Precision brush creates winged look
Wears all day without smudging or fallout
High price point
Not Byrdie Clean
Lancome Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara
We put Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
If you were on an island and could only take one makeup item, what would it be? For me, it’s mascara. It's one of my favorite products to try, and has been there for me through the best and worst of times. Trying to look less tired? Want to make your eyes pop? Just had an ugly cry in the shower? A good mascara is there for all of these situations and more. It's the ride-or-die product anyone can rely on to give their makeup look a boost.
As you can probably tell, mascara has been my go-to product for quite a while. When I was in high school and began to play around with makeup, this was the first product I felt comfortable playing around with. My small collection of black, brown, and blue mascaras gave me a confidence boost I never knew I needed. Even as I tried different products and my style evolved into adulthood, mascara has consistently given me the same euphoric feeling I had when I would wear it to walk through those high school halls.
The great thing about getting older is that as we evolve, so can our makeup essentials, and those of us who want to invest may find ourselves moving from drugstore aisles to luxury counters. In this spirit, I tried Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara to see if the sleek and sexy look that's made the French makeup brand famous would translate to my lashes. Ultimately, the product stood out from others I've tried. Keep reading to learn how this mascara upgraded my lashes.
Best for: All kinds of lashes, but especially those who want a more dramatic lengthening effect.
Uses: Lengthening lashes for day or night, with a lightweight yet eye-catching cat-eye result.
Potential Allergens: Not likely
Byrdie Clean? No; contains paraffin.
About The Brand: Lancôme is a French beauty brand whose products aim to create a luxurious look for the everyday and special occasions alike. The brand is best known for its skincare and eye products.
About My Lashes: Could use a boost
I wish I had naturally long lashes that have a standout floaty quality even without any product, but I don’t. My lashes are pretty short. I’ve tried many growth serums, TikTok hacks, and simply overloading on mascara, but nothing has worked. Over time I have accepted that my lashes are short and mighty, and I'm okay with that. I accept my lashes as they are, and that’s on self-love.
The Ingredients: Effective and nourishing
When it comes to mascara, I am fairly lenient about what's on the ingredient list. This product is not going directly on my skin, so I don't imagine it can do as much damage as a set of lash extensions, for example. My favorite ingredient in this product is jojoba oil, which keeps the lashes hydrated and promotes lash health and growth overall. Rose-cell extract adds to the nourishment while making the product more buildable, which allows for a more dramatic look if you so desire.
How to Apply: Coat from root to tip
The design of Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara is different from your standard tube. The brush design is a zig-zag followed by a thin precision brush, ensuring you can coat every lash with maximum product. The brand recommends applying this mascara from root to tip, and you can add more coats as needed to achieve your desired result. The brush is supposed to help create a flare look on the lashes, and ultimately creates a winged angle that would coordinate well with your favorite liquid liner.
The Results: Long, strong, and dramatic
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara. Truthfully, I usually use drugstore mascaras, as I believe it's one of those products you can be more open with as far as what you decide to purchase. That being said, I was still excited to see how a luxury mascara would stack up.
Before I coated the mascara on my eyelashes, I prepared my lashes by crimping them. For this, I use a particular technique: I begin by crimping the root of the lashes, and then crimp the middle of the lash twice, holding each crimp for about 10 seconds. I find this method helps my lashes to perk up and hold a better shape.
Then, I used the precise brush to coat my lashes from root to tip. The brush perfectly glided through my lashes, creating a smooth, effective first coat. I could have stopped there, but I felt my lashes could use a bit more drama. I then glazed only the tip of my lashes a second time. I find that two coats gave my lashes the length I’ve been seeking for years, and the mascara successfully created a beautiful cat-eye look without clumping. The effect also lasted all day, and I didn't have any smudging or fallout like I often have with other mascaras.
The Value: A worthwhile investment
Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara retails for $32. If you're not ready to commit, spending this much on a mascara may not be ideal, but it did deliver a high-quality result and solve some of the minor issues I had with my go-to drugstore finds. To me, that makes it worth it if what you want is a luxury mascara that really works.
Similar Products: You've got options
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara: Drugstore favorite L'Oréal is a solid dupe for Lancôme for several reasons, not least of which being that this company actually owns the luxury makeup brand. The Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara ($9) is a staple in many makeup artists’ kits thanks to its long, dramatic results and wearability. At its affordable price point, you're definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara: This mascara from Benefit ($26) is a classic that has earned its hero-product reputation over the years. It effectively lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates all in one product, making every day an excellent lash day. It's a bit more affordable than Lancôme and may be ideal if you're looking for a good option between drugstore and luxury.
While I had long stuck to a rotation of tried-and-true drugstore finds, Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara definitely showed me the power of a good luxury option. The packaging is stunning, the results are exactly what I was looking for, and the longevity is more impressive than I could have imagined. This has now become my favorite mascara, and I am obsessed. If a luxury price point doesn't make sense right now, the good news is plenty of more affordable options will suffice, but if you have the extra coin this month, I guarantee you won’t regret this purchase.
- Product Name Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara
- Product Brand Lancome
- Price $32
- Weight 0.35 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates, Copolymer, Cera Abla/Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia Senegal/Acacia Senegal Gum, Rose Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Disodium Edta, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulosed, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, [+/- May Contain: CI 77499/Iron Oxides].