Going Somewhere? Guerlain Has You Covered with Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette look

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!

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette packaging

The packaging of the palette is sturdy and hefty.

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes pouch

It comes with a pouch as well as a sponge applicator for eyeshadows and bronzer brush.

Guerlain Terracotta La Selection de L'été Make-Up Palette Face & Eyes

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:

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes bronzer swatch

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…).

Guerlain Terracotta Face & Eyes palette eyeshadows

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:

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette eyeshadow swatch

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.

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette FOTD

Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes FOTD

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

  • http://lipstickboulevards.blogspot.com/ LiptickBoulevards

    i LOVE this palette !
    I have been wearing this non stop since I bought it :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yaay good to know you’re a fan!

  • VickyM

    Sunny the eye shadows look great on you :D I love the look you made :D I should pick a Guerlain quad soon the quality looks really good. When you mentioned the duty free makeup shopping you really brought back some memories for me, I remember a very long trip by airplane back in the day, about nine years ago that due to bad connecting flights and time periods between one flight and the other was a nightmare, in that specific trip I was traveling with my mother, and when we passed a duty free shop she decided to buy me something to cheer me up, she bought my first ever high end product a lipgloss by Clarins a deep pink shade I remember :D . Since then I have bought perfumes on the duty free 50 ml which is the permitted amount, and some other goodies. The last thing I bought was Mac Girl about Town lipstick, which the counters on my city for some reason don´t carry, a very nice bold shade. Anyway it seems like you got a great deal with that bronzer and those shadows, I don´t use bronzer but I think I should give a look at the Guerlain quads, those colors you picked are gorgeous, I would use them myself fairly often.
    Sorry for the long post

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Vicky, thanks so much for the comment! I love it when people share their experience! I know there are SOME MAC counters at the airport, but they aren’t all that common here.

      I wouldn’t count myself as someone who is big on bronzers, but I started using some recently and I like the warmth they add! I wouldn’t want something that obviously looks like bronzer, but this is where Guerlain excels because it’s very natural on my NC25-30 skin!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    The bronzer looks great but the eyeshadow quad is just gorgeous ! Love those colours !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, I bet the eyeshadows will look great on you!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oooh yay you got it!! I have been SO tempted with this one. Don’t think I can afford to splurge though as I am waiting to buy Terra Nerolia and need to repurchase my Caudalie serum and a few other items. Really finding it hard to stick to my guns though–it’s sooooo pretty!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Becca, I swatched Terra Nerolia at the airport and really liked it! Can’t decide if I’ll get it yet. Apparently it won’t be available here, so if I want it I might have to wait till July when I’m at the airport again!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    NICE!! This is really great value! And it is perfect for travelling for sure!
    BUT YOUR BLUSH is what I’m noticing and it’s GORGEOUS on you!!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Tracy! I’ll put the review up ASAP!

  • beauties

    oooh fancy :) duty free shopping is awesome

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny


  • Lily

    I NEARLY PICKED THIS UP!!!! It looks GORGEOUS. The 2 darker shades are just *drools*

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You should when your no-buy is over (or maybe whatever happens OUTSIDE of the country doesn’t count? haha)!

  • http://twitter.com/KrystleKouture Krystle Kouture

    All the eyeshadows look amazing. I love neutrals and can easily see myself wearing this day in and day out!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, I love this type of neutral with a twist quads. They’re the best in my book!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I so don’t need that quad (I have a very very similar that I put together myself with MAC monos) but I still want it so bad… lol. It looks gorgeous!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, that’s always the problem isn’t it? I can’t find dupes in my stash, but I definitely own similar shades. Still, it’s nice!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com/ TheProcrastinator

    I am DYING over this! I’ve never tried a Guerlain bronzer, but I feel like I want this palette to be my first experience! I adore duty-free makeup, the sets are always infinitely better! I’m going to see if I can swatch this in person, I’m in love with that green eye shadow! It’s the perfect brown-eye quad!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, good luck checking this out in person! The duty-free shops don’t seem to have one of these on display, so I kinda took a chance. If you do lay your hands on it I hope you’ll like it (and yes, that green eyeshadow is very persuasive haha)!

  • http://twitter.com/Icarias1 Icaria

    The bronzer reminds me a lot of the Clarins I picked up for my daughter, this would prevent me from using hers… The quad, these shades would be perfect for me, but then I knew that the first time I saw it! I really wonder why Guerlain doesn’t make a pouch for the regular Terracotta compact, it would be great if they did. Looove the look on you! Oh well, I’m not planning any trips anytime soon…*Le Sigh* Thank you Sunny. xoxo

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, this is available online in the US, and maybe it could be shipped to Canada? That or look into the regular Guerlain bronzers. I really did like the lightest new one when I had it applied a while ago!

  • http://papayapieces.wordpress.com/ Sofia

    Oh no, just when I thought to myself: do not buy anymore palettes ever (or atleast for a long time) you post this and I am really really liking it… I will try not to look out for it the next time I fly, just in case I buy it ;)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah look away if you don’t want to buy another palette, Sofia :p I was good enough to limit myself to this one only, though God knows how much I wanted the mascara duos, more travel-exclusives and so on!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    It’s actually a real good value, I’m surprised about the price, it looks like something more pricier, esepcially for Guerlain. The colours suit you so well, very typical for you, love it! ^^

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Teri! That’s the beauty of duty-free!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    That bronzer looks like butter! I really love all of those shadow shades. Looks like a really great pallette, and for Guerlain a great price. Lovely look

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I bet this palette will work really well on you!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    This was brought to my radar recently and it’s a good thing I didn’t look too hard in the duty free stores while traveling last weekend, or else… DOOM. The bronzer looks so wonderfully smooth. *sighs*

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I always think I’ll just look, but it never ends that way!

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  • Jacqueline Ma

    Sunny I can spend hours at the duty free and not buy anything. I would look at all the travel exclusives, think very hard pick them up, walk around and eventually put them down without buying. Which is strange because when it comes to online shopping, I am very reckless. This looks like a very useful palette which I can get alot of mileage from. I love the khaki shade.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, no matter where I am, I hesitate a lot before buying something ;)

      I’d recommend this. It’s not over the top, but definitely not boring, either!

      • Jacqueline Ma

        Guess what? I picked this at the airport last Saturday. I was in y reckless mood and I only had 15 minutes to shop. I saw this and thought about you and I just grabbed it. I swatched it and they are absolutely beautiful. can’t wait to wear them.

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          OOO yay! I’m glad to hear you got it and love it! Can’t wait to see it on you!

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  • Lifeandlensofbeauty

    oh i have bought the same palette at duty-free too!! never got around to using it XDDDD it looks stunning when swatched though! i should probably NOT get the armani summer palette then, given the two are slightly similar!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha take it out! It’s really pretty sweet!

      I really like how the GA summer palette looks, but I’d say almost everyone has similar shades in their stash by now. Still, there is no denying it’s travel-friendly and versatile!

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