|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
My HG liner.
I ususally don't like to tightline because nothing stays in me. Makeup Forever's Aquaeyes, UD's 24/7 liner... Nothing stays.... That was until I found this little gem.
I apply it using the Eastern Method, which I was able to master on my first try (And I'm usually pretty clumsy). It takes less time than with a pencil or a brush and goes on flawlessly.
There's minimal fallout and though it will smudge if I touch it I found it very difficult to get completly off. It stayed on my waterline throughout the day and required no touchup.
I'm in love with this liner, though I wonder about certain hygenic aspects of it (like pressing the brush to your eye and then letting it dit in the dark, cool tube...).
In any case, I haven't had any liner look better or stay on longer.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Black eyeliner lovers, I wish I could tell you to save your money and offer a cheaper alternative but this product is amazing.
This has a hint of shimmer - not in an 'I'm wearing glitter' way, it just makes your eyes glow with radiance. This is very versatile, it can be used for a no makeup, 'my lashes are just ridiculously lush and dark' look, or a sexy, smoldering eye. It takes me less time than a gel eyeliner.
Loose kohl on its own blended very nicely into my lashline. I smudged it just a bit with my finger and got a natural but smoky eye. Looks even nicer than most liner/ shadow combos and the whole thing only took under a minute. However, the intensity was not sustained. By the end of the day, it had faded quite a bit, though it did not give me raccoon eyes like a pencil. It was that 'second day' eyeliner look, but the liner was much more faint than I would have liked. I did have to wipe away a little bit of excess product that had landed under my eyes, but nothing major.
I tried the kohl with primers (UDPP and Too Faced). This certainly helped to hold the kohl in place, I did not need to clean up under my eye at all. By evening, it was not as intense as when I first put it on, I had a muted dark gray line at the end of the day. It still looked great and held its own better than any pencil. I could just have easily have touched it up if I was going out.
Pros : VERY versatile, can create many looks rather quickly with this product. I think it is actually fun to apply. Spectacular packaging. Eye shadow is not needed with this, it can stand on its own.
Cons : Black gunk in the corner of the eye. Expensive. Staying power is not exceptional without the use of a primer.
Verdict : I have yet to find anything like this. The only makeup I wear on a daily basis is black eyeliner. This my favorite of everything i have tried!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
It's really more of a 4.5, because it doesn't last for long on my waterline, but...
I love this stuff. Nothing has ever lasted on my waterline, and this is the first thing that's ever braved more than about 4 hours. I have never successfully gotten that fierce, feline black-lined look before, and this does it well for me, without getting overwhelming. I even like the way it wears off a tiny bit into my lashline after a few hours, to give it a softly smudgy look.
I think part of the reason I love this so much is that it really highlights the color of my eyes. I have some pretty standard light-medium brown eyes, but with this stuff on? Whoa! They look so much lighter - they're practically hazel. You can see the occasional green flecks in my eyes! Which is crazy, because I'm Asian. It definitely leans towards a cool black rather than a warm black, as it contrasts very strongly with my eye color, and makes them look almost honey-colored.
And maybe it's just me, because I have no qualms about sticking stuff into my eyeballs (years of wearing contacts), but I find applying it the Eastern method to be kind of fun, and somewhat addictive. I do wish this was a more intense black though - it looks more like a dark charcoal on me.
Would I rebuy? Definitely. The price gives me some pause, but damn it, I don't see any other eye-safe powder kohls on the market readily available to me. I like to think that it saves me money because I don't have to wear much eyeshadow to play up my eyes anymore :P My new favorite look is this with lots of black mascara and a wash of a simple neutral taupe. So I guess it saves me time in the morning too!
