I was excited to try the Lancome Grandiose Liner, as I am with anything new and innovative, but I was also quite skeptical, as I am so incredibly rubbish at applying liner that I didn’t think there was anything in existence that could make any difference, especially not something as simple as a bent brush…
The Lancome Grandiose Liner comes beautifully presented in a tapered, vase-like tube with a bulbous base where the liquid liner itself sits. The base itself is flat, so you can place it safely on surfaces and it’ll remain upright. It’s available in three shades – black, brown and blue – and I’ve been trying the black shade, which is a deep, pigmented, matte black.
The liner handle itself is a comfortable width making it easy to grasp. There are two sections to the liner lid which allow for the base to bend to an angle that in turn allows for a more precise application. This sounds like a very small difference, which is why I was so dubious, but what this means is that you can apply the liner head-on rather than from the side and this allows for a better visual, a steadier hand and a cleaner finish.
When people first heard of the Lancome Grandiose Liner they described it as a “game changer” and they weren’t wrong, as this is what you have been looking for if you’re a liner fan but lack the agility, talent or skill to do anything fancier than a wad of black ink roughly near the lash line that takes an age to apply. On first use I could apply traditional liner in a matter of seconds – just a quick swipe across the eye and it’s done; I’m left with a clean, pigmented, tidy line that’s as close to the lash line as I could wish. That in itself makes this a great liner – the first in this type of “dipped ink” format that I’ve been able to successfully use without making a mess or covering my lashes in liner – but how does it handle for the elusive feline flick?
Remarkably, it’s brilliant! I have never, ever been able to successfully draw a flick as I always end up with mismatched, unsteady lines that look awful. I first tried this liner last night to do a flick and for the first time ever, I did a flick as part of my make-up today and didn’t have to do any kind of correction or tidying-up. I am completely thrilled with this as I love the look of a great liner flick – there’s just something about a clean face, a pop of colour on the lips and a pretty little flick of liner – but I’ve always struggled…until now! I cannot stress enough just how much easier the new Lancome Grandiose Liner makes things for achieving a clean finish, so if you’re not very good with your liner, then you 100% need this in your life. It’s £23 from the main Lancome site here – link – and from Boots here – link.