When I first received the ‘Monsieur Big’ press release from Lancôme, I immediately thought of Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big. Anyone else read the title of my blog post and think about Sex And The City? With a collection name like ‘Monsieur Big’, my expectations relating to performance are incredibly high. The collection features 3 products – a mascara, a chubby eyeliner pen, and a brow crayon that is available in 4 shades.
Lancôme is one of those luxury brands that always wow us with new and exciting makeup products – their packaging is always on point and some of their products have become staples in my beauty collection (this lip product, this fragrance, and this mascara are my current top 3 faves from the brand).
Let’s take a look at the 3 products in the Lancôme Monsieur Big collection, shall we?
When it comes to my lashes, I love a full & flirty lash look – amplified lashes that remain defined and separated. Let’s be real, my lashes need all the help they can get when it comes to a mascara – mainly because they’re stick straight and I don’t have a heck of a lot of lashes to work with. I ALWAYS use a lash curler before I apply my mascara, and I recently invested in the Lancôme Lash Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base (it’s a lash primer that is enriched with Panthenol and Vitamin E to strengthen and protect your lashes). I’m not going to go into detail about the mascara primer, though, because it’s not part of the Monsieur Big collection.
The Monsieur Big Mascara (R350,00) promises to deliver the biggest, blackest and boldest lashes you’ve ever seen…here are my thoughts: I love the black & bright fuchsia packaging, inside of the sleek tube is a rather large brush with soft, wavy bristles that apply the perfect amount of formula (a little birdie told me the brush happens to be Lancome’s biggest to date). The mascara wand is coated in a creamy, midnight black formula (containing supple waxes and polymers) that adds super black volume and length to lashes. I’m not usually a fan of the old-school mascara wands (I prefer a silicone brush) BUT I do like this one because the bristles are slightly fluffy, so they hug and coat each lash from root to tip. In terms of the formula, I’ve been testing this mascara for a good few weeks now, and I’m happy to report I haven’t experiences any flaking, clumping or smudging. The Monsieur Big Mascara has found a loving home in my makeup collection.
The Monsieur Big Marker (R340,00) definitely lives up to its name! It’s a chunky marker-like eyeliner pen that combines intense pigmentation with a longwearing waterproof formula. The one side of the marker has a slanted edge, so technically speaking you are able to create a thin line with the tip or a thick & bold line by applying more pressure.
I’ll be honest, I don’t like using a big marker like this one because it can be difficult to achieve a precise line. If you’re a makeup newbie / beginner, then rather opt for the Lancôme Liner Plume Liquid Eyeliner (it has a very fine tip). I always look at it like this: Why run the risk of messing up your eye makeup when you’ve already spent all that time applying, blending, and perfecting eye makeup look? Nope, no thanks – I’d rather stick to using a foolproof product that I know will give me best chance of creating a precise line (a small brush tip or felt tip liquid liner). I was really impressed with the longwearing onyx black formula – it didn’t fade or smudge throughout the day, and yet it was quite easy to remove with a oil-based makeup remover. I found the chubby tip of the Monsieur Big Marker made it very difficult for me to create a smooth and even line, plus the formula dries to a satin finish (not matte, nor glossy…almost like an in-between). I prefer a flat matte finish when it comes to my liquid liners. Because of this, I unfortunately didn’t enjoy using the Monsieur Big Marker (although I did give it a good ol’ try).
Next we have the Monsieur Big Brow (R320,00), which is a chubby crayon that sculpts and evens out brows in a very natural way. The packaging features a soft waxy crayon on one end, and a built-in kabuki blending brush on the other. I like the idea of the rounded tip kabuki brush because it enables you to soften, blend and buff out any harsh lines for a natural-looking brow. The longwearing formula is very easy to work with, the crayon glides over brow hairs and adds just the right amount of product (it’s not too soft & waxy, but it’s also not too dry & stiff). I’ve also tried to build intensity for a bold statement brow, and I found it work really well for that too. Here’s the problem:
If you have brows that are already bold and only need a tiny bit of filling in, then this crayon will be your brow bestie – it’ll add depth and thickness to brows, while still allowing them to remain bushy and untamed. But if, like me, you have sparse brows that are on the thin side, then you might want to rather opt for a brow pencil that you can sharpen. I usually find that after a few weeks, the tip wears down to a flat nub and the only way to continue using it is to sharpen the twist-up crayon (which is just wasteful since you’re removing so much of the actual product).
One of my biggest beauty wishes is to have beautiful bushy brows because it’s a quick & easy process to shade in those patchy areas with a lightweight brow product (like this one). As mentioned before, the Monsieur Big Brow is available in 4 shades ranging from Blonde to Ebony. I was sent the shade ‘Chestnut’ which is a little too cool-toned for my brows (especially since my microblading has faded to a blue-purple-grey colour – no jokes!!). I think if I had been sent the shade ‘Brown’, then I’d be able get a lot more use out of Monsieur Big Brow because it is more warm-toned.
Top Tip: If you own chubby brow crayon and you find it’s difficult to work with because it’s too big for your brows, I have a solution! Instead of applying the crayon directly to your brows, rather use an angled eyeliner brush to pick up some of the product (wipe the tip of the brush against the crayon) and then fill in your brows with the brush. It works so much better!
Good grief, I apologise for the swatches above. I tried my best to make them look decent, but my swatch game hasn’t been that strong lately. Anyway, as you can see the pigmentation of the products is really good – they’re super black – and the formula on all three is top notch too!
I totally understand why all the products in this collection are large & in charge (with a name like Monsieur Big they have to be!) but for my personal preferences, I would rather invest in the Lancôme Grandiôse Liner and the Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil.
BUT if love a good fat eyeliner or brow crayon, then these products will definitely be your BFFs because their budge-proof formulas.