This post features press samples. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.
I’ve been curious about the Lancôme Grandiôse eyeliner since it launched back in the summer, but as I already had a black liquid liner that I was faithful to I never bit the bullet. I did, however, swatch the liners on the back of my hand at work, and I was always really impressed with how well they lasted in that condition (which, admittedly, is very different from across the upper lashline). When Lancôme sent me two of the new Grandiôse eyeliner* shades and one of the new Grandiôse Extrême mascara* shades, I have to say I was pretty excited. Namely, I wanted to see if the liners were actually any good or mostly just gimmick-fuelled hype.
I received two colours of the Grandiôse eyeliner*: Fuchsia, which is matte, and Cerulean, which is metallic. Both of these are limited edition colours, though there are a few permanent additions to the line. I also received the Grandiôse Extrême mascara* in the LE shade Bleu Nuit.
The Grandiôse eyeliner* has a classic felt-tip applicator that comes to a point. It’s bigger than the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner brush tip, but smaller than a pen-tip like the Stila Stay All Day. I don’t have a lot of lid space so I appreciate a liner brush that makes it easy for me to get close to the lashline for a thin line, which this does. I found it really easy to use both to line my lashline and to created a winged liner effect, which can be tricky with my eye shape. I don’t know that the bendable wand is totally necessary – I found that it did help me make a wing and get close to my lashline a bit more easily, but I don’t think I’ll wish I could bend other liners when I use them.
I really like the formula of both Fuchsia, the matte shade, and Cerulean, which is metallic. Both of them were opaque and smooth without being too liquidy. (I really hate liquid liners that are too viscous and get everywhere!) I found that I’d have to dip the brush back into the pot to do my second eye, which I don’t have to do with a pen tip liner, but that doesn’t bother me. I’ve also found myself really impressed with the lasting power of the Grandiôse eyeliner*. I’ve tested both shades out several times and have never experienced any flaking, fading, or transfer, even with 12+ hours of wear time. My hooded eyes eat a lot of eyeliners and there are very few formulas that I can trust to take me through my day – you can definitely add the Grandiôse eyeliner* to that list.
As much as I was really impressed with the application and longevity of this liner, I can’t say that the $40 price tag is worth it for the black or brown shades. I’m willing to pay more for an eyeliner that stays put and does what it should, and I do – but the eyeliner I repurchase time and time again is $29, not $40. I’ll also shell out for good quality fun colours, and the fact that Lancôme has totally hit the mark with both matte and metallic colours makes me really happy. But a good black or brown liner is certainly easy to find for far less, and I don’t think that the bendable wand makes this liner worth $11 more than the Stila Stay All Day. That said, if you’re interested in any of the LE Grandiôse eyeliner colours, I think they’re a fun splurge that will perform really well. I’d rather pay more for a fun colour because I’m not going to be using it up at the same rate I would black, so it’s more of a one-time cost than a recurring purchase. That said, I know some people would rather pay less for a product they won’t use often, which is valid as well.
And, of course, you probably want to see these babies in action…
I did a thick, chunky wing with Cerulean and paired it with an orangey-red lip colour (which you’ll soon hear about!) and peach blush for contrast. I really like both the colour and the metallic finish of this one. I’m very drawn to blues, greens, and teals anyway, and I think this is a lot more exciting metallic than it would be matte. (Oh yeah, also, I dyed my hair red. It’s a work in progress. My hair always is.)
I didn’t want to do yet another winged bright eyeliner look with Fuchsia, so I used it to create a cut crease-type look. I am definitely not the best at makeup ever, and I’m especially not the best at eyeliner, but it was really easy to use the liner to create this look. Plus, I love this shade. I know pinks and reds for the eyes are really big right now, and I think this shade is so bold and awesome. (Lancôme done good with the colours they sent me!) I paired the liner with shades from the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, because that seemed like an obvious choice – I used Vermeer all over my lid, Buon Fresco in the crease, and Love Letter to smudge the cut crease out. I also used hot pink on my cheeks and lips for maximum matchiness. I did this same look with a neutral lip colour, which also looked nice, but I kind of like the monochromatic thing.
In case you were wondering about the Grandiôse Extrême mascara*, it’s okay but not my favourite. I didn’t get on very well with the original Grandiôse mascara, which gave me virtually no length and not even enough volume to make up for it. The Grandiôse Extrême*, which has a thicker but similar brush, does give me more length and volume, but I still prefer the original Hypnôse if we’re talking Lancôme mascaras. I also found that the colour Bleu Nuit which I received didn’t show up too well on my lashes. I used it in my Cerulean look above, and I will now post one of those photos here so that you don’t have to scroll up because I’m kind like that:
If you know you’re looking for it, you can see that my lashes are navy blue and not black. I think that navy blue is a very nice, subtle alternative to black, and I do like the look. But I can’t help but think that if I’m going to wear a coloured mascara I want it to be a bit more obvious! This, I think, does have something to do with the fact that my lashes are naturally fairly dark, since I had the same problem with my blue YSL mascara. I will certainly keep using the Grandiôse Extrême mascara because there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not my favourite!
So, basically, I think that the coloured Grandiôse eyeliners* are awesome (if a little gimmicky and very pricy) and that the Grandiôse Extrême mascara* is alright but nothing special. Isn’t the packaging gorgeous, though?! I lusted after the original Grandiôse for a year and a half because I thought the packaging was so beautiful, and though I really didn’t like that mascara I’m still 100% on board with all the packaging in the Grandiôse line. Sometimes moreso than the actual products!
The Lancôme Grandiôse eyeliner* retails for $40CAD for 0.047 fl oz, or $851.06 per fl oz.
The Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême mascara* retails for $36 CAD for 0.35 fl oz, or $102.86 per fl oz. Both products can be purchased at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Lancôme counters, and online.
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