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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  • Hey Anne, hope you and the baby are doing well! xx
    I find the shape of this mascara really odd, I might have to see it in person to decide if I like it. I prefer volume over length so I might just like this.

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  • Congratulations again for the baby! I really like this mascara, especially for its intense black colour, yet I usually wear it on top of another one to still have a little bit of length on my lashes!

  • great review. I love the shape.
    Congratulations on the baby

  • Surbhi Suri

    I think this is one of the best mascaras I have used too. the bent shape works magic and is so scientific. all brands should make this shape for the wand.
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  • Christine K

    I’m a fan of Lancome mascaras. I’ve never tried the swan fan shape before, but I wouldn’t have an issue trying it. I’ll keep an eye out for this.

  • It gives beautiful volume to lashes. Love it 🙂

  • Not too sure about the shape of the wand but I love a good mascara review! 🙂

  • I was a massive fan of this mascara until it decided to somehow break haha, after this post, I am so very tempted to re buy, I had forgotten how many the results are ♥

  • I can see my grabbing this one when I’m in a rush and ending up with mascara all over my face. Such a strange brush! I do like its name, though, Swan Neck makes it sound extra fancy 😉

    I can communicate wordlessly with the girls at work really well (because we usually think the same thing about the same situation) though that usually includes more eyebrow raising and little smirks. As for an era that fascinates me… Hard to choose! 16th century England, Renaissance, 18th century France, WWI and WWII era… This is why I didn’t do an honours or a masters. Too many choices!


  • Yesss! I was waiting for this review! I saw it the other day and it was retailing for $36CAD which is better than I thought. As you know I have tons of mascaras to go through but once I’m done, this will be mine.

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  • It makes your lashes look dramatic and beautiful and, as you know, that’s what I like in my mascara too. I am still worried that it’d smudge on me since it’s not waterproof.

    Recently, I bought a non waterproof mascara because I was so impressed with it and it was supposed to be smudge free but sometimes it still smudges on my lower lashline, which I hate.


  • Most Lancome mascaras are pretty good, there’s one that I really like…I always forget the name, but it’s the one with the ’s shaped‘ wand…really good!
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  • wow der mascara sieht wirklich super dramatisch aus 🙂 und das tiefschwarz ist auch mega gut, mir fehlt nur noch ein bisschen „false lash“ effect für meinen geschmack 😀
    übrigens bin ich auch ein großer historischer fan, aber noch mehr dann doch die fantasy richtung 🙂 Fun facte sind doch immer die besten 🙂

  • Looks great on you. I’m a big fan of Lancome mascara.. well Lancome anything really!
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  • This sounds like one great mascara 🙂 However, I have 4 of them opened at the moment (yes, I know that’s a stupid thing to do), so I HAVE to use those up before buying a new one 😀 But I definitely will consider it for the future 🙂 xx

  • I’ve always wanted to try this mascara and the only thing that’s stopped me is the price. I’m pretty satisfied with my Pupa Vamp mascara, but I know sooner or later I’ll give in.

  • I used to love Lancome mascaras, but I haven’t used one for years. Not sure why. Love the sound and look of this one!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  • I like it but I’m not overly wowed for the price.

  • I have heard of this language of the fan. The actress Gemma Arterton talked about it on the Graham Norton show recently. This sounds like a good mascara. I often find the good ones aren’t that easy to remove though.

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  • This mascara looks great on you! It’s maybe a bit expensive for me, but if it helps to enhance my wordless communication skills, perhaps I will have to splurge. 😉

  • language of the fan sounds interesting!! where can one learn that now?
    thanks for the review, will keep this in mind for future shopping reference.

  • Sounds like a winner for you then, yay. As for the history thing, I think I’d fit in quite nicely in either Ancient Egypt or Ancient Rome!

  • There is some serious lash drama going on there! Love how this looks on you 🙂 ancient Egypt is very fascinating to me btw!


