A few days ago I showed you a little teaser of what Guerlain is cooking up this summer. Now I am back with a closer look at Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration and Nahema Smack Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine as promised! What can I say? While I enjoy seeing atypical seasonal pieces, these two are predictable in the best possible way!
As a small recap: for summer 2014, Guerlain is launching a small collection that focuses more on the lips and tips (besides the bronzer). 2014 also marks the 30th anniversary of Terracotta, which makes this pretty bronzer/blush duo extra special!
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush comes in a wooden compact with magnets. It contains a whopping 16 grams (0.56 oz) of product. I still haven’t received further information yet, but if last year’s collection is any reference, the RRP should be around 65 euros.
Just when you think Guerlain couldn’t possibly make their limited edition bronzer even prettier, they did! The metal part bears the same pattern as the center of the powder. Rather than Guerlain‘s signature violet scent, it smells like tiare flower: very summery!
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush are divided into quarters, with two blush shades and one bronzer. The motif in the center is an overspray that will pretty much disappear the first time you run your finger (or a brush) across the surface. The powder is otherwise matte.
Sun Celebration is extremely finely-milled. A brush would kick some powder loose, but the amount is not significant (again, no need to go at it with your brush). It also melts into the skin well. While it is matte, it does not have a dull finish or sit on top of the skin. It also blends in a cinch. Depending on the blush brush that you use, it is possible to pick up more of the tangerine or the pink shade, but it might be difficult not to pick up a bit of the bronzer in the process. With a bronzer brush, you can also try to concentrate on the bronzer half, but you will inevitably pick up a bit of the blush as well. However, this shouldn’t be a problem, as Sun Celebration works pretty much any way you want to apply it!
Here is the swatch of the two blush shades on their own and the bronzer:
Here is how the two blush shades look swatched together, as well as all the shades combined:
A bronzer with a bit of pink and orange reminds me of Crazy Terracotta (my go-to bronzer) from last year’s holiday collection, so I swatched the two side by side for your reference:
Crazy Terracotta is significantly lighter. While I wouldn’t say Sun Celebration is “orange” on its own, next to Crazy Terracotta it certainly has more of an orange tone. Sun Celebration wears extraordinary well. I wore it for 8 hours, and at the end I could see slight signs of fading but nothing beyond that.
Besides Guerlain aficionados who will want to collect Sun Celebration, I would recommend this to those who are fair-medium and up in terms of skin tone. Those who are fairer will have to use quite a light hand. For the moment, my skin tone is halfway between my winter and summer ones (let’s say above NC 25 but not quite 30 yet). I can still pull off Sun Celebration, but it is admittedly a tad darker than what I am used to (do bear in mind that I tend to wear bronzer in a very discreet way though). I think it will be just fine in summer!
While I am not the biggest gloss girl, Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine is one of my favorite gloss formulas around. It is only logical for me to fall for this beautiful shimmery coral, Nahema Smack as well!
Nahema Smack (940) is a what I would call a pink grapefruit with a good dose of silver shimmer.
Like the other Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines, it comes with a supple doe foot applicator. It has a light violet scent, good level of pigmentation, and the texture is wonderfully hydrating without being thick and gloopy! It wears for about 4 hours on me. When I press my lips together, I can feel the shimmer a little, but only just a little. It doesn’t become grittier or more prominent as the gloss wears off, and it doesn’t travel around.
Nahema Smack one pass, built up:
This is how it looks on my lips:
Since we are talking about Nahema Smack, we can’t forget about Nahema Rouge Automatique! Here is the two side by side:
Just saying, I think they will layer well!
Here you can see Sun Celebration (two blush shades swirled together on my cheeks, bronzer on the side of my face, as well as a bit on my forehead and nose bridge) and Nahema Smack on me:
Again, I would say the bronzer shows up a bit better in real life, but hopefully you can see how it adds warmth to my face here!
I am going to stop here before this post gets way too long. Are you eyeing either Sun Celebration or Nahema Smack?