Hello Lovely Ladies,
While reviewing the MAC Bronzing Powder, I did mention to you that since trying some bad products, I have found my Holy Grail products for Bronzing…introducing one of them to you hear – Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder.
Before picking a Guerlain base (foundation, bronzers, etc) product, pls note one basic thumb rule, all their even numbered shades are pink toned and the odd numbered shades are slightly yellow toned, though, not as yellow toned as Bobbi Brown or Shiseido or MAC’s NC range.I am NC 30-35 and picked the shade #03.
While buying a bronzer, be clear what you need it for – overall sunkissed look, contouring cheeks, contouring cheeks and jaw-chin area – your shade requirement changes basis the need. My requirement was contouring the cheeks and jaw-chin area – so I wanted it to be only slightly darker than my skintone, else it would be a pain blending it out, especially in the chin-jawline area.
The Product Details (from the website):
A legendary product, Terracotta was the first Guerlain bronzing powder. Given the status of a magical beauty product, Terracotta echoes the soft touch of the first rays of sunlight.
Light, translucent and luminous, Terracotta restores a natural healthy glow in a few strokes of a brush. Combining the sensuality of a natural tan with the voluptuousness of light textures and a velvety finish, Terracotta perfectly reproduces the golden and coppery shimmer of sunlight. Its formula, enriched with moisturising active ingredients, does not dry out the skin. It ensures long-lasting comfort.
The skin glows with an instant natural tan that is both matte and luminous. Subtly moisturised, it radiates with beauty.
Terracotta is available in eight shades for all skin tones and comes in a non-refillable powder case.
The cult powder has a unique fragrance. The top notes reveal a joyful and cheerful accord of bergamot and mandarin. The heart takes over with the sunny, feminine notes of gardenia, jasmine and ylang-ylang, which play off the lightness of honeysuckle. In the dry-down, vanilla, blended with woody notes, gives this legendary scent all of its character and mystery.
To give a sun-kissed look to the entire face, try the Guerlain secret: trace a “3” on the skin.
With the retractable Terracotta bronzing powder brush, apply your Terracotta powder by making a “3” on each side of the face: from the forehead to the cheeks and then to the chin, following the facial contours towards the chin and then moving down along the neck.
$51 in US / In India @ INR 3225 for 10gms product
The packaging consists of a non-refillable compact with mirror. There is no applicator along with the product. It comes encased in a cardboard box. Refer pics pls.
The compact and the powder both bear the Guerlain logo of 2 entwined “Gs.”
My experience with Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 03:
Color: The colour is about 2-3 shades darker than my skintone. Refer pics for the face swatch used for contouring. The colour does not have much grey in it. Bit of grey in the colour helps in creating the shadow of a hollow cheekbone but wouldn’t work so well for the sun-kissed bronzed effect. Specifically for cheekbone contouring, I could have gone a tad bit darker. However, a darker shade would not have worked as well for me for my jawline and chin contouring because It would have needed a whole lot of blending, else would have looked weird. This one, fits perfectly for the cheekbone-jawline-chin contouring.
There is no shimmer or glitter in the product, unlike the Guerlain 4 season’s bronzing powder.
Texture: The texture is extremelyfinely milled, smooth and easy to blend. It doesnot feel chalky, nor does it accentuate my pores. It come onto the brush with a single swipe and transfers to the skin without any patchiness. Works like a dream…
Pigmentation: The powder is extremely pigmented…the colour in the pan is what you get onto your skin (till you blend it) – refer pics for swatch on face with single swipe of the brush.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 03
1. Great product for contouring – cheek, jawline and chin.
2. Good pigmentation – a little goes a long way.
3. Lasts for about 8 hours
4. Finely milled smooth texture
5. Does not accentuate pores
6. Applies evenly and is a dream to blend
7. Did not break me out
8. Classy packaging
Cons of Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 03
1. Lightly fragranced – I could tell only once I smelled the pan – for the review.Guerlain is a fragrance house so their makeup products do carry fragrance. Can be a bummer for someone allergic to perfume.
2. No applicator with the product. The Guerlain Bronzing brush costs another INR 3.5K!
3. Non-refillable compact – The reason I put it as a con is that for Guerlain products, we do pay for high-end packaging. The price would get more rationalized if the product is refillable – like their Meteorite Voyage compact.
IMBB Rating: Yes, a 5/5 product.
Guerlain provide excellent quality of product and packaging. The Terracotta Bronzer was their first bronzer and still continues to be in the product line because of the love received by its patrons. Having used it, I can see why.
When you look at the contouring demonstration in the pics, pls note that I am not a Make Up artist – just someone who loves makeup.
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