If I had to pick a product that I know terribly well I’ll love, but just never got around to using it, it’d be mascara. I love how it makes eyelashes look luxuriously long, but I always find it such a hassle because I’ve not had the best experience with some drugstore ones.
I got this free, and I had heard many positive reviews about Lancôme’s mascaras, so I finally got around to trying this out.
The 1st swan-neck™ mascara is bent to work with the shape of your face for unprecedented access to all lashes. Corner-to-corner, root-to-tip giving the ultimate in length, lift and volume, all without smudging or smearing. Formula is ultra black glossy, quick drying and is the only formula with rose-cell extract so lashes remain soft and supple. Formula contains less waxes for intense color with no smudging or flaking through the day.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 41 (Shilla Duty Free @ Changi Airport)
Packaging: I love the packaging already – just look at that rose detail, definitely reminiscent of Beauty & The Beast! (In case you are wondering, Lancôme’s logo is a rose, hence the similarity ~)
As you can see from the product shots, this is definitely designed as a luxurious product from a luxury brand.
The swan-neck applicator really does make things easy so that you don’t fumble or lose control as much during application, which is especially helpful when you’re a beginner to mascara (like me).
Effectiveness: It’s very effective as a mascara – my eyelashes definitely look a lot longer after application. However, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I find that the mascara is quite clumpy and they make my eyelashes lump together a lot more than I would have liked. The end result is that I often look like I have really few eyelashes. It also doesn’t dry fast, which is slightly troublesome and rather disappointing.
All these issues aside, the best thing about this mascara is that it is as smudge-proof as it promises to be. I used to have problems with my mascara smudging onto my lower eyelids/eyebags which left me with little black specks on my eyebags at the end of the day, and I got so frustrated with the problem that I stopped using mascara completely for about one year. This mascara, however, has worked miracles – it indeed hardly budges, and I can have it still stay intact after a full hectic day, which is honestly amazing.
It sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s highly likely that this product could be a game-changer in my makeup life.
I’ve always associated mascara with terms such as ‘troublesome’, ‘smudge’, ‘clumpy’. Lancôme’s Grandiôse Smudgeproof Mascara hasn’t actually worked in getting me to remove ‘clumpy’ from my mascara dictionary, but I’m definitely impressed by everything else, especially its staying power.
Would I purchase this in future? Hmm. Let’s just say that I’m pretty hesitant about this because of the price – SGD41 is not something I’m prepared to spend on mascara, coupled with the fact that it tends to clump my eyelashes together without drying fast.
Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