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Mascara Review: Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes

Hypnose Doll Eyes is one of Lancome's newest mascaras, marketed to give the "flirtiest" lashes around (whatever that means). I've been wanting to try it for a while, so I was thrilled when I received a deluxe sample in my latest Lancome GWP. It gave me a chance to test-drive it without making a $26 investment. 

Hypnose Doll Eyes is a lengthening and separating mascara that doesn't give a ton of volume but also doesn't clump the way the volumizing mascaras tend to do. I would say it's a work-friendly mascara, as it can be applied a layer at a time to gradually build your look without going immediately into drag-queen territory. It also feels very lightweight and doesn't weigh the lashes down or diminish their curl (especially if you're like me and have to curl your lashes every day). It's a bit on the dry side, but this only serves to help with the buildable coverage and more natural effect. 

The applicator brush is a cone-shaped, fibrous brush that is easy to maneuver and gets to every lash with ease thanks to the pointed end. 

The brush works perfectly on my eyes, making application pretty much foolproof, especially when coupled with the smooth, separating formula. My lashes are left soft and defined, and definitely lengthened although not as voluminous as I normally go for. 

As you can see above, my lashes are nicely lengthened with no clumps and the curl remains lifted. Many mascaras are either so heavy or so wet that they pull the curl right out of my straight lashes, but Doll Lashes leaves them curled and lifted and holds them all day. 

Bottom Line: Although I'm still trying to figure out what makes lashes "flirty", I will say that Hypnose Doll Lashes is a good choice for those of you who've had issues with clumping or straightening in your mascaras. The formula is smooth, lightweight and just wet enough to allow for easy application without being too wet. The overall effect with one or two coats is lengthened, feathery lashes, and the look can be built (albeit with several additional coats) into something more dramatic. To me, this is definitely not a dramatic mascara, but then again, nobody ever tried to say it is. It certainly won't replace my beloved Dior Iconic mascara, but at this point I doubt anything will. I'd recommend testing this before buying, as the price point, in my opinion, is a little high; that being said, it's still a very nice mascara and suitable for many of you who prefer a less dramatic look. 


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