Definicils High Definition Mascara

by Lancome  
Price:
$27.50 
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Category:
Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:
3/24/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Definicils High Definition Mascara is an extraordinary lengthening mascara that builds some thickness with minimal to no chance of clumping. The only drawback, and this is a minor complaint, is it can go on a bit too wet, which increases the chance of it smearing before your lashes dry.

French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. That’s not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.

Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.

L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.

The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. My suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.

For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.

Lancome Makeup

L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.

If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previous editions of this book. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.

Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

Member Comments

Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Laura H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    consistently great mascara
    • I've used purchased Definicils a few times now and agree with the Paula's Choice review. This offers just about everything you could want in a mascara - except for the price. The price is the only reason why this isn't my go-to mascara. I've found Benefit's They're Real mascara to be just as good, and slightly cheaper. Unfortunately, I haven't yet found a drugstore brand that delivers the same results as Definicils or They're Real for a lower price. Maybe you get what you pay for?

  2. Jacqueline.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 20, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Lancôme
    • I think this mascara lasts longer than any other brand I have tried including most high end brands. For some reason it seems to get better when it's a bit older than when brand new well, at least for me.

  3. Annette D
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Not impressed!
    • I liked hypnosis and hypnose drama waterproof. Because the regular is too messy

  4. Mary L
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    The bomb
    • I could write a book on mascara alone....I've tried all of them !! Lancome has been my favorite for more than 31 years, Definicil is by far the best. It's long lasting, great brush, and never flakes.

  5. annie y.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 04, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Hands down, the best
    • Been a long time buyer of over 20 years. As many others have stated, I've used them all and none perform as well as Definicils. I don't even consider using another mascara, no matter how glowing the reviews of another brand.

  6. Pamela W
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 02, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    All I Use
    • I'd been using this for years. Every time I try a new mascara (and I've tried many) I end up trashing it and coming back to Definicils - Lancôme makes the best mascara - period...

  7. Sandi L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    No raccoon eyes
    • I have oily skin and tried most drugstore mascaras. I buy the waterproof formula and I still got raccoon eyes. Must be my oily skin. Until I discovered Definicils. Wears well, I can even sweat while exercising and no smearing. It lengthens my lashes. The only thing is my eyelashes become straight ( I use an eyelash curler) after I apply this mascara. That's why I give it a 3 for the results.

  8. Kelley
    Reviewed on Monday, February 25, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    THE HOLY GRAIL OF MASCARAS!
    • This is by far the best mascara on the market, in my opinion. It is the ONLY mascara I have bought more than once! In fact I have purchased this countless times over the last several years. I have tried other less expensive mascaras and they always have ended up in the trash, returned or thrown in my drawer never to be used again. I have learned that this is the only mascara that works for me. Every time I have read a positive review of another mascara and tried it I have not been happy.

  9. SUE M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 02, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best ever mascara, bar none!
    • I have been using this mascara for 20 years, maybe even longer, since it was introduced anyways. Despite all the new mascaras introduced over the years, NOTHING has topped Definicils High Definition Mascara. I keep trying new high rated brands and am disappointed with them and come back to Definicils. Once I found one that was better. It was the original version of Maybelline's Illegal lengths. It made my lashes even longer than Definicils. But, shortly after I discovered this mascara, Lancome bought Maybelline. Then they changed the formula for Illegal Lengths, then finally killed the product altogether. I would believe that they did this because they did not want to loose sales of their higher priced Definicils. That being said, it is an amazing mascara. I do have long eyelashes, fully half an inch long, but they are transparent. Without mascara I look like I don't have any eyelashes. With Definicils they look very long, almost like I am wear false eyelashes, and nice and thick. Don't use that technique make up artists use whereby they put mascara over the top of your lashes as your eyes are closed (I find that makes lashes look shorter!). Just use several coats on the front of your lashes while your eyes are open and you will have very long and thick lashes. A Holy Grail product for me I am never without.

  10. Adriana
    Reviewed on Friday, February 01, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Mascara Definicils Lancome trouble
    • Hi ladies, I have been buying this product for over 10 years. In last 3 years my mascara stopped closing properly. First I thought I was at fault, but when it repeated with the following one, I got upset. So I bought some other brand names. Last year while traveling and being bored at the airport I bought Lancome Definicils again. And after appr. 20 times of usage the closure didn't screw back properly again! And I was using it, but noticed that it was collecting black matter on top thus making closure completely difficult and mascara seemed to be drying out too. I contacted Lancome - they replaced it immediately. With this new one- had it over 5 months, thought it would be superb again - NO!! The same thing happened. But after 5 months.... Recently I visited my friend, while in her bathroom saw the same thing with her Lancome Definicils. She received it as a gift , so no complains there. Therefore I think it's not my muscle that causes it. Just saying. Thank you, hope you are having a great day! Adriana

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