  • Ooh I love the mascara. It gives a very pretty look to your lashes. Gemma x

  • I’ve loved this mascara, the wand is great on catching every little lash. My heart is stolen by the original Hypnose still, can’t beat Lancome when it comes to mascaras.

  • I used this when it was first released & loved it so am unsure why I haven’t repurchased. I totally hear you on making a mess the first time I used it – it takes a little getting used to but it’s brilliant for those little lashes that are hard to reach with a big brush! Great review & huge congratulations on the birth of your baby boy!! xx


  • The wand looks so weird, haha. But I see that it is quite a good mascara to try.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • You know I love this mascara, and it makes your lashes look beautiful on that picture! The curl-holding, lifting effect is really what sets it apart for me, because it’s so hard to find a mascara that does that well.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Diese Mascara klingt wirklich gut! Danke für den Test, liebe Anne. Und ich mag Geschichte auch – allerdings bin ich sehr sehr glücklich im Hier und Jetzt zu leben. Hoffentlich geht es Euch gut!
    Schönes Wochenende <3

  • I love this mascara. Just repurchased it the other day! It was because the plug that prevents all of the product coming out of the bottle came off…I think. 😀 Anyhow, this is my favourite mascara ever and I would have worn it to my wedding if they’d had a waterproof version of this. This is the only mascara with wich I haven’t made a huge mess with, the wand is perfect for me.
    f I could visit any era (for one day only) I’d love to go back to the Jane Austen time England. Or Tudor England 😀
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  • idu

    I totally love (wow I seem to say totally a lot) the language of the fan leading into the fan effect. Great writing. I’m not particular about mascara since I hardly every wear it. A swoop or two of whatever is in my makeup bag is usually all I need to add some drama to my falsies. Great product though, sounds like it. Just wondering how long it took you to get used to that brush. Do you find that it’s better that regular shaped brushes?

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    You have no idea how happy I am to see your review of this mascara, it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time! Someone recommended Grandiose to me the other day, and I’ve been considering it ever since. And since I really value your opinion, this review is just so helpful to me. 🙂 <3 I'm glad to hear that this mascara worked out for you, and now I know for sure I'll be purchasing it with my next paycheck. 🙂 I love volumising mascaras so this is a plus for me, although I would prefer it if it gave a little more length. The wand is really interesting although honestly, when I first saw it I thought it was just broken, haha! x Thanks for the review, darling, hope you're well. x x


  • thefashionsalt

    That looks amazing for one coat! I don’t know if I could get used to that wand though. I’d probably end up poking my eye out, haha. I loved learning about the fan language. I’ve never heard of that; and if I could I’d go back and live in the 50’s. I just love that era.

  • Mary

    I’m a history fan too… I just love to think about how people lived in the past and what they might think about our modern lives. I love Lance mascaras, but I’ve never tried this one. It looks great on you! Your eyes totally pop!

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  • Whenever I see this pretty packaging, I want to pick it up but the price kinda puts me off. Want looks different, I guess new Maybelline mascara kinda copied the design of this one.
    Sometimes I do wonder how things were in castles. There are so many movies but was it actually like how they were captured?

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I don’t usually buy mascara, but this actually does look like it is up to the job!

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  • I can really see the fan effect, it looks great! 😀 I kind of like that it’s so hard to budge too – my current mascara is a trial one I’m using up and it smudges so easily. While it does make removing it at the end of the day simple, it also means I can’t touch my eyes at all through the day if I’m wearing it, haha!

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  • The wand looks so unique, I’m very curious to try it! I really like the effect it gives, shame it’s hard to remove though! Have you tried coconut oil? That tends to shift everything pretty easily for me.

  • I’ve recently actually gone out and bought myself the Maybelline mascara and I’m loving it and hating it at the same time. I feel like it does wonders for my lashes but it doesn’t last that much on me. I have no idea why but I’ve lately been feeling like I’m allergic to certain things in mascaras – I just need to look it up.

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