EDIT: Discovered that if I line my waterline with a black pencil liner first (such as Prestige Waterproof pencil), it stays on much, much longer than wearing either product alone. A month later, and I am still a huge fan of this.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love the packaging so much and with the right application technique (though it can be a bit difficult) is beautiful! I love using it on my waterline but sometimes it runs to the corners and drives me mad! But it makes for a very good quick smokey eye.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Black Eyes: Black
While this is very nice, and I completely ADORE the colour (it gives me a very smokey, femme fatal colour that is headturning), I can't say it was HG. I have used this both the eastern and non-eastern way.
As background, I have very oily eyelids as a result of my sunscreen wear, and also have fairly watery eyes (a good thing, because I wear contacts for long periods and they don't dry out).
As a tightlining/eastern way liner, this wears reasonably well - there is still a trace of it on my bottom lid, but often it has been quite smudged (ie not neatly). What this means is that despite lots of blot powder, it really doesn't stay put all that well for girls who have very moist eyes. However, it does stay on the top lid very well, and lasts for 16+ hours.
As a western liner (ie worn on the actual lash line), it performs average as well. I find that, on my greasy lids, the dark/smokey colour only lasts a couple of hours (3/4) - by lunchhour, it requires touching up. It also will have smudged all over the place as well - despite layers of MAC blot powder (which is an exceptional powder already). Because I am often in business meetings and can't afford overly smudged looks, I'm steering away from using it on the lash line. It also smudged massively when used at night, when I WASN'T wearing sunscreen. It is a BEAUTIFUL colour though - which was my one regret in passing on this - and so I shopped for weeks to look for a good replacement.
What I have found, instead, is the YSL Eyeliner Moire in 1 (Steel) - this was the liquid liner version of this powder kohl. What I then use is the Sephora Professional Platinum Smokey Eye Brush to smoke it out - and voila! - the result is as if I had just smoked out the Guerlain loose kohl. This lasts all day + night (18+ hours) and doesn't budge even on my oily lids. Note, however, that I was advised by the SA that this is unsafe for the waterline.
Will I buy this kohl again? Yes, but only for the tightlining as the liquid liner is unsafe for the waterlines. However, I am still on the search for a kohl that is both safe for the waterline, and will last (the Chanel and Guerlain kohl pencils don't).
PS - also be careful of the packaging. I read that one of the girls spilled hers all over over her purse (eeek!) so I twisted mine TOO tightly and almost broke it. Twist it all the way but be gentle - otherwise the top (gold) handle part will warp and eventually break off if pushed too far.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Yes yes yes - what a great product! Two seconds, and I am made up enough even if I put nothing else on. It doesn't irritate, the eastern method is very quick and easy (took two tries and now have the hang of it), and looks fantastic without overdone. I have been wearing it everyday since I bought it outside of one - and that was the day that my kids and everyone in the office thought I looked pale and sick! In other words, it was natural change it seems, not obvious, just like I have thick nice lashes suddenly! Love love love this stuff! THANKS MUA - it was here where I discovered it!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
OMG, $41 CAD for an e/l !!!! But I think it's worth it. I only wore it once so far, and I have to agree with all of the rave reviews. I cannot apply it the 'eastern method' for the life of me, but anyway I decided to only wear it on my lower waterline, with MAC fluidline in Blacktrack on the upper lid. I never lined my lower waterline, but this kohl makes it possible,and it makes it look so good! I got no irritation from it, and it stayed put until I took it off (and there's still some left!).
I also want to get Oriental Metal, it's such a gorgeous color, I can see myself wearing it as an e/s, but at this price...I don't know.
EDIT 5/16/2009: Eight months later, I am taking off 2 lippies. It still performs very well, but for the past month or so I seem to have developed an allergy to the kohl, my eyes (especially waterline) have become very itchy for days after wearing it. I tried to tough it up and kept using it, but I don't want to cause myself who knows what kind of eye problems. I have been using all the other eye m/up for way longer than the kohl, so I'm pretty sure it is the kohl that's to blame. I am sad, because I was really happy with its staying power and the way it looked on me. Back to finding a liner for the waterline :(
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Hi there, iam an absolute eyeliner girl. Eyeliner and mascara is all i need to prep my selfe up, so im always searching for new products to get an even better smudged eyeliner look. There is one product i always was curious about, lurking around it, but never bought it, cause i didnt know how to applay, the guerlain kohl.
