I was seriously contemplating this Terracotta at the beauty counters in Geneva and I knew I was going to buy it, just needed some kind of price reduction to push me. During my last trip to Sephora in France I managed to get it for half of the Swiss price with my additional 20% reduction… Which isn’t bad at all, except that just afterwards I had to stop at the Serge Lutens counter in Geneva and get utterly seduced by their blusher -more of a bronzer for me. At the end I really didn’t do that good did I… The Serge Lutens is still under study and testing but the review will come shortly. Today I’ll show you this Nude 4 Seasons bronzer and for the best informative video about it, please kindly hop to Seth‘s youtube channel.
One info I cannot find is the fragance of this powder, I am not much of a nose and I don’t recognize it, it’s not the same as the Météorites Perles du Paradis and it is similar to the old Blondes Terracotta but I couldn’t tell for sure.
The product comes with a little leaflet -you know, the thing that we never read 🙂 – it explains how to wear their Terracotta powders :
Apply your Terracotta powder by tracing a figure 3 on each side of the face, from the forehead down towards the cheeks, then down along the jaw line to the chin and down the neck. The final touch : take a little more Terracotta powder with your brush and sweep it over the raised areas of the face, the places that catch the sun most – the forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin.
- Winter : for a light, healthy-looking tan, mix shades 1 and 2 and apply with the figure 3 method.
- Spring and autumn : To bring out the radiance of the complexion, mix all four shades together and apply using the figure 3 method.
- Summer : For a deeper than, mix shades 3 and 4 and apply using the figure 3 method.
Unlike the Guerlain Terracotta 01 Blondes shown below, I can use this Terracotta to sculpt, bronze, shade, finish, blush…
I love that it delivers a glow without any bronze or coppery sparkles that are often present in many bronzers. The pink blush here is gorgeous, warm and pigmented, I applied it with a little dense brush and I applied way too much, if you use only that pan, just make sure you remove the excess or check the result in daylight. This is the only pan that has little micro sparkles but either on its own or mixed with the others it’s not too much, it won’t be too obvious, it will just transform into a glowy and not sparkly finish.
When all the shades are mixed, the pink turns a bit peachy, on my skin it looks flattering and natural and most important : not brown or muddy.
The Dior Nude has little coppery sparkles that are more obvious and to be honest, it does emphasize my fine lines a bit too much, I didn’t notice that with the Guerlain.
Ingredients (still trying to get the official confirmation of these for the new series) :
Talc, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentraerythrityl Tetraethylexanoate, Zinc Stearate, Gold, Serine, Stearic Acid, Parfum, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Clycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Panthenol, Sorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Nenzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Geranoil, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Without : Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan
The description mentions :
Enriched with pure gold, this pure radiance concentrate naturally illuminates the skin without creating an iridescent effect. This new formula also provides SPF 10 sun protection.
This Nude 00 is a versatile product for me so I’ll get the impression to get more for my investment, it’s not as finely milled as the Serge Lutens but it is really good and I will certainly use it all 4 seasons… if this winter ever ends!
Ooooh, this was my last Saks (and I still hate that place!) purchase, the day before my departure!!!! And I am very happy with it, even though I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to use it, as I darken here, and never get white again, in the land of never ending summer 😀
Yes, this is my first post from Myanmar, where I arrived super late last night. And it’s warm (ok, hot, lol), and I’m wearing flip flops, and that alone is wonderful :). For the rest, we shall see…
Anyway, I too was utterly seduced by the versatility of this powder, and love wearing it with all shades mixed together, for an all over glow (and less vampire-like look – out of the winter in NY context, I’m really really white, I realize, lol), and a bit of the pink alone as blush. It gives a very natural healthy (not bronzed) look, and I can see myself making mush use of it in the next few weeks.
I haven’t worn any make up at all today, just wanted to give my skin a chance to just take in the change of climate on its own, and I can already tell that yep, it’s confirmed: my skin just LOVES heat and humidity :). I’m thinking of wearing my beloved La Mer tomorrow, and the SL on Sunday, just to see how they each react and cope in the heat – and I’d rather have an idea before my first day in my new job on Monday, lol.
