I admit, I bought Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara in Black based on all the hype. I was new to the cosmetic world then, and had very little knowledge of what made a product good, especially when it came to something like mascara. I’m proud to say my product awareness has increased dramatically in the past few years, and with my improved insight, I can say that Hypnose isn’t much of a bust.
The color I purchased was standard black, although there is a brown and deep black option available as well. With the product I have, the color went on nice and dark. The pigment was rich and healthy looking. So while it isn’t the darkest black available in this formula, I found it to be very suitable-it’s not a meek or ashy grayish black.
I have small, sparse, short lashes. What I love to use this product for is layering it over a volumizing base (Covergirl’s LashBlast is a great volumizing mascara to work with). The volumizing layer thickens up my lashes, so when I coat Hypnose over it, it creates a to-die-for, false lash effect. Gorgeous!
This has a wetter formula, which I don’t mind. It was easy to comb through and didn’t clump. This also has a pleasant smell. However, this is touted is being a volumizing mascara, and I didn’t get much in terms of thickening my lashes. It did, however, lengthen them tremendously (which nay be due to the wetter formula). This also didn’t curl my bare lashes (but very rarely does a mascara ever do it all). I was impressed by how well the wand separated my bare lashes, though. When I tested this over curled and combed lashes, the product made them looked more fanned out in comparison to using this on it’s own. I love that this didn’t clump, even after a few coats.
The wear of this mascara was excellent. It lasted a full 8 hours, with my lashes looking long and dark the entire time. A small clump formed on my “unprepped” lashes (not combed through or curled) after 4 hours, but it was hardly noticeable. When I curled my lashes, Hypnose held the curl for 4 hours before the shape wilted. However, on both eyes, the lashes looked long, dark, and fanned out through the entire length of wear.
Hypnose comes in an angular, shiny, black plastic tube. I find the design pleasing to the eye. The shape looks expensive to me, which matches it’s price ($27 USD). It’s a slender tube, but it’s not extraordinarily long or misshapen, so I have no difficulty storing it with my other, more “standard” sized and shaped mascaras. The cap is comfortable to hold in the hand and is a good length to hold and apply with ease. The wand has traditional, medium sized bristles. It’s average in size, but I do find it cumbersome when trying to coat my tiny inner lashes. I’ve had no issues with my tube drying out.
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.5 (A-)
Recommend: Yes, to those looking to lengthen their lashes, or like to layer mascara.
This product was purchased by PV.
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