|(l to r) Lancome Hypnose Drama, MAC In Extreme Dimension|
Prior to my introduction to Hypnose Drama I tried a couple different drug store mascaras, such as Maybelline, Loreal.. And I hated them! I don't know what it is, but I couldn't wear these mascaras. My eyes and lids itch terribly when I have attempted these and I find that the formulas tend to flake all throughout the day. In my experience with drug store brands, I'd recommend them for a photo shoot or some other short event, but definitely not for an entire day.
It's a fact that us ladies will go through a lot to accomplish the look we want. (No Pain No Gain) But trust me when I say to leave the drugstore mascara alone and try out Lancome products if you suffer from the burning and itching eyes and flaky mascara. It's well worth the investment. (About $25)
So, as I mentioned, I am really new to the whole makeup arena. And I should have stuck to what I know, but after running out of my last tube of Hypnose Drama, I went to the local Macy's and decided to see what MAC had to offer in mascara. I told the lady behind the counter that I wanted something dramatic: full and long! She said the In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash is what I was looking for. I paid about $22 and walked away happy with my purchase.
The first application of MAC's mascara was decent. The formula is more moist…tacky than what I am used to with Lancome's Hypnose. And the brush is different: MAC's brush has very tiny/short bristles. Lancome's bristles are the standard length. I liked the result with one coat but wished for the lashes to be a bit longer and darker. I applied 2 coats and didn't see much of a difference at all with the addition of another coat. That was a bit of a bummer. With mascara more should mean MORE, right??
As for wear throughout the day, MAC's mascara seemed to NEVER really DRY! I have worn this mascara roughly 3 times since I purchased it and every time my hand gets near my eye it seems something like a disaster. I feel the wetness of the mascara and it's all over my finger. I feel like if I look in the mirror I'd have a huge black smudge on my face. Surprisingly, that is never the case. But, still… I do not like the all day tackiness. And I find the removal, with eye makeup remover, to be harder than with Lancome's product. Instead of using one pad per eye, I've had to use up to 3 pads per eye for removal and even then, residue remains.
Overall, it could just be my mind playing tricks on me because I am so familiar and comfortable with Lancome's Hypnose Drama, but I much prefer Hypnose over MAC's In Extreme 3D.