By now you've seen and heard lots about the new Lancome Grandiose mascara, so I will try not to bore you with what you already know. What I can tell you about is my own personal experience with this product. The Grandiose was provided as a press sample care of Influenster.
The Lancome Grandiose mascara is hailed as a revolution in mascara primarily because of its innovative brush wand. Lancome claims this wand is swan-like, although I would beg to differ. This is what a real swan neck looks like:
Sorry to burst your bubble Lancome; your wand is bent, not swan-like. Regardless of that detail though, this wand is quite unique. The wand is bent just so that it becomes easier to reach every teeny lash on your eye and helps eliminate that awkward "cross-over" effect when you try to apply to your opposite eye from your dominant hand.
Formula-wise, Lancome also doesn't slack off. The Grandiose formula contains rose cell extract, which nourishes and smooths lashes for ultimate length and definition.
So did it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Paraffin - a waxy substance that provides the mascara its viscosity and texture
- Potassium cetyl phosphate- another ingredient that makes up the body of the mascara
- Acrylates copolymer - a binding agent that can appear in some waterproof mascaras (this one is not waterproof). Can cause irritation for some.
- Beeswax - another binding agent
Other ingredients of note in this product are sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), jojoba oil (hair conditioning) and panthenol (form of vitamin B5, nourishes hair).
Price & Packaging
A 0.35 oz tube will cost you $35 from Sephora. Definitely pricier than your regular drugstore tube, but c'mon, this is Lancome! Other than the wand shape, there's nothing especially interesting about the packaging of the Grandiose. The tube is quite pretty with its rose top and gradient exterior, which gives it that expected luxurious feel.
I tested out this mascara for about 3 weeks now and I have to say that it's a testament to having a proper testing process as a blogger. If I only tested this out a few times before reviewing, I would have given this mascara a big thumbs-down. When first opened, this mascara is very wet and gloopy. Asian lashes are very finicky with mascaras and at first, the Grandiose flattened out all curl in my lashes and turned them into wet, spiky clumps.
Luckily, I knew this was a typical response of my lashes to a new mascara, so I stuck it out a couple more weeks to see if it improved and like a dubious haircut, it did! Maybe mascaras just need to dry out a bit, but sometime in the 3rd or 4th week of testing, this mascara did a 180 for me. It now gives me definition, volume and length.
Yes, lashes are still a tad clumpy and there is minimal flaking, but overall I love the length and volume it provides. My eyes instantly look perked up with just one coat.
The wand design really does help make application easier too. Once you've figured out the trick to using the wand, you can reach every single lash, from the teeniest inner corner lash to the feathery outer corners. I have yet to try this mascara on my bottom lashes, but I hear the brush works well on those too; just expect some melting after a few hours.
In terms of longevity, this mascara does melt a bit by the end of the day, but nothing too major. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this one!
Final VerdictBuy - Provides length and definition for even the biggest mascara noobs.