Nobody does bronzers like Guerlain. Every year they dazzle us with limited edition items from their Terracotta line in gorgeous designs inside and out. But today I'm going back to the "regular" Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder because it's a repurchase-- I was 3/4 of the way through an older version of the 4 Seasons bronzer and even hit pan when I dropped the compact and what was left shattered to pieces (to the delight of the cats). I cleaned up and got rid of the mess, so I'm not sure which one I had before, but I replaced it with this Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder in Brunettes. I could have just as easily gone with Blondes. Maybe I really should have done it, because as I know very well from my experience with Terracotta Light Sheer (the mosaic one that also has shimmer), Blonde is actually easier for me to wear.
In any case, Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder in Brunettes is a beautiful product. The texture is matte but it imparts a certain understated glow to the skin. The four parts of the bronzer are different variations of natural bronze and the compact is large and wide enough so you can maneuver your brush between the four quarters and pick as much or as little as you want from each. The base undertones of this Guerlain bronzers are very warm and summery. I don't recommend using it as a contour, despite the perfect finish because it's just too sunny, at least on my neutral green not-quite-NC30-35 skin.
The pigment level in this Guerlain bronzer is beyond intense. I swatched gradually and you can see that the dark part is really dark. I used a regular blush brush for swatching, but obviously that's too dense for what most of us need. I recommend a very fluffy long haired brush that can create a sheer veil of color for the perfect sun-kissed look. The new limited edition Dior Summer Blush Brush is one, fan brushes will also perform well here (Laura Mercier, Louise Young or Hakuhodo), as will Yachiyo brushes (only touch the tip to the product-- that's more than enough) and Hakuhodo G5537 and G5538.
Bottom Line: a staple.
Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder- Brunettes ($75) is available from the counters and at Sephora.