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I have to begin this review with the premise that I have very pale, milky skin with freckles and find it extremely difficult to find a bronzer that doesn't swamp my skin and make me look like a TOWIE wannabe. So I had high hopes for this Guerlain bronzer which I thought, because of the brand, might offer some better quality in terms of both product and colour.
The bronzer comes in a round compact with mirror inside and a small applicator. I tend to only use this at home when applying my makeup before going out so I usually use my own powder brush. The few occasions where I have taken this out in my handbag for reapplication I did note that the applicator was of a very high standard - I usually find them to be pretty rubbish with other brands. This mirror is also very high quality, which they don't always tend to be in compacts. It does get a little bit of orange dust on it from time to time but it is easy to wipe down and use. I think the hinge on the compact is very good as it is able to stay upright making it perfect for applying makeup when out or if you are travelling. Overall I thought the packaging was not over designed and of good quality - a very good start.
The bronzing powder is extremely good quality, probably better than I expected. I generally use it on my cheek bones followed by a little powder or cream blush on the apple of my cheek. It adds a little definition to my face without looking too over the top which is exactly what I wanted. The bronzer feels very silky and smooth and is very easy to apply to your face. The small applicator does allow you precise application, though I prefer the larger sweeps I achieve with my own powder brush. The colour is subtle enough for me which is great because I hate looking over done!
The bronzer can be purchased for anything between £25 and £30 depending on where you shop. Considering that I have only used cheaper brands in the past this is probably 5 times what I would usually spend - not exactly ideal! it does definitely last for longer and provide far better quality of product than I have ever used before but for something I only use in the summer months this still does seem excessive. I can't say I would definitely buy it again, but should I desire a bronzer in the future this will definitely be my first pick as long as I have enough money at the time to warrant it.
Overall? good but pricey.
I have always been envious of people's ability to tan, being fair skinned. Over the years I have tried unsuccessfully in most cases to fake a natural looking tan. Guerlain Terracotta powder is one of the few product successes and I have used this for many years.
I purchased my first one several years ago, when it only came in one colour and in a container the size of a CD case. I still have that and I mostly use it on my legs and arms now as the shade is too deep for my face and neck most of the year.
When I discovered that they did this in a shade aimed at very fair skins I had no hesitation in going for this. For all you people that can tan easily you won't appreciate how difficult it is to put something on your face without it looking dirty streaky or with obvious demarcation lines. Really irritating when you want to look healthier and sun-kissed rather than something out of True Blood or Twilight.
This now comes in a normal handbag sized size compact, a really nice tortoiseshell colour (fake) that is a nice quality with a mirror inside. This did not come with a brush, but I don't really use the small brushes that come with blushers and bronzers, so this wasn't a problem for me. It contains 10g of powder and I bought mine in shade 00 which is the palest shade. There are at least 8 shades in this range so one to suit everyone.
This is probably one of Guerlains best known products and it has been around since 1984 and yet it still features in beauty editor's recommendations, despite the competition every year from new products. What I like about it is the shade is great for my colouring, it is moisturising so easy to apply and you can achieve a nice sun-kissed look without any streaking and it does not sit in any lines because it has a nice light consistency.
I like that this is a very light colour and formulation , so you can build up the product without overloading your skin and creating dirty looking patches, which is what has happened with other powders I have used. I don't think you can overload this product, even if you swirled your brush several times and then applied it directly on your face it would probably look OK - not recommended to any fair skinned person.
I use a large blusher brush to apply this and follow the 3 method on each side of the face, starting at your forehead so you apply where the sun catches draw a sweeping number 3 down your each side of your face. Then I put more on my cheeks and a light dusting on my nose, neck and décolletage. This gives a radiant finish without a hint of sparkle or glitter but not a flat dirty look. Not a hint of terracotta plant pot or tango.
It has a light aroma, sort of an old fashioned powder smell which is very nice. For those that have read any of my other reviews , I don't tend to slap a lot of makeup on, so this will last me for ages as I have barely scratched the surface and I have had this for over a year. I do use it mainly in the summer and on days when I look like death warmed up at other times of the year.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great product that I can vouch for as a fair skinned person, but I think the consistency of this providing you get the right colour will suit all skin types. It is light and easy to apply, very difficult to create the usual problems I have with bronzers - streaky and dirty flat looking finish. I think I could use a darker shade and still have no problems with this as it is very sheer. I am happy with the lightest shade though, because I prefer to add more than try to take off product. I think it is particularly good for my dry sensitive skin, because it is nice and silky and does say it is moisturising.
Price and Availability
Normally retails at £33.50 and is available in department stores that have a Guerlain counter. I bought mine from House of Fraser for £33.50; Debenhams have this for £32.18 at the moment online. Available from lots of online retailers, but I would advise testing to get the colour that suits you , but if you are very pale skinned go for colour 00 the lightest shade.
5 stars from me. Probably wouldn't be suitable for those that like the David Dickinson/Dale Winton look.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder is a very good quality bronzing powder that I generally use on a daily basis but only in the summer months, in the winter I do tend to switch to a pink blusher.
Included inside the very classy looking packaging is a small mirror and a small applicator, I feel I must point out that I have actually only used the mirror and applicator on a couple of occasions because I do tend to apply my make up at home with my own brushes, however on the odd occasion that I have used them both when I have been out and about I have found them to be both adequate and useful although not good enough for me to use unless my mirror and brush is unavailable.
The bronzing powder powder itself is a very light and glides on to my skin without any irritation. This is a subtlety coloured powder which is really great for me because I hate to look overly made up.
This powder is very easy to apply and I find I can effortlessly create a natural sun kissed glow with it.
The only slight down side is that the price tag
I wouldn't be a regular user of bronzer, however sometimes it's nice to add that extra bit of colour so off I went to look for a product that would give me that colour without looking like an oompa loompa.
In researching bronzers, one name kept coming up, Guerlain terracotta bronzing powder, voted Instyle's bronzer of the year, the last 6 years running. With so many positive reviews I thought I would give it a try and I wasn't disappointed.
The bronzer gives your skin that nice sunkissed look, however a word of warning, it can take a while to find the right shade for your skintone. It is also important not to be too heavy handed with this bronzer as it can tend to look orange if you're not careful.
The bronzer goes on smoothly and blends well; it doesn't feel heavy or clumpy on your skin. There is also no glitter, but just a faint sheen which means that it has a more natural look than other bronzers.
There are moisturising ingredients in the bronzer and it doesn't dry out your skin.
The smell is not overly strong and after you've been wearing it for a while you don't really notice it.
All Guerlain products tend to be in the higher price range however at around £30, its not overly expensive and if you aren't wearing it all the time, it lasts a long time.
WHAT IS IT?
A pressed powder for adding a bronzed effect to your skin.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I first bought this in my beautician role as one of regular ladies will only use Guerlain, I applied it along with the rest of her makeup for a wedding reception and afterwards she offered it to me as she hadn't liked the shade. The powder has a light texture, it glides on equally well whether you're using a sponge puff or powder brush. I use a very basic foam applicator as I find this gives adequate performance without wasting any of the product, a brush would pick up too much in my opinion and the expensive powder would end up rinsed down the sink.
The bronzing powder blends very easily so it's simple to obtain a smooth and even coverage with no streaking or patchy areas. It can be used across the whole face for a deeply tanned look or carefully applied to specific areas for highlighting purposes. It lasts well on my skin and doesn't fade for hours after application.
This bronzing powder costs £30, expensive but very good value as it's such a high quality product. It's available in three shades, I'm using the palest which is shade 01 and this is perfect for me as it deepens my colour without looking too obvious.
The compact features a reasonable sized mirror which is useful for touch ups, but unfortunately isn't large enough to use as a real makeup mirror.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Firstly, in the summer, opposed to wearing blusher, I put on bronzer on my cheeks for that summer glow. Most other bronzers which are cheap and can be bought in Superdrug I find make my skin itch.
The Guerlain one for me is a summer treat, it is a refined luxury brand opposed to mac which is a make up artists and now a young person's dream, and costs the same.
The Guerlain terracotta powder comes in a "compact mirror" form, just so you can feel like those ladies that like to powder their nose. In the lid is a convenient little mirror just in case there is no mirror around and you, like me, don't carry an actual compact mirror among all your other handbag trinkets and can't stand the rush and flurry in a woman's public rest room.
The colour of the bronzer looks like it is made for the fake tarted up peroxide beach blondes of Spains Costa Del Sol, but this is a luxury brand and it really is quite a few shades lighter. I am naturally olive skinned an need something darker to show. There are a few other shades, so please ask your friendly local Guerlain counter lady and they are more than happy to help. Guerlain is usually sold in department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Fenwicks.
This bronzer brings back the colour into your face after a long day and I feel it can used day or night for that little uplift or tanned effect. It does not come with a brush, so you can apply with your fingers but I feel that this could be problematic if you want it all over your face as you do have to blend with your neck ladies! Or your face will be a different colour to your neck! I would use a decent blusher brush for even coverage.
Ok so there is no escaping the fact that this bronzer costs around £30 from a department store, which is very expensive for an occasional piece of make-up, but I have to say that I think it might be worth the outlay.
It comes in a beautiful red case that is gold on the inside and the powder is imprinted with Guerlain logo. It also comes with a compact mirror, see the picture above, which is handy when on the go.
I chose shade 00 as I have quite fair skin and was a little scared because it looks rather orange in the compact and I didn't want to look like an oompa loompa. No fear, however, as I applied it with my existing bronzer brush and it gave me a lovely, natural glow. What's more is that this powde contains no glittery bits like so many other bronzers on the market, so you don't look like a sparkly 10 year old.
The powder has a slight fragrance, but it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. It also felt very smooth and silky when I applied it and I see now that that is because it contains moisturisers, which is good because powders so usually dry your skin out.
All in all a luxury product that i love!
This is quite an expensive bronzer but it is worth it as it lasts quite a while.
The little case it comes in is a nice is quite luxurious and has a nice little mirror in the lid so that you can pull it out of your makeup bag and reapply if you need to.
The colour of the bronzer inside the case looks really dark but once apllied it is a few shades lighter than the deep colour your first see in the case. You can apply it with a brush or with your finger tips.
The bronzer comes in different shades so it's good to look before buying and find the one that matches your skin tone, other wise you will end up looking to light or too dark. Some places you can buy this may have little testers for you to try before buying which is always a good idea.
I never used to wear makeup when I was younger as I always prefered the natural look and with youthful skin you can get away with it everyday, but now im edging into my 50's mother nature seems to be taking the upper hand and I now have to cover the botches and fine lines on my face that were never there when I was younger.
My skin sometimes looks tired and peaky so it's times like this I use the bronzer just to put a little colour into my face and neck to look a little heathlier and to cover the age of the skin.
This does cover nicely and like I said before you don't need a lot to look good, it spereads over the face nicely and leaves you looking a little tanned and healthy.
I can recommend this to you if your looking for a good skin bronzer and the price may be high but it's worth the money.
The case fits easily into your handbag if your going on holiday and the little mirror can be used to apply it while on the move or out at night.
Guerlain certainly know how to do impressive packaging. Just like their lipstick this bronzing powder also looks beautiful. It comes in an orangey/reddish case which has a marble effect with the words Guerlain written on.
When you open the case it is gold inside and the Guerlain sign is marked in the powder. It looks really luxurious and expensive. And it is expensive. It retails at around £30 and can be bought In House of Frazer or Debenhams. The powder has a slight perfume smell which i really liked.
It comes in different shades. The lady at the counter paired me with shade 1 which is the lightest shade. Even though mine is the lightest shade you can get, the powder looks really orange which did scare me a bit.
I applied this with my Body Shop bronzer brush and i loved the results. Although it looked orange in the case it did not appear orange or muddy on my face, instead it gave me a sun kissed natural look. It was really easy to apply and blend as well. I have found that some bronzers are hard to apply leaving me with obvious marks but i was able to sweep this on my face for an all over glow.
This bronzer is also 'enriched with moisturising ingredients' and it does feel really smooth on my face. Although it is matte i.e it doesn't have any glitter particles that some bronzers have, it uplifted my face and made my skin look luminous and it didn't dry out my skin.
It was one of the first bronzers i have ever tried and probably the best i have tried. The reason i have continue to try different bronzers is because it because i like to try different brands and also it is so expensive.
Having already run out of the product I presume it would be fair to say I was a fan, It gives good instant colour, and comes in very swanky packaging. I must also applaud it for allowing a sun kissed glow rather than creating an orange sheen, and to some extend, I can consider the price as acceptable due to this. However, at the end of the day, it is only a bronzer and I feel the price is perhaps excessive for the use. The lack of decent applicator brush was an issue considering the price and I feel it is a product that could be bought as a "treat" as it will serve you well, and no doubt be in everyday use, but to go through something so rapidly at such a price I feel is a little uneconomical.
Being a slightly OCD type when it comes to most things, I am really frustrated buying cosmetics and skincare most of the time, because I long to have everything from the same brand, all lined up on my dressing table like a department store counter. But years of make-up trial and error means that I know the best products don't all come from the same manufacturer. I totally love Chanel for example, but can't live without Touche Eclat and Beauty Flash Balm, so I can't always be loyal to the brand.
Guerlain Bronzing Powder is one of those products, like the two I've just mentioned, which stand out over all over brands, and provide simply the best version of what it is. It was launched in 1984 and has been a bestseller ever since - when I was growing up I always saw it recommended in my Nana's glossy magazines, but never had the cash to splash to give it a go. I was lucky enough to get one for Christmas about ten years ago, and I have never been tempted to buy any other sort since (though I have tried loads out at friends, and coveted Chanel Special Editions quite a lot) because its basically perfect for me.
There are actually eight Terracotta Bronzing Powders currently available from Guerlain, including a powder spray, and one for men (!). The one that I am reviewing, is in a luxurious brown faux-tortoiseshell compact, with the swirly Guerlain logo on the top. It has a single shade of powder, which looks a lot deeper in colour than it actually ends up being of your face, like most bronzers I suppose. I say this because I have very pale skin with a tendency to freckle rather than tan, yet the product adds a healthy glow rather than a Dale Winton tan to my cheek. The texture is absolutely gorgeous - really velvety and if you use a decent quality brush you get a perfect finish with the absolute bare minimum of effort. The effect is luminous at the same time as being matte, if that is possible, and I have always been impressed at the fact that it lasts pretty much all day at work without re-application.
It's really expensive compared to others you can buy - I get mine online for around £28, and the RRP is a few quid more - but it lasts for years, literally (I've only ever had three, and I wear it every day), and in terms of quality of the actual product and its end result, I don't think anything else comes near.
I purchased Guerlains Terracotta Bronzing powder last year when I wanted something to add a bit of color and a healthy, summery glow to my face. I never tan my face so I was looking a bit pale and pasty and actually felt quite envious of all the girls I was seeing with lovely healthy looking, sun kissed faces. I was so tempted to tan that I almost gave up on the sun cream so I too could be lovely and bronzed but instead went for the sensible option and decided to look for a bronzing gel or powder.