Just a couple of days ago i found some youtube vids explaining the eastern procedure of putting it on, and i was amazed cause it seemd to be simple and quick. Just the other day i bought it. It was really Expansive. Cost me 30€ thats abaout 43$. I was scared that it wouldnt be worth the price...
At home first, thing i did, was watching the youtube vids again and than trying out on my own. I wear contacts, so i was scared if the wand would interfere with them or the powder would cause my eyes itchyness, but nothing dramatic happend to my eyes beside that they just looked stunning.
The application was easy, what i find is importent is, that you pull the stick through your eyes in slow motion. This prevents you from having fall out and gives you a good colour result. The liner melts right into the lashline, an effect you could get with a very soft eyeliner, but with an eyeliner its much more time consuming to achive it then with the wand + the powder has glitter to it, what makes the colour more beautifull then the colour of an eyeliner pencil (even a glitter one, cause thouse glitter liners have big glitter chuncks, the powder just adds a subtle glimmer). The powder will get into your eyes and it does fell a little like grit, but blinking quickly, a couple of times, will transport the fall out into the inner corner of your eye, where it can be cleared away easy with a cotton swap (dont forgett to wait till the fall out settles there and can be cleaned away, otherwise you will have black crap there the whole day!).
So would i recomend this product?
It didnt irritate my eyes or contacts, looks perfect, can be used as a normal liner or eyeshadow too (just use a wet brush, sweep it over the wand and use like you would use an eyeshadow as a liner (or eyeshadow=) ) and the application is quick.
Expensive. Plastic wrap (I know some love guerlain packaging, i dont). Inner corners need to be cleaned from fall of. Simular an cheaper result could be achived with an eyeliner (but you wont get the subtle glimmer and it takes a lot more time).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I love everything about this stuff. It gives a nice rich line inside the lash lines, and it stays longer than anything else I've used that way. It's very easy to use once you get the hang of it, and it takes just a second or two to get loads of rich pigment on both the top and bottom of the inner lids. This is a long and involved process with any other method, I find. If you want to line over the lash line, it's easy enough to draw on the line with the tip pointed perpendicular to your lid. Not quite as easy as with a brush, but easier to me than with a pencil.
I also love that this liner is a true objet d'art. It's just beautiful! I've had mine for over 2 years, and don't see it running out any time soon. It's certainly worth the high price.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
OMG! This product is the only way I can wear eyeliner on my bottom lids! Before using the loose kohl, I only wore gel eyeliners occasionally because I was horrible at putting it on. No matter how hard I tried, I would always end up with a thick line, and then my top waterline would bother my eyes all day. Then comes the Guerlain loose kohl that has been receiving raves on the makeup board. Being the eyeliner klutz that I am, I was surprised at how fast I learned how to apply this! It took me 2 tries to finally have perfectly lined eyes!!!! To avoid loose kohl fallout on my made up face, I keep a tissue paper right below my eyelid as I apply the kohl the Eastern way. Then I wipe away any excess under my eyes with a Qtip. Yes, sometimes the powder does go into my eyes and on the surface of my contacts. A few blinks will immediately move the powder to my inner tearducts, and then I just use a clean qtip to remove that too! No eye irritations whatsoever.
The color, Noir, is a soft black with some sparkles. When applied to my eyes, it really brings out my brown eyes. I love it. Usually black eyeliners are too harsh on my NC 25/30 skin tone, but the kohl in Noir is beautiful.
