Review: Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara – Has Star Power!

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In terms of my must-have beauty products, mascara ranks really high on the list — my eyes just don’t look normal without it! I also believe when you’re talking about a really good mascara, you get what you pay for, so I tend to go for the high end brands, which to me is worth it (even though you are paying more in the end). Of course, I’ve been a fan of the original Hypnose by Lancome ever since it appeared on the market (it’s one of those ‘cult’ products), so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of the limited edition versions by Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz.

The famed designer created not just these funky, adorably packaged,  limited edition collection of mascaras, but also: false lashes and eye palettes. “I spend my time backstage at the Lanvin shows, and when I come out at the end, all I see are people’s eyes,” says Alber, explaining why there’s no lipsticks, glosses or blushers in the collection. But never mind, the mascara’s alone are so good, that we won’t whine about that!

There are four choices in the range (Classic, Drama, Doll Eyes and Star), and after much deliberation, I bought the ‘Star’ edition. This Star mascara is meant to go give lashes ultra volume and sensuous curves, resulting in a very glamourous Hollywood effect on the lashes, and though I found it did one more than the other, I still loved the way it made mine look.


As you’ll see from the picture above (please excuse the quality of those pictures, the close up of the brushes kept going slightly blurred, I need a new camera!), the Star mascara contains a dual-action brush. It has two rounded sides that’s meant to separate, define and lengthen. The flat sides are then meant to even out the coverage of the formula on each lash, gives volume and enhance curl. The formula contains a “black diamond effect” which also gives the lashes a glossy gel-like finish by combining soft and hard waxes.

How to Apply

The application took me a few goes to get correct!

  • First off, make sure to wipe the excess mascara off the brush before you start the application, otherwise they will absolutely clump together (I HATE it when this happens!).
  • Next, I applied the mascara with the flat side to coat and define my lashes.
  • Then, I ran the rounded side through my lashes again, and found this was the best way to separate the lashes and hold the curl in place.

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Works Best To Curl The Lashes

Now upon use, I found that with Star, you’re inclined to get a more curled effect, rather than extra volume. This isn’t a factor I’d consider bad, as my lashes are naturally quite thick anyway, so I was delighted with the wide-eyed effect that the extra curl gave them and I thought the brush was excellent for separating every lash, including the tiniest ones, so I’ll definitely be getting this again.  But, if you want sole volume, I’d recommend the Classic Hypnose, rather than this variation.

In short, I love the mascara (the gorgeous packaging alone makes me want to buy everything in the range!), and I remain a steadfast Hypnose fan. Because they are recently new, and limited editions, they are that bit pricier at €28, so not one if you’re on a budget, but I’m a sucker for a great product in ultra-cute packaging, so I’d definitely pay this again.  I’m not sure how long this range will be around for, so leg it to your nearest counter quick before they vanish.

What are your favourite mascaras? Are you a Hypnose fan and would you buy this edition? Tell all in the comments!

Also, check out this  amazing Alber Elbaz video below, promoting the mascaras, it’s as gorgeous as the packaging: