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I absolutely love this mascara, but it can be tricky to get used to.
The mascara tube itself is a really nice shape which makes it really easy to hold onto and use. The brush is shaped like a wand, with one side being thicker than the other and tapering down to a pointy end. This is really clever because it allows you to reach into all the difficult places such as corners and bottom lashes.
The mascara itself is really thick, much thicker than any other. This is great because it gives your lashes a gorgeous eye opening look with the very first coat (other mascaras require several coats). But, if you're not prepared for this and you put too much on you could end up with eyelashes that stick together!
I normally use the black mascara and it is a really striking colour. There are a range of colours including a sparkly one. At around £22 this is quite an expensive mascara, but I think it's worth it.
Oh Hypnose, you have let me down this time!
Lancome Hypnose has been my favourite mascara for years. It is a bit of a treat as it is quite pricey and I tend to just keep it for nights out and special ocassions rather than for every day, so that it will last a bit longer, but I do love it so. It doesn't clump, it lasts for ages and it makes my lashes look amazing. I have previously tried a different version of it (can't remember the exact name) which basically included a bit of sparkle but I decided the sparkle wasn't worth the extra couple of quid and went back to the bog standard one.
I was then bought this 'Doll Eyes' version as a gift and was really looking forward to using it. As it was a gift I don't know the exact price but they are usually about £19 from Lancome counters which can be found in larger Boots stores and many department stores. The tube is a kind of curvy shape and is black with a faint pretty flowery pattern on (the Lancome logo type flowers). The brush is of the bristly kind, rather than a plasticky one, which I generally prefer and it starts out thickish and tapers towards the end, which is great for getting those corner lashes. The one I use is black, though it is available in different colours, and it is a very nice dark pigmented black, not greyish like some can be. So far, so good.
The problem began when I started to apply the mascara to my eagerly waiting lashes........it clumped, and clogged, then clumped some more.........on the first use! I m essed about with it for so long that some of my lashes ended up just stick / clumped together and it didn't look great at all. I decided maybe it was somehow user error but then next time I tried it, and the time after that, it just did the same. I hated it and felt really annoyed that such an expensive product could let me down so much! It just looked like any old cheap mascara, not speical like my normal Hypnose.
The moral of the story is, stick with what you know and love, don't go trading it in for a newer model!
This is not a cheap mascara, I paid £22 for the So Black colour (this was the only one available so I think it is the only shade they do) which is as you would expect a deep black colour. It comes in a nice sleek black container which is housed in a silver coloured box. There is a grey rose on the black contoured tube and it is a chunky design and quite substantial, it looks very sleek and almost sexy looking and I like the way that it is designed.
My eyes can be a little sensitive at times and I found this to be very gentle when applying it and I had no reaction at all to it. The brush is nice and easy to grip and applying the mascara is very smooth indeed. It has a surprising floral smell to it which is unusual and I initially worried that this would irritate my eyes but that was not the case. I was impressed with how evenly the mascara distributed itself over the brush and this was reflected in the even coating that covered my eye lashes. You can tell that this is a good quality product, the colour is nice and rich while there is absolutely no clumping of the eye lashes and after use they look full bodied and even.
It is long lasting and certainly adds length and body to my eye lashes and the nice dark colour gives them a really clear definition. Despite the dark colour it is not an over powering look that you are left with, instead there is a nice amount of colour and a classy finish to the overall look of my eyes when I wear this. It adds some nice body to my lashes without making them look too heavy and it does add some length and curl as well.
The only real downside is the fact that it is not exactly cheap and you are restricted with regards to the available colour.