Coming here, I passed through Seoul, and at the duty free (transiting), saw my first RMK counter, Shu counter, the Guerlain Asia exclusive Sakura blush (but passed on it: lovely but wow, talk about sparkly!), and other favorites such as Amore Pacific (very interesting prices), Sulwhasoo, Cle de Peau, etc. and would you believe that I didn’t get a thing??? I had very little time (and a huge full backpack, and the cat, and my super full purse, lol), was a bit overwhelmed (although I can see the RMK blush in MT04 in my future), and also decided to be reasonable (once every 10 years, I feel I should 😉 ) and wait: I will be able to get all these and more (hello Suqqu!) in Bangkok where I will be going in 2-3 months, and by then I will have a better idea of what I really use and wear here, and how my new coloring affects color choices :). Still, I was thinking of all you ladies while there 😀
NEOOOO Hi !!!
you made it ! in flip-flops ??? so jealous… “heat and humidity” I do have humidity but were’s the heat ??? my feet are purple… sigh
so you have internet, that’s a good start 😉 now we have to know if you have a delivery address 😀
I can’t believe you didn’t get anything there, but I understand you also must be tired with the trip, but you’ll soon be in Bangkok and you’ll have fun !
let us know how your new job started and how your new coloring matches your new makeup 😀 and thanks for thinking of us 😉 we do think of you and wish you all the very best !!
I’ve been thinking of you too and wondering how you are finding it here. So glad your skin loves the heat and humidity! It would be horrible if it didn’t and then have to go find a new skincare or lifestyle routine…
Keep us up to date with what products and colours are more suited to the climate 🙂 Still can’t believed you skipped all those counters!
Can’t wait for your serge lutens review, I’ve been contemplating on their products. Thanks
for your reviews, really really helpful…
Thanks Maria 🙂
The SL will be up soon 😉
Ooooo this looks lovely! I have not seen it in person (staying out of the stores as much as possible 😉 ) but I will definitely need to check this one out! Thanks Sonia 😉
I see, I tried that too, it works but then when I go it gets naughty again… 😛
I am looking for opinions on the Hourglass Dim Light powder, has someone tried it already ?
I would really like to know if someone from “here” has tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders… I know Buggsiebie has some of them but as she is out running on the beach we will have to wait for her to get home for her opinion and waiting I am no good at!! I am intrigued to say the least. I tried one once (think it was Radiance but it might have been Dim) and felt like it made my poors very apparent because of the “sheen”. I don’t know, trying one time is not a fair test and to be honest they look so amazing I want to love them! So if anyone has tried and has an opinion it would be fantastic! If not, off to Sephora I must go… darn
Buggsie doesn’t seem too thrilled with them so far but she has to report back 😉
I did manage to go to the shops today and check out the Chanels, they didn’t have my shade so anyway I couldn’t buy it even if I wanted to but I swatched it and for me it’s too mattifying, it may be comfortable to wear but it would remove the only little glow surviving on my skin and I don’t want that for me. BUT, they gave me two samples, not my shade but tomorrow I’ll test them properly on my face since I don’t need to go out, doesn’t matter if I look like a clown or a ghost 🙂
When I bought the SL blusher they gave me two tiny samples of their powder foundation, again not my shade, but I’ll be able to test them too. When they matched me at the counter, they matched me with their lightest shade which is just totally wrong…
and guess what ? today I decided I’ll go to Japan even if my boss doesn’t send me for work this year, I’ll start preparing my trip soon (need to be organized so that I can do everything I want in the shortest schedule).
I know CC might come too, so if anyone wants to join …
I’ll be in Tokyo and Hiroshima travelling with the bullet train in between I guess 🙂
Since Tanseido invited me to visit them and I have something going on with CDJapan I thought I could pay them a little visit too if they have some time for me 😛
I had the same thoughts on the Chanel, for me too matte. I just came home with the Guerlain 00 and Hourglass Dim and brush. I really just have to try it ;). I will report back…
Hi Stacy & Sonia 🙂
I brought my Hourglass powders on holiday with me so that I could try them out & give some feedback but to be quite honest, I just don’t have a verdict yet. I neither love them nor hate them. I’ll use them, but they don’t excite me all that much. I have to tell you that I don’t get the magic finishing effect which the Guerlain meteorites are supposed to give either, so I guess I’m not the best person to judge here. I certainly don’t think that any of us need to invest in their special brush – even though I did 😉 !
I’m certain that we all have brushes which are way superior in applying finishing powder.
Hello Buggsiebee! I don’t get the Meteroite magic either :). Maybe we are just too picky or just too far gone for that magic;). I of course did have to try the brush along with the powder just because….. Let me / us know if you fall in love with them or not…..
Ooh, I am so excited for you! I won’t be joining you but I’ll be waiting for reports from the field or when you come back! The yen is down so you can buy a lot more than when I went last year. Maybe some of the Japan bloggers can help with language translation if they are available and want to visit some of the places you want to go. Japan is a fabulous place to visit!
Hi Neo! Glad you and your cat made it safe and sound to your new home. I believe that Sonia gave you my email address. I’d love to hear about your life and work in Myanmar. Write me when you can, OK?
I fear this may be too light, but wow, it’s beautiful! Luckily, I’m back to my makeup ban… hopefully, I’ll be able to stick to it this time :S
But that really is a gorgeous powder, and impeccable post as always 😛
It is light and if you have to build it it may be powdery so better not over-apply…
thanks Bonnie 🙂 I haven’t tried the other powders but they will be more brown than pink…
Neo, happy you’ve arrived safely at your new home. Heat and humidity could be overwhelming but you seem to appreciate it, I’m sure you’ll find fast your new make up routine.
Sonia, did you try the new chanel les beiges ? Make up junkies here talk about it with big enthousiasme. Yesterday I went to a sephora but forgot to take a look at it. I was all on perfumes and wanted to smell tom ford’s neroli portofino but they don’t sell it 🙁
I’ve just been looking up the Les Beiges, and the new retractable kabuki brush that was released with it! Do tell me what you think when you see it 🙂
I have swatched them, wasn’t very impressed but I didn’t have time to look at them in detail, maybe today I will then 🙂
it’s not an easy to find perfume 🙁
I’ll take certainely a look at them next time but I love my crosiere by givenchy, so I’m not really in the search of a new bronzer for now.
It’s funny, for perfumes, my 7 years-old doughter liked the most l’heure bleue guerlain and aromatics elexir clinique, these are quite difficult to approach, grown lady perfumes. As I hate chocolate, my husband and she offered me for easter the collection les nombres d’or from Mona di Orio, she was so proud to tell me that she had paid some amount (10 euros 🙂 ) I think my husband didn’t tell her the final price of this 🙂
Nikoleta, that is so sweet!
That is amazingly adorable – even better than chocolate!
they gave me 3 samples of Serge Lutens perfumes, I’ll be able to try !
I am also loving the Givenchy, we have similar taste 🙂
Nikoleta, I’ll test them properly tomorrow since they gave me two little tiny samples (see my reply to Stacy), oh you should ask for a Chanel sample, they are the cutest thing !!!!
I’ll take a pic tomorrow 🙂
I love Guerlain face products. And I like the colours on this.
It’ll have to wait for a 20% sale offer, though.
I’ve sold my soul to Tommy and some Tenseido brushes.[/firstworldproblems]
I am preparing my Takeda order and I’ll contact Tommy too 🙂
This product would not be released before June in my country, does anybody know/ guessthat the new shade of the 4 eeason shows up on NC 25 skin?
I think it should show, I saw other bloggers that are around that skintone who use it…
maybe also more as a blush or unifying product more than a bronzer.