The staying power of the kohl is not excellent on my extremely oily eyes. But, if I use UDPP beforehand on my top and lower lids, then my eyes are still lined at the end of my 10-12 hour days, so this is a definite plus! I can't believe I did not try the Guerlain loose kohl sooner! I would definitely purchase again, because it makes lining the rims of my eyes so darn easy! The only con is the price.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I really like this eyeliner. It gives you that dramatic, black eyeliner look with just one application- and the applicator is a really good size for lining the rims of my eyes. The packaging is so beautiful too. A big bonus is that when it get into my eyes (when lining the rims) it doesn't sting!
My only annoyance with this is that it seems to fall below my eyes a lot during application- even though I'm tapping off the excess product (maybe just the shape of my eyes??). It comes of super easy with a cotton swap and makeup remover, however it's slightly annoying to have to do that extra step.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is my HG eyeliner. I love it! The packaging is really cute and once you get the application down, you get the most amazing smoldering look.
Many people seem to have trouble with the application. I really recommend that you use the Eastern method when applying. The wand that comes with the product is perfect for that. Basically, all you do is take the wand (the wand is designed for even application) and tap off the excess (this is important if you don't want powder fall-out). Then, place the wand on your lower eyelid, pointing towards your tear duct. Then, close your eyes so that the wand is between both eyelids, and drag the wand out towards your outer eye corner.
Some powder might go into your eye, but that's fine. The powder isn't irritating at all to me (and I have blepharitis!), so I just blink it away. The eyeliner stays FOREVER. No tears, sweat, or water can make it budge. But, a good eye makeup remover will take it off immediately (I remove it cleanly with a q-tip).
This method gives me very intense Cleopatra-esque eyes; it's amazing!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Yes, yes, yes! My HG eye makeup ever since I discovered Kohls. Interestingly enough, I bought this in Teal first, but I love Noir (black) the most, maybe b/c I just generally prefer black liners around my brown eyes, maybe b/c in the past (before Kohls) I had to be REALLY careful with coloured eye makeup due to allergies... Well, none of that with Loose Kohls!!!! Here is why I like Loose Kohls (and specifically the Noir version):
1) This has cut down the time for my eye makeup SIGNIFICANTLY. It now literally takes me max. 2 minutes to do my eyes (I am sure everyone has seen the video that circulates around on the best way to apply this the oriental way - thank you to the lady who did this!!!!)
2) I have ABOSLUTELY no allergic reaction to this
3) My brown eyes look GORGEOUS with this and some mascara - better than with anything else: sultry, sexy, not overdone, yet noticeable
4) This lasts and lasts on my eyes, with maybe a minimal touch up before I leave from work at night (and only if I'm going out). In this regard, the Noir has the best staying power of all Kohls
Is it difficult to apply? Maybe in the beginning, but it took me only 5 attempts and a watching of a video to become a pro at this. The key, in order to ensure no product falls onto your cheeks, is to TAP the excess product from the wand. As the wand gets wet from your waterline, it tends to accumulate a lot of product and that is what falls onto your cheeks. If you tap the excess (while the wand is still half-way in the bottle so you don't throw away product), you will have absolutely no problem with product falling onto your cheeks. In my Teal review I also mentioned that for those of you who bought this and aren't happy or can't do the oriental method, I suggest mixing the product with a drop of water and using it as a regular EXTREMELY longlasting eyeliner. This product would get 10 lippies for me if they were available :-) but I agree that there is a learning curve that needs to be overcome to learn how to use it. However, once you learn, I am sure you will love it more than anything else!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This eyeliner is great for some unusual reasons. I am an eyeliner girl-- I am happy wearing mascara & eyeliner ONLY, so it's a big deal. I have very oily eyelids and the general chemistry of my skin makes it very hard for eyeliner to last in my waterline or on the lower lashline for more than a couple hours, and as it wears off it usually creates a big mess. The Guerlain lasts through the day on my waterline and slowly fades, settling at the very edge in my lashes so there is a little left by the end of the day, but the really interesting thing is how it wears off-- it doesn't migrate down onto my lower lashline and lower lid, making a smeary mess, rather is just looks kind of sensual and smoky, and I love it. The look it creates is somehow really different than any other liner, pencil or pot, gel or liquid. I can't apply it by sweeping it through my closed eye-- doesn't work at all; I just use the little wand like a brush and dab and drag it on to the waterline, lower and upper. It can drop tiny particles onto your cheek you need to clean up. I am finding that I keep going to this one though, despite the oddness of it (in my limited experience anyway) and love it quite a lot.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Green
I had one (and only) really negative experience with this product....and I do not get all the hype about it.
