Friday, 18 March 2016

To buy or Not to buy: Lancôme Grandiôse

The other week Lancôme had an amazing offer, buy any two items and get 8 samples for free (side note: The samples are amazing - head over to my Instagram to check out what I got!). I purchased the Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara (£25.00/10ml) as one of my purchases and I was excited to try out my first high-end mascara! I've worn this a few times now and I've surprisingly got a lot to say...

Firstly, isn't the packaging amazing, I love how different this looks. The bottle design is so sleek and the flower at the top just looks divine! I feel like you know the experience you will get with this product will be unlike anything you have ever tried before.

Opening up the bottle, you can see that it is a plastic wand. The wand however is ergonomically shaped to really hug and then push the lashes up. I actually quite like this design, I feel as though it does work to make the application process easier. With a traditional mascara you usually block your own view and so with this, you can actually see what you are doing!

As for the product itself, I have mixed feelings. I have straight, grey thin lashes and finding a mascara for me is tough anyway. I have to be quite careful with this mascara as if I apply too much, the curl that I created will drop. So I really need to thin out the application, but the finished results do look great. However there is that margin for error, so for speedy days - I don't reach for this. However, another way I have been enjoying wearing this is over the top of my everyday mascara. This end result of that is that my lashes look thicker and blacker, which looks really nice when you are going out for the evening!
The formula is not overly wet nor dry, it's a mix. You can create a few looks with this mascara, I prefer to add definition by really being quite specific with where I want to add length. This also can really add thickness to your lashes making them more clumpy but in a really awesome way, and so you get more of a dramatic, doe-eyed effect.
In terms of removal, I have had absolutely no problems with taking this off, my cleansing oils can do the trick without any need of using a separate eye make-up remover, so it's hassle free for all those in favour of skipping steps!

Curled eyelashed with one coat of Lancôme Grandiôse
So to buy or not to buy? Honestly, it depends on your lashes. I know I won't repurchase this, but it wasn't a complete fail, I still can wear this in a few different ways and honestly, I do actually like how different this mascara is. I also prefer to layer this product, I feel like I get a more 'false lash effect' that's quite dramatic and is unlike anything else I have in my make-up bag at the moment.
For girls who have stronger lashes that are more curled than mine, I know you will enjoy this because it's really good at emphasising what you have already got.
Anyway, I'm glad I got to try this! I would love to know if any of you guys have tried this and what you thought of it? Is there any high-end mascara's that you love? If so please share! I'm always on the lookout!
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  1. I think this looks amazing on you, but I can see why you wouldn't repurchase (especially as it is pricey full price!) I haven't tried this one yet though and do love Lancome so I'll have to give it a try :)

    Claire | xx

    1. Thank you Claire! I do enjoy using this if I have more time! But I think it would be more suited to those who have stronger eyelashes haha :)

  2. I made a post about this mascara too and i didnt like it either, it became extremely dry really fast. I gave it to my friend who has BOMB lashes and she said that she would never use a different mascara ever again. So bummed that it didnt work for me though :,( Lovely post!

    Sakura xx

    1. Hey Sakura! I'm get so glad when someone else has the same experience as me because I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't get along with mascaras! Haha, you're such a good friend! I'm gonna keep mine to myself for now :P x


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