Guerlain Noir G Is One of My Top 3 Mascaras!

Guerlain Noir G

Guerlain Noir G (Exceptional Complete Mascara) isn’t exactly news, but I didn’t get to try it till recently. Like a typical Guerlain product, the packaging is stunning (like a Rouge G with a lacquered black finish). How about the formula, you ask? Well, it has made my all-time top 3!

Guerain Noir G sample packaging

The tube I have is a sample tube. The packaging of Noir G has resulted in a pretty high initial cost (about 49,50 here), but the refill (26,95) is actually cheaper than most luxury mascaras I have seen. If you could live without the fancy packaging, nothing stops you from purchasing only the refill right from the start. The only thing I am slightly concerned with is whether it would be awkward to work with a shorter handle.

Guerlain Noir G brush

The brush of Guerlain Noir G seems pretty regular. It has the same rose scent as Cils d’Enfer, which I personally don’t mind. However, if your eyes are on the sensitive side, it might be a good idea to test it out first! I usually give mascara two weeks to become optimal, but Noir G works great after a couple of uses. I wouldn’t say it has a dry formula, but it definitely isn’t so wet that it weighs my lashes down, either. It doesn’t smudge or flake off at all.

On my lashes, the lengthening aspect of Guerlain Noir G is the most prominent. It takes one coat for a pretty dramatic difference, and there is quite some volume after two coats. My lashes stay incredibly soft and beautifully separated. It holds curls well as well!

Here is how Noir G looks on my lashes. Left: bare, curled lashes. Right: one coat of Guerlain Noir G on my upper lashes. Below: two coats of Guerlain Noir G on my upper lashes, and one coat on the bottom.


Guerlain Noir G eye swatch


I managed to snap an extra photo from the side so you can see just how well it holds curls (the lashes on my left eye curl more easily. On my right eye I don’t usually have such luck)!

Guerlain Noir G curl-holding

Just in case you remember how much I love Dior Iconic Overcurl, I’ll tell you honestly Guerlain Noir G isn’t going to dethrone it for me. However, Noir G might come as a close second while Cils d’Enfer the third! If I have to compare the two Guerlain ones, I’d say Noir G volumizes better!

Here is the ingredient list/product claims if you are interested:

Guerlain Noir G ingredients

Bottom line: Guerlain Noir G lengthens incredibly well, volumizes and separates reasonably well, as well as holding curls impeccably. I like how soft and natural-looking my lashes remain (instead of a sticky, stiff mess), but the overall result is quite dramatic!

Writing about Noir G reminds me of what happened a while ago when I showed one of my best friends my makeup collection. She isn’t really into makeup, and guess what left the most impression on her? My lash curlers and Guerlain Rouge G‘s! She was so surprised those are lipsticks! I can just about imagine what she’ll say if I show her Noir G and tell her it’s a mascara!

So the random question of the day: have you showed someone who knows very little about makeup your stash? What surprises the person the most?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • VickyM

    This mascara looks lovely on you and gives a very nice look on your lashes Sunny 😀 but wow that price tag is high! I´m already using a great mascara by Helena Rubinstein called Lash Queen Feline Extravaganza (which is also quite expensive), it´s not waterproof but it doesn´t clump my lashes so I can build it up until my lashes look like falsies! I have seen this mascara on counter and I think it´s nice, however we can´t buy refills here, so the only option is to buy the normal, heavy, expensive Rouge G tube lol. I might consider this mascara for the future, but what really interests me right now is the new Violette de Madame collection for fall from Guerlain, I think I will finally buy my first Rouge G lipstick 😀 , I have seen promos of the collection and have decided to buy one of the three Rouge G as a present to myself, will you be buying anything from this collection Sunny?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Vicky! A lot of the price goes into packaging. I’m so surprised to hear refills aren’t available where you are though! I haven’t tried any mascara from HR, but I’ve always been curious about that one (because of its name haha)!

      I’m definitely eyeing the Rouge G’s as well! I’ll definitely get something (or some things…) from the fall collection! It looks like one of the most promising ones!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I love how you used sequins as a background for these pics :-) Thanks for the review, Sunny, looks like a pretty fabulous mascara indeed!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! It’s not always interesting to photograph a tube of mascara, so I improvised 😉

  • Bella

    Oooh, I love Cils d”Enfer, so if this is better I must try it! I really hate the Dior mascaras though and I particularly hate the name “Iconic Overcurl”, it’s so overstated :)!!! My top 3 are Chanel les Volume (though it smudges beneath my eyes a bit), Nars Larger than Life Volumizing and Guerlain Cils d’Enfer, in reverse order.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, aww I’m so sorry to hear Iconic Overcurl doesn’t work that well for you! On me it achieves things no other mascara has! I do like Le Volume, but it just lost its number 3 place to the Guerlain ones! They seem to volumize better for me, but mascaras are awfully personal!

  • Caise

    it looks interesting:) I might have to try it out:)
    I’ve showed my makeup collection my roommate and she was kind of shocked :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, I’d like to hear how it works for you! I think most people would be a bit surprised to be honest LOL

  • rachlovespenguins

    I’ve been wanting to try this one. Oh and the makeup in my stash that seems to get the best reaction is Ellis Faas. That packaging gets people every time!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I can see that! It doesn’t look like makeup at all!

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    this looks promising! i’m just too lazy to bother with mascaras XD i should start digging them from the stash!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha this tells me you probably have great lashes to begin with! I don’t have the choice because otherwise I don’t have visible lashes at all :p

  • Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

    That is one I need to try, but 99% of the time I find they can’t compete with YSL Faux Cils!

