I bought a tube of the new Lancôme Grandiose Mascara as soon as it was available. I wasn't sure if it was legit or another gimmick (remember the battery-operated vibrating mascaras from five or six years ago?), but I was willing to give it a chance because I usually like the formula of Lancôme mascaras, and find that they have a great balance of longevity/extensive wear and an appealing look for my lashes. They also tend to hold curl very well. So, why not?
I'm so glad I did.
The swan-neck mascara wand of Grandiose is the answer to every application issue I've ever had. My eyes are set very deep and in such an angle that I wasn't aware of the maneuvering effort I usually put into avoiding mess and mascara smudges all around the eye area. so many years of mascara usage have made rotating and directing mascara applicators a second nature. Apparently, the right brush makes a world of difference when it comes to ease and speed of lash painting. It's one of those things I never even thought I needed, but now that the curve of the wand and instinctive movement of the hand are in alignment with my actual face, I totally get it. who woulda thought?
I can't be certain if and what is different in Grandiose's formula than other stellar Lancome mascaras. I tried using Hypnose Drama on one eye and Grandiose on the other, but the difference was in application, not in appearance. I can tell you that Grandiose seems to add curl to my lashes, but that can also be the fact that the wand makes it so easy to coat every lash from root to tip. In any case, Grandiose has the usual quality and longevity of Lancome mascaras, so if they tend to work for you, it's definitely worth your time to try Grandiose.
Bottom Line: for the first time ever, I'm considering signing up for Lancome's auto-delivery service.
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara ($32, black only) is available from the counters, Sephora and lancome.com.