Lancôme launches a new mascara today – the Lancôme Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara! I was given this mascara to review pre-launch and I only had time to do it today so I thought I would instead voice out my honest first impressions of it. This mascara is where Lancôme really bends rules because there’s a unique twist to it.
If you haven’t heard of this mascara yet, the Lancôme Grandiôse Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara boasts the ability to do all three most prized effects – lengthen, curl and volumize. Lancôme has come up with the 1st patent pending “Swan Neck” wand that helps to access all lashes from corner to corner, offers full lash coverage from root to tip and produces an evenly fanned out lash fringe. The formula of the mascara is also innovative in that it is enriched with Lancôme’s exclusive Native Rose-Cell Extract.
As you can see, the wand is like a swan’s neck – curved and twisted so it’s easier for you to reach all the corners of your eyes.
To be honest, I feel like sometimes most mascaras were never made to take into account lashes on Asian eyes like mine. I don’t know about you, but my lashes always hang straight down and they never curl well like lashes on ladies with Indian descent or Caucasian. They seem to be born with naturally curled lashes which I probably will never have, even with mascara. In fact, there are only one or two mascaras I have ever tried from a long list that’s made it for me.
After curling my lashes with a lash curler (I always do this anyway) and applying the Lancôme Grandiôse, I was impressed with how long my lashes became and the volume – but to be honest with you, I didn’t see much improvements in the curl. The curl is my favourite part of the mascara but the formula of this mascara is slightly on the heavier and wetter side making small little lashes like mine become heavy. That being said, what you see below is my second time applying this mascara and I have been more careful with how many strokes I apply – so basically less formula is on the lashes. If you have lashes like mine, I don’t think you want to go heavy with this at all because it can clump and weigh down your lashes if you do so. In fact, too much mascara will make the lashes gravitate toward each other so when you look away, it seems as if you only have five or six lashes on each eye. You should do a maximum of 1 or 2 strokes of the wand to get this effect. The less you add, the more it curls – but that will sacrifice the volume and length. The twisted wand makes the mascara feel slightly more organic in application but I feel it may be more effective if the brush was tapered and pointed at the end.
Overall, unfortunately, this mascara does not make it to my hit list. But my hit list is extremely hard to get onto – again there are only very few on that list. I feel like some mascaras need more time – meaning they need to dry out a little to work. I feel this is the case for some of the Lancôme mascaras that I have tried. As this is first impressions, I’m willing to give it another chance and will update you if it has improved. Being completely honest, I feel like this mascara may do wonders for Indian/Caucasian lashes which are long, defined and readily curved but weigh down more delicate Asian lashes. I have yet to see what it does as it ages though. You can find out more about this mascara at the Lancôme counters or at Sephora!