Review: Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara


It’s no secret to those who have followed me that I’m a huge fan of Lancôme mascaras. I have been using Lancôme mascaras for over 20 years, and I’ve honestly never found another brand that can even compete with them. While all of Lancome’s products aren’t star products, the brand is well-known across the beauty industry for making high quality mascaras that provide length, curl, and volume. The Definicils Mascara is their highest selling mascara, but it’s the most boring and lackluster one they make in my opinion. I typically go for the ones that provide a va-va-voom effect, similar to the look of false lashes, without clumping or smearing. Some of my favorites have been the Grandiose and Hypnose Drama formulas. I always purchase waterproof formulas because I wear contacts, and my mascara will smear all over the place if I don’t. The Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara was the exception to that rule, and it’s by far, my new favorite mascara available by Lancôme or any other brand.

I was excited when I heard Lancôme was releasing a new mascara that promised it could create big, bold lashes with 12x the volume of regular lashes, lasting for up to 24 hours. The claims are almost unbelievable, but my results were pretty amazing. For the record, this review is non-sponsored. I purchased this mascara 100% on my own to test and review.

Lancome’s Product Description

What it is: 
A BIG volume mascara that delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

What it does:
You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.
*than bare lashes alone

What else you need to know:Lancome Monsieur Mascara
Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

Research results:
95% feel this mascara glides easily on lashes during application
95% find this mascara comfortable to wear all day long
92% find the color of the mascara very dark / intense
91% feel this mascara make their eyes look bigger
90% feel this mascara lengthen their lashes well

My Review and Experience

I was really nervous about trying this mascara because it is not labeled as a “waterproof” mascara. That was rather confusing to me because it claims to be long-lasting, up to 24 hours, without smudging or budging. Usually long-lasting mascara formulas are waterproof also. Without fail, if I wear a formula that isn’t waterproof, I end up with raccoon eyes…. dark black circles or smudged mascara literally all under my eyes and on my face within just 2 hours after application. Thankfully, that didn’t happen with this mascara. The first day of my test, I applied it on a day when I didn’t have to leave the house and go anywhere in public. That’s how nervous I was about trying this new formula. Thankfully, it held up to its claims, and I was highly impressed with its staying power. Above all, I was impressed with the effect it gave my lashes.

Lancome Mascara - Eyelashes
I didn’t curl my lashes in this photo, but this shows the lengthening effect. Also note that the lashes aren’t clumped together whatsoever. This photo was taken a few hours after application.

This formula is honestly the best I’ve found, and that’s says a lot. I feel like I say that about all of Lancome’s mascaras, but this truly beats them all by far!  After wearing it every single day for a full week, it has never clumped, smudged, or budged. It lengthened my lashes and created a large amount of volume, equaling the look of false lashes without looking gaudy. The applicator/ brush is larger than many other mascaras, but it’s not so big that it makes it difficult to apply to the lashes.  After application, the formula dried pretty quickly, and I didn’t have any issues with it transferring to my upper eye lids, which is a problem I’ve had in the past due to my hooded, down-turned eye shape. The mascara held the curl in my lashes perfectly. I curled my lashes before applying the mascara, and it held the curl in place all day.   I loved the fact that it didn’t clump my lashes together but just gave them length, volume and beautiful curl. I really put it to the test by wearing it outside during the very hot southern summer humidity. The past 10 days, I’ve been outside house-hunting in temperatures reaching 98+ degrees, with a miserable humidity index of over 100 degrees. I was sure that the mascara, in addition to the rest of my makeup, would slide right off my face, but it stayed on perfectly. I even got compliments on my makeup several times during the week, after I had been wearing it over 8 hours.

Even though the mascara is long-wearing, it washed off easilyl when I used my Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. Sometimes waterproof formulas can take a lot of effort and scrubbing to remove. Even then, I still find traces of it all over my face the next morning. That didn’t happen with this formula. It comes off when you want it to but not a second beforehand.

I definitely recommend the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara!  It you wear contacts or normally have issues with mascara clumping, smearing, and causing raccoon eyes, It’s definitely worth picking up during your next shopping trip. I bet you’ll fall in love with it like I did!

Price: $25

Where to Purchase: Sephora, Macys, Ulta


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  1. Diane Sheehan
    March 11, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Maybe I got a bad tube, but I get terrible smudging within an hour. I loved how it looked when it went on, but horrified when I looked in the mirror a few hours later at a gala, raccoon eyes and my picture had been being taken the whole time I was there.

    • My Beautiful Flaws
      March 18, 2018 / 4:26 am

      I’m really sorry to hear that. There’s nothing worse than going to a big event, looking in the mirror later and finding that your mascara or eyeliner has smudged and given you the horrible racoon eyes. That’s so strange because that’s typically how mascaras behave on me whenever I get one that isn’t “waterproof” or a cheap drugstore mascara. This one isn’t waterproof, but it’s the only one I’ve ever tried that stays on me all day without smudging or turning my eyes into racoon eyes. I guess everything performs differentl on different people. I just hate to hear this. Before you toss it, see if it helps to use a mascara primer if you haven’t tried that already. I have the one by Lancome called CILS Booster XL, but I also use the one by Loreal called Voluminious Lash primer frequently (I change between the two and see little difference, as they’re made by the same parent company).

  2. Marisa
    June 23, 2018 / 11:55 am

    i purchased this mascara yesterday I was so excited to try it, I said to myself this is the one but…no… very disappointed….for that price I thought that it would be different.
    Terrible smudging, lashes are clumpy don’t like to brush a bit to big and too much mascara on the brush….anyway I guess this mascara is not meant for me….

    For Lancome product….i expected more….

    • My Beautiful Flaws
      June 25, 2018 / 11:57 am

      Yikes. That’s really disappointing to hear. I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you. I loved it, and I didn’t think I would since I can’t wear anything that isn’t waterproof. They have since come out with a waterproof version, but I’ve heard the reviews for that aren’t as good as the original. The only other thing I would recommend is drugstore, if you haven’t tried it already. The Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in the pink tube is my 2nd favorite. I interchange that with the Lancome. I actually found that it’s a little better than the Lancome mascara, so it’s worth a try if you haven’t already. I guess this is proof that products work differently for everyone though. What works great for me may not be perfect for everyone. Sorry to hear about your experience though. Be sure to return it if you haven’t already. 🙂 Hugs!

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