I've used quite a lot of different bronzers in the past from various different brands and have always been disappointed with them because they've either left me looking orange or they've been glittery and shimmery and left me looking like a disco ball. I started searching for reviews on decent ones and came across one that recommended Guerlains. The first thing that attracted me with this one was the fact that it didn't contain shimmer and instead left skin with a matt finish. This I prefer with most face and base make up as I feel it tends to look more natural especially on my skin since it's oily anyway. The second thing that sounded great was the colour, according to the reviewer there was no orange skin in sight after using which I'd experienced with bronzers in the past. All in all the product sounded great so I decided to give it a go.
I searched around online to find the best deal and ended up buying from amazon where I'd found it for around £28.00 for 10g instead of the thirty something pounds I'd seen it for at Debenhams and John Lewis. There are four shades to choose from with number one being the lightest and number four being the darkest. I decided to go with one since I'm quite fair and wanted something that looked natural and didn't add a huge amount of colour to my face.
The packaging as with most other Guerlain products is really lovely. The terracotta range is packaged in brown boxes and plastic compacts and bottles with gold accents and the bronzing powder has a beautifully designed lid/top with the Geuralin logo let in to it. The powder itself also has the Guerlain logo stamped into it which is a nice touch. The shade I'd ordered looked perfect in the pan, just as I had been promised it was matt and had no orange tint to it. On the back of my hand it blended seamlessly and left a nice, pigmented veil of colour but still looked natural. I applied it to my face using a soft, fluffy bronzing brush from Space NK, the powder is very soft so only a quick dab into the pan is needed. I found the product easy to buff into skin and it blended as perfectly on top of foundation and powder as it did on my hand. The colour is very believable, it imparts a sunny, healthy glow that actually looks like skin and not make up and when I'd finished applying I was pleased to see that there was still no orange in it at all. I've also found the product very buildable so if you do want a bit more colour you can easily add more without creating a caked on look. Lasting power has been excellent, I apply with the rest of make up in the morning and it's still in tact at the end of the day when I come to take it off.
I've had this product now since last summer and I use almost everyday, in the summer as an all over bronzer and in the winter I reach for it a lot to use as a contouring powder which it works well at too. My compact still has loads left; I am only now starting to make a little dent in the middle where a tiny bit of metal pan is showing through so although this stuff is expensive it certainly does last a very long time. It's definitely the most natural looking bronzer I've used in terms of colour and texture and it's something that I will definitely be repurchasing when I do finally run out.
I would recommend Guerlain bronzing powder to anyone who's looking for a product that gives natural looking, long lasting colour. If you've been put off by bronzers in the past because they've given you orange skin then definitely look in to this one.
Ingredients (All Shades Contain)
Talc, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyl Palmitate, Squalene, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraoctanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Serine, Allantoin, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Sodium Hyaluronate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide.
Having a huge clear out of beauty items, will be reviewing lots before they go to the bin.
I bought this bronzer 1 year ago from debenhams. I already had a few guerlian products so i know its a brand i trust and well worth the money. The bronzer cost me £36.00 but i had gift vouchers for my birthday that paid for it.
I always go to the beauty counter in debenhams first. I was needing a new blush/bronzer. I wanted something that gives me a sun kissed glow but not too heavy as i like to be fairly natural with my look. I already had make up on so i just bought it without trying it first.
The packaging looked very elegant and expensive, it came in a small brown and gold box with all the product information on it. The bronzer is in a small compact, round shaped, easy opened clasp with a mirror on one side and the bronzer on the other. Has the guerlian logo on the top. The powder was rich brown in colour with a very light shimmer. Has a unusual earthy smell but its a nice smell.
I have a olive skin tone and choose the medium shade bronzer. You have a choice of 6 shades for pale to darker skin. Its enriched with a moisturising agent which is great for dry skin and is also dermatoligist tested.
It was very simple to apply i use a blusher brush and started with a lite amount first as you can always build the colour gradually for your perfect definition. I swept the brush across my cheeks/cheek bones, nose, forehead, chin and neck. I found a little amount was perfect for a natural healthy glow. It feels very light on the skin and lets your skin breathe. Gives you a flawless and effortless look.
