Guerlain Kohl Noir – Review and FotD

I cannot tell a lie, I was petrified of using this. It’s the stick.  Putting sticks in my eyes to apply my makeup just seems wrong. Pencils are fine, brushes are good, even putting my fingers in my eyes to wear my contact lenses is okay, but using a stick, just to apply eyeliner? Noooo…! I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been ignoring these beautifully packaged eyeliners for a very long time.

They’ve been popping up on various blogs recently though, and I finally got around to biting the bullet and  trying one out.  I chose the Guerlain Kohl in Noir, which is a rich, slightly sparkling black powder. Kohl is the traditional way of wearing eyeliner, and the stick is actually very handy for being able to apply the powder to both the upper and lower inner waterlines at the same time.  This is how the applicator looks:

Essentially, there are two ways to wear the liner, Eastern (on the inner rims) and Western (on the eyelid itself).  The powder is rich, and pigmented, but it can cause fallout, so I suggest you apply it before the rest of your makeup, in order that you don’t ruin your foundation.

To apply it Eastern style, just settle the point of the stylo into the inner corner of your eye (on the waterline) and “swipe” gently towards the outer corner, this instantly lines both the upper and lower waterlines, and makes your eyes look brighter, and your lashes look thicker. It’s a look I happen to adore, and this is, I’ve found, by far the easiest way to do it.  To line your eyes Western-style, you pop the stylo next to your lashes, and “swipe” in exactly the same way, then I like to smudge it out a little with my fingertips:

The powders last well – better than most pencils – but they will need re-applying to take you from day to night, I’ve found.

So, have I been converted?  Yes, I think I have!  As well as the black (noir), I now also own Mirage (a rich matte brown), Oriental Metal (a glorious metallic taupe) and I’ve just placed an order for the discontinued “Secret Glow” which is a shimmering white, which I think will be just perfect for opening up and brightening eyes when a smokey look isn’t required, I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Here’s how I tend to wear the kohls, I make the liner the main focus of my eyes, and co-ordinate with a light, bright lipstick (in this case, Guerlain Rouge G in Georgia):

Yeah, no idea what I’m scowling at there.  Guerlain Kohls are available from most major department stores and cost about £20.  Yes, that’s very pricey, but you use so little every time, I think they’ll last for a very long time.

Do you use kohl?  How’d you wear it?

The Fine Print: I bought this. The others have been acquired via various means up to and including bribery and corruption.  And eBay.  Thank goodness for paypal.

9 Comments

  1. May 24, 2010 / 7:49 am

    Wow, that looks really good and convenient! I like the convenience, but like you, I'm not too sure about the stick…

  2. May 24, 2010 / 7:49 am

    Oooooh… ahhhhhh….. must…. get….. noir…..

    It looks great on you. Smouldering.

  3. Alex
    May 24, 2010 / 8:37 am

    I have kajal too as I have "eastern" friends who owned exotic-looking tubes of the stuff. I bought mine off Ebay for about £5 I think – so perhaps spending £20 is not necessary! – and I'm a convert, it stays on my waterline so much better than my regular eyeliners ever did! The powder fallout can be annoying though… esp. when I get it on my fingers and end up poking black stuff onto my face. Hassle hassle. I use it for evenings out because it's such a strong dramatic look (for me anyway!).

  4. May 24, 2010 / 10:08 am

    I'm really intrigued by these kohls. I'm worried that applying it would send my eyes in to watery overdrive though and I'd end up looking like Alice Cooper! Do you find it moves if your eyes water?

    They do look gorgeous and very tempting.
    Jane x

  5. May 24, 2010 / 7:16 pm

    Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I wasn't actually able to read through your whole post because the thought of putting that stick anywhere near my eyes makes me feel unbelievably queasy.

    It looks lovely on you though, really brings out the eyes!

  6. May 24, 2010 / 8:42 pm

    Oooh both the packaging and the final look are so so pretty. I want, I want!

  7. May 25, 2010 / 8:58 am

    It looks great on you, very sultry and smouldery 🙂 I would be too scared to use it though, I already poke myself enough with mascara as it is!

  8. May 27, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    These have such cute packaging and your eyes look amazing with the Eastern lining 🙂

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