So I decided to put this against a comparable drugstore option, L'Oreal Miss Manga (there are at least three in the Miss Manga series, pictured is the original). I chose it because the wand is similar (see a better picture here) and because Lancome is a subsidary of L'Oreal. Did you know that? I had to find out which is better, this or that?
|L'Oreal Miss Manga is on your LEFT, Lancome Hypnose Star is on your RIGHT|
This is after 8 hours of wear.
Price--Lancome Hypnose Star is $28.50 (look for it at Sephora) and L'Oreal Miss Manga is $7.99 (drugstores, ULTA).
Scent & Formula--Both have a scent with Hypnose Star being very strong if you give it a good whiff. The formula is wet" as opposed to a drier mascara. L'Oreal was a bit wetter and thicker.
Wear--Both had a tiny bit of flaking after an 8 hour day consisting of a 5 yr old and 1 yr old pawing and rubbing at my face. This is also after playing (aka sweating) outside for 1.5 hours in 84 degree temps. Hypnose Star was more prone to clumps on the bottom whereas Miss Manga was clumpier on the top (it is actually marketed for this look).
Length and Volume--Both mascaras were tested individually and side by side for several months in spring and summer conditions, worn a minimum of 4 hours for as much as 14. Hypnose Star gives more length but Miss Manga gave more volume.
This or That--While I enjoyed them both, I would probably purchase Miss Manga since it is cheaper. But it comes down to the look you want as well, as I prefer the Hypnose Star.