Friday, January 3, 2014

Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara

I've not posted about mascaras in a long time.  It's one of those routine things I do, but still important.  My natural lashes are very fine, sparse and mostly straight.  When I first started to wear makeup, I didn't wear mascaras finding most to smear, clump and look altogether terrible.  Besides, enhancing such flimsy little wisps didn't seem to be worth the effort.  I've changed my ways!

Here are the things I use for enhancing my lashes.
Latisse you see in the little white bottle, along with my favorite mascara - Lancome Hypnose Drama WP, my ever faithful guillotine the Suqqu eye lash curler, and my sometimes tool the Tweezerman ILASHCOMB.

The Lancome Hypnose Drama WP mascara has a really weird funky wand that puzzled me when I first started to use it.  It has a curved shape.  The bristles are slightly far apart, which gives a dramatic effect when used.
I finally figured out that the best way to use the wand was to hold the inside of the curve against the lashes and sweep up.  I like how this pretty much gets the corners of my eyes pretty well in one sweep.

Here are my bare lashes, which are really truly puny.  This is with six months of Latisse, so you can imagine that naturally they are even more so shorter and finer.  And because my eyelids are hooded, they really retract into the hoods to look even shorter than they are.
Now a picture of my lashes curled with my eyelash curler.  It's a pretty amazing thing what curling does making them look much longer than they are in their regular state.
An attribute of a waterproof mascara is its ability to maintain the curl.  If you find that your mascara weighs down and droops the curl, a waterproof mascara might be a good alternative.  Another thing I notice that works for me is a slightly drier mascara formula, which waterproof ones tend to be and the Hypnose Drama one has a slightly dry formula.

Here I am with one coat applied.
I've applied a second coat to the upper lashes as well as coated the lower lashes with what was left over on the wand.  I only used the comb to pick out any little clumps, but seeing my lashes so magnified, I can see how I should have combed through a bit better!
The color of the mascara is very black and really provides a dramatic effect, at least for my lashes.  Being waterproof, I use a good deal of cleansing oil to work it through my lashes to remove.  No flaking, no smearing and excellent curl holding!
Anyway, this mascara I've repurchased many times and I find that even when I experiment with other brands, I always have one of these open.  You will also see this mascara mentioned on many of the looks I post on the blog.
What is your favorite mascara and any tips for us suffering from fine and skimpy lashes?

28 comments :

  1. Oh pretty fluttery lashes! I had lash extensions done 2 weeks ago but I don't like the effect - I actually prefer my own lashes, with some help from LiLash. I think I tried the regular Hypnose Drama, but it wasn't my favorite. My lashes are different than yours though!

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    1. oh my goodness, Monika. You have the most beautiful and full lashes ever! I have MAJOR lash envy! LiLash changed formulations, right? I think all the originally good eye lash boosters changed formulations due to lawsuits.

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  2. Hey Belly, wow look at those lashes! My favorite combo is the Dior lash primer and Iconic Overcurl. I've tried other mascaras that I like, but IO seems to be the only one that makes them truly dense and fluttery!

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    1. I've heard the IO is very good! Dior does do drama really well with mascaras.

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  3. I have terrible lashes. Sadly, all the primers I've tried make my lashes droop so I cannot wear them and god knows I've tried. What I do to make my sad looking lashes look better is nothing glamorous really, yet it works for me: I put a tiny drop of castor oil on my finger every night and spread it on my lashes. In the morning, I wash my face without rubbing my eyes. I only use my cleansing oil on my face and avoid my eyes and I only wash them softly with water. My lashes feel softer, shinier, and overall less brittle looking. I proceed to curl my lashes with my Chanel curler, then I apply mascara, always waterproof! I am currently in love with YSL faux cils in waterproof and then I use a heated curler (a panasonic one, nothing fancy) to get a curl in the tip of my lashes. It works wonder for me!

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    1. wefadetogray, it's a great idea to baby your lashes and I heard castor oil does nice things for lashes and brows. Can you get off mascara when you wash without a remover or an oil? For me the biggest pain of removing these wp mascaras is the removal process takes a bit of work.

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    2. I actually use Tatcha cleansing oil to remove my mascara. I do have to be thorough tho and massage my lashes but they end up squeaky clean. If for whatever reason I have a crazy amounts of mascara layers, I just used extra virgin coconut oil with a cotton pad to clean afterwards and all is well :)

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  4. Oh well... we all struggle with lashes, right? I got quite some lashes which are long, thick and black, which would sound like a dream, right? However, since they are already thick, they are very heavy and straight, so nothing holds curl :'( My secret (posted in blog some weeks ago) is Shiseido Nourishing Mascara base, that holds curl and makes even crappy mascaras (like Burberry) something gorgeous.

    For mascara, I'm currently using Diorshow WP, I keep trying others but always go back to this one, with L'Oreal Telescopic WP on top (Driveller had recommended me Telescopic Falsies, but that's not sold here, so went for that). And I recently discovered the Clinique mini for lower lashes that I totally love.

    As for tolos, I love Shu curler and I also use the Tweezerman brush you posted ;)

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    1. AHHHH, to have dense thick lashes!!!! *cries* I can see how it would be a different set of challenges getting them to hold a curl. I've also used the Lancome base before, which seems to thicken lashes a bit more, but another step!

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    2. Lancome was the first lash primer I've ever tried, lashes looked longer but were even heavier and couldn't hold curl... the only primer that holds curl for me (and makes even crappy mascara like Burberry look good) is Shiseido.