I love this guelian product and have just recently bought it again. I love the look of the product and love the finished look when it on my face. I have had many compliments from friends and have recommended it to many people.
Guerlian is one of the oldest perfume/beauty makers from paris and is still going strong. They are fantastic and amazing products.
** Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder **
I have been using a bronzing powder for a long time now. I like to give myself a healthier colour on my face since I'm normally pale. Especially in the winter I always look like a ghost so I definitely use this product to make me feel more human. I'm really a fan of the Guerlain range and have been using several products from it.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder isn't cheap and it comes in a 10gr case for around 30 pounds. The case is compact and has a little mirror. It's easy to carry around and put it in your bag and with the little mirror you can check yourself everywhere. Really good for a little bit touching up. The only thing is that it doesn't come with a applicator so you have to buy that one separately. The powder is available in three kinds of powder: light, medium and dark. I always use the light version since it looks more natural for me.
After the first time of applying it you can really feel the powder on your face. It feels very smooth and natural and you can feel the powder but more like it's absorbing into the skin. It doesn't feel like you are putting on a mask. You don't need a lot to see a difference and straight away it is noticeable. It gives me a little bit of tan but really natural. The bronze will last you the whole day and sometimes i just need a little freshen up during the way but not often.
The powder is not really scented and only smelled it a little bit but it's not noticeable when you apply it. I really think it's worth the 30 pounds and it will last you quite a while since you don't need a lot. Money well spend!
I love using bronzer in the winter to give myself a little glow and I usually buy the Clinique one that I loved but I "borrowed" this one from my sister as she always uses Guerlain and swears by it and she left it lying at my house after we had had a night out so I thought she meant for me to have it.
Just looking at it you can tell it is expensive as it comes in a tortoise shell compact with the Guerlain logo on it that screams luxury. Inside the top of the compact contains a mirror and the bottom has the powder.
The powder itself is made up of little hexagonal shapes and they are all different shades which I had never seen before as the Clinique one is just two solid blocks of colour.
It didn't have an applicator with it and at the time I just assumed my sister had took it with her but have found out since that it doesn't actually come with one and you are expected to have your own.
I just applied it with a brush that I had and was instantly impressed with how well it applied to my face compared with my old Clinique one. Although my sister is a little darker than me and the shade she had was probably not my colour but I still swished it on and looking back I may have went a little Jodie Marsh but in my mirror I thought I looked more like I'd just returned from the Caribbean for two weeks.
Unfortunately there wasn't much left and what was there I used pretty quickly in case my sister demanded it back from me so when I had finished with it I got myself down to Debenhams and bought some more.
I showed the girl the compact and told her I wanted the same shade but she told me it was far too dark for my skin and convinced me to take a seat and she would show me what would work best for me. Of course when she applied it I looked amazing and instead of a two week holiday in the Caribbean I now looked like I had a healthy glow from a weekend in Marbella and it looked much more natural.
Obviously when I walked away I had much more than the bronzer I originally went for damn those make up ladies and their fantastic sales techniques!
I finally settled on the light shade and it looks absolutely amazing when used in moderation. The light hits it and it gives off a really nice healthy glow but I do sometimes have a habit of piling it on and it can look a bit cakey when I do this.
The powder lasts an incredibly long time before I need to re apply and it goes on so smooth that there is very little blending needed to make sure that you have no marks but you really need to learn to apply lightly as this is not the bronzer for the girls who like to look like trannies of which I am a recovering one.
The compact is also fantastic and the powder never cracks and falls from it meaning that you will never have to try and do your bronzer from a thousand little pieces like every other one I have ever owned.
For 32.50 it is not cheap but there is a reason it is the best selling bronzer in the UK (or so the make-up lady told me) and it will last you a long time whilst remaining in great condition in the compact.
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