Last summer (one year ago, basically) I had a makeover by a Guerlain Beauty artist.
She did my face in cool toned colours (basically different shades of blue & turquoise with a hint of pink).
Well, all was fine a part when she aplied this Khol in blue, onto my inner lower rim (this is where it is designed to be put, I grasp). I was uncomfortable, as I do not like something that I do not know how it has been cleaned (or if has ever been cleaned...) to be put into my eyes.
Having very fair eyes they are quite sensitive...
Well I did not protest as I thought to myself, I'll give her a chance and wanted to see the final result.
My eyes were stinging from the very moment she applied that stuff.
Immediately after, my eyes were wet and started rtear dropping.
She wiped the tears with a cleenex saying "this is a normal reaction" (well I had several makeup artists doing my face and nobody got me crying!! :o).
No way. My eyes kept on being itchy.
As soon as she was done with the make up (that by the way was something crappy in the end with this khol all over the place I loked like I had deep blue eye circles!!), I immediately took my purse and ran away!
Once in my car, I wiped off all the makeup (I have a travel beauty bag for any evenience!) with a makeup remover, and I had to put several calming eyedrops in my eyes as the burning sensation was too much to bear.
That said, I do not know if the blame was 100% on the Khol itself or had to be put on an incompetent (and not hygyene-savy...) BA: in anycase this product is a BIG NO for me, in any case!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Caved in and finally ordered this from Sephora...love the packaging as it is definitely unique and so pretty to look at, but that's about it. I applied as the directions and reviews here on MUA said to do, place the wand between closed eyelids and swatch back and forth. It was simple enough to apply and I didn't have a "fall out" mess, and the end result was nice, but it wasn't " dark enough " for me. Besides... it wore off within a few short hours. I prefer my Chanel Waterproof e/l for lining my waterline...it comes out very intense and lasts the whole day for me. I really wanted to like this loose kohl liner, as I gave it a few more days before deciding to return it. What really finalized my decision to return it was the fact that, after a few hours with the kohl on, I noticed icky black gunk had formed in the inner corner of my eyes...not attractive and not for me! Never had this problem before w/ any liner...so back to Sephora it went and I applied my $33 refund towards my Dior Quint ~ Tropical Light which I love!! At least I can say I did try this product, and my curiosity has been satisfied...will NOT repurchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've been lemming this item for years. Awhile ago, I tried the Sally Hansen loose kohls, hoping to satisfy my craving. They were decent, but somewhat clumpy in texture and not as intense as I wanted. (I have dark brown eyes and like my black liners to be the blackest black, blacker than Karl Rove's black heart--BLACK!) I also find the idea of kohl-rimmed eye to be fantastically exotic and glamorous and what could be more exotic and glam than Guerlain's Terracotta Kohl Powder? It just looks dead sexy in its ornate little amphora and you feel like an International Woman of Mystery wearing it. That alone is worth at least 1/3 of the somewhat extravagant price. But what of the other 2/3? Well...
APPLICATION: Applying loose kohl takes some practice if you're used to pencils and brushes. I only apply this using the Eastern method, since I think that using it like a regular liner (with a little brush) defeats the purpose of the concept and packaging. Cheating. Besides, I like a challenge now and then. It takes a little bit of practice and you'll definitely need tissues, pointed cotton swabs and makeup remover handy to remove any mistakes. Putting a tissue underneath your face/eyes helps contain the messy fall-out as well (the powder doesn't stick that well to the little stick applicator). Tip: Really jam the stick basically against your eyeball for the best look. If you're too cautious or squeeze your eyes too tightly shut, then you won't get the inner rims lined and you may as well give up. Go ahead--smash it into your eyeball. It won't hurt at all and you'll blink out any excess. And unlike the traditional kind, this kohl is neither toxic nor irritating.
