If you've been following me on here long enough, you probably know that I'm not the high end type of gal and especially in the mascara department because I don't think it's worth the investment in a product that is so short lived. Aside from the price, there's also one and the most important thing that I have been able to find in drugstore mascaras but not in high end ones (I will talk about this later). By the way, yes, this is only a sample size of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes but I decided to do a review on it anyways because only the size and packaging is different.
I like how the brush is tapered because the pointy tip can reach the inner and outer corners easily and you don't have to worry about accidentally getting mascara on your lids and causing a mess. The bristles of the brush also separates your lashes very well and the formula isn't too thick that it'll make your lashes clump together. Even though this mascara does not give me the "doll lash" effect, I still admire it for the amount of length and fullness it gives to my pathetic short, stick straight lashes. Lancome Doll Lashes also gives you soft and luscious lashes which for once, I actually enjoy the subtlety and "naturalness" of my lashes.
But as I've mentioned before, there is one (main) important reason as to why I don't bother investing in high end mascaras aside from the price of a short lived product and that is....they do not hold my curl! As much as I like this mascara, I would not repurchase because it's inability to hold my curl literally means nothing to my lashes. Within seconds of coating my lashes, they fell pointing straight down - which explains why my eyes are closed in my before and after photo comparison. So far, this incompetency has been relatively consistent with all the high end mascaras I've tried. I'm not saying that drugstore mascaras don't fail in this aspect, but at least when I get the waterproof version 95% of the time I have not been disappointed with my curl holding its position.
- lengthens and volumizes
- separates lashes (no clumping)
- tapered brush allows you to get the hard to reach places
- lashes remain soft and lush after application
- no smudging & lasts relatively long even though it's easy to remove with soap and water
- does not hold a curl
- not waterproof (both a pro and a con - depending on your preference; in this case, I would view this as less of a con because it does last long and doesn't smudge easily)
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
In general, this is not a bad mascara....in fact everything is good aside from holding a curl. I think those who are born with curled lashes (or doesn't have a problem with keeping a curl) and is after a natural looking boost in length and fullness would love this mascara. For those of you with typical stick straight asian lashes like I do, it's not worth the money to buy a high end mascara and have to layer it over another one just to keep your curl and make this mascara work.