Or ‘Great mascara, shame about the smell’. This was another sample size that came in my Selfridges Advent Calendar. I liked the regular Hypnose mascara so I was excited to try this ‘added drama’ version. Things started off so well...
The wand is a traditional bristle affair but it’s a bit weird. It kind of curves in an ‘s’ shape. It’s wider one way than it is the other so it takes a little bit of manoeuvring to get to all the lashes without accidentally blobbing mascara everywhere. Admittedly it took a couple of uses before I got to grips with it.
The formula is relatively wet and it gives a good deep black colour. Things can get a little clumpy if you try and build it up too much but the length and drama it gives with one coat is enough for me. I really like the look of it. For me it gives a better result than the regular Hypnose mascara. It doesn’t flake or transfer on me (but then those aren’t problems I usually have with mascaras).
Where this falls down is the smell. This has a very strong, pungent almost, floral perfume. The scent itself isn’t overly unpleasant but it’s so damn strong that as soon as the wand goes anywhere near my eyes they start watering like mad. Which of course means my makeup then runs... Once the mascara has dried it’s fine but I find myself fanning my face whilst snivelling until it does.
In short no, no I wouldn’t buy the full size. But if scented mascaras don’t bother you then the full sized tube costs £20.50 x