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    3. Anne! I am laughing so hard at how much you hate the Burberry one! The SA kept on trying to sell me this one saying it's an EXCELLENT mascara. But NOW I KNOW!

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    4. It looked good over Shi nourishing mascara base, but on its own it's too wet so I bet even already curly lashes go down with that!

      Another really bad mascara is Max Factor False Lashes WP, my lashes looked shorter than with no mascara D:

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  5. Heloooo lash! What do you use to take this one off? I'm tempted to try out Latisse but one of the side effect is darkening of the iris (irreversible). I suppose if your iris is already dark, why not?
    My fave mascara currently is Motte Mascara Little Witch. It's a tubing mascara so it won't rub off and totally waterproof until you take it off with warm water and soap. I may try DHC tubing mascara next, recs from Lisa E. herself.

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    1. Brown eyes, so yes, not a big deal. When I first tried the generic, I also had some noticeable discoloring on my eyelids (that were kind of red/purple) which faded, but haven't had this with this go around.
      I usually rub the lashes with the pads of my fingertips very gently with whatever I am using to wash my face (oil/balm). Every once in a while, I will use Bioderma first and then follow with oil/balm.

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  6. Lovely lashes. Mine are really hard to photograph lol

    I'm using revitalash and avance to condition and prime. I'm loving Fasio Ultra Curl Lock Volume and Kanebo Media Curl mascara (so cheap but good) atm because they hold a curl like no other but I think the media one is better at it while fasio holds up better to heat...omg it's going to be 41 degree Celsius today! Another fave is D.U.P mascara perfect extension and Kate gel volume mascara, alone they are ok but they are great for sealing up any good result but bad lasting power mascaras like those majolica majorca mascaras. I have tried that L'oreal false lash WP but it stings my eyes with fumes or something and give me panda eyes :( Dior and lancaome are also smudgy on me because my lashes actually touch my bottom lids when I blink.

    I also like the tweezerman comb, it is brilliant for combing out clumps, I like to use it after blasting it with a hot hair drier so I can smooth out any lumps or clumps on lashes. I like to warm my suqqu curler up too for extra curl while using less pressure. Heated curler also handy to neatly sculpt the mascara because all mascaras cause the tips of my lashes to curl forward after it dries.

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    1. 41?!! You DO need a lipstick fridge! I like the Fasio one, too! Japanese ones are wonderful, I think especially when it is crazy hot/humid. I like them especially in the summer. I love that L'Oreal telescopic false lash one! I have a bunch of those lying around, too! I wonder what makes the weird irritation??!!!

      The comb is great for getting out the little blobs, but it seems really hard to get the tines to separate out the lashes though. I use heated curler (the battery kind) but they keep on dying on me!

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  7. Great photos! Strangely, I haven't tried this formula yet, despite being rather obsessed with mascara and lashes. Thus far, I've really liked Givenchy Noir Couture and Chanel Le Volume, but my very favourites come from YSL. MEGALASHES. Might have to try Lancome, though.

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    1. Lancome has really nice ones. I also really like Definicils when I want something more natural looking. Generally, I go for more dramatic since my natural ones are so skimpy.

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  8. Awesome before and after pics! This formula works so well for you! pssst I think Latisse is amazing - it makes my naturally longish lashed in to powerhouse ones! My go to mascara is Armani Eyes To Kill Excess - but have just purchased the newish Kevyn Aucoin essential mascara- gives a softer yet still full look- more fluttery- so far so good. I have used the Lancome in the past but not this formula - worth a look at since your lashed look so pretty!

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    1. Latisse on already abundant lashes would probably do some amazing things! The ETK (no wp) ones made my lashes droop. :(

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  9. I have straight fine lashes as well, and I love Lancome Hypnose Star. I used a regular Lancome Hypnose Precious Cils and it didn't work at all. Dior Iconic Overcurl gives me most volume and curl but it doesn't hold that long. I might have to try this WP one. Sounds like something I might like!

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    1. You might like this one! Might also stand up well to the heat/humidity!

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  10. I'm buying this. Period.
    You lashes look so pretty!
    I have tried lash extensions before. Although they look super natural and gorgeous (Novalash), but it was still a pain having to be so careful around the eyes all the time. Plus there is a certain charm about wearing mascara anyway. ;)

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    1. Lena! Yes, it's easily accessible and works nicely. The Japanese ones are incredible, but still a pain to get a hold of. I also recommend the Fascio Ultra Curl Lock Volume ones. They are great!

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    2. Thanks for the rec! (*writing down on note*) ;)

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  11. OMG your lashes!!!!! I sooooo so wish something like this would work for me!!! But I've finally made the realization that short of getting eye surgery I don't think there's much hope - finally made the way late observation that my monolid crease starts almost exactly at my lash line...meaning pretty much 3/4 of my lashes are hidden by my lid and any subsequent curl I manage to obtain ultimately gets crushed by the weight of said monolid. Of course, that didn't stop me from getting the KA eye kit that's still on sale on spacenk - it's got a lash curler and a tubing mascara. It's been a good many months since I've given it a proper go...maybe this time will work...even if a little??? If not, I'll have to remember this post!!!

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    1. If my lashes were a lot of work, I wouldn't bother.

      Actually as it is, remembering to apply the Latisse every once in a while is practically too much work for me.

      Try the SURRATT mascara for the team! pweeeese?

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    2. Absolutely!!! It's on my list to try anyway!!! Think I might wait to get it along with some other surratt items until the barneys love yourself event :-) But yeah...for SCIENCE...

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