I purchased this mascara from the Lancome counter at a department store after a recommendation from a friend. The packaging is attractive and has the signature Lancome flowers. The formula itself is thick without being too gloopy, and it covers every lash beautifully. I personally am a fan of the heavy mascara look (hence dolls eyes), and the mascara achieved this look without being to clumpy. The brush is a great shape, and the sides allow excellent coverage right in to the corner of your eyes. It is now my favourite mascara! The price is a little hefty for some, but you really do get what you pay for, and the compliments I've received whilst wearing it make up for the price! If I was pressed to find a negative I would say it dried out faster than other mascaras that I have owned. Oh yeah, and if that isn't enough, apparently this is the Duchess of York's favourite mascara too...
The Doll Eyes Mascara claims to give you real "dolls' eyes. The formula is not heavy for the lashes and adds volume, lift and long eyelashes that are beautiful individually separated. It comes with a convenient cone-shaped brush to even reach the lashes at the inner corner of the eye for the ultimate wide-eyed look "sixties" look.
Admittedly, the formula smells delicious. Compared with my YSL Faux Cils mascara, which has a very chemical smell, this was a real surprise. The mascara formula is in my opinion too "wet" giving you spots if you accidentally blink your eye. Of course mascara that's too dry is not good but I found this really annoying. Moreover a possible second layer is disastrous for separate lashes since they will clump together.
The cone-shaped brush is very convenient to work with and indeed you can easily reach any (awkward) eyelash - even in your peripheral vision. With one layer it looks beautiful but when applying multiple layers the lashes will clump.
In my opinion it is indeed good mascara, but not good enough for a second time to buy. I find it slightly too pricey with a price tag for 17,99 pounds. A little bit too much for me. Three stars I'm giving this mascara.
=== The Product ===
Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara is the newest edition to the Lancôme Mascara range. It retails at £20.50 and can be found at Lancôme counters in department stores or the Lancôme website, as well as various online retailers. It's currently only available in one shade, which is named 'So Black!'.
=== How I Came to Own It ===
I'm lucky enough to be a member of the Boots.com Product Testing Panel and regularly receive new products to test in return for posting a review on their website. This was one of the first few products I received and was not something I would ever have bought myself.
When it comes to mascaras my preference is for a pretty natural look. I can't stand the false lash effect and absolutely despise the disgusting, several coats too many spidery look that seems to be the fashion, so I tend to stick to my old faithful Max Factor Masterpiece mascara, which gives me perfectly defined lashes every time. I wouldn't have chosen Lancôme's Doll Eyes as it sounded like it was designed for a more built-up, dramatic look than I go for, as well as being considerably more expensive than my usual, but of course I was keen to give it a fair trial.
=== The Packaging ===
The mascara comes in a shiny silver box which may be deemed unnecessary by some, but it does contain more information about the product than could be put on the mascara tube itself, so serves a purpose.
The mascara tube is made of thick black plastic decorated with a pretty rose design in grey, and the name of the product in silver on the lid. The tube is much thicker and chunkier than any other I've used and it does have a really high quality feel about it. There's a curvy hourglass type shape to the tube which makes it easy to grip, whilst the lid tapers almost to a point at the top.
=== The Claims ===
Lancôme claim that this mascara is 'the secret behind doll lashes'. The new I-conic brush 'provides an extremely smooth and clean application, thickening lashes without weighing them down.', resulting in a 'volumised, extended and full lash fringe for a doll lash effect'.
The cone-shaped brush is designed to ensure you get the 'ideal load on each lash, even in the inner corner of the eye', whilst the exclusive 'Fibershine' formula, enriched with nylon powders, 'offers perfect load and beautiful curve for seductive fanned out lashes'.
=== Suitability & Directions ===
The packaging states that this product has been opthalmologically tested and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
I think everyone develops their own method for applying mascara, but the directions for this one are quite specific, reading as follows:
'1)Place the brush on the centre of the lash fringe. Let the brush glide over the lashes from root to tip in a zigzag movement
2)Use the tip of the brush to catch the small lashes in the inner corner of the eyes
3)Intensify the outer corner of the eyes using the largest part of the brush to open the eyes
4)Apply on lower lashes'
=== In Practise ===
The first thing I noticed on opening the tube was the strong scent, which really took me by surprise. It's very highly perfumed with a kind of vague, non-specific floral scent, which is not really what I would expect from a mascara. Whilst I'm sure this is probably more pleasant than the usual mascara scent (I've never actually noticed how any other mascara smells, since it's not an important factor for something that goes on my eyelashes!), I couldn't help but wonder how such a highly fragranced product could be suitable for sensitive eyes.
