Guerlain | Terracotta 2015 Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes

Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer opener

Guardian’s cult-fave Terracotta Bronzing Powder has been given a fashionable new outfit; created specifically for the limited edition Summer 2015 Collection (see preview), the bronzing powders now come with a silicone removable outer sleeve (CAN $62.00) – Riviera Turquoise for 02 Natural Blondes and Sunny Coral for 03 Natural Brunettes (not shown). Often duplicated but never imitated, Guerlain was the first to launch a beauty bronzing powder in 1984 and quickly gained a well-deserved reputation for its ultra finely-milled texture – one that imparts the most incredibly stunning faux glow you can achieve with a powdered product. Seriously.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 2015 case


Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 2015 open case


Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer

Terracotta Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in 02 Natural Blondes – Housed in the brand’s signature tortoiseshell-like case, this limited edition version comes with a silicone removable ‘Riviera Turquoise’ outer shell – perfect for transport/travel, as it adds a whole other level of protection (as well as looking very Summery and FUN!). The colour is a rich, almost russet-appearing bronzer shade that leans warm, suiting basically all complexions across the spectrum. Quite pigmented, a little goes a long way and as with all bronzers, Terracotta 02 Natural Blondes will ‘develop’ upon application; what that means, is that the colour will deepen within minutes of initial application as it mergers with your skin’s warmth and natural oils, and so I strongly suggest first applying with a light hand, then waiting about 5 minutes before going back in with more. The result you achieve is also dependant on the tool you use, with a large fluffy brush giving a more diffused look, while a denser-headed brush will provide a more intense, detailed appearance. I actually prefer to use both types of brushes per application, in order to achieve a more realistic and 3D effect upon the skin. With regards to staying power, it’s a little hard to determine an exact amount, as the product evolves over time and becomes a part of your made-up face; what I can say, is that after an entire day of wearing, I can still see colour upon my face, albeit slightly faded.

This moisturizing powder is meant to provide a natural feel to the skin, without any oxidation or settling into fine lines, merging subtly with your natural oils over time. The texture is the secret to its success: so finely milled as to fuse perfectly with the skin, without ever sitting at just the surface level. Then there’s that heavenly scent…

‘The top notes reveal a joyful and cheerful accord of bergamot and mandarin. The heart takes over with the sunny, feminine notes of gardenia, jasmine and ylang-ylang, which play off the lightness of honeysuckle. In the dry-down, vanilla, blended with woody notes, gives this legendary scent all of its character and mystery’ – Guerlain

To my nose, this fragrance is THE very essence of Summer which calls to mind the ocean, walking through the waves lapping along the shore & surrounded by the heady scent of suntan lotion (what can I say? I’m a total beach bunny) and while I personally love it, those with sensitivities should take note and try it at counter first.

For the record, the regular price of this bronzing powder is CAN $60.00 so basically you’re paying CAN $2.00 more for the outer silicone sleeve – an investment that’s actually not bad, considering you can reuse the sleeve on any other similar Guerlain powder, all while providing some extra padding to your compact case.


Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer macro

Guerlain | Terracotta Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes (detail)


Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer swatches

Guerlain | Terracotta Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes swatches (in sunlight)

Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer swatches 2

Guerlain | Terracotta Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes swatches (alternate light)

Guerlain Terracotta 2015 Bronzer 2

Guerlain | Terracotta Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes


I’m not really sure why Guerlain chooses to group their bronzers as either ‘blonde’ or ‘brunette’ – especially when one considers how many varieties of hair colour exist – but I’m sure they have their reasons. Nothing says Summer quite like a tan, and the easiest (not to mention safest) way to embrace this seasonal shift, is with any of Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzers – products which provide not only that coveted faux glow, but do so without any of the harmful effects of too much sun exposure. On my recent holiday, I had an entire arsenal of bronzing products with me and while all the varieties I brought along have their individual merits, I loved using the Terracotta 02 Natural Blondes Bronzing Powder for an effortless swipe of finishing colour to my skin. Then again, it could be the addictive fragrance … either way, it’s a win-win.

Available through The Bay store &, Sephora stores &, as well as Holt Renfrew stores across Canada – links provided for your convenience. Find more information via

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6 Responses to Guerlain | Terracotta 2015 Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Blondes

  1. I got both bronzers off Sephora recently and they were $66 each ($6 more than the regular bronzers without the aqua/coral sleeve).

    • Eugenia says:

      Ugh…that stinks. I don’t know why Sephora has their prices higher than everyone else – I usually search on The Bay’s website first, as I find they’re priced much better

  2. I have never wanted a bronzer as badly as this one – I think because of the brand history and also that bright silicone packaging haha!

    • Eugenia says:

      LOL! I actually understand exactly what you mean; Guerlain powder bronzers are definitely some of the best there are and adding that silicone case just sweetens the deal so much more!

  3. Shawna F. says:

    I love mine! I feel so fancy when I put it on. Good tip about waiting a few minutes after a light application – I had no idea.

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s funny that most people don’t realize this; I actually figured it out by accident (read that: as applying more bronzer that I should have, lol!)

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