When it comes to mascara, I think Queen said it best: I want it all, and I want it now. Y’see, I don’t have great eyelashes, FML. They’re naturally short and straight, not to mention a bit sparse and ragged, after rampant abuse of extensions.
Which is probably why, of all the beauty products I trial and test, it’s mascara – along with hair products – that most often leaves me whelmed.
So with Lancôme’s latest, Grandiôse, I was wary. The swan-neck brush is definitely different and new, but is it all a bit of a gimmick? Is there anything actually wrong with your bog-standard, straight-wand brush? And can a bendy wand actually improve the mascara application process, like it claims?
The thing is, though: this is Lancôme, and when it comes to mascara, this brand knows its shizz. It’s not just the new shape that makes this a really good product – the dry, thin formula also plays its part.
Here’s why I reckon this works:
- There’s no smudging – thanks, partly, to the drier formula, and partly to the bendy wand, which follows the natural curve of the face.
- No clumping, either – that formula again.
- The brush head is the perfect size; not too big or too small.
- The swan-neck shape is, actually, easier – especially for ‘the other eye’, just like they tell you.
- Application time is shorter - it takes less time to cover all your lashes.
- You can reach lashes of every length with ease.
- It delivers on length, lift, and curl. Not so much volume, but it’s ideal for that pretty, fanned out effect.
Mine was a press sample, but I’d happily shell out the thirty bucks to pick this up again. Have you tried it, or is it on your list?