Sunday, January 18, 2009

Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara

I have to confess that the reason I bought the Guerlain Le 2 de Mascara was the sleek packaging. It was so different than the common black plastic tubes. And it was shiny.

I also liked the concept of two differently shaped brushes in one tube. A famous makeup artist trick for superb lashes is to apply two coats of two different mascaras, and Le 2 seems to be using this concept to make sure each and every lash is painted.

Basically, you have the regular wand and a smaller one, curved at a 7 degrees angle which is supposed to reach the corners more easily. It's not a new idea- several companies offer similar brushes, but this is the only one I've come across that has both.

The mascara itself is quite thick and you need to apply carefully and lightly or you'll have too much goop that makes the lashes clamp together. Even when I got it right, a lash comb was still necessary for optimal results. The length/volume effect was satisfactory but not outstanding, and I liked how black and well-defined my lashes looked. But the best thing about Le 2 and what makes it worth the price tag is how it actually curls the lashes and keeps the shape for hours (because of the thick consistency).

I can actually skip the Shu when using Le 2 de Guerlain, and if I don't and go all out with it, I get the most perfect curl that lasts for at least half a day. For my long but straight lashes, this is quite an achievement.

Like all thick mascaras, removing it requires some work and a good cleanser.

The one I got was the limited edition Butterfly Sparkle mascara from the Holiday Collection. The tube is even prettier than the regular (silver with an etched butterfly), and the mascara in the smaller part is a shimmery lavender that you apply over the regular black at the tips and corners. It's a cute concept and not too shiny, but I can't say I really need to have sparkly purple lashes. I put it on for nights out and such, but next time I'll be getting the regular black/black.

Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara ($35) is available from Sephora and every decent department store. I got mine from Neiman Marcus. Most stores still have the Butterfly Sparkle in stock, if you feel the need for it.


  1. oohh this makes more sense to me now. i've seen this before in stores and thought "WHY is that mascara so enormous?!" i didn't realize it had two different brushes. silly me.

  2. I've been using this mascara for a while and I share your opinion about it... nice color, pretty usable brush but it's becoming harder to apply it after some time due to consistency is becoming thick and I've noticed that it can leave imprint during the day on an eyelid. Can't decide whether I should buy it again or not:-)

  3. i use it sometimes - i bought le 2 for the 2nd brush but i am often lazy and i just use the big one and go - so i still have a lot of product in the small compartment and probably it will just be wasted!
    will not buy again.


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