Look & Feel Like a Million Bucks with Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter!

Guerlain Terra Ora FOTD

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 bronzer packaging

Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer label

Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer hand scale

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!

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter

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 bronzer closeup

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:

Guerlain Terra Ora swatch

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)!

Guerlain Terra Ora

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:

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder Contrast Highlighter FOTD

Guerlain Bronze Ora, Terra Ora, Corail Ora FOTD

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

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  • TracyBeautyReflections

    It’s perfection on you! I wish I could pull it off as well as you do! You look gorgeous!

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

      Aww thanks, Tracy! I was thinking the orange might not work well for those who are fairer/cooler-toned. Fortunately it blends into mine!

  • Lily

    I was debating whether or not to click on this post, because I know it’s going to be gorgeous. LOL! It’s like an art piece, and you wear it very well, Sunny :-)

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

      Haha you’re hilarious, Lily! I personally really love it, but from what I heard it doesn’t work for everyone (nothing ever does though). I started wearing bronzer regularly since I got Dior Coral Glow, so Terra Ora came at the right time!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    It’s sooooo prettay ! :)

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

      I know!!! Every year Guerlain manages to amaze me with their bronzers!

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

    PRETTY!!!!! I really cannot wait for it to arrive in-stores at Nordstrom. I just like shopping at Nordstrom because it’s easier for me and I trust them since they have such a great return policy and everything. Anyway, I have been waiting impatiently for Terra Nerolia to arrive but will definitely be swatching this as well. Hopefully I won’t love it too much otherwise I’ll have to buy both and will be dead broke :P haha

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

      Thanks, Becca! I didn’t know they aren’t available for you yet! I thought you guys got it a while ago! We don’t get Terra Nerolia here, but I got to swatch it at the airport a while ago. It’s also gorgeous, but from what I heard the pattern is an overspray so it won’t last the way this one will ;)

  • Sara_BeauTime

    It looks so stunning on you. Do you also wear blush on this picture? I love your dress as well!

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

      Thanks Sara! I’m wearing Guerlain Peach Boy (the matte shade) on my cheeks. I got the dress a few years back. For some reason I just haven’t found the right occasion to wear it out ;)

  • Paris B

    Oh yummy! I have Terra Inca from last year (I think) or maybe the year before and it looks rather similar so I decided to pass on this. Still haven’t got the hang of wearing bronzer but Guerlain ones are so absolutely lovely! I love how your cheeks look so pink and pretty!

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

      Thanks so much, Paris! I just Googled Terra Inca and I remember it (vaguely)! Guerlain really does make the prettiest bronzers around! It’s Guerlain Peach Boy on my cheeks ;)

  • Icaria

    *drools* So beautiful on you and I sooo love the packaging. *must resist, must resist, must resist…*

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

      Hey Helene, give it a quick swatch and see how it works for your skin tone!

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

    I just cannot get over how GORGEOUS it looks! In the pan, and on you and your lovely perfect flawless (I hate you ;-)) skin :-D

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

      Aww thanks, Melissa! It is really not flawless! I think my camera is just forgiving LOL

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Clearly one of the prettiest products released recently… And totally healthy looking and gorgeous on you

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

      Thanks, Catherine!

  • Marijke

    Looks so pretty!

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

      It really is pretty on as well!

  • ValleyDoll

    Ooh this looks sooo pretty ! Just the packaging alone is gorgeous.

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

      Yeah and the pattern!!!

  • Krystle Kouture

    Love the variety of colors it contains. This makes it a bit more “worth” it to me than a one shade highlighter. Also glad to hear that gorgeous pattern won’t wear off!

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

      Hey Krystle, the pattern definitely won’t wear off anytime soon! I use the two shades on their own as well as mixing them for different purposes. It’s a lot of fun!

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

    Maaaaaan, nobody does bronzers like Guerlain. I just stare at these photos and make whimpering noises!

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

      I agree! Guerlain is the master of bronzers!

  • VickyM

    The effect from the product looks gorgeous on your face, but what I love the most is your dress/shirt? it´s very pretty and that shine automatique looks great!

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

      Thanks so much, Vicky! It’s most probably always a dress haha. I wear a dress 90% of the time!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com/ Ruby Chua

    This product is really gorgeous!

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

      Guerlain does it better and better each year so it gets harder and harder to say no!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    What a gorgeous bronzer/highlighter. If only I didn’t own a gazillion other bronzers. :)

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

      Haha yeah. Guerlain does it better each year though. It just gets harder and harder to say no!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    It’s so pretty! I’m surprised that the middle tone is so warmly red!

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

      Hey Larie, it does have orange in it. It might pull orange on lighter/cooler skin tones, and I really wouldn’t contour with it. As a bronzer however, it’s great!

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