Overall - 4/5
Lancome's Grandiose is the most exciting mascara innovation in a long time. The design is absolutely beautiful.
It's been such a long time since there was product I was really excited to try. Honestly, between my time at work dealing with cosmetic packaging and formulations, and testing and reviewing products on my personal time, I've kind been over makeup lately (sick of it). Then I saw ads for Lancome's Grandiose and heard buzz regarding its launch, and finally I was excited to write about makeup again! I'm all about product innovations and I think the design of this mascara is the best innovation in mascara packaging in a long time.
Lancome's Grandiose mascara is both romantic and luxurious to me. The design resembles a pretty rose in a vase and it reminds me so much of the enchanted rose in Beauty and the Beast (my favorite Disney Princess story of all time). The cap is transparent with a rose embedded in the center. The design features a swan neck wand for easy application, and the small brush grabs even the tiniest of lashes and coats them evenly from root to tip. The swan neck wand was extremely intuitive to use. Usually, I have a bit of trouble applying mascara to my left eye, but with this wand it was breeze. The bend really does help in application and fanning out the lashes.
Grandiose mascara applies very dark and you can do several coats without clumps. Above you can see my natural lashes, 1 coat of mascara (for a natural look), 2 coats, and 3 coats (for a dramatic look). This mascara doesn't hold a curl well for me, but it does a terrific job at adding length, separating, and defining my lashes. It also makes my lash line so dark, that I don't need to wear eye liner. Due to my crazy oily eyelids, I do find some smudging at around the 6 HR mark (can easily be wiped away). I believe a waterproof version will come out soon, so I can't wait to try it. I'm hoping to experience less smudging with the WP version, and also a formula that can hold a curl better. In addition, this mascara is very easy to remove (even if you layer it on crazy like I do).
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