Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Review with Photos!

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara ($28) is a mascara that provides ultra-volume at the lash line for a “sensuous curve from root to tip”. The formula’s “black-diamond effect” imparts a glossy gel-like finish. The dual-action brush has a flat side for optimizing product deposit at the lash line while the rounded side separates, defines, and lengthens.

When I’m looking into purchasing a new mascara, I always go for the mega-volume formulas. I have never tried any of the Hypnôse formulas, but I’ve always sort-of wanted to from the rave reviews. Lancome “Hypnôse” is Lancome’s popular volumizing mascara, and because of it’s crowd favoritism, Lancome has come out with a few additions to the Hypnôse line – Hypnôse Drama, Hypnôse Doll and the latest – Hypnôse Star.

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Wand

I would consider it to be a wet formula, especially when the product is fresh. With the first use, I hated it because it was too wet and clumped my lashes together too much. But after breaking the tube in, the clumps were less, but it still didn’t completely win me over.

Because the formula is wet, I found that even when I tried my best to separate my lashes through the application process, once I blinked a few times, some of my lashes would stick together. Is there such thing as no clumping with this mascara? No, I don’t think so. But on the bright side, the clumps aren’t excessive and they don’t cause my lashes to look spidery or stubby.

It gives my lashes more of a spikey look, as it doesn’t define each individual lash. I find the result to be much, much better with a mascara base, but even then, I’m not able to achieve a voluminous, thick, lots-of-lashes effect.

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara After
Wearing two hefty coats of Lancome Hynose Star Mascara.

It adds length, which is wonderful. I found that it made my bottom lashes appear longer than any other mascara, and added a pretty decent amount of length to my top lashes. Volume? Eeeeeh. I don’t think it excelled in that department. Again, with a base, I was able to create a bit more length and volume, but to my bare lashes, it’s average at best.

The wand is great though, and a pleasure to use. It’s flat, and sort of cone-shaped, where the bristles start out short and extend further down the wand. You can really get precise and close to your lash line with this brush, and coat all of those little lashes well.

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Wand

I like that the formula is very dark and it makes my lashes more noticeable, even at a distance. Would I consider the finish to be glossy? No, but it is indeed a dark formula.

It holds a little bit of a curl, but on days where I curled my lashes sky high to my eyebrows, my curl would drop almost instantly half-way and I’d have to re-curl them after my mascara has dried.

It wore really well on me without flaking and only very minor smudges by the end of the night. So minor that I wouldn’t take off any points.

It’s very simple to remove with warm water and some oil. It doesn’t damage or pull my lashes out.

Overall, I’d rate this mascara a 3/5. I only like the results when used with a base, otherwise the results are very mediocre. As with any mascara (or product in general) results will vary. I read up on some reviews to see what others have said, and the results were very mixed. Some reviewers complained about flakes, but I didn’t experience any. What many agreed upon is that it just didn’t provide enough volume for a volumizing mascara. I’d agree with that. I won’t be purchasing the full-size. I think it’s a bit pricey for it’s average performance.

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Two Coats After

Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Two Coats
Now, I’m cheating.. I added half false lashes to the ends of my eyes in the next photos.

Miss Natty's Beauty Diary
Miss Natty's Beauty Diary
Can the duck face ever be a good look? LOL This is me making fun of myself – I remember when I was around 16, every picture that existed of me was with a kissy face. Perhaps it was the only time my cheek bones existed? Haha!!! Who knows.

Have you used any of the Hypnôse mascaras?

The Round-Up


  • Added length to my top and bottom lashes
  • Buildable formula that adds more length and mild volume with each coat 
  • Super-black formula
  • Awesome wand – gets to all of the lashes easily
  • Pleasant scent – floral? 
  • I didn’t experience flaking or smudging throughout the day – only at the end of the night would I notice very minor smudges under my eyes that wiped away easily with my fingers


  • Sticky formula – sometimes my top and bottom lashes would connect if I didn’t curl my lashes prior
  • Wet formula causes me to get mascara on my eyelids during application
  • Wet formula causes too many clumps
  • Not enough separation/defining individual lashes

Price: $28, at your local Lancome counter or Sephora.

