This statement should essentially speak for itself: I have no qualms about saying that Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo in 01 Clair – Brunettes ($60) is the best bronzer I’ve ever tried and I love it so much that I would easily use it every day without the smallest sign of regret and zero ounces of boredom. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you would already be aware of how much I love this sheerer bronzer, based on the number of times I’ve raved about it in favourites posts and the like – but if not, here’s a clue.
This ‘healthy glow bronzing powder’ is unfortunately limited edition, so if you’re interested I would suggest acting fast. What differentiates these powders from Guerlain’s other myriad of bronzing formulas is that they consist of two different shades and focus on imparting the skin with a sunkissed radiance rather than an obviously bronzed effect. Guerlain asserts that these powders leave the skin comfortable and with a soft satin finish that achieves the glowing effect without obvious shimmer or sheen. The crescent of blush in the compact is also designed to revitalize the complexion, in addition to the bronzing hue adding that subtle glow. The most shocking thing is that Guerlain actually achieves its claims here.
The powder itself blends seamlessly with the skin, adding an effortless golden glow with the traditional bronzing shade and a hint of brightness with the crescent of peachy-coral colour. The powders feel indulgent to the touch and are the smoothest and most finely-milled that I’ve come across, imparting the skin with this perfect ethereal glow that doesn’t seem to fade or become patchy even after 10-12 hours. As Guerlain claims, the two shades have a soft glowing satin finish without any semblance of shimmer particles. I will warn you that the powder swatches pathetically in comparison to how it applies – especially in terms of pigmentation. I do assure you that it is far less sheer than the swatches might suggest. The bronzing portion is a yellow-based warm-toned shade that doesn’t read orange in the slightest and the blush crescent is a soft coral with a peachy lean to it. Also, I find myself reaching for the blush crescent individually so this whole fusion of the two shades is not overly gimmicky in my experience.
It’s housed in gorgeous compact two-toned packaging but does house a great deal of product (0.35 ounces to be exact). It’s definitely a sleek looking compact that has a nice sturdy closure and a practical mirror. I kind of adore how this tan and brown compact is both practical and undeniably luxe. There are three possible complaints one could make about this bronzing duo, however; there’s a strong (but pleasant) musky fragrance to this powder that does not dissipate particularly quickly, it is an investment purchase and that the four shades cater to those with fairer skintones pretty exclusively.
What’s your favourite bronzer?