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Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara – Magazine Freebie!

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This is the latest addition to the Hypnose family of mascaras from Lancome. For a long time I shelled out money for the original Hypnose – then I stopped….I thought why am I spending so much on mascara when there are good drugstore ones out there for much less money?!

Lancome’s photo – Double Click to enlarge

I saw that Tatler magazine (something I never usually buy!) Was giving away a sample size of this new mascara so I thought I would give it a try.

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The Magazine – Double click to enlarge

I love that one of my favourite cartoon characters, Betty Boop is all over the marketing materials for the Hypnose range of shadows and mascara! She is adorable. Sorry that this pic is not the best quality:

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Betty Boop looking hot with the Lancome goodies! (Double click to enlarge)


Sold at all Lancome counters

£4.20 with a magazine – for a 2.5 ml sample

Full size is £22.00 for 6.5ml

Unique shaped bristle brush – 2 sided shape

Gives great volume and length

Prone to clumping

3/5 from me!


First off the sample size is not bad, its 2.5ml. Its perfect to take away on a trip and save a little room in your makeup bag. Its also 1/3 of the size of the full size one, then paying £4.20 for the magazine is quite good!

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Although its small, importantly the brush is the same size as on the full size one. It is an odd shape and kind of two sided. You are meant to apply with the flat side and the use the wide side to brush up and through the length of your lashes. I haven’t used a brush like this before and I thought….um interesting.

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One side of the brush – Double click to

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The flat side of the brush – Double click to enlarge


I do like that is a bristle brush and not latex, they seem to pack more punch but sometimes are plagued with a downside – they can make your lashes clumpy.

This mascara is a very dark black – I like that! I think it only comes in one shade but I could be mistaken.

The scent is normal for a Lancome mascara, its there but its not offensive.

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Mini Mascara – Full Size Brush – Double click to enlarge

This mascara does a great job of both lengthening and volumising but here is the downfall – it makes my lashes look a bit clumpy despite me being careful with application and combing between the two coats I apply. I have had clumpier lashes with other mascaras but this is a pain to use….fine if you have time on your hands but when you need to get a move on in the mornings and get out of the door.

Here are a couple of pics of me with the mascara on – see its a little clumpy no? But I think you will agree the mascara is intense and its added lots of length and volume. It also curled up lashes up a bit….I applied 2 coats:

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This in typical Hypnose form did not flake or smudge so big thumbs up there.

Its also easy to remove unlike something like BeneFit They’re Real mascara!

Here are the ingredients:

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Bottom line: I am glad I didn’t shell out for the full size of this. Yes it does what it claims but its too much hassle to apply, comb, apply, comb etc. For that reason I am giving it 3/5!

I will use the rest of the sample up, but then I am going back to my regular False Lash Effect mascara from Max Factor – half the price of this and half the effort!

Lancome’s photo – Double Click to enlarge

If you want to try this out I suggest getting Tatler this month. The magazine might not be your cup of tea (its not mine!) But for £4.20 you can see if you like the mascara.

Are you a fan of this? What is your favourite mascara at the moment? What mascaras do you not like and why? Get in touch and let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Ooohh I love a freebie and I love Lancome mascara’s! Thanks Grace, I will be buying the mag at lunchtime! I cannot wait to try it – and your lashes dont look clumpy if you ask me!


    August 15, 2012

  • Thanks a lot Amal

    Let me know how you get on with the mascara if you do end up trying it out!

    Grace x


    August 15, 2012

  • Hello Grace !! Loved the review of this mascara. My all time favorite mascara is the Chanel Inimitable intense, however because of the price i don’t buy it very often so my usual “go-to” mascara is Maybelline Great Lash mascara. I often flip back and forth and use different ones but always go back to Great Lash. Thanks for your blog, you post some very useful information !! xoxo from the U.S.


    August 15, 2012

  • Hi Belinda!
    Thanks so much for your comment. I like that Chanel mascara too but its expensive! I can understand why you don’t buy it that often. High end mascaras are so expensive and given you have to throw it away after 3 months, its not worth it!

    Thanks a lot – glad you found the review helpful!
    Grace xx


    August 15, 2012

  • I bought this and I’m also not sure about the double sided brush… the first time I used it this morning I just used the rounded side and didn’t bother with the flat side; it confused me! Will try it properly though and see how it works!x

    Beauty Bird

    August 17, 2012

  • Hi Beauty Bird
    Thanks for your comment – do try it the other way with the brush and let me know how you get on with it. I would like to know if it ends up clumping a litte on you too or if its just me!
    Grace x


    August 18, 2012

  • I just got this mini mascara I don’t like the fact that its not waterproof.

    Nida Moughal

    August 15, 2013

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