18 October 2014

Review: Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara has got to be the most unique mascara on the market. I absolutely adore the packaging, especially the suspension of the Lancome rose in the transparent mascara handle.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara is famous for it's "swan-neck" wand, and is in my opinion what makes it so unique. There are quite a number of reasons why Lancome created a bend in the Grandiose wand and attached a smaller brush head (it's about three quarters the size of Lancome Hypnose) - 
1. Smaller brush head means more precision - you can easily coat the hard-to-reach lashes at the corners of your eyes (I know I have trouble applying mascara evenly on those lashes).
2. The bent wand also adapts to the contours of your face, so you don't have to worry too much about accidentally putting mascara on your cheeks, nose and/or eyebrows.
3. An added bonus of the bent wand is that as you pull the wand out, it scraps off excess mascara leaving an adequate amount on the brush for the most perfect application.

Now I have to admit that the swan-neck wand did take a bit of getting used to. I initially did not like it one bit, as I find it so cumbersome and awkward. However, as I started getting used to having to actually rotate the wand so I get the best angle for the particular section of lashes I'm trying to coat, I started falling in love with Lancome Grandiose. There's a whole science to using this unique mascara that they even included an instruction sheet with nine diagrams. 

The formula of a mascara is equally as important as the brush. I'm so pleased that Lancome did not disappoint. Lancome claims that Grandiose has an ultra-black formula, flexible polymers for silky long-wearing curl and native rose cells for beautified lashes. I can't really comment much on the "ultra-black" formula, considering I've been blessed with dark lashes. However, I can say that it is not clumpy at all when used correctly. Also love the volume it provides!

There are three transparent polymers added to the Grandiose mascara, one of these polymers is a latex one. I'm guessing these flexible polymers helped magically extend my lashes without the use of synthetic lashes. My lashes also stayed curled all day - from 7.30am till I remove my makeup at around 5.30pm.

The addition of the rose cells is to condition your lashes, so they become softer, suppler and more resistant. Can't really comment on this either, as I have only been using this for just over two weeks and haven't seen any improvements to my lashes.

Overall, I'm so impressed with Lancome Grandiose Mascara. The design and formula of this mascara is simply genius! I would definitely recommend this if you're looking to try a new, revolutionary mascara. I definitely need a backup now. I shall leave you with comparative pictures showcasing the awesomeness of Lancome Grandiose Mascara.

L-R: Bare, curled lashes; One coat of Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Left eye - One coat of Lancome Grandiose Mascara; Right eye - bare, curled lashes
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  1. I really liked Lancome's hypnose mascaras, they were a little bit wet but made my lashes look lengthy. It would definitely take me some time to get used to the shape of this brush, your lashes look great!

  2. Am very fussy bout mascaras-no waterproof, no clumps, flakes or gobs. The blacker the better. My aging eyes make it very difficult to see what I'm doing, so I may very well appreciate a brush that is "directional". Thanks for the info!

  3. Thanks Lily! I prefer the waterproof versions (in fact, I usually prefer waterproof versions of all mascaras), as they are drier than their non-waterproof counterparts.