It was last year that I was watching either Lisa Eldridge’s video or Fleur De Force video on the Lancôme’s Grandiôse Liner and I was all fascinated and hyped up about it because it sounded like one hella good eyeliner concept with the bendable handle. As you know, almost 80% of the women population are struggling with drawing a winged eyeliner on, especially Asians. Asians typically has hooded eyelid and it is really a struggle to draw the flick at the end. I have been through so many methods, tips and tricks on drawing a winged eyeliner that something like the Lancôme’s Grandiôse Liner which has a bendable handle seems to be the answer to my prayers. Is it really? 😉
Now, what is so different with the Lancôme’s Grandiôse Liner? First of all the most obvious and the main marketing point of this eyeliner is its ability to bend the handle to a 35-degree angle. Then, to further answer most women’s prayers, Lancôme also made this eyeliner to be intensively matte, dries down fast and opaque.
The Grandiôse Liner do look like a normal eyeliner at its original state. It has a pivot at the neck of the handle allowing the handle to bend at a 35-degree angle. If you think the handle is able to bend 360-degree all around, then you are wrong. It goes to either the left or right. It doesn’t turn round and round like many perceived it to be. You can apply your eyeliner holding the eyeliner holder at its straight state. There is nothing wrong about that.
This is a felt-tip eyeliner with 0.2 mm fine tip. It is said to be a nylon microfiber and resin texture for total flexibility. What I love about this eyeliner is the shorter wand as this enables me to apply my eyeliner more steadily.
The tilted position handle allows you to hold the holder better in order for the liner tip to reach the lash line easily and precisely, without having to twist your arm too much. I watched a few videos suggesting to rest a finger on the face to keep the hand steady and the tilted holder should be facing up. I find it more easier to use if the holder is facing down. Hence my facing down holding technique. Remember, you do you.
It is matte and opaque black alright. As this is a dip-in type of eyeliner that the felt-tip tend to soak up too much product. By the time I remove the access and apply the eyeliner on, it starts to dries up. Maybe it is not a good idea to remove the access. I should just go right in. And because this eyeliner dries up so fast, I have to keep dipping into the pot for more product. The more you use, the lesser product you have left in the pot and I find myself constantly needing to screw the handle back into the pot, shake the bottle and unscrew. This goes on repeatedly and it’s really a hassle.
Is it easier to draw a winged eyeliner or even an eyeliner at all? Yes it is. No doubt about that. The super fine tip is superb in creating a sharp wing at the end, provided the brush is not dry yet. Otherwise it can be jagged.
Here’s what I don’t like. It smudges badly on me. I remember my first time using it was when I went out to have lunch with an important friend. I had my usual makeup on, minus the eyeshadow. After 3 hours of non-stop chatting, laughing and what not, we left the restaurant, got into the lift and I looked at the mirror wall inside the lift. With my friend and maid beside me, I freaked out that she, my friend started laughing. I looked like a panda! But on days where I do have my eyeshadows on like the photo below, the smudging doesn’t happen. I am not sure what went wrong because I always put eye primer on, I set my eyelid regardless eyeshadow or no eyeshadow and I always set my under eyes. So, I have to be careful when to use this eyeliner. I don’t want to look like a panda again on my other meetings lol.
Grandiôse Liner is available in three shades – carbon black, sapphire blue and deep brown. All shades are intensely opaque and matte. And that complements the Grandiôse Mascara, the one with the bendy wand?
One thing I have to mention here is that I LOVE THE Grandiôse PACKAGING!
Disclaimer: Product was a press gift from media event, with no review obligation. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.