Quick post today! Longtime readers of The Beauty Sample know that one of my all-time favorite bronzers is Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Brunettes. Immensely flattering and oh-so easy to use, Brunettes is a one-stop product that gives you that wonderful, naturally radiant summery glow without having to worry about applying a separate bronzer, blush, or even highlighter. I reach for mine almost daily, as evident by the amount of pan showing through the powder (though to be fair, it started as a small amount showing through and became larger after I dropped the compact on my bathroom floor :/). That’s a first, for me–I’ve never hit pan in any other cheek product before!–so you know this stuff has got to be good.
So when I was given the opportunity to try out Guerlain’s Sun Brunettes* version–courtesy of the amazing site Izzy’s Beauty Shoppe (have you guys checked the site out yet? It’s pretty darn awesome and you can find a lot of really amazing discontinued or hard-to-find items there!)–how could I resist?? I knew it would be love at first swipe. And love it was…
The difference between Sun Brunettes and Brunettes is that Sun Brunettes is slightly darker in its brown tones and features a bit more shimmer (though, as you can see from the swatches below, the shimmer doesn’t look inherently shimmery but instead results in a glow) and brighter, more saturated mid-tone coral hues, as opposed to Brunettes’ softer apricots. I know many people tend to shy away from using very warm, glowy bronzers during this time of year but the California-girl in me insists on it year-round. There’s just nothing like adding a few swipes of these to add some life back into a dull winter pallor!
Though both are flattering on just about any skin tone and work well year-round, Sun Brunettes is, in my opinion, just a bit more flattering during/post summer. It really compliments a natural tan beautifully and has you looking sunny and radiant in no time at all.
I’d been reaching for Sun Brunettes regularly up until about 2 weeks ago, when the weather finally changed drastically enough in San Diego and my tan had faded considerably enough for me to make the switch back to Brunettes. Between the 2, I’ve got my bases covered for any type of weather–rain, shine, gloom, or sun!
–swatches: Brunettes on left, Sun Brunettes on right (click images to enlarge)–
There are 4 different variations of the Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powders available: Blondes, Brunettes, Sun Blondes, and Sun Brunettes. For a look at Sun Blondes, check out this great review from Tiffany over at Will Work for Makeup. There is also currently a new version available–Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder (see Best Things in Beauty’s great review here)–available as part of Guerlain’s Holiday 2013 collection and which needs to be mine immediately. I’m officially obsessed with these divine bronzers and probably won’t stop until I have all of them in my possession!
What about you guys–have you tried any of Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzers? If so, which one’s your favorite? Have you tried the Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder yet? Is it as amazing as it looks in photos?
*these products were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge for review purposes. Despite this, my opinions are always honest and I only included products in this post that I truly use and love