Guerlain Les Gris 05 Écrin 4 Couleurs

August 7, 2011

Guerlain Les Gris 05 seems to be ideal for a dramatic smokey eye with a cool-toned finish. The palette seems to have a good mix of matte with shimmer. The texture is smooth and pigment is nice. Initially I was torn between Les Gris 05 (see it on Best Things in Beauty) and Les Noirs 09 (see it on Makeup and Beauty Blog). I decided to opt for the blue-grey palette because it seemed more unique to me. The descriptions of the colors from left clockwise: a sheer neutral-cool matte grey, a soft silvery shimmer with a very slight mauve tinge, a brilliant silver metallic, an intense dark navy-teal with finely milled shimmer.

I pulled a few classic smokey eye palettes from Dior and Edward Bess. To date, Edward Bess Soft Smoke is my holy grail smokey eye palette (most others are too ashy or harsh for my skin). For all three, I would say the Dior is the most silvery-blue, Edward Bess is the classic, Guerlain’s Les Gris is a blue-grey version of the classic smokey eye.

Update: Thanks to the keen eye of my readers, some pointed out that Les Gris appears similar to NARS Dogon. (Great eyes!) I pulled this out to compare and noticed I actually do have quite a few blues from NARS. NARS Dogon’s blue is similar in the compact but darker. (Note these were taken early morning without direct sunlight so Les Gris may look different.)

Here are just the blues:

Here is everything from each duo: NARS Brumes, NARS Thunderball, NARS Dogon, NARS Tzarine (I apologize for the crappy swatches) compared to Guerlain Les Gris

The verdict on similarities:

Guerlain’s top silver-mauve looks like the silver in NARS Okinawa
Guerlain’s bottom teal-navy is NARS Okinawa’s blue+Thunderball mixed
Guerlain’s left matte grey is similar to NARS Brumes’ grey, but Guerlain is more cool toned
Guerlain’s brilliant silver grey is unique in my eye

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  • Absolutely beautiful!

  • It looks nicely pigmented, love that dark sparkly blue one 🙂 Can't wait to try these palettes! 🙂

  • Very pretty! From the photos the two middle colors look just like the NARS Dogon duo from this summer!

  • That palette is stunning!!! Thanks so much for posting this – I'm definitely putting this on my wish list!!!

  • Beautiful! Thank you for the comparisons. I am loving the Edward Bess however. I think I already have dups of the Guerlain!

  • Sigh~ I was hoping that these new Guerlain palettes would kind of suck so I pass on them.. lol. As usual, you've hooked me! I love the blue in this palette! I think I will wait until I can play with it at a counter first though. Can't wait to see your review for the other palette you got. 🙂

  • I'm in full swoon over your review of this palette!!

    Smoky soft blues, greys, and taupes together are irresistible combination for me, and this palette has hit it out of the park. Every single shade in the palette is so perfect, they would be colors I might buy as singles. I love when traditionally cooler colors like blues and greys are warmed up enough to be wearable. I also prefer the subtle shimmer over the frostier shine in the Dior; I feel like frosty cools down cool colors even further.

    Overall, love. Guerlain does color so well.

  • You will drive me into poverty!! Haha =)

  • Okay, I'm convinced that I need some Guerlain in my life! Amazing… that deep blue color is a must have.

  • Those are all so beautiful. I'm such sucker for greys.

  • Thanks for the update! I don't have any Guerlain shadows and thought I could live without them, but these quads might change my mind!!

  • I think this might be the one I'm most interested in because it's so different with that nifty blue grey. They are all beautiful. I can't wait to see them in person, but I may order this one before then anyway. Colors are just gorgeous.

  • This looks unique enough to have in my collection and very useable for me. I like the comparasion to NARS–I have Dogon and Tzarine but I still want this, I have recently become obsessed with blackened teals!

  • This palette is really talking to me. Strangely, you've compared to quite a few others that I've passed up as I thought they had the wrong undertone and the comparisons suggests this would work for me. I'm desperately trying to work out it I NEED one of these. Need is a strong word but I am a sucker for the Guerlain palettes!

  • Stephanie

    So glad to see your review since I just purchased Les Gris the day before your post! Love your blog..it is a must read for me!