31 thoughts on “Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara Review with Photos!

  1. Nice to know that you agree! I definitely liked it more after a few uses, but my overall opinion is still pretty much the same. Perhaps it needs to be layered with another mascara for the best effect. Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  2. Thank you for the review. I stopped purchasing $28.00 mascara when I found Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara. Walgreens sells it for $2.99. When new, there is quite a bit of product on the brush, but it gets better after you've used it a little bit. I've had mine about a month, and it's perfect now. And for $2.99, you can afford to wipe some of the product off so there is not so much on the brush.

    Can you please tell me what you are wearing on your lips? It's such a pretty color.


  3. I saw a Youtube review of this mascara recently where the girl raved about how well it worked. I was thinking about going to buy it because it promised good volume, but I think I'll be skipping this one. Clumpy, and sticky lashes- no thanks!

    Thanks for the review!


  4. I realize this is a review of the Lancome Hypnôse Star Mascara, but it would be tremendously helpful if you would also tell us the other products you used on your face, ie. shadows, liner, lip color, etc.

    I happen to really love this look on you and would so appreciate knowing the products!

    Thank you so much!


  5. I keep hearing about this Jordana Mascara! I have to remind myself to pick up a tube the next time I'm at Walgreens. You can't go wrong with that price! Thank you for the tip.

    I can't remember which lip liner I used – It was either MAC Staunchy Stylish Pro Longwear Pencil or MAC Nice n Spicy Pencil with NYX Nude Peach Fuzz Extreme Lip Cream on top. (I'm thinking it was Nice n Spicy) Prior to applying the NYX Lip Cream, I tapped a little Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink Mega Last Lipstick on my lips for brightness. Thank you!!


  6. Absolutely!

    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Custard (under my eyes)
    NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Punjab
    Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder and Ben Nye Banana Visage Powders – I like mixing the two (to set my under eyes)
    Guerlain Meteorites (to set my foundation)
    MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish (my bronzer – I contoured my cheekbones and applied around the frame of my face)
    Chanel Bronze Rose Blush (Limited Edition from 2011 soft, pink bronze blush applied to the apples of my cheeks)
    MAC Superb Extra Dimension Highlighter (Limited Edition, metallic pinky-peach highlighter applied to cheekbones and bridge of my nose)

    MAC Dipdown Fluidline (brown gel eyeliner – I actually use this to shape/draw my eyebrows)
    MAC Soba Eyeshadow (soft, warm brown eyeshadow I use to fill in my eyebrows)

    MAC Shroom Eyeshadow (applied to my brow bone and eyelid)
    MAC Wedge Eyeshadow (applied with a tapered blending brush through my crease and blended on lower lash line)
    MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow (applied halfway across my lid)
    Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner
    MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (to deepen my outer crease and applied over the liquid liner to soften the line, as well as my lower lash line)
    Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

    And the the lip combo is posted above in the previous comment!

    Sorry for sounding so scattered! Perhaps I will do a small tutorial on it. It's one of my go-to looks!


  7. Thank you so much for posting all your products!

    Yes, please do a tutorial. It's a gorgeous look. I get how to do most of it, but it is always good to see it done again!


  8. Thanks, Natty! I would be anxious to hear your thoughts on the Jordana mascara. To be honest, I had just bought a new MAC mascara when I found the Jordana, so I usually layer the MAC over the Jordana, but I'm not sure it really makes much difference. Maybe just adds a bit more length.

    Thank you for the lip info. I am planning to get the MAC Nice n Spicy lip pencil…. unless you happen to know of a good dupe for it (or the original Spice lip pencil).

    Thanks again for your response!


  9. Oh, one more thing, please. If you do end up doing a tutorial (which I really hope you will!), would you please consider giving us some dupes for some of the products? It's really nice to have some drugstore options (or lesser expensive products) to save a couple bucks! Having said that, I understand… for some products there just are no dupes! And those are the products I will splurge on (if I really love them)!

    Thank you again!


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