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As I was putting away a box (filled with the accumulation of three weeks worth of makeup back in their proper homes), I came across Lancome's limited edition Spring 2015 Virtuose Doll Eyes Mascara in Gris Rivoli 06 (4,720 yen).

To be fair, I rarely fall for a mascara at "first coat"; it takes about a week or two, allowing the formula to dry out a bit, in order for me to become all wrapped up and taken (or not) with a mascara.

Sadly (and, notably for the price point),  this was not the case with Lancome's Virtuose Doll Eyes Doll Lash Effect Mascara Wide-Eye look. I've tried SO hard to make myself like this mascara, really, I have. I fell in love with the patina-dark grey with a slight taupey-lavender sheen; absolutely gorgeous! However, from the wand to the formula, every aspect of this mascara was an all-time fail!

The wand is flimsy; it doesn't hold onto the lashes, provides zero resistance when combing through, and barely (if at all) deposits any product.

And, the formula...the formula did absolutely NOTHING! Forget giving your lashes a doll-like effect and wide-eyed look (that's laughable), instead, it caused my lashes to stick to one another; thus, creating one giant mess of a lash. Heck, I even tried using one of MAC's disposable wands to see if I could get this mascara to work, and koka ga nai (that's "no effect" in Japanese. See, I taught you some Japanese :P).

The only thing the Virtuose Doll Eyes Mascara was able to do was hurt my eyes. When combing at the base of my lashes, the mascara's fibers would get into my eyes, causing me a world of pain. If you want to punish your lashes, and like the watery, irritated red eye look, then Lancome's Virtuose Doll Eyes Mascara in Gris Rivoli 06 is for you. 


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  2. Sorry to hear this is a major disappointment for you. I usually like Lancome mascara, but I don't really think they are all that different from L'Oreal ones, which kind of makes sense.
    But as you said, that grey color is absolutely gorgeous!
    The original L'Oreal Voluminous wp is my holy gray, and I'm so tired of myself saying this over and over again, and really want to find something better. I've recently tried Kiss Me volume & curl mascara as well. It is nice but leaves my lashes quite crunchy that I don't think I'd repurchase.

    1. I haven't used a Lancome mascara in ages (don't want to through out the actual number, in fear of dating myself). I don't remember every being a fan, but after seeing this shade, I couldn't refuse.

      The original L'Oreal Voluminous is one of my holy grail mascaras as well; heck, everyone on my family uses it...seriously, they do! Shame they don't sell it here.

      Never heard of the Kiss Me mascara, and after your description, I think I'll pass.

  3. You need to find a way to use this mascara! Please!!! The color is gorgeous! But mascara fibers in your eyes is really a problem...Thanks for the Japanese Lesson, ho, ho, more please! Big hugs from Greece!

    1. I'm trying Amalia, I'm TRYING! Not just for the color, but the damn price!

      I'll make sure you sprinkle a little Japanese here and there for ya ;)

      Mata ne (bye).