Lancome Le Gris L’Wren 021

October 28, 2010
I’m sure you’ve already seen the previews of the holiday colors from The Lancome Blog. One can never really tell what to expect from backstage or runway photos. I was expecting a steel grey with a hint of blue but what arrived was a blue with slight grey tones in a metallic finish. The red shade Le Rouge L’Wren 020 (reviewed last week here) seems more holiday-appropriate but the blue shade is still lovely nevertheless and it is indeed swoon-worthy.

Here it is with 2 coats, no base or top coat:

I was prepared to do a full comparison to steely greys but since it’s definitely more blue, I searched through my stash for blue-greys. Here it is compared to a few other blueish shades, l to r: NARS Full Metal Jacket, Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy*, Lancome Le Gris L’Wren 021, MAC Blue India

* The Nars & RBL shades were previously featured here.

Overall thoughts:
Lovely color but I prefer the red one released in the holiday collection. In terms of the finish/texture Le Gris L’Wren gives full coverage with 2 coats but I found it slightly goopy making it a bit difficult to apply evenly. Do note that I am a bit clumsy when it comes to self application of nail polish. Not everyone will find this hard to work with. The metallic finish makes it a bit streaky if not applied with a steady hand. To me, Le Gris L’Wren seems like a pearl version of MAC Blue India. Still Lancome has caught my attention and I hope they will continue to release more shades in the US.

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  • I agree this is more blue than grey nail polish – but I think the shade looks gorgeous! I have no color like this in my collection yet! πŸ˜‰

  • Like you, I was expecting this to be more grey considering the name =D. It's a beautiful color but I feel like I've seen this before. Le Rouge L'Wren is my favorite!

  • Amy

    The MAC blue india is stunning!


  • Eileen

    I love the color. It's very wintry and reminds me of a rainy day–in a good way. It makes me think of soft cashmere sweaters and wool slacks :-). As much as I liked the red one, this is the one I'd like to get. Thanks, Sabrina, for another great review. You're undoubtedly very busy with work. I don't know how you find the time to blog, but I'm so glad that you do!

  • Beautiful colour! That shade reminds me of Gray by Gray from Sally Hansen (in their Complete Manicure series).

  • I like the color too. It actually looked pretty distinct against your other colors.

  • This is so gorgeous! For me, it's also a blast from the past, since I used to wear an OPI color that looked very similar. I wore that color for almost a full year straight, from about 1998-99. I've moved on from odd-colored nail polish, but it was nice to see this shade featured, as it made me smile. It looks beautiful on you.

  • among the 4 shades, i actually do like lancome the best

  • Z

    Beautiful color, but I thought it was more gray too. I expected to be choosing between Full Metal Jacket and this but they're so different. I think I would have preferred a gray with a little blue, but I will likely get it anyway since it seems different from anything else. Thanks for the review!

  • This shade looks beautiful. I am so tempted by this one as I haven't seen anything quite like it. Will have to check this out once it's on counter.

  • Anonymous

    I love this color!! I've been wearing it all week!

  • Gorgeous, nonetheless but agreed – the red has more "wow" factor for me!

  • Janet S.

    Seems like this blue-gray-metallic nail color will be "in" this coming season. I saw a darker version at Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. Thanks Sabrina for the beautiful swatches! :]