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.
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.
A LOOK OF UP TO 12X MORE VOLUME:
The volumizing mascara’s brush provides big impact at first stroke, for thicker looking eyelashes like never before.
BIG SOFT BRUSH:
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”
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:
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:
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.