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The Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara is a definite win!

Monsieur Big c’est ici! And that’s about everything I can say in French really… Hello everyone! Happy weekend and the summer is finally here. We had 31 degrees in London today, long awaited and well deserved. And you know what? 31 degrees Celsius and the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara stayed put and didn’t smudge at all! Another great launch by Lancome this year.

Lancome Monsieur Big

Lancome Monsieur Big

We have all witnessed how high end brands are launching mascaras that are meant to provide extreme volume and length so we don’t need to use false lashes as much as we’d need to historically. Bobbi Brown came up with the Eye Opening Mascara and more recently, Dior launched the Diorshow Pump’n’Volume (reviewed here). Lancome’s response comes with Monsieur Big, a highly volumising mascara. Here’s what Lancome claims (taken from the official website):

Meet Monsieur Big. Forget the others.
The volumizing mascara’s brush provides big impact at first stroke, for thicker looking eyelashes like never before.
Monsieur Big Mascara’s bristles are made of soft fibers which hug your lashes with beautiful softness and ensure a smooth application, while separating and lifting the look of lashes.
NO CLUMPS, NO SMUDGES, NO TOUCH UPS: The formula easily glides on lashes. Its dark pigments create ultra black intensity.
It’s a match! Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara provides:
• Big Volume: a look of up to 12x more volume than bare lashes
• No flakes, no smudges: smudge resistant mascara with up to 24-hour wear
• Intense color: ultra black
• Easy, soft application
• Tested under ophthalmological control
• Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

Lancome Monsieur Big mascara close up on brush

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

I would broadly say that I agree with most of the claims mentioned above. Starting with the fact that I’m a contact lens wearer and my eyes are sensitive, Monsieur Big never caused any irritation during application or removal. It glides on my eyelashes easily and it can easily be removed with warm water and foam or some sort of standard eye makeup remover. My lashes don’t look clumped together, but, as with most mascaras in the same category, the actual mascara consistency is quite thick. Thus, even if it doesn’t clump, expect little bits of product deposited on your lashes so that all the volume promised can be achieved. As I alluded to earlier, this Lancome mascara doesn’t transfer and has already passed the long working day test successfully!

But is it giving me 12x volume? You can be the judge of that:

Monsieur Big by Lancome. Top photo, no mascara. Middle photo, wearing one coat of Lancome Monsieur Big. Bottom photo, wearing two coats of Lancome's Monsieur Big mascara

Top photo, no mascara. Middle photo, wearing one coat of Lancome Monsieur Big. Bottom photo, wearing two coats of Lancome’s Monsieur Big mascara

So, although Monsieur Big, made my lashes indeed big after two coats, I wouldn’t say it’s 12x. But then again, men usually have a thing about exaggerating size, right? 😂

Moving on, here’s how this Lancome mascara looks with eye make-up:

Wearing the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Wearing Lancome’s Monsieur Big

It’s a beautiful mascara that you can trust to stay in place and intensify your lashes. I really like it. I, however, find that I need 3-4 coats to achieve this “wow, your lashes!” effect. In a sense that’s good though, isn’t it. It means you can build the mascara up to achieve softer and bolder looks.

But how does it compare to the Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume?

I can, personally, see three differences: Pump’N’Volume isn’t really buildable. You want to stop after two layers. The result you get with these two layers though is rather impressive. I’d say you can get more impact, easier. Monsieur Big’s packaging is more basic but the lack of rubber makes it easier to keep clean. The brushes are on the bigger side for both Dior and Lancome, with the latter being more spiky. Finally, the Diorshow consistency is thicker.

Which one do I prefer?

After using Velvet Noir from Marc Jacobs for a long time, I finally felt experimental again when it comes to mascara! I like Monsieur Big a lot, but I’d stick with Diorshow Pump’N’Volume as it does provide a more impressive result faster. But test both at your local counter before you purchase. My review of Dior’s Pump’N’Volume can be found here. You can compare the photos for yourself.

All in all, thumbs up Lancome and Lisa Eldridge. Great job once more… keep on thinking … BIG. You can check out the Lancome Monsieur Big here , it retails for 21GBP.

