Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Lancôme Grandiôse

Okay, so here's something a little different - not nails?! I know, I'm quirky like that. I signed up for Influenster a couple of months ago, and last week, I was chosen for my very first campaign!

This beauty on the left is the new Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara. It's one of the most anticipated beauty product launches of the year and many  are touting it as revolutionary and ground-breaking in the field of eye products. 

I'm pretty much concurring. I've gone through three different mascaras this year, one from Julep and two from Avon, and Grandiose trumps them all.  

What's so different? It's this design - the swan neck - which is trademarked, apparently! It helps a lot with application and is very intuitive. The unique bend in the arm helps you access all parts of the eyelash easily, without awkwardly twisting your arm like a pretzel, or poking yourself in the eye by accident! I do that far too often. The small brush is key. I was surprised at how small it was, considering how grand the bottle it came from was, but being small really does work to its advantage. It allows you to do your lashes in sections, and do each section properly, rather than having a longer brush pull your lashes all in the same direction. This way, you really can fan your lashes out the way you want them to fan out. 

 In the photo to the left, you can see the difference between my natural lashes and one coat of Grandiose. You can see that with just one coat, the lashes on the right eye are thicker, longer, and fanned out - retaining the natural half-moon lash shape, rather than having all of the lashes direct towards the centre of the eye.

Here's a shot of my face and eyes before and after applying Grandiose. I don't have the thickest or longest lashes to begin with, but you can see that with the picture on the right, the eyelashes are very clearly noticeable. I did not use a curler for this - I actually never do! But I have to say, even from this shot, I am quite impressed with how noticeable my lashes are after one application. Is it just me or can you practically count the lashes? No? Well, check out the next close-up shot of this same picture. 

Count 'em now, bitches! This is seriously just a close up shot of the previous picture, and you have to admit - there are way more lashes now, aren't there? So that's actually one of the reasons why I love this mascara - it's not clumpy; it fans out, gives you length and volume without making your eyes look like spider legs! I have seen some terrifying spider-leg-eyelashes, and some things just cannot be unseen. Anyway - at first I thought this was too luxurious for me, but it's actually a solid every day mascara. Now. Will I purchase it? I just don't know.  Retailing at $32 CAD, I just cannot justify spending this amount of money on mascara - a product which is notorious for beginning to spoil as soon as it's opened. Mascaras have a shelf life of about 3 months, and as pretty and awesome as this product is, I think I can live with "really pretty" eyelashes instead of "amazing" eyelashes.  

Do not get me wrong. This is a fabulous product, and I am proud to stand behind it and recommend it to those who can afford it. But me? I'm just not a $32 mascara type of girl. 

Update: It's August 24 and okay, fine... this has converted me. After wearing it consistently for a week, I can say that I am totally willing to spend $30+ on this mascara every 3 months or so. It's a lot, but it's totally worth it. 

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Influenster for review. View my full disclosure policy here.

1 comment:

  1. Without mascara and with mascara , the difference is really visible.Good product as far as it is looking. But the price is bit on high side so I suggest to lower down it's price if possible!!