Remember a little while back I showed you a preview of some new *Guerlain Écrin 1 Couleurs as well as *Cils d’Enfer So Volume? I’m back with the deets today so if you want to know if this new mascara is the real deal, you’ve got to read on!
A quick recap for the Guerlain Écrin 1 Couleur line-up: there are 12 shades in total (see a photo of them here), and the formula is meant to be silky as well as long-lasting.
Guerlain Taupe Secret Écrin 1 Couleur (01) is a sparkling grey-leaning taupe on the lighter side. It swatches really well, and for the most part it is easy to work with. However, it seems like whatever I do, I end up with some shimmer fallout underneath my eyes. The shimmer is fine, so thankfully it is not all that obvious unless you are looking for it. I just thought I’d let you know!
Guerlain Taupe Secret Écrin 1 Couleur (01) swatch:
On my (closer to NC 30) skin tone, Taupe Secret works as an inner corner highlight or an overall brightening lid shade, although admittedly I tend to use something a tad darker for a lid shade. Fairer girls should be happy with this one tho!
Surprisingly, Brownie & Clyde (02) turned out to be a firm favorite! I don’t really look for matte eyeshadows. I believed that I owned every matte I possibly needed for the eyeshadow placements that I normally do, but Brownie & Clyde proved me wrong!
First of all, Brownie & Clyde has the smoothest texture and incredible color payoff. If you think matte eyeshadows are chalky and hard to blend, this is going to change your mind. Second of all, Brownie & Clyde magically fills in the gap in my neutral matte collection. It is warmer than Bobbi Brown Slate (seen here) but cooler than Urban Decay Buck. Oh the versatility! I have worn both warmer and cooler looks lately, but Brownie & Clyde always fits right in!
When I swatched Blue’s Brothers (03), I could see it’s a little patchy. The good news is it doesn’t look that way on the eyes, but the bad news is I can’t get it to look quite as vibrant.
Once on the eyes, it seems a lot more grey. Unless you are prepared to use it wet, I think the finish will stay muted. However, it does apply and blend well otherwise, so it depends on what you are looking for!
I used the three eyeshadows together by applying Taupe Secret as an overall wash and in my inner corners, Blue’s Brothers close to my upper and lower lash lines, as well as Brownie & Clyde on the outer corners (also, no, Blue’s Brothers does not contain shimmer. The shimmer you see along my lower lash line is probably fallout from Taupe Secret):
You have seen Taupe Secret in my inner corners and Brownie & Clyde 0n the outer corners in the following two looks:
What did I say? Doesn’t Brownie & Clyde work with everything?
The new Guerlain Cils d’Enfer So Volume is most definitely the real deal!
I wasn’t 100% sure about the plastic wand with short spikes, but it turned out to work very well. On my lashes, it lengthens, volumizes, and holds the curl. I don’t know about you, but this is pretty close to doing my taxes in the world of mascara! I’ve been using it for about a week, and I think it could dry out another bit so that it’ll separate even better. However, even for the first use, I wouldn’t complain. My lashes stay soft and touchable, but it never smudges even when it’s very warm! Two thumbs up!
Here you see two coats of Guerlain Cils d’Enfer So Volume on its own (I normally wear a primer. If you go back to the previous two eye closeups, I have this mascara over a primer):
Can you see how long my lashes are?! I’m pretty sure if you are blessed with good lashes to begin with, they will end up touching your brows/glasses with Cils d’Enfer So Volume on!
All in all, Brownie & Clyde and Cils d’Enfer So Volume get my seal of approval. Taupe Secret and Blue’s Brothers aren’t bad, but I think they could be better. Especially if you want to invest in a single eyeshadow, you might as well put your money on a picture perfect one, right?
Is anything calling your name here?