I’d been lining my eyes with my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner for a while and then I was introduced to the concept of tightlining for which the gel liner was not really suitable for in my view. So, I was using the Make Up For Ever Eye Seal with a black shadow for a spell, until I came across Guerlain Terracotta loose kohl.
Since I wrote my review on the loose kohl, I’ve stopped using it. It was just way too messy for me, and I did not have the time to clean up my eye area every day and mess up the rest of my makeup all the time. So, its in cold storage for now.
When Guerlain sent me the eye pencil kohl, I was a little apprehensive. I’d used pencil eye liners before but there was a tendency for it to smudge and smear. The ones that did not smudge or smear tended to be hard and hurt my eyes while those that were soft would leave me with racoon eyes. So yes I was apprehensive and I took my time to test it out.
The Guerlain Eye-liner & Kohl comes in a long pencil with a metallic cover. The long pencil has a triangular shape to the body which actually makes it more ergonomic as it has less tendency to slip.
I couldn’t find the info on it online so here’s the blurb from Nordstrom.
Glide on eye color that stays put! Formulated with unusually high pigment content and a creamy gel, these cushiony, silky eye pencils take on unrivaled intensity and depth, and can withstand wind and tide—including extremely hot, humid climates!
Very lofty claims – color that stays put, high pigment, silky eye pencil, withstand extremely hot humid climates… – but does it measure up?
I say, YES!!!!!!!
The last luxury eyeliner pencil I bought was by Giorgio Armani. The pencil was soft and silky and went on smoothly but at the end of every day, I’d be a wreck. I got so fed up I just tossed it aside in my drawer.
This Guerlain eyeliner & kohl pencil is slightly harder but once it loses its factory sharp point, it goes on smoothly and without tugging every single time. On a whim, I tried to use it to tight line under my top lids and guess what? It worked! Usually, I have a problem getting pencil liners to draw a line and stay on, because of the water line, but this Guerlain pencil liner went on smoothly and dark and hardly needed any repeat strokes. I was very impressed.
Here’s what my eyes look like with tightlining.
You can’t really see it clearly, but on the picture on the left, I lined under my lashes, as close to the lash line as possible. It gives the impression of fuller and more lush lashes because it darkens it at the root. On the right is my eye with tightlining and mascara. I’ll write about tightlining in the near future and will try to show some comparison pictures (although its really hard to do!)
I also tested it on my lower water line where many people like to line their eyes (although I don’t) and voila! It works there too right on the first try! I have also used it as a traditional liner on top of the lashes and the line is amazingly sharp and it was so easy to use and control.
So far, the Guerlain kohl pencil lives up to its claims of gliding on smoothly and like silk.
What about colour? I got Noir – Black. It is a deep intense black. Not grey, not blue, just deep dark black. My favourite type of colour for lining.
Now for the best part. No smudging. I’m serious. I had this on from early morning, till late night, on a long day trip under the hot sun and when I was caught in the rain. It did not smudge or smear one bit. I live in Malaysia = hot and humid climate and it was perfect! At the end of the day, it had faded a little but it was nothing major. I knew I was testing this and I was afraid of looking like a racoon, so I checked in the mirror often and was very pleasantly surprised to see nothing to wipe away at all during the day.
If you like the smokey eye look, this pencil works too. I tested it by drawing a thick line on my lash line then smudging it slightly before it set. It did smudge well but I’m not really one for the look so I did not test it out further. For a daily eyeliner though, I can safely say that this one is the best pencil eyeliner I’ve tried.
I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful eyeliner pencil so I’m going to stop right here before my gushing about this gets out of hand. 🙂 Needless to say, I’ve found my holy grail eyeliner pencil and I’m not letting this one go – ever!!
If there is one thing I dislike is that its very long so getting close to the mirror to draw a line may be a problem but I work around that by angling my head. I don’t think there’s anything I can’t get around for this eye liner pencil! 🙂
The Guerlain Eye Liner & Kohl pencil retails at Guerlain counters in Malaysia for RM70 (US$22) . It retails in the USA for US$27. It is long and comes with its own sharpener. I don’t think it particularly pricey because there is a lot of product – 2g/0.07oz and can last for ages. There are 4 colours available – ME Black, ME Blue, ME Brown, ME Ivory.
Pros: No smudging, Lasts the whole day, Smooth and silky, dark intense color
Cons: May be pricey to some, Very long
The Eyepencil & Kohl is found at all Guerlain counters nationwide.
– Parkson Pavilion
– Parkson KLCC
– Parkson 1 Utama
– Isetan Lot 10
– Isetan Midvalley Gardens
– Metrojaya Midvalley
– Parkson Holiday Plaza JB
– Parkson Gurney Plaza Penang
It is different from the Divinora eyeliner pencil. If you aren’t sure, check with the Beauty advisor. If they insist it doesn’t exist, its time to let Guerlain HQ know about it! You will want the pencil that is shaped like a triangle.