    Some of my friends who are not into makeup know I have “a lot” but have never seen the whole thing, I just think they wouldn’t understand! It’s a bit sad, though. If I were collecting books or had hundreds of pairs of shoes, nobody would say anything, but people always judge when it’s makeup.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Mariella, I need to check out YSL Faux Cils! I know a lot of fans!

      Aww really? Mine seem to think it’s eye-opening for a piece of furniture to be dedicated to storing makeup, but nobody has really said anything negative!

      • Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

        Maybe it’s just in my head then. The cleaning lady is judging me, though.

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Oooooooh! I really want to try this now! It does look great on you! Need to look into this!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, keep me posted about what you think!

  • peggy timmermans

    I must admit, it is a pretty great mascara! I like it!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It is indeed!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    GREAT photos, Sunny! Very eye-catching. I am still not sold on high-end mascaras. It’s my final hold-out, lol! I’ve tried a number of them and always end up coming back to a few drugstore faves that cost 1/4 as much. I will say Lancome Definicils is pretty groovy!

    Oh yes, the look on my best friend’s face when she saw my beauty stash recently reminded me of the look on my face the first time I went into a Sephora! Angels were singing! She’s not into makeup at ALL but I could tell if given the chance to be alone with the stash, she would play for hours. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Kristen! I try to at least score a sample before I purchase a luxury mascara. As it is I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually get Iconic Overcurl!

      LOL most of my girlfriends wouldn’t know what to do if I leave them alone with my stash, either!

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        I’ve never thought about asking for a sample! Great idea! Duh, lol! And the lash curler demo cracked me up!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    It looks great. I find it the hardest to find a mascara that holds my curl, only waterproof

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I used to have that problem, but I realized as long as a formula isn’t too wet, it most probably will hold my curl! Sometimes it takes a while for the formula to become optimal as well.

  • Liz

    I’ve heard great things about Noir G but can’t get on board with the price. I think it’s like CAD$50 and for that amount, I might as well go and get lash extensions done! I’m glad you like this though. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I know what you mean. You can just get the refill though! It’s cheaper than other luxury mascaras 😉

  • Mishelle’s Sleepy Time

    This sounds nice but a lot of the time I am hesitant to spend that much on a mascara!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know what you mean! I chuck a tube every 6 months, but still that’s quite a bit of money!

  • Christina

    I would splurge on this. My friend is getting married soon and I will be her makeup artist on her big day. I think she would love this. We’re not using false lashes, so the lengthening effects would be perfect for her bridal look.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO keep me posted about how it works, Christina! I’d love to see a photo of the lovely bride and you!

  • Icaria

    Yikes! With a difference of $16.00, I’ll try Dior first. I just can’t justify the price of that one and I know I wouldn’t like using the refil since the real thing is sooo gorgeous!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I hope the Dior one will work well for you! I personally don’t care that much about mascara packaging. I feel like I can show off a little reapplying my Rouge G’s in public, but I never ever apply mascara in public LOL

  • Whitney

    I’ve always heard the hype around guerlain mascaras and all the packaging is so pretty! Unfortunately everything is super expensive in Canada :( I’ve been on the lookout for a good mascara lately, either than the cover girl lash blast I always use!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, I like the majority of the Maybelline mascaras I’ve tried. Perhaps you can take a look there?

      It’s the same in Belgium. I try to score sample tubes, which are (somehow easily) available when a mascara is new on the market!

  • TheHappySloths

    Great pictures! I have the hardest time taking pics of my lashes, they are always out of focus :S

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, girl! I’m still learning too! I used to point at the small point-and-shoot I have at my eye and hope for the best. I’m hoping the flip screen of my new camera (Canon 650D) will make it easier!

  • LifeOfBun

    Oh man that packaging is lovely.. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You mean the full-size product? Yeah. Even this sample tube is pretty lovely to be honest!

  • Lily

    Glad to know it’s not as good as the Iconic Overcurl because I LURVE that one!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha nothing has beaten Iconic Overcurl so far! I’ll keep you posted when that happens.

  • Shari

    I’ve been on the lookout for mascara that lengthens and volumizes without bringing down my curl. Also clump-free and transfer-proof! I havent found the one for me yet. I hope to find it in Guerlain because I’m seriously hating mascara for those problems I stated above. :(

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that, Shari! What have you tried? My favorite mascara so far is Diorshow Iconic Overcurl. It fits your criteria!

  • petra

    Love the pictures, and wow what a pretty result!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Petra! On well-curled lashes the curl stays till the end of the day!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, Noir-G sounds amazing! — and a nice match for your Rouge G collection :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dovey, talking about Rouge G’s: I might need all three from the autumn collection!

  • Cassandrapamela

    Wow the result looks fantastic! My HG Mascara is benefit they’re Real.. This One looks amazing but it might be too pricy since Mascara is what I have to repurchase every once in 2 months..

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Pamela, I think I have a sample tube of Benefit They’re Real somewhere (or is it Badgal?), but I haven’t tried yet! I saw the brush and that’s not typically the kind of brush that works well for my lashes, so I haven’t been motivated to give it a go!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    hmmm i have a cils d’enfer sample and i wonder if i will like the rose scent? Is it like the rose scent in the lancome mascaras?? Cause that annoys me sometimes / makes me think i’m gonna have allergies or something. LOL

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, I haven’t tried a Lancome mascara so I can’t say! I only smell when I pull the wand out though. I hope it won’t bother you too much!