June 16, 2013

All Year Round Bronzing: Guerlain Terracotta 4-Seasons 00 Nude

As the title is uncreatively and aptly named, Guerlain Terracotta 4-Seasons in 00 Nude is the star piece of today's post. When I first heard about this on Cafemakeup (my source of desirable lemmings), I knew this bronzer was going to be THE bronzer of the year. Make no mistake, when my mind is set on getting something, nothing can hold me back. 

Well and truly, Guerlain has hit the sweet spot in my obsession for all things bronzers.  Swatching all my current bronzers today confirms that sent Chanel Les Beiges collection a run for its money. If you can still get your hands on this, I urge you to. The shade 00 Nude is exquisite for fair skin tones. 

While versatility is a key feature of having the four quadrants, I found that the best effect was seen when all the colours are swirled together. The powder is incredibly finely milled and glides on so seamlessly onto my skin. Each compact houses 10g of product and encased in a brown sea-shell luxurious case. 

Here are some of my Guerlain bronzers that I am rotating with my other bronzers in my stash. 

Guerlain Teracotta Poudre Des Sable was an older LE release (I believe 2009 or 2010?) with a seashell swirl. I use this less often because the shade can look quite orangey and appears quite 'put on' sometimes. Guerlain then brought out Teracotta Light Blondes Halees, which is reddish in tone, an improvement of the Teracotta Poudre Des Sables, and mimicks the look of sunburnt skin. While the color is beautiful, the sparkles often hinder me from using this more regularly than I should. 

Guerlain Terracotta 4-Seasons really nailed it by making this year's collection versatile for every skin tone, with beautiful shades resembling a soft natural glow and with no hints of orange or glitter/sparkle.

I have a weakness when bronzers are concerned. I like using them for the office. I prefer bronzers over blushers. And, I certainly have alot to last me for a whole lifetime. Guerlain 4-Seasons in Nude is probably the lightest bronzer shade I have to date; a perfect shade for all year round bronzing. 


Today was probably the hottest day all year in Singapore at 35 degrees around midday. So please ignore my drops of perspiration because my room was sweltering hot even with air conditioning. On days like these I wish I was back in Denmark... The heat and humidity (plus haze) can be such an energy-drainer. 

I swept all 4 shades of the Guerlain Nude 00 with my Bobbi Brown bronzer brush and applied it directly to the cheekbones, up to the temples, and straight along my chin. I skipped blushers in this look below, so you can see the bronzer shade cleanly. All pictures are taken with no flash and with natural lighting. 

In conclusion, I am so excited to have the Guerlain Terracotta 4-Seasons 00 Nude in my collection. Finding bronzers that are not only pretty in packaging but also easy to use on a daily basis can require a bit of trial-and-error. Because of my excessive trial-and-erroring, I have now accumulated perhaps too many bronzers that I am gladly ignoring - either due to shade or excessive shimmer/glitter. My older Guerlain bronzers never made it past the 5-day-in-a-row in use and certainly could not surpass my die-hard love for Chanel Bronze Rose. I think this will change now. Step aside, Chanel... Guerlain is taking the top spot. 

I can't say how the other shades from the 2013 Terracotta Collection are, but I found Nude 00 the most flattering shade for my skin colour. If you are still out in the market to find a bronzer to hit the summer season on a good start, do let the Guerlain Terracotta 4-Seaons Bronzers be the one key piece to add into your makeup kit. 

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday. I'm going to be off-line from blogging for about 2 weeks or so but will be back again with lots more to show you!


Jacqueline said...

Tracy, I see you ave a weakness for bronzers. :) I love them too. I couldn't agree with you more about this bronzer. I wish it smelled like the pucci version but I love pairing this with red lipstick.

Tracy said...

Oh! Did not realize there was a difference in scent between the pucci and this! Good observation :-)

Jamilla Camel said...

Guerlain makes the best bronzers, period! I do like the Cargo waterproof bronzer for hot, humid days, though.

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