascara only gave my lashes the tiniest bit of colour. When I tried to coat it with a bit more product, all I got were clumped and droopy lashes. I actually swiped the brush onto the back of my hand to see if there was actually any product in the tube.
One of my pet hates is getting a mascara that's already dry and then having to bring it back to the counter for a refund. Because we all know how difficult it is to get sale consultants to refund or exchange a beauty product that you've opened. . .and swatched.
I swiped it three times on the back of my hand. The bottom splash of colour is two swipes of the brush and on top I've got one swipe. To me, it looks as if my mascara didn't have much product in it to begin with.
Having said that, I bought a Diorshow mascara last year and had the same result on the back of my hand. I took it back and the consultant said that was normal and that Diorshow mascaras aren't wet with product. Maybe that's the same with Lancome?
Just for comparison, my Clinique Lash Power Mascara is on it's last leg and when I swiped it on the back of my hand. I still have heaps of product! Generally speaking, Clinique mascaras are wetter than most and that's the way I like it. At least my lashes will get some colour, regardless of the effect.
I kind of expected a fair bit from the Doll Eyes hype. When you say Doll Eyes, I think of vibrant anime looking eyes that have long, luscious, dark and voluminous lashes. Unfortunately, Lancome's Hypnose Doll Eyes hasn't done that for my lashes. At the most, it lengthens and separates.
So this mascara does not have much use for me. There are probably cheaper, even drugstore, alternatives to Doll Eyes