Lashing Out: Lancome Hypnose Star Waterproof Mascara


Lancome seems to have gone from the #1 selling most fabulous mascara ever (Definicils), to this not-even-remotely-close-to-drugstore-quality stuff that they’re hocking these days. I don’t even know what’s going on. I’m a major fan of the Hypnose Drama mascara… so this waterproof version of Hypnose Star (which doesn’t contain shimmer, by the way. It’s just a latex finish) seemed like a perfect companion for hot weather makeup.

It’s not.

The wand on this mascara is flat on one side and wide on the other. It reminds me a lot of the Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch wand. So I thought it would operate the same way. You apply the product with the flat side and use the wide side to comb it through. I tried it that way. Didn’t work. Then I tried it the traditional way. Didn’t work. So I just applied product using the flat side and hoped for the best. DIDN’T WORK.

Here’s what my lashes looked like… no matter HOW I tried to apply this mascara:

Barely enhanced. Minimal lenghtening, absolutely no volume, and mediocre separation. I had the nerve to even get a few clumps. Unacceptable… particularly from a brand that used to crank out some of the most incredible mascara formulas on the market.

Bless Nordstrom for their generous return policy, because I would have been so mad if I was stuck with this mascara. Dear Lancome… do better. No… really.

FOTD: Statement Lip with Black Orchid

I had to go to a birthday party, in the rain, after a full day of running around… so I kept the makeup simple. The order of the day was a statement lip. So I chose Tom Ford’s Black Orchid to get the job done:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation in Praline
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Chanel Blush in Espleigle
Chanel Quad in Kaska Beige:
Light Beige from lashline to brow
Bronze in the crease
Armani Wateproof Pencil in Brown on the waterline
Rock & Republic Eyeshadows in Tribal and Fatalistic on the brows
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Orchid

FOTD: Green Layers

I layered Chanel Cream Shadow in Epatant over a powder shadow… and here’s what happened:

Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in 11
Chantecaille Talc Free Powder in Shadow
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Cloud Nine (lashline to brow)
Chanel Illusion d Ombre Cream Shadow in Epatant (lids)
Estee Lauder Eyeshadow in Emerald Star (outer corner)
Estee Lauder Doublewear Pencil in Forrest (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Lipgloss in Summerland

FOTD: Purple & Pink

I wasn’t really sure where I was going… I mixed a little cream shadow and little powder, and came up with this:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Ambre 94)
By Terry Touche Veloutee (Cream)
Chantecaille Loose Powder in Shadow
Givenchy Prism Blush in It Girl Purple
MAC Paint Pot in Nubile (as a base)
Buxom Cream Shadow in Schnauzer (lid/under waterline)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #160 (outer corner)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Palm Beach

FOTD: Teal Stuff

Hey guys,

I was inspired by Tamara ( to do something with teal. Although I missed the day to properly show my support for the cause, I still wanted to do a little something.

Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
DiorSkin NUDE Foundation (5.1)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (crease)
Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (lashline)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #5 (Diamond Turquoise Blue) (lashline)
NARS Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Bimbo Brown

Lashing Out: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

Okay… I needed to see what was up with this mascara:

 The promo pic will have you thinking that this mascara will give you the look of falsies… like a doll. So I bought one to see for myself.

And the test…

It doesn’t do much for me in terms of volume, but I LOVE that the formula is so clean. No clumping… and it really does add length to your lashes. You won’t look like a ‘doll’ — but you can get pretty dolled up using this lovely little tube of mascara.

I like it. Keeper.

You can get Lancome Doll Lashes mascara here:

EOTD: Burgundy & Pearl

I played a bit more with the Tarte for True Blood palette (so many possibilities!)…

Tarte for True Blood Palette:
Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Eyeshadow in The Light (inner crease)
Eyeshadow in V (outer crease and under waterline)
Eyeshadow in Waitress (lid)
Dior Eyeliner in Grey Smoke (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
**The eyeshadow in Werewolf is quickly becoming my favorite brow color. It’s just dark and cool enough to fill in my brows without them looking overdone. Love that!**

FOTD: Illamasqua Skin Base

I road tested the Illamasqua Skin Base today… and it passed with flying colors! Now, I decided to go without powder for my first run. Next time I know better. It set beautifully on my oily skin for about 4 hours, but then I got pretty shiny and needed to blot. Still, it wore so well. I really love this foundation.

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14)
Sleek Contour Highlighter in Dark (as blush)
Sleek Storm Palette:
Gold on lids
Brown in crease and under waterline
Black on lashline
MAC Pigment in Lithe on inner corners
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Speak Up

FOTD: Bold Line/Bright Lip

I had a little time on my hands today… so I decided to work a bit more on one of my biggest challenges: the bold eyeline. I’m not good at it at all… and I always need time to get it right. Here’s how it turned out:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Bobbi Brown Concealer in Honey
Guerlain Giant Mosaic Bronzer
Sleek Contour Highlight in Dark (as blush)
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark (all over)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
Shu Uemura Painting Gel Liner (lashline/waterline/tightline)
Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Break A Leg

FOTD: YSL Midnight Garden

I’ve decided to keep the new YSL eyeshadow palette. It’s really beautiful, and I was further impressed after actually using it in practical application:

Hourglass Veil Foundation (6.0)
YSL Radiance Blush in #3
MAC Lipstick in Violetta
YSL Midnight Garden Palette:
Darkest Purple on lids and under waterline
Darkest Green in corners
Lavender through the crease
Estee Lauder DoubleWear Pencil in Forest on waterline
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara