Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #03 Review, Photos, Swatches!

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #03

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($51) is a best-selling luxury bronzer that promises to "enhance" the complexion and provide a natural, radiant and luminous tan with a texture that won't look streaky or overdone on the skin. It contains moisturizing ingredients that won't dry out the skin or look powdery.

There are (8) shades in total: Numbers 00, 02 and 04 are geared for rosy complexions and 01, 03, 05, 07 and 08 are for golden complexions.

I purchased shade 03, as I really liked the golden-yellow bronze (slightly orange) tone. It works really well on my warm, medium (MAC NC35) skin tone. Bronzers that are too neutral or red-toned have the tendency to make my skin look ashy or bruised, so I lean towards very warm toned bronzers. I find that this one works really well without being too light or too dark.

Guerlain Bronzing Powders are finely milled and are super soft upon application. What I love about soft powders such as this one is that they're almost fool-proof because the powder blends so well on the skin and if I've made the mistake of coating my brush in too much product, it won't leave a big blotch on my cheek. It blends out with no problems.

Some bronzers have a tendency to sit on top of the skin, but this bronzer seems to melt into my skin with no obvious edges and a lovely satiny finish. It's a fabulous bronzer for adding all over warmth to the face and neck.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

Wearing Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer
This photo was taken at the same time as my MAC Angel Lipstick Review - I used the Guerlain Terracotta #03 all over my face - on my cheeks, nose and the outer edges of my face. You can see that there are no obvious edges and my face is very naturally bronzed.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer swatches
Comparisons from left to right: Guerlain Terracotta #03, MAC Give Me Sun MSF, NARS Casino Bronzer, NARS Laguna Bronzer and MAC Refined Golden Bronzer.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

It's a very pretty, slim and dainty compact that's perfect to carry in your bag for touch-ups. 

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

I've tried bronzers from so many companies and I do think Guerlain has one of the top formulas, but I don't necessarily think it's a must-have because there are many bronzers on the market that work fine.

I love MAC MSF's and I think they are just as soft and blend just as well across the skin for half of the price.

The only real difference is how well the Guerlain powder diffuses into the skin. It's likely the most natural looking bronzer I own and gives my skin a very natural glow.

If you absolutely love bronzer and are curious to explore the brand, you can't really go wrong with the Guerlain. I don't think I've ever tried anything from the brand that wasn't good.

Have you tried Guerlain bronzers?

The Round-Up

  • Great variety of shades
  • Silky soft, finely milled formula
  • Applies evenly and blends easily
  • Sheer but buildable
  • Diffuses into the skin for a very natural, non-streaky or blotchy appearance
  • Satiny, glowy finish without the glitter
  • Very pricey
  • Strongly scented (not as pleasant as the Meteorites scent - reminiscent of the scent of the old Covergirl pressed powders I used in high school)
  • Won't work well if you want an intense bronzer or contour
Price: $51, Sephora or your local Guerlain counter.


  1. looks so natural!

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  2. I've wanted this for so so long! I just can never justify the price :( xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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  3. I like it on you! But the price is high...

  4. Thank you for the insight on neutral/red-toned bronzers looking ashy...that solves the problem I've been having with mine! (it's a Tarte one...i can't remember the name but it came in a mini set with a blush)

  5. I so don't need a bronzer... but oh my this is gorgeous :)

  6. That looks so gorgeous on you! I'm now so tempted to bite the bullet and buy!!

  7. Great review , I do love the packaging , the price ... not so much.

    Meghan Silva's Blog

  8. it looks gorg on you!

  9. Thanks for the review! I really like Guerlain's terracotta products.

  10. Looking as beautiful as usual, Natalie! The bronzer looks amazing, and I am sure I would love it on myself too, but I could never use something with a strong, synthetic scent! I would get a headache within the first few minutes of wear...


  11. Your skin looks flawless! I love Guerlain, I have the multi colored bronzer from them and it works great. It looks so natural and is pretty much impossible to mess up, but your right, the brand is sooo expensive. My MAC bronzers and even my cheap ol Wet n Wild bronzer work just as well. I only use the wet n wild one on my neck though, dont want to take the chance of it breaking me out.


  12. it looks so beautiful. Guerlain's packaging is so amazing. Have you tried any of their lipsticks?


  13. I love your shirt! Where can I find it?

  14. I love how this Guerlain bronzer gives you a natural healthy glow. I am going to try this product out. Currently, I use the Victoria's Secret Illuminating Face Powder in Next to Nude shade for a nice shimmery afterglow effect for nighttime.

  15. It's really matches with your skin so well. Looks so pretty.

  16. really lovely! I have been searching for a perfect bronzer lately for contouring and have yet to find one. don't know why this is such hard decision! thanks for a great review! I love the swatch on this. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  17. Its so georgious thanks for sharing your tips..
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  18. I love this bronzer. I went to Sephora and the MUA told me I was 01 (so not true) I could not make color show up on my face, and finally after 4-5 applications it showed up, but completely orange. I returned it and asked for the closest color to NARS Casino and I was brought #05. It's the perfect match to NARS Casino but lasts longer and blends into skin better. :)

  19. I'm with you, Abby. It is soo beautiful and I know Guerlain always gets top nods for bronzers but that price....holy snickeys.

  20. Guerlain is making soo good products!! Every time I buy some I really enjoy it! It gives me the sensation of luxury and beauty! BUT its always pricy well... Terracotta collection is a good one! I didn't tried the bronzer but I have other product in this collection and I like it!

  21. If only these weren't so pricey. My sister wants it as a gift but I'm trying to buy it for me. UGGRRR. Decisions

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