Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara Review: Does Lancome Hype Equal Amazing Volume?

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara Review

Sooo…. how ’bout dem Lancome mascaras? Pretty amazing, heh? I swear every time I turn around I hear about how amazing they are. I’ve tried them before, but since they often are for things I don’t need more of (any more length and my lashes will be permanently stuck to the inside of my glasses), I usually ignore them. Plus that whole thing with the vibrating of the wand? I fell for it and ran to my local counter, only to get a mascara that was kind of blah. And expensive.

On a recent trip to Sephora, I went to look for the Doll’s Eye’s mascara that everyone loves. And got distracted by this one, which seem REALLY, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT VOLUME. (It is “the ultimate instant-volume mascara for lash drama”) So, I grabbed it instead.

The first thing that you’ll notice about this mascara is the shape of the wand. It’s a bit flattened and it has this strange curvy S shape. The bristles also stick out a bit at some wonky angles, though I believe this is on purpose. It took a while to get the hang of it, but the idea is that the S curves around with your lid, letting you hit more of the lashes at once.

I found that this bristles hold on to a lot of product, and you’ll want to blot it gently with a tissue before application or else this can get pretty messy! After the light blotting I found that it was a pretty clump free mascara and did help with some nice volume, though it wasn’t a lot of volume. There was some length, but not a lot. And the curl seemed to depart towards dinner time.

I’d put this mascara in the “nice” category, but I have better ones that cost less. I’ll continue to reach for my LashBlast when I want lots of volume.

Note that this mascara comes in a dark grey from Lancome and their counters. It appears that the color I have, Excessive Black, might be a Sephora exclusive? Not sure, but it appears to be only from Sephora on-line and when I double checked my local Lancome counter only had the grey.



  1. May 1, 2012 / 12:05 am

    I have purchased it in Excessive Black from Nordstrom. Wonder if that colour is only for certain stores. I go back and forth on this. I got a TON of samples from my gal there, but then when I bought the full size it seemed to dry out MUCH more quickly than the full size. I have bought 3, at different times, and seem to have this problem consistently. Since I usually have multiple mascaras going at once (6 right now, I think, you know, different styles and such!) I was very happy she just loaded me down with like 15 of the mini tubes so I just use those when I want to wear this one.

    Also, I was going to comment on the Anastasia one…I have not been a fan of Stila mascara in the past, but they just came out with one to pair up with their waterproof liquid liner that came out 2 summers ago (which I LOVE and is a must have for me). Tried it for the first time this weekend and I am so impressed with the wear, the brush, and the formula! Was wondering if you have tried it yet, and what you think of it.

  2. May 1, 2012 / 1:11 am

    Hi Tara!
    I think you must be right, the color is only at certain stores? I didn't check Nordies (the nearest one is about 45 minutes from me), I checked Macy's. I haven't noticed the drying out issue so much, though that could be why I was having clumping issues if I didn't wipe the wand? (Because I underplayed it above since I solved the issue, but really, if I don't wipe the wand I can look like Tammy Faye really easily with this mascara)

    As for the Stila, do you mean this waterproof one?
    I haven't tried it yet, it's on my long list of things to buy!

    I definitely agree about the Stila waterproof eye liner, that stuff is amazing. Mine is almost gone so I need to buy more, but it is the easiest liquid liner to apply and it looks perfect all day! It's even easy to remove. Love it!

  3. May 1, 2012 / 3:07 am

    Hi! Yes, that is the one! I really love it.

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