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!
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.
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.
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)!
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:
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