Whenever I travel by plane, browsing duty-free shops at the airport is always part of the plan. Besides the possibility of getting the same goodies for cheaper, I always look twice at travel-exclusive items. On my way back to Belgium recently, I laid my grabby hands on Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes (9 grams/0.31 oz of bronzer, 4.5 grams/0.16 oz of eyeshadows. 48 euros). I’m beginning to get into bronzers, and the eyeshadows look right up my alley!
The packaging of the palette is sturdy and hefty.
It comes with a pouch as well as a sponge applicator for eyeshadows and bronzer brush.
Once you open the compact, you see a mirror and the bronzer.
The bronzer has a lighter side which takes up the majority of the pan, as well as a darker strip. It is scented, but it smells different from the typical Guerlain violet, and I can’t really put my fingers around it. It contains tiny light-reflecting particle, though it is otherwise matte. The texture isn’t soft or creamy when I run my fingers through it (Guerlain powders typically have a harder texture which doesn’t seem to affect blendability in most cases). However, the powder is very finely-milled, there is no powdery kick-up, and it blends into the skin really easily!
Here is the swatch of the lighter and darker shade:
I am between NC25 and 30 for the moment, and the bronzer works well for my skin tone. I usually concentrate on the darker strip to contour my cheeks, and use the lighter shade for the rest of my face (forehead, bridge of the nose…).
The eyeshadow quad contains a light taupe-y sand with a satin sheen, a light sparkling warm gold (a bit like a melon gold), a sage green with a slightly metallic finish, and a shimmery mauve-y brown.
Right off the bat, I have to say both the shade combination and the mixture of textures make the quad interesting. The taupe-y sand shade is soft and smooth. The warm sparkling gold has a somehow powdery texture. However, with a shader brush (MAC 239) and some tapping, I didn’t notice any fallout. Both the sage green and mauve-y brown have good texture and color payoff.
Here is the quad swatched:
Not only do the four shades work well together, there is a variety of looks you can create with them. The melon gold for example, could work both on the inner half of the lids as well as bringing some light to a darker, smokier look. The taupe-y sand is good as an overall wash on the lid as well as adding depth in the crease, or helping the shades blend more smoothly. The shades don’t lean too warm, so I see this working for different skin tones!
For the look, I used the sage green on the inner half of my lids, mauve-y brown on the outer half, the melon gold in the inner corners as well as dabbed over the center of my lids to brighten my eyes, and the taupe-y sand blended over the edge for more depth and smoother transition.
I also contoured my face with the darker strip of the bronzer, and added some warmth to the rest of my face with the lighter part.
For the rest of my face, I used a dab of Rouge Bunny Rouge Orpheline on my cheeks, and NARS Montego Bay on my lips (both will be reviewed shortly).
Bottom line: Going somewhere soon? I wouldn’t go as far as to saying Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette is a must-have, but it packs a lot of value for your money! The size of the bronzer is almost the same with a full-size Guerlain bronzer, which means you’re getting a discount and the eyeshadows for free! The quality of the palette is excellent overall, and it is very versatile!
PS: As far as I know, Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette is available online in the US. In Europe however, it remains a duty-free exclusive.
Have you seen this at the airport? What was the last thing you bought in a duty-free store? I saw some nice mascara sets this time, and I might just have to get some backups at some point!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx