Guerlain have done it again.
After the beautiful, super-flattering, revamped Lingerie de Peau release last year (possibly the only foundation I've ever used that looks even better in full-throttle natural light), I was 100% on board with the ultimate Guerlain purchase - a terracotta bronzer. Hailed as amongst the best bronzers in the business, I've spent many a
day hour minute swatching their butter-soft, sunlight-depositing pans in Fenwick's beauty hall.
I took the plunge with Guerlain's latest addition to the bronzer empire - Terracotta Sun Trio in Natural.
Well... just look at it.
This glorious little creation is, in essence, a contour, bronzing and highlighting palette in one portable, suitably luxurious compact. All three shades are, as you would expect, a dream. Feather-soft, nicely pigmented (you can see 'em on your face, but you're not going to look like an accidental Oompa-Loompa unless you really go for it) and blend absolutely seamlessly, even if you're a blending dunce like me. The two top shades are relatively small, but I think that's partially the point; there's enough room for a neat little Real Techniques Setting Brush or similar, to use them as highlight and contour respectively. There is a barely perceptible shimmer through the highlight shade, but this doesn't translate on the skin - if you want effortless looking, satin-matte, sunkissed, beautifully (and subtly) contoured skin - you're gonna need this.
All three shades, heavily swatched. For reference, I'm approximately MAC NC25-27 and olive toned. the middle shade looks worryingly orange here, but I can promise you it applies true to pan. I get a fade-free 8 hours no problem from this palette, with no patchiness or unevenness whatsoever. It looks equally beautiful on bare skin or over foundation.
Oh, and the other ultra-luxe touch? Just look at what happens to this tortoiseshell, unassuming compact in direct sunlight...
Need I say more?
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