Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara – Language of the fan

Random fact about my life: I love Fantasy and historic stuff. Not only books, but fashion and lifestyle as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly happy to live in 2016 and wouldn’t want to give up female rights and health care for staying in a cold castle and most likely die by the age of 40, but there were some fascinating things around back then.

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara


Did you know that there was a “language of the fan”? A series of ways you could hold, flap, open or close your fan and thus transport a message to another person without having to say a word? Like invite someone to a secret meeting outdoors, telling him he has greatly annoyed you or that it is time to shut up?

Fascinating, and complicated to master!

Even without a fan I can sense you asking: Why on earth is she telling us that?

Well, these days we let our eyes do the talking (or the smartphone, but let´s ignore that for romantic reasons), and Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara promises a “wide-angle fan effect” for your lashes. The perfect opportunity to start practicing wordless communication, don’t you think?


What Lancôme claims:

This revolutionary, Swan Neck™ Wand Mascara provides exceptional length, lift, and volume to all lashes. It features Lancôme’s first patented wand, which works with the shape of your face for the easiest application, and the curve of the wand mixes the mascara with each twist open, allowing for formula that stays fresh longer. The specially designed, elastomer-molded brush perfectly deposits formula on each lash, while smaller bristles effortlessly coat even short lashes from root to tip for ultimate volume. The smudge-free formula features Lancôme’s rose cell extract, which nourishes and smooths lashes while providing infinite buildability. This high-gloss, clump-free mascara leaves lashes fanned out with maximum length, and it is designed with long-wearing, flexible polymers, which allow for easy removal.



Price and packaging

Now the packaging is undeniably beautiful, looking very expensive and feminine. That reflects in the price, one tube contains 10 ml and is available for 35 $ (34,99 €) online here.

The most unique is the weirdly shaped brush that claims to work perfect with your facial features for easiest application, but definitely needs some getting used to. The first time I ended up with mascara everywhere.

Lancôme Gramdiôse Mascara - the wand
Lancôme Gramdiôse Mascara – the wand


Texture and application

When first opened, the mascara is a little more wet than I prefer, but after around two weeks it reaches my preferred consistency. Once you have figured out the best way to hold the wand, application is easy and really gets all the fine lashes, coating them evenly.


Results and removal

Lancôme claims that his mascara does pretty much everything, and I have to disagree with that, but I can say that the amount of volume, blackness and “fanned-out effect” it gives is really impressive. It also holds a curl perfectly well, lifting my lashes a little even when I don’t use a lash curler (which I do everyday). I don’t find it to be impressive in lengthening, but as we all know I am very demanding when it comes to mascara…

Removal, though claimed to be easy, is a little more tricky than I am used to. No oil or balm cleanser (or warm water) are able to remove it without tugging and residue, I need to go in with a special eye makeup remover (My favorite being this one), but that on the other hand means that there is no smudging throughout the day.

No mascara
No mascara


Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara applied - one coat
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara applied – one coat


Does it live up to its claims?

Most of them.

As stated above, it gives lift and volume to all lashes, coats even small lashes and is smudge proof as well as easily buildable.

I don’t find it to be exceptional lengthening or easy to remove.


Will I rebuy?

Very likely.

Out of all the ones I have tried throughout the last months, this one  has pleased me the most, so I can see it becoming a staple in my makeup bag for the time coming, despite the price tag.


Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone who is looking for a great volumizing mascara that manages to coat even the smallest of lashes while holding a curl.

And yes, there are great drugstore options out there if you happen to be on a budget, but so far I personally haven’t found one that was as effective on me.


Which era are you fascinated by?

And have you mastered wordless communication yet?

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