Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


Guerlain Terracotta Collection for Summer 2011

Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($49.00)

In 2011, the Terracotta Bronzing Powder continues to stake its claim in history with a new contemporary case and an expanded range of 8 shades. Guerlain drew upon 25 years of expertise and innovation to recreate shades to match each woman’s natural tan – the same legendary texture, but with a new gradation of shades. For Blondes – 3 pink-toned shades: 00, 02 and 04. For Brunettes – 4 golden-toned Shades: 01, 03, 05, 07. For Dark Skin – a touch of copper: 08

Terracotta Skin ($49.00)

The sheer bronzing coverage of Terracotta powder with the perfecting action of a foundation. It contains perfectly spherical soft-focus elastic powders that reflect light in all directions, blurring imperfections. The skin looks matt and velvety. There are volatile oils that evaporate on application and leave only a “second-skin” on the face. The elastomere gel creates a creamy and comfortable veil. Available in Blondes, Brunettes.

Terracotta Jambes de Gazelles ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

A fresh tinted mist that gives the legs a natural mistake-proof bronzing look that lasts all day long and washes off. Available in Blondes, Brunettes.

Terracotta Serum ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

A serum, highly concentrated in Tan Booster active, and enriched with a soothing complex, to add to any moisturizer.

availability: March 15th, 2011

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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Guerlain Cashmere Gloss
Sable (#01), Ambre (#04), Ebene (#06)

Guerlain Terracotta Lip Gloss ($30.00) is a lightweight, non-sticky lipgloss that delivers subtle color with SPF 15. It’s a very moisturizing formula that lasts about two hours on my lips. The shades themselves are sheer in color, but they really have an excellent formula. I’ve tried three of the six shades that came out — there are also: Sierra (#02), Grenade (#03), and Santal (#05).

  • Sable (#01) is a beige nude with champagne shimmer. It adds a little beige to my natural lip color, but mostly, it mutes the natural rose tint of my lips down a bit. I like this kind of shade with a smoky eye, either alone or over a nude lipstick.
  • Ambre (#04) is a softened red-coral with fine gold shimmer. It’s muted, it’s sheer, but it still delivers a significant amount of color without being thick or goopy. I like this shade, because I think it would be universally flattering–it’s not at all orange.
  • Ebene (#06) is a lush reddened, ambered bronze. It’s one of the most pigmented shades of the three I tried. Loved the consistency — smooth, even color that doesn’t sink into lip lines.

Guerlain describes the applicator as ergonomic, but I have to tell you, it was really awkward for me. I don’t know if it’s perhaps more to do with the length of the applicator or the handle, but it felt a little wobbly in my hands, personally–but I would say I have bigger hands with longer fingers (I blame my piano playing years!), so that could be it, too.

They feel like a glossy, thicker lip balm, but they’re on the thinner side for a lipgloss. They still deliver the shine and glossiness that you’d expect in a gloss, but they keep lips looking full, pouty, and soft while you wear ‘em. They have a slight scent, like most Guerlain lip products, but it seems subtler than is par for the brand.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  Those who really enjoy lightweight, non-sticky glosses that go on thin and have a nice, moisturizing touch, may like Guerlain’s Terracotta Glosses.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Guerlain Mirage Khol

Guerlain Mirage (06) Terracotta Khol ($35.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a loose eyeliner or khol.  It’s from this year’s Terracotta Collection. Mirage is a smoldering, smoked out gray-toned brown. It’s a nice, smoky shade, but since it’s not black but brown, it can be worn in the day time without overdoing it.

Guerlain’s Loose Khols do take some practice, because they are a bit different from your average eyeliner. I find these work the best as a waterline product–it really holds on tight for the ride. I get about six to eight hours of waterline wear with these. The included applicator is like a stick, and again, practice makes perfect. At first, you’ll be like, “Huh?” but just keep at it.

