I’ve been a firm Lancome Hypnose mascara user for the past year. Having considered it my holy grail mascara (finally) I was happily living my life using it on my stubborn, fine, sporadic, straight lashes.
But it’s so darn expensive. Everyone was talking about Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, so when my Lancome one started to flake and run out, I headed to the shop and picked this one up. This was £19 so slightly cheaper than Hypnose.
I’d never tried this mascara in a sample or anything but, having seen other people rave about it, I thought ‘what the heck’.
Let’s talk about the packaging first.
Pretty in pink, this packaging of this mascara is really rather heavy. Matte metal, so it’s nice to touch, but really really rather heavy.
The brush is a really similar hourglass shape to my Hypnose, so I knew it would work for my eye and lash shape.
On first application I was surprised at how clumpy the formula came out. One coat was all I needed to get the finish I wanted. Too Faced say you can do up to 3 coats for maximum drama. I did actually try two coats one morning, and had to take it all off and start again because it looked too spidery. Any clumps that come out on the lashes can be easily brushed back, and do seem to disappear once the lashes are dry. Still, I’d rather not have to work around clumps, thank you very much.
The formula does dry pretty quickly, maybe not as fast as the Lancome mascara I love. The colour is intense and it does hold a curl (after lash curlers) decently – or well, as much as my lashes will ever curl….. But I do find this will flake little bits of mascara onto my face sometimes throughout the day. This isn’t humidity proof and will drop if I do too much smiling – and I like to smile. I have high cheeks and squishy eyes and this will contribute to the drop. I have found that if I brush my lashes after each coat, with my Real Techniques brow and lash groomer, it seperates the lashes and takes out clumps. I like this comb because the prongs are metal not plastic so they glide through and are easily cleaned. The result of doing this is actually the closest to false lashes I’ve seen with a mascara.
Overall I’m not sad I bought this, and I’m happy to use it until it runs out, but when it does I’ll most likely pick up another tube of Hypnose. Frustratingly, I found out that my September GlossyBox will contain a sample of either this or the Better Than Sex waterproof mascara. I hope I get the waterproof one, just so I can try out the alternative formula. But I kinda wish I’d had the chance to try this before I bought the full size.
This isn’t a bad mascara, but it’s definitely not my holy grail. What I’ve learned: if it aint broke, don’t fix it.