LOOK: Feline. Alluring. Fierce. There's something magical about really serious black eyeliner--applied correctly, it'll make even the shyest gal feel like a prowling sex tigress. With a whip. The color is a very vivid blue-black with a rich, oil-slick sheen. That hint of blue makes the black seem deeper and contrasts with my very dark brown eyes so that they look lighter and warmer. The subtle sheen is gorgeous and somehow draws light to my eyes, making them look strangely lustrous. The effect is a bit wicked and utterly beautiful.
WEAR: I wear contacts and have somewhat sensitive eyes that are allergy-prone and tend to tear up very easily. Therefore, I never wear eyeliner on my inner rims. Which means I can never do a smoky eye since a smoky eye just doesn't look right without black inner rims. No irritation at all, which surprises me since you basically are coating your inner rims with this stuff. I even got a bunch into my eye and it didn't hurt or water at all. However, you can't really rub your eyes or you'll get odd smears all over. Otherwise, lasting power is surprisingly good. I found that I couldn't remove it fully until I used a combination of cleansing oil and a regular foaming face wash.
PACKAGING: Personally, I'm not a fan of Guerlain's packaging. It has a sort of decadent rococo thing going on, but since the packaging materials are cheap (cardboard and plastic), it looks kitschy rather than luxe. The amphora is made of lightweight plastic and seems really cheap to me. A metal case would've made more sense given the price.
VERDICT: This stuff blows the Sally Hansen kohl out of the water. No contest. Quality and look are all on Guerlain's side. I'd repurchase, though I probably won't need to for a long time since I use this stuff so infrequently.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I love high end makeup...but I saw the price tag for Guerlain kohl and second guessed it. $33 for some black powder?? I reluctently gave in and bought it anyway. Wow, I'm glad I did. This stuff stays forever, and gets slightly smudged over the time of application, but that is what makes this so sexy! Rawr, I look like an exotic haram woman. I had this on for ten hours and there were no signs of it wearing off. I had to use eyemakeup remover to get it all off at the end of the night. I apply this the original eastern way. It gives the best look. If you're interested in applying it like this, google it and I'm sure there are some tutorials out there for it.
The only con is that when you first apply it, some loose powder falls out underneth your eyes. So, in order to not ruin my makeup...I put on the eyeliner first before any of my makeup...and I also put a thick layer of eyecream underneth my eyes then line them, so if any fall out occurs, I can just swipe the cream away with the tissue and voila' the fall out is easily removed.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Having just recently learned the original way to apply kohl, I quickly ordered the Guerlain loose kohl in noir. I've always wanted to achieve that smoky, Middle Eastern looking eye makeup. Eyeliner has always worn off on me though after an hour or so, and I've never been able to get that heavy look. Enter Guerlain loose kohl. The packaging is beautiful, the price is steep, but the results are worth it. I will never run out of this stuff. I quickly caught on how to apply it the 'Eastern way' which I highly recommend. The result is a non intentional, slightly smudged lined look that didn't wear off for nearly 10+ hours! I was highly impressed. Like someone else said though...when you apply it, at first it does feel like there is grit in your eye...but after a few seconds the loose particles of kohl in your eye gravitate towards the waterline and stick there. I highly recommend. MUAer purplepenguinz has a tut on youtube on how to apply it the eastern way. Search 'Guerlain loose kohl'. It's how I learned :)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Brown
Just started using this product, there is a learning curve, but overall the effect is beautiful. This isn't a pitch black product, but on the smokey black side. The staying power is incredible and lashes look soo much thicker with this on.