The brush is a proper cone shape which tapers from about 1cm diameter at the base to about 3mm at the end. The first thing that really struck me when looking at the brush was that apart from a blob of mascara at the pointy end it looked completely clean. The mascara is so evenly loaded on the brush that it doesn't look like it has any on at all. The blob on the end sticks out from the brush rather than being on the bristles, so it's easily removed either by wiping it on the top of the tube or a tissue.
The tube is easy to hold and grip which makes it really easy to apply. The mascara goes on really smoothly and evenly, coating each lash perfectly without any sign of clumping or lashes sticking together. I found that I needed to do several strokes over each section of my lashes to get them all looking the same length, and each stroke I did seemed to give them a bit more of a lift. I've found that it is essential to use the larger end of the brush for the outer corner of the eyes as the thin end doesn't give them any length or volume and leaves them looking sparse and short compared to the rest of the lashes.
It dries fairly quickly but not so quickly that blinking straight after application doesn't lightly coat my bottom lashes. I never apply mascara to my bottom lashes as it closes the eyes and makes them appear smaller and I favour a more wide-eyed look, but it's nice to have the slight bit of colour to them that blinking after application creates.
I don't suffer from sensitive eyes but I do wear contact lenses and I found my eyes started to feel a little uncomfortable shortly after applying this. I've never had this problem with any other mascara so I can only assume the fragrance is to blame. Although they do feel uncomfortable it's not a bad enough feeling to make me remove the mascara and after a while I do get used to it and don't notice it anymore.
=== The Results ===
I was actually quite surprised by the results this mascara gave me. I was expecting it would be a very bold, dramatic look, but actually it gives me great definition without looking over the top or fake. The black colour is quite intense but it doesn't look too harsh against my pale skin and blonde hair, accentuating rather than overpowering.
It lengthens well, making my lashes much more noticeable and fluttery, and giving a wide-eyed look with not a single clump to be seen. It really does give perfect definition and separation of the lashes, giving a very neat, polished look. I don't feel it thickens my lashes to any extent on the first coat but as every lash is perfectly coated and defined I really don't think it needs to. The result is a naturally defined, wide-eyed effect which is perfect for a daytime look.
If you do want a more dramatic look you can easily build up the layers, adding length and volume and lifting the lashes into more of a curl with each coat. I've found that even after 3 coats there is still no clumping and my lashes remain perfectly defined. Once you get past the first coat the look does obviously start to get more fake, but although it's not a look I go for it still does look much better than any other mascara I've used . There's no horrible spidery look, it doesn't look really dry, and it has a slight sheen to it which stops it from looking as fake and dirty as most mascaras do when you start piling on the layers.
I have a bad habit of rubbing my eyes a lot and remarkably I've not had any smudging with this, though it does sometimes start to flake a little after a while and I find myself having to brush tiny black marks from under my eyes. Despite this my lashes stay looking as perfect as when I first applied it for the whole day or night, and even though it's not waterproof it passes the tear test with flying colours. When I do want to remove it, it comes off easily with face wipes or my usual cleanser, no need for a specialist product, and it removes completely so I'm not left with black marks under my eyes the next morning.
=== The Conclusion ===
I've been surprised by how much I like this mascara. It definitely opens up my eyes and gives a great, defined look which can be tailored for day or night. If it was a bit cheaper or I was a bit richer I'd definitely buy it again, and I'd happily recommend it to anyone with that kind of money to spare, but would advise contact lens wearers and anyone with sensitive eyes to err on the side of caution.
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