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RM5 more expensive than the other brands but won’t smudge man. Must get. My Lancome liner sudah mau habis.
I seem to have everything in waterproof & non-waterproof…from liners to blushers. Hahahaha.
Doesn’t smudge? I better run out and get it!! The last one I used was a Shu one, and you know what? It smudges! Keep getting that racoon look at the end of the day. Thanks for the tip, will have to go see Guerlain soon-haha!
S-kay: Do test it out at the counter and see how you like it. Waterproof liners and mascaras are best for me! Blushers less so heh…
Monstro:It didn’t smudge on me. I hope it works for you!
cool! i think i should get one too as now i can’t live without eyeliner, and from your review, i guess this one is the best so far..! and the price in malaysia is cheaper than US? wow.. cool..
oh wow!!! no smudging??? That is great news!!!! Pencils for tightlining saves a whole lot of time!!!!
do you have a pi of EOTD with e/s used as e/l? i can see this is doing well but i feel that e/s as e/l more dramatic? no? the effect of this pencil seems all right. however, that it’s being a pencil just tells me no as i’d kill it in 2 sharpening sessions. 🙁 good review and great find though. wish i could use a pencil e/l.
Maria: Yes its cheaper here in Malaysia.
Nikki: It sure does! Especially when rushing in the mornings.
Jojoba: I don’t find eyeshadows used as eyeliners dramatic enough. Somehow I don’t find them dark enough. But maybe I’m just used to gel and pencil liners.
This post makes me want to start lining my eyes! *grin*
Have you tried out Dior waterproof eyeliner pencil? I heard great reviews about it as well, don’t know which I should get now. Where is Guerlain counter anyway?
wow.. this pencil sound really good especially for a eyeliner addict like me. I’m using Shu and its about RM60. would love to try this.
Sounds good. Especially the no-smudge part. I’ll go check it out 😛
after reading this post, i literally dashed out of the house and drive to the nearest guerlain counter. i went to isetan the gardens yesterday to check it out but the pencil eyeliner available there was the divinora one. so i wanna know if the one u used is under the divinora range?
the salespromoter even told me that maybe it is the latest one and it has yet to reach malaysia.. hmm?
anyway… the divinora sells at rm 60 without sharpener.
Rinnah: Do it! You’d be surprised at how large your eye can look
Tine: Yep I had no problems with smudging whatsoever.
Wendy: No it isn’t the Divinora one. It comes in a black box with a sharpener and the body of the pencil is black and triangle shaped. Let me try and find out for you where it can be found.
Hi, I’d like to try out this eyeliner too, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere… do you know where it can be bought? Thanks so much!
after reading ur review on this Guerlain holy grail liner for soooooooooooooooo long.. finally i bought this liner… but sadly to say, now Guerlain left only few counter in nationwide… MidValley Metrojaya, The Garden Isetan, KL Pavilion, KLCC Parkson and Lot Ten Isetan. I have to travel all the way to KL and get this babe… how I wish my local Guerlain still operating… anyone can help me submit the complains to Guerlain? hahaha…
Guerlain HQ if you are reading this, you really have to do something about this! Hahaha… I love this eyeliner and I can’t live without it now but seems like I can’t find it anywhere? *sighs* My local Guerlain counters closed without any notices. Travelled all the way to KL, but Isetan told me they are out of stocks! Midvalley and One Utama counters closed as well. Pavillion is my last resort. Anyone can tell me where can I get the pencil?
I just came across this post and I’m so happy that you made a review about the Guerlain Eyeliner Khol pencil. I have two of these, in Noir and Ivory. These never ever smudges even if it’s sweltering outside =)
The Ivory looks great when you apply it on the lower water line, it brightens up my eyes. The eyebrow pencil looks exactly the same as the eyeliner and I have it in Brun – I actually thought it was an eyeliner and have been using it as such until I realized its an eyebrow pencil!
How would you compare the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner with this? My M.A.C Fluidline is running out soon (smudges on me – sigh), so I’m hoping to try other eyeliners and pretty much narrow it down to this Guerlain eyeliner and the Bobbi Brown. I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this!
Paris B says
A pencil liner is different from a gel liner in both texture and application. Pencils can be softer and is much more convenient than gels. You could own both or either.
i usually use the urban decay 24/7 in zero eyeliner when i use a pencil eyeliner. just want to hear your thoughts if there is a comparison between the UD and Guerlain eyeliner? if you like one better, the staying power, the smoothness? I do line my waterline (bottom) and which i am yet till this day lookign for one that literally stays on all night!! it just seems to always disappear in couple hours.
Paris B says
I can’t use UD 24/7 liners, Susan so I write them off. They smudge on me almost immediately and I hated them 😛 I think I’m in the minority though because I know most people love them and it works for most 🙂
Any leads on where to get this eyeliner these days?
Paris B says
It should be available at the Guerlain counters?