Brief reviews of four eye-related products

Posted on October 19, 2016 under Reviews


Today I have for you reviews of four products that are somewhat related to the eyes, none of which I feel require full posts to review. Although I am wordy enough that a single short review is probably equivalent, word count-wise, to the average beauty review.

Hard Candy 1000 Lashes Fiberized Lash Primer


I bought this thinking it would be a white primer which would make my YSL Bleu Majorelle mascara show up better, which it was not and did not. However, it works pretty well as a lash primer in terms of adding both length and volume. I wouldn’t say it’s extremely noticeable – that is, if I applied to one eye and not the other I don’t think anyone would think there was a jarring discrepancy in how my lashes looked. But I do think there is a difference, and this primer may be a really great (budget-friendly!) option for people who want to bring their lashes to the next level.


Personally, I find using a separate primer under my mascara to be an annoying faff which I usually do not have time for. Should I want to pump up my lashes for a special occasion, I will definitely use this primer. But a lash primer is simply not something I see myself using on a regular basis. If you’re into that kind of thing, this is a solid, affordable option.

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara


The original Hypnôse mascara is, I must begrudgingly admit, one of my favourite mascaras. I’ve enjoyed Definicils and Hypnôse Doll Lashes, while feeling very underwhelmed about the original Grandiôse. I find Hypnôse Star a bit underwhelming, as well. Where Grandiôse was slightly clumpy, Hypnôse Star is just… really not dramatic. At all. It doesn’t give me a huge amount of length or volume. I mean, it definitely enhances my natural lashes, as mascara is wont to do, but I was expecting, um, drama.

I’m wearing Hypnôse Drama in the lash comparison above, and I guess it looks fine. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it, and it doesn’t get clumpy. It definitely looks better than Grandiôse. But it just doesn’t compare to another of my favourites, Clarins Truly Waterproof, which gives me amazing length and super defined lashes:


If this mascara were eight bucks at the drugstore, I’d probably be pretty happy with it. But it’s eight million bucks, and if I’m going to spend eight million bucks on a mascara (which, once again, I never will), it’s going to be one that’s damn good. The original Hypnôse is still on my short list of fancy mascaras I’d spend Optimum points on. Hypnôse Drama certainly isn’t.

Maybelline Master Conceal by FaceStudio Camouflaging Concealer


In March my mom and I were using her Optimum points to buy a bunch of makeup (which is the best way to use Optimum points, of course), and we were just under our $170 worth of free stuff – so I grabbed a Master Conceal in a panic and threw it into the basket. As it turns out, I really like it. It’s a good multi-purpose concealer in that it covers blemishes well but also performs admirably under the eyes. It’s more dewy than matte, so it needs to be set and may not be suitable for those with very oily skin. But look at what it does for my undereyes:


It really brightens and lifts and does a pretty good job of hiding my dark circles, which is all I can ask for. Plus, the tube is a generous 0.4 fl oz (that’s almost half the size of a standard foundation), so I probably won’t be running out anytime soon. My biggest complaint with this product is, of course, the shade range. There are only five shades, and while they are definitely better than, say, Rimmel or Bourjois, whose shades consist of “pale to light tan”, it certainly doesn’t go terribly deep. Drugstore concealer seems to be particularly bad for this; while some brands are bringing out more expansive foundation ranges, concealers at a low price point are still basically all limited to a few (generally quite light) shades. It’s also worth noting that Fair, the shade which I use (surprise, surprise) leans slightly yellow, if that’s something that bothers you. I can’t say if the whole range does, having only used this one.

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover


I will start this off by saying that I am definitely a La Roche-Posay brand loyalist. I use skincare from various brands, but most of the time these days when I need something new I look to LRP first. But I was definitely skeptical of Respectissime; all the bi-phase alternatives to the very pricey but very effective Lancôme Bi-Facil I’ve tried have let me down.


You could say I like La Roche-Posay…

When I ran out of my supply of Bi-Facil, I could not face shelling out $39 for another bottle. So I bought Respectissime for a mere $19.50 (yep, that’s exactly half price for the same amount of product), because I was curious and because I do like La Roche-Posay. Colour me very impressed when it easily took off my Clarins Truly Waterproof mascara and Stila Stay All Day eyeliner, two products which are pretty stubborn when it comes to makeup removal time. Respectissime also lacks the heavy fragrance of Bi-Facil, which I appreciate. I don’t have sensitive eyes, but I don’t really need to be putting fragrance all up in my eyeballs, you know?

I had a sensitive-eyed customer the other day who tested the Vichy waterproof eye makeup remover on one eye and Respectissime, at my suggestion, on the other. The Vichy made her eye red and didn’t fully remove her eye makeup. Respectissime did not irritate her eye whatsoever and removed everything. So I’ve already converted at least one person, and I intend to bring Respectissime into my regular rotation of “products I love to sell”, especially as an alternative to Bi-Facil.

(By the way, in case anyone was wondering, I don’t work for LRP. I have access to a variety of brands to sell but do sell a lot of LRP because I genuinely like it!)

And there we have it: four eye-related products that I wanted to share my thoughts on. Next time I see you I’ll have a lip product review which I am pretty excited about.

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