Summer is almost just around the corner. I bet you guys are getting your bronzers and tanners ready. Speaking of Summer and bronzers, I have another bronzer to talk about. But before that, please do take a read of the amazing face bronzers I’ve tried and reviewed a couple of weeks ago, starting with the La Mer The Bronzing Powder (HERE) and the Becca Gradient Sunlit Bronzers (also HERE). Now, we have to talk about the very interesting Guerlain Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Vitamin-Radiance Powder (0.3 oz: $53). For the longest time, I’ve been dying to get my hands on these but they’re almost always sold out especially at Sephora even up to this point. I’ve been stalking Nordstrom and some other online stores, and I’ve had the luck of finding three shades that I’m about to review to you guys.
The Guerlain Terracotta Light Radiance Powder is a vitamin-infused bronzer that is meant to be skin-loving and is composed of different colors that are sort of like a gradient and are almost complementary to each other. It has an absolutely beautiful presentation for a bronzing compact and it’s simply pretty to look at. Its overall packaging feels light and has a fantastic feel on the hands. It’s one of those most beautiful bronzers you could find nowadays. Looking at the compact, it resembles a color wheel with three shades alternating. In the middle, there’s a round shade that varies its tones from brownish beige to something of a dark brown. The bronzer has a nice floral-powder scent that spreads around you. It can be quite strong, but it smells really good. As for the texture, it feels really fine and has a luxurious feel on the face. I noticed at first glance that the shades seemed a lot lighter in real life than in the photos seen at Guerlain’s website or at Sephora. Upon application, the shades tend to be so light as well and that the varying colors on the compact tend to not make that much of a difference because all of them seemed quite too similar to each other, except for the pinks or peachy orange-golds you’d see on the compact. It’s a bit of a mixed feeling for me because I expected these to be more pigmented and the colors being much more distinctive to each other. But then again, the name of the compact says it all. It’s meant to be “Light”, so don’t expect heavy contouring on these, unless you go for the darkest shades of this bronzer’s range. I find these compacts to be ideal for an everyday wear, just like the La Mer Bronzing Powder, although the La Mer one can double as a blush as well, while these Terracotta Lights seem to pull a single-tone with a spectrum that falls on the light peachy-orange side.
01 Light Warm (Clair Doré) – This shade looks really light in reality. It’s has a light peachy color besides a shade that looks like a beige-brown and another beside it that looks like a matte light-medium brown. Then there’s another light matte beige-brown in the middle. There is very minimal glitter noticed on this compact and I could barely see this shade on my NC25/30 skin. I feel like this shade is perfect for those with very very fair or very light complexions.
02 Natural Cool (Naturel Rosé) – A pretty blend of light pink shade with something that looks like a medium brown, a dark glittery brown beside it, another light brown as well, and another medium brown in the middle. When swirled, the shades still looked very subtle on me but at least I could see it on my face.
03 Natural Warm (Naturel Doré) – This shade has a golden-peach tone, with a matte light brown, a glittery dark brown, and another matte medium brown. It looks much more pigmented among the three compacts at a glance, but upon application, it still is very subtle on the face. It pulls off as a slightly pigmented version of the 01 Clair Doré shade above but with more glitter, even though the glitters don’t really show much on the face once applied.
These Terracotta Light Bronzers can be blendable, but given the subtleness of their shades and their shimmers, you can only blend so much and still get the same color and intensity on the face. As I mentioned before, they tend to be on the light peachy side, which gives enough warmth and definition on the face. I cannot speak for the shades 04 and 05, but I do feel that I think they’d also work on skintone or even better, especially if I’d want more pigments on my face. Lasting power for these bronzers are good, they stay put as long as you avoid too much humidity and sweat. They tend to stay on my face even though I tend to have an oily skin type. Overall, it’s good to have a few of these depending on how you like to wear your bronzers. If you like them subtle and you wear them everyday, then you’re gonna love the Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzers.
Stay tuned for I’ll be reviewing a roundup of the best bronzers I’ve tried this Summer. Follow my Instagram for more details.
The Guerlain Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Vitamin-Radiance Powder can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, and Selfridges,