Monday, March 31, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta four seasons bronzer in natural brunette



I'm not a bronzer girl, every time I tried I failed miserably. I never looks quite right. I tried rimmel, bare escentuals warmth and even the famous benefit hoola with no luck. I gave them all away to girls with a more suitable skin tone. That's why I was very afraid to shell 59 euro on another experiment (I actually had gift certificates and coupon so I ended up spending 3 euros of my own money).

Guerlain is THE bronzer reference, they apparently invented it in 1984. They have a wide offering. The four seasons collection is their most expensive offering from the regular line. They come in six shades: one nude shade (created with fair skin Asian women in mind), two pink toned blonde shades, two golden toned brunette shades and one ebony shade. You need to base your decision on your overall skin tone and undertone. Ignore the hair color reference.

I spend literally weeks reading about this before taking the plunge. I was really bouncing between nude, natural blonde and natural brunette. Because nude contains a pretty unpigmented blush, and natural blonde is so pink and doesn't have much contrast between the four shades (then why bother with the four season concept you might as well by the regular terracotta and save some cash), I went for natural brunette and I'm glad I did.

The bronzer contains a generous amount of 10 grams of product that comes in a gorgeous magnetic compact with a hologram. The powder is very smooth and smell like violets. I love the idea of being able to customize my shade according to the season.

The bronzer could be used as contouring if you have strong warm undertone, but on me it ends up looking like brown stripes. I use it the way Guerlain intended it; to give me a sunkissed glow without the damage. I can use it also as a blush to tone down the redness of my cheeks when I'm wearing a low coverage foundation or tinted moisturizer or very lightly all over for a touch of warmth and then layer a fresh blush.

Even though this is a matte bronzer, it gives really a healthy glow. The powder feels so smooth and creamy and you can really blend it to your heart's content. I'm seriously impressed by this product. I really made me make peace with bronzer.
Before the bronzer (isn't that l'Oreal magic nude foundation great or what?)
after (applied more heavily than I'd normally would to see the color)
The only con I would see, except for the price of course, is the fact that it is so fragrant. If this is a bit too expensive for you, their original Terracotta is significantly less expensive and also come in blonde and brunette shades. If you can afford it this is a fantastic product.

15 comments:

  1. The hoola is not very warm though. Try it first to make sure it doesn't look dull on you (unless you use it for contouring). The quality of it is great, like most benefit blushes.

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  2. wow you got a nice deal for this product and it looks super nice on you judith :) this is very timely cause i just recently read judiths review on guerlain's spring/summer bronzer and thought it was very interesting. im also looking for my next bronzer to replace my benefit hoola, im thinking nars laguna, jouer, or this one. but ill prolly get laguna cause of price comparison :)

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  3. It is outrageously expensive, but it's a wonderful product. And you get a lot in there!

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  4. peggy timmermansMay 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Guerlain has the best bronzers ever! That's just a fact!

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  5. beautiful but such a shame that it's that expensive

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  6. Thank you, my skin looks good... once the redness is covered!

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  7. It's lovely isn't it? It feel also so luxurious!

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  8. Oh it looks amazing on your skin! Either that, or your skin just looks amazing, full stop :-)

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  9. Oh wow what a gorgeous compact, and it looks so natural xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  10. I don't really mind it that much, If I had to stop buying makeup based on fragrance I'd be ending it reviewing Clinique all the time!


    It is definitely a top quality product, even considering the price!

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  11. Thank you.
    I did a lot of research on the shades as well. Too much choice can be confusing!

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  12. Hey Judith, I'm glad you laid your hands on one of these! You look nicely tanned here! I personally don't MIND the fragrance, though it doesn't get bonus point from me for being scented, either ;)

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  13. I like it a lot! It really adds that extra something to your face. Really finishes the look! The bronzer itself looks really interesting and I can imagine you did some reading before trying it out.. it seems confusing haha :') I'm glad you're pleased with it though!

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