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.