Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara & Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Review

I received a tube of Lancôme’s new Grandiôse mascara from Influenster for review and when I got the box in the mail my first impression was “How does a mascara need a box this big?!” As much as I love creative packaging, I hate wasteful packaging, but I digress, let’s continue talking about mascara.

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I love the packaging on this. It’s pretty and feminine and the trademark rose is nice touch.

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I’ve never had a mascara come with instructions before…

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I hate these types of brushes. I hate them with the fire of a thousand suns.

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And here is me pre-mascara. There is a bit of eyeshadow on my lashes, hence the gray tinge.

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So, I followed the instructions that were included with the mascara, and my lashes look pretty good in the photos below, but I hate this mascara.

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It’s a nice mascara, don’t get me wrong, but it just does nothing for me. It defines them, sure, but that’s it. I have long, fairly thick lashes and this mascara just makes them look meh. The worst part, however, is something that happens whenever I try mascaras with these plastic brushes–they leave too much product on my tips (which is a good thing if you have short lashes) and each lash looks like they are the same thickness from root to tip.

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I like my lashes to look feathery and dense and always comb them through with with my Tweezerman metal tooth lash comb; the Lancôme Grandiôse mascara, though, leaves the tips of my lashes looking squarish rather than tapered and feathery even after I’ve combed them through.

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But just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean this isn’t a good mascara. It’s just not a good mascara for me. I think it would work better for someone with shorter lashes (in fact, I should test this and try it on my mother). It does have great staying power, and in the name of testing (*ahem*) I wore the mascara to sleep and it didn’t even budge.

A mascara I am loving currently, and is everything I love in a mascara, is the new Urban Decay Perversion mascara. When it comes to mascaras, lengthening is a low priority for me. I prefer volume. That said, Perversion gives me the volume I love and makes my lashes look lash-extension long.

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I mean, I am always a huge fan of mascaras that make it look like I’m wearing false lashes and Perversion does that so, so well. It doesn’t flake or smudge and again, in the name of science! I’ve slept with it on (don’t do this kids, just don’t. It’s a bad habit) and I barely noticed a difference the next morning.

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*Lancôme Grandiôse mascara was provided by Influenster, while the Urban Decay Perversion was purchased myself.

 

 

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Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser

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So, this was my mystery vox box from Influenster!

My hair isn’t really damaged, considering I rarely use any heating tools on my hair anymore, but I really like this shampoo a lot. It kept my curls from frizzing which is a huge and annoying issue for me.

I did get some build up when I used it for a week, so I’d recommend using a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of product build up, but it does work really well.

Bonus: It smells fantastic!

*These products were sent to me from Influsenster.