These can also be used as an eyeshadow, but since you don’t get much product in it (plenty for an eyeliner, but not a lot to use as an eyeshadow). I do want to point out that this is an eyeliner first, and many pencil eyeliners give youa bout 0.04 oz. in product–so don’t let the size totally scare you. A little goes a long way, and I love how long-wearing the product is.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Though it takes some trial and error to get the application down, I find the long-wearing power to be well worth a little experimentation! The matte dark brown is great for everyday or evening, which is nice!

Availability: Nordstrom

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Guerlain Terracotta Collection for Summer 2010

Guerlain Terracotta Collection for Summer 2010

Terracotta 4 Seasons ($74.00)

From the ultimate authority in bronzing comes Terracotta 4 Seasons: a variation in four steps to sculpt your tan all year long. The perfect gradation of caramelized tones, Terracotta 4 Seasons features four wonderfully matte shades to blend together and match every skin tone and season for an authentic tan and an incredibly natural result. Its secret to unprecedented luminosity lies in the formula, enriched with pure gold, that plays within the four tones for a tan that maintains radiance, no matter what the season. Includes SPF 10.

  • Blondes (01)
  • Brunettes (02)

Terracotta Gloss ($30.00) (Permanent)

  • Sable (01)
  • Sierra (02)
  • Grenade (03)
  • Ambre (04)
  • Santal (05)
  • Ebene (06)

Terracotta Light ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

The legendary iridescent bronzing powder is reinvented for spring/summer 2010 with intensely concentrated particles of mother-of-pearl to enhance already golden complexions. Warmed by copper accents for olive skin or glints of pink for fairer skin, this bronzing powder has never been this alluring. Nestled in a round, sunny case, these new harmonies feature five iridescent shades to adorn the complexion with an intense sunny glow: the first two intensify it, the next two warm it up, while the last one adds a final touch of light!

  • Blondes Halees (01)
  • Brunette Halees (02)

Terracotta Fard Metal Eye Shadow & Liner ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

This elegant retractable metallic pen with its brown and gold design encloses a fine and silky potion. Slightly creamy with perfect glide, the eye shadow/liner formula glows with light. Its ethereal texture goes on in a caress and immediately smoothes the eyelid. The incredibly fine mother-of-pearl particles decorate the eyes with metallic sparkles. Ardent orange gold or shining taupe create beguiling eyes and can be applied as an eyeshadow or liner to illuminate and trace the eyes with enchanting light.

  • Gold Rush (01)
  • Smoky Metal (02)

Terracotta Khol ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

Guerlain’s legendary kohl is the promised land for enchanting and enigmatic eyes. For summer, the eyes slip into a halo of mystery, deep, enchanting brown with a perfect matte finish, for unmatched intensity.

  • Mirage (06)

Terracotta Touch ($40.00)

Even tanned complexions have areas of shadow — a highlighter is a must to perfect any complexion! The irresistible Terracotta Touch is the first highlighter in Guerlain’s cult favorite Terracotta collection. The ideal companion to enhance “Terracotta-tanned” or already sun-kissed skin, it plays on shadow and light to create a natural and even glowing complexion. In just a few strokes of the brush, the face dazzles with natural beauty and radiance, as though the sun has gently caressed the skin.

  • Blondes (01)
  • Brunettes (02)

Terracotta Teint d’Ailleurs ($46.00)

It is a new basic for beautiful skin, the first tinted moisturizer in the collection, it captures the summer’s sun-kissed radiance and holds true on the sun from morning until night. The unprecedented texture, part tinted gel and part cream melts away like silk, gliding over the skin to blend away imperfections, smooth and even out the complexion.

  • Blondes (01)
  • Brunettes (02)

Availability: March 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman locations.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


Paradise Sand, Jungle Dust

Guerlain’s Terracotta Collection was an early summer sleeper collection. It consisted of products from bronzing powders to lip balms to mineral eyeshadows. Here’s a review of several of the products from the collection! :)

Paradise Sand and Jungle Dust Mineral Eyeshadows ($35.00 each) are loose, mineral eyeshadows kept in a convenient package. You twist the top off, and when you pull it out, there’s a wand attached to it, and it is the wand that picks up the color. This packaging makes it so I don’t get a big puff of mineral makeup all over my sink counter, for which I am quite happy!

