Guerlain Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronze for Summer 2015

Terracotta Terre de'Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer
Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

Terracotta Terre de’Ete Tan-Enhancing Bronzer ($78.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’Été Tan-Enhancing Bronzer is a limited-edition formula featuring two shades that come together to warm all skin tones with an exceptionally natural-looking radiant glow and adapts seamlessly to a developing tan for the face and décolletage. It’s deliciously scented with a note of tiare flower and is housed in a mirrored compact.

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Guerlain Mono Eyeshadows

Guerlain Mono Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a recently released range of single eyeshadows. I bought three of them to try, and if you notice the pattern on the monos are the same as some of the recent limited edition quads (which I have had some issues with), and these are just okay. They’re average eyeshadows, which doesn’t make them compelling at $34 a pop given they’re somewhat powdery, prone to sheering out, and have below-average wear (six hours). The major selling point of the formula is that it’s supposed to “stay all day long,” but it’s the type of powder eyeshadow formula that feels like my eyelids are “eating” them as they just don’t last.

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Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow
Guerlain Mono Eyeshadow Taupe Secret (01)
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a light-medium, mint green with subtle warm undertones and a fine pearl shimmer. NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, no shimmer. Formula X Inspiring (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Dior Samba (402) (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer, less shimmery. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis
Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Blue Ocean
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
73%

Guerlain #02 and #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powders

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powders ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) are being repromoted in two shades–#02 and #03–with special, removable silicone-like shells in turquoise and coral respectively. The shell removes, so you can put it on your next Terracotta bronzing powder, should you finish the first one. They’re easy to remove and reapply, and it’s an interesting option. It costs $2 more compared to the standalone Terracotta bronzing powders ($53), but you are limited to two shades and each comes with a specific shell color, so you cannot pick and choose. There are actually nine shades in the Terracotta bronzing range to choose from.

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Guerlain #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #02
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Guerlain Blue Ocean & White Sand Summer Shadows

Guerlain Summer Shadow ($32.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeshadow formula that “goes on smooth and effortlessly, and dries instantly.” I found it impossible to apply the aqua shade evenly, so it always looked slightly sheer and patchy, and aqua isn’t the type of color that is forgiving if it isn’t even. The formula does dry down fairly quickly, and it doesn’t blend out well once it dries, so you have to work quickly (one eye at a time is what I would recommend). The applicator will over-apply and create more streaks than using your fingertip or a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242). The lighter shade was more functional, as when it was sheerer, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and it seemed to apply with less water in its base, so it didn’t streak as much when initially applied either. The wear time was decent but not impressive enough to make up for the difficult/below average application. The formula was also not at all waterproof; a splash (as in, a few droplets) of water caused the eyeshadow to liquefy and dissolve–no rubbing or anything.

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Guerlain Blue Ocean Summer Shadow
Guerlain Summer Shadow Blue Ocean
D
Product
5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
63%
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Guerlain Yellow It-stick & Fluo Stiletto Rouge Automatiques

Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden tone.” It’s a brightened, yellowed base with fine gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have an “iridescent, sheer finish” for a “barely there look,” so as you might expect… it is sheer. If you wanted to wear bright, sunshine yellow on your lips, you’re out of luck. If you wanted a sheer layer of golden shimmer, this is your speed. It has a lightweight, very emollient, wet-like feel on the lips, so it glides on without tugging. On its own, it lasts only two hours, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades I’ve tried in the formula, though it was hydrating. MAC Highlights (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty William (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. NYX Mischievous (P, $6.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is very similar. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery/pigmented. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker, more pigmented. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is more sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Yellow It-stick (603)
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
82%
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