Fans of Guerlain's Terracotta line are always thrilled to see a new addition. There's something about the colors and formulas of these face products that transforms us even on the rainiest days of East Coast spring, and brings on the Mediterranean sun. Or so we tell ourselves. Sallow? Not when we can bronze and highlight with pretty colors and gossamer-like textures.
This spring, Guerlain released two shades of Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter. It's a liquid blush in a pump bottle. The color looks very intense at first, but can be sheered to almost nothing with minimal blending. I swatched by "painting" the blush on my arm, and you can certainly do that on your face and even build the color, but I prefer a more natural look, especially since it is a shimmery blush: a hybrid of a blush and a highlighter. Sometimes I mix some of this Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter with my tinted moisturizer and apply to choice areas for an overall glow. Another favorite method is to stipple a little over the cheekbones.
I find that this Guerlain Terracotta product lasts well enough unless the weather is humid. I wore it last week when staying by the beach and discovered that by the time I was back at the hotel there wasn't much blush left, though the rest of my makeup was intact. The next day I topped it with a powder blush and all was well.
Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter comes in 02 Sunny Pink, which is the one you see here, and 03 Spicy Coral. Sunny Pink is a warm apricot pink, which is easy to wear. I had a look at Spicy Coral but found it too orange for me. If you're darker and/or have a nice glowing bronzy tan, Spicy Coral might be a very good fit.
Bottom Line: Pretty.
Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter ($41) is available from Gueralin counters and Sephora. The product was part of a gift bag I received at a Bergdorf Goodman press event.