What are your thoughts on Lanome mascaras? How about this one? Have you/ are you going to try it?

Have a lovely day and speak soon.




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  1. Yiota June 18, 2017

    Your lashes are huge, I mean ‘wow’, the result is really impressive. Two coats give a great effect but you could also go with one coat for a softer ‘every day’ look. It is definitely a winner!! x


  2. LindaLibraLoca June 18, 2017

    First of all, I am totally envious of your lashes! And yes, I have tried Lancome mascaras before, and with great results, but like your average blogger I just flutter from mascara to mascara and forget to come back to what I loved before.
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  3. charlottaeve June 19, 2017

    I wish I would have gotten an invite to the launch, but didn’t 😀 I love the packaging here – it also seems like a really good mascara. 🙂

    x Charlotta |

  4. Amy June 19, 2017

    This looks like such a fab mascara and if it survived in this weather, I think I need to try it out! I have to admit I’m *hating* this weather. Love it on holiday but not when I’m trying to go about my daily life … I’m so hot! Welsh people aren’t built for this haha.

    Amy –

    • rougenapples June 19, 2017 — Post Author

      It did survive it fine! I want to try it in Greece now, that would be another test! It’s very hot indeed, I hate it when I have to take the tube in the morning!! However, I prefer warmth to cold, but I’m used to working in high heat. You take it easy, lovely, it’s the only way to go, especially these days 😘😘

  5. Bash Harry June 19, 2017

    Such a lovely Review about the Monsieur Big Mascara, I have never tried Lancome products before as the price is usually very steep, What affordable alternatives would you recommend?

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

    • rougenapples June 19, 2017 — Post Author

      Hi my lovely! Thanks for popping by. I haven’t tried many drugstore mascaras just because I haven’t experimented much with mascara historically (was wearing the same mascara for ten years!). I have tried and liked Max Factor’s ones though and also I recently tried L’Oreal’s Baby Doll and loved it! It’s so volumising- I’d say similar to this one, which is no surprise as Lancôme is part of the L’Oréal group of companies.

  6. Sam June 19, 2017

    I don’t have much experience with high end mascaras. But I would be curious to try the Dior mascara, it has an interesting design. The Lancome Monsieur Big has a lovely effect on your lashes!! I’m also curious to try a mascara from Lancome, they seem to have a good reputation for mascara…

    Samantha Series

    • rougenapples June 19, 2017 — Post Author

      They do. It’s my third one from Lancôme ever, I didn’t get on as well with the previous ones to be honest. This one I like though a lot. Dior has some great mascaras, worth a look too xx

  7. A Very Sweet Blog June 19, 2017

    Lancome has always been the leader in mascaras! I’ve been hearing good things about this one and your lashes look absolutely lovely.
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  8. Shireen L. Platt June 19, 2017

    You have amazing set of lashes to begin with and I wish I can say the same with mine. LOL! For now I am sticking to Marc Jacobs mascara and maybe one day down the road I will start trying others again.

    • rougenapples June 19, 2017 — Post Author

      Yes, it’s a brilliant mascara. This one gives a bit more vavavoom but the MJ one has won me more than others too xxx

  9. Velvet Blush June 20, 2017

    Bonjour! I really prefer mascaras that can give a false lash effect, I’m too haphazard for false lashes! I think it’s done a great job, I use the MaxFactor false lash effect which is meant to do a similar job 🙂 x

    Velvet Blush

  10. Kay June 20, 2017

    Such a fab review, hun! I tried Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes before and I didn’t like it at all, which put me off Lancome’s mascaras a little, but after reading your lovely review I’d love to give them another try! Your lashes look beautiful, with and without mascara. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! xoxo


  11. Kiran June 20, 2017

    Oh wow, look at what it did to your lashes! I haven’t tried any of the L’ancome mascaras but this one is on my list. Great post and gorgeous close ups, you can really see the difference. Thank you for sharing x

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  12. Nina June 20, 2017

    This Lancome Monsieur Big has a lovely effect on your lashes!! Thanks for sharing !
    Have a great day !
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