I absolutely LOVED the Gloss Cashmere Velvet Matte Glosses ($28.00 each). They came in Rose Pondichery, Beige Bengali, and Rouge Sultan. These are really the stand out products from the launch. Rose Pondichery is a rosey-beige; Beige Bengali is a deeper brownish-beige shade; and Rouge Sultan is an unforgivably scarlet red.

I did also try High Shine Soothing Lip Balm ($30.00 each) in Coeur Caramel and Cocoa Love. Both shades are extremely sheer, but they are emollient and hydrating on lips. I can’t say that they’re worth $30 a pop, but they’re nice if you’ve got the money to spend. I’d much rather put my budget towards the glosses from this launch!

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Guerlain Terracotta Collection | March 2009

Terracotta Mineral Flawless Bronzing Powder $65.00

Inspired by the colours in the warm glow of the earth, this groundbreaking bronzing powder harnesses the unifying power of minerals to offer an incredibly natural-looking tan and a flawless finish. Without a trace of coverage, skin will radiate with a natural glow all day as the super-fine powder glides and melts into the skin instantly and invisibly.

  • Available in 3 shades: 01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Dark.

Terracotta Eau sous le Vent Soothing Moisturizing Mist $55.00

A delicious mist that improves hydration in the skin and amplifies the tan while enchanting the senses with a sun-soaked scent. Its refreshing texture is enriched with a vegetable protein to bathe the skin in softness and protect against the dryness and heat of summer. Moisture levels in the skin are increased up to 35% as the Tan Booster complex simultaneously works to enhance and prolong your tan day after day.

Terracotta Huile du Voyageur Nourishing Dry Oil SPF 8 $59.00

Sensuous and nourishing this silky-light, dry oil leaves the skin with a divinely smooth and luscious finish. The lightly perfumed scent of the Tiare flower immediately takes you to an exotic, faraway paradise while the oil’s Tan Booster Technology and Roucou, a reddish-brown vegetable pigment, intensify the golden colour of your skin. The soft, satin finish is radiantly accented with an iridescent veil made of golden mother-of-pearl particles.

Terracotta Baume au Coeur High-Shine Soothing Lip Balm $30.00

Three natural ingredients, wild mango butter, marula oil and luffa oil, combine to create a highly moisturizing and protective formula. The luxurious texture is enriched with micro-sponges that glide onto the lips and plump them with moisture. Three shades were specially created to enhance the lips’ natural colour, making delicious accents for a glowing tan all summer.

  • Available in 3 shades: 01 Rose Venus, 02 Coeur Caramel, 03 Cocoa Love

Kabuki Brush $52.00

Elegant and delicate, with a handle in lacquered wood, the Guerlain Kabuki brush is incredibly dense with high-quality goat hair. As a result, it can pick up more bronzing pigment than any other brush, which it “crushes” and smoothes generously onto skin for optimal, uniform results.

Fard Indien Mineral Eyeshadow (LIMITED EDITION) $35.00

A loose mineral powder for the eyes with intense colours that melt onto the skin for a shimmering, radiant finish. The eyes appear illuminated, glowing and exotic.

  • Available in 3 shades: 01 Paradise Sand, 02 Holy Smoke, 03 Jungle Dust.

Kajal Mineral Khol (LIMITED EDITION) $35.00

This rich, ultra-smooth stick glides colour onto the inner rim of the lower eyelid with a high concentration of pigments that emphasizes the eyes with a new intensity. Available in: 01 Black Fakhir

Gloss Cashmere Velvet Matte Gloss (LIMITED EDITION) $28.00

Combining the lightness of a gloss and the velvety matte finish of a lipstick, it envelops the lips like a second skin that is comfortable, velvety and non-sticky. As soft as cashemere, it covers the smile with colour that is matte and intense.

  • Available in 3 shades: 01 Rose Pondichery, 02 Beige Bengali, 03 Rouge Sultan

Availability: Terracotta collection is available beginning March 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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