Every Monday morning I tell myself I should start sleeping earlier… but it never happens. Every morning is a mad dash… 10 minutes makeup is a hopeless illusion. And what is worse than messing up the eyeshadow? It is smearing mascara all over that painstakingly perfected eyeshadow!! But ever since Lancôme Grandiose Mascara came into my life, that is 1 less thing to stress over.
The first thing anyone notices about this new mascara is the bell-shaped tube. It is designed this way to accommodate the swan-necked wand. The brush swirls around the inside of the tube as you twist it out, thereby ensuring the entire brush is evenly coated, and it also serves to stir the formula inside to maintain consistency. And I was able to coat all the lashes on both eyes without having to redip the brush in the tube. A few precious seconds shaved!
More importantly, the curved angle of the wand felt much more comfortable to hold. I was able to reach even the tiniest lash easily without having to twist and turn my hand. I used to have some difficulty controlling mascara brushes with my left hand, but even on blurry eyed mornings, I am able to work the Grandiose mascara without smudging anything.
Don’t ask me why, but I used to accidentally brush my mascara against my lash line… I attribute it to short lashes and hooded lids. And with Lancôme Grandiose Mascara, this no longer happens. The bristles looked short to me on inspection, and I believe this may be the secret to eliminating accidental brushes against the lid. At the same time, I had no problems coating each lash. The formula had an elastic polymer feel to it that was able to cling onto each lash quickly, and was dark enough to give my pathetic lashes much-needed definition.
Apart from the technical design genius, Lancôme Grandiose Mascara did lift my lashes a little, although not to the same extent as some other mascaras that I’ve tried (such as this). On the other hand, it volumnized nicely without clumping, and I only needed 2 simple coats without spending crazy amounts of time zigzagging, wriggling, finagling, arm-wrestling, etc. My only gripe with an otherwise perfectly good mascara, is this smudges on my oily lids and Singapore’s tropical humidity. This is easily resolved with 1 simple coat of mascara base, although at SGD60, I really wished it was perfectly grand.