I enjoy a good versatile product. Why reach for more than one piece when you can kill two birds with one stone? Besides being extraordinarily beautiful to look at, I’ll show you how Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter (16 grams/0.56 oz. RRP in Belgium: 65,08 euros) can be used in many different ways!
Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter comes in a gorgeous hefty wooden compact. The lid is completely detached from the bottom when it is open, and the two parts are held together by three magnets. The magnets work really well, and I don’t think the compact will pop open on its own. Do make sure you hold both parts firmly when you open the compact though. The mere thought of breaking either the powder or the mirror makes me shudder!
The pattern is not an overspray, so it won’t wear off for quite some time. For a piece as exquisite as this, I’m glad the pattern will not disappear anytime soon!
Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter comes with two shades: the shimmery pale gold highlighter in the center, and the satiny bronze with an orange undertone on the outer ring. The texture of the powder is what you would expect from a luxury product. It is silky smooth, finely-milled, and creamy to the touch. It has a floral smell (but not Guerlain‘s typical violet).
Swatches from left to right: center shade, outer ring, and both:
I have got this question from several readers: does this work as a bronzer? Even the outer ring shade seems shimmery. After playing with it several times, I can tell you this is something I personally use as a bronzer. The amount of “shimmer,” or just light-reflecting particle people want on their faces is always different. While I need some on my lid, I prefer shimmer to not look like shimmer at all on my face. Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter ticks the box!
I reserve the center shade for the top of my cheekbones where I can take more of a highlighting effect. It looks a little frosty swatched, but on the skin it doesn’t look that way (use a light hand and a brush that doesn’t deposit too much product in one go). I wouldn’t contour with the outer ring (put that angled face brush back. It will deposit too much product and make it look unnatural), but I have used it all over my forehead, bridge of the nose, and the edge of my face. It just adds some beautiful, subtle color and glow to my skin (I have stepped out with this on my face when there was strong sunlight, and I don’t think it looks shimmery on at all). I also really enjoy highlighting my collar bones with a mix of the two shades. If you spot this at a Guerlain counter, grab a brush, try it on your collar bones, come back and tell me if it makes you feel like a million bucks (because that’s how it makes me feel)!
I am very fond of Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter, but it will depend on your skin tone and personal preference just how versatile this product is. Since the outer ring has a bit of an orange undertone, if you are fair and cool-toned, it might not blend into your skin tone quite as well. On the other hand, if you are very tanned, I don’t know how much of a bronzing effect this will give you.
I’m wearing the center shade on top of my cheek bones, the outer ring shade on my forehead, chin, and the edge of my face, as well as a mixture of both on my nose bridge and collar bones in the pictures:
I have Guerlain Bronze Ora Iridescent Eyeshadow all over my lids with the darkest shade in Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss on the outer half, Guerlain Peach Boy on my cheeks, and Guerlain Corail Ora Shine Automatique on my lips.
Bottom line: I would say Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter is both an investment piece and collector’s piece. It will depend on your skin tone just how versatile it is for you. I personally enjoy the subtle healthy color and beautiful sheen I get from this compact, and I will make sure it gets a good workout regularly this summer!
Have you seen this? Is it on your wish list?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx