Summer On My Mind: Guerlain Sun Celebration & Nahema Smack

Guerlain summer 2014 FOTD

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!

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush, Nahema Smack Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine

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 compact

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.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration packaging

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 review

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!

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration closeup

Here is the swatch of the two blush shades on their own and the bronzer:

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration swatch, separate

Here is how the two blush shades look swatched together, as well as all the shades combined:

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush swatch

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:

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta,Terracotta Sun Celebration comparison swatch

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!

Guerlain Nahema Smack (940) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine

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!


Guerlain Nahema Smack (940) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine closeup

Nahema Smack (940) is a what I would call a pink grapefruit with a good dose of silver shimmer.

Guerlain Nahema Smack (940) Gloss applicator

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:

Guerlain Nahema Smack (940) swatch

This is how it looks on my lips:

Guerlain Nahema Smack lip closeup

Since we are talking about Nahema Smack, we can’t forget about Nahema Rouge Automatique! Here is the two side by side:

Guerlain Nahema Smack (940), Nahema Rouge Automatique (143) swatch

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:

Guerlain Sun Celebration, Nahema Smack summer 2014 FOTD

Guerlain Sun Celebration, Nahema Smack FOTD

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?

  • sesy hasan

    Is this similar with winter capri terra azzurra that they sold 2 years ago? Thanks

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sesy, I don’t own Terra Azzurra, but from online swatches I can see that the bronzer part of this one is much less orange. I would say this version might be more universally-flattering compared with Terra Azzura. Hope this helps!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    It’s so pretty! But orangey! Hmmm, I wonder if it’ll pull more pink on my though? Guess we’ll just have to watch it in person haha! You look so good with this pop of orangey bronze on your cheeks! Love it on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! I hope this won’t pull too orange on you. If you see the bronzer swatched on its own, I think it’s just fine!

  • corallista

    The bronzer is gorgeous! Will look out for that one here.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I hope you’ll get to check it out soon, Ankita!

  • Syirael

    The bronzer is too orange for me, although the packaging is gorgeous, as ever with Guerlain. The lip gloss, on the other hand, looks like something that’s just up my alley… *drools* 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, if you’re fairer this bronzer might be too dark for you. The gloss on the other hand, is definitely worth checking out!

  • Sofia

    Lovely, I didn’t realise there was an orange bit in the bronzer last time, I thought there were two pink bits. So its even better than what I thought! Is the lipgloss very shimmery? I don’t like shimmer in gloss but this looks pretty toned down in the swatches and i love the colour! Am eyeing both :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I’d say the gloss is shimmery, but not over the top (it’s delicate, too. Not what I’d call micro-glitter). The BEST thing about Guerlain shimmer is that it wears off with the lippies. I find that some shimmer looks more and more prominent as lippies wear off, and I don’t like that.

  • Bella

    I want both. I must have that bronzer, especially. I am currently also really enjoying Crazy terracotta and I am currently NC40. So Sun Celebration will be my good holiday colour. I love that it is not tooooo warm. When will they launch, Sunny? I like Guerlain glosses. As I shall never tire of pointing out, I hate their lipsticks and will be skipping the Rouge Automatique ;).
    I must just add: what on earth is a Nahema Smack? They must have totally run out of ideas for gloss names LOLOL!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, oh Sun Celebration will definitely work for you! I still don’t know when they will launch. The second I get the PR info I’ll let you know!

      The name is kinda funny, but man, the gloss itself is stunning!

  • BeautiesEva

    Guerlain will always be my favourite brand :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s definitely my top 3, too!

  • Judith

    I really can’t afford it, but I want the bronzer so bad. It’s so pretty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww do you have your birthday or something coming up? Maybe you can put it on your wish list!

      • Judith

        My birthday is this Sunday, won’t be out yet. But I’ll find an excuse!

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Early happy birthday! Maybe you can save the present quota for this one :)

  • 38noodles

    The terracotta is hitting me in all the right places with my love of pinks, apricots and bronzing! Also loving that gloss on you! Totally agree about their gloss formula, cant wait to try it in person.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, girl! I hope you’ll like these as much as I do!

  • Icaria

    Yup Terracotta Célébration will be mine! I left my name at the counter just to be on the safe side! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha wow you acted FAST!

      • Icaria

        I did! I have the feeling this little number just might become Coral Glow’s nemesis! :)

  • Lily

    The bronzer / blush. It looks so beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It is beautiful! Now I can’t wait to turn into my summer shade!


    the packaging is to die for! and the products look gorgeous too :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! The powder itself is excellent. Doesn’t hurt the packaging is so easy on the eyes as well!

  • AnneliesDP

    The bronzer and lipgloss are so pretty! Love these products already!
    Love, Annelies

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Annalies, you should check these out! They are typical summer pieces but exciting nonetheless!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Dat bronzer blush! (a make-up addict’s version of ‘dat ass’) I rrrreally like the look of it! This begs for more exploration! :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, you should check it out when it becomes available!

  • Larie

    I’m not usually crazy about bronzer-blush, but holy moly that one is pretty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I don’t collect bronzers, but the Guerlain ones might have to be an exception!

  • Dominique33

    Gorgeous summer powder, I will purchase it as soon as it’s available.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I hope you’ll like it as much as I do, Dominique!

  • Rowan – RebelliousyetRomantic

    I love the lipshade. :) xx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Me too! It’s a gloss I can make an exception for!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    The bronzer looks really great !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s pretty and the quality is excellent! Exactly what I’d expect from Guerlain.

  • Teri

    Oh yay, I love how both products look on you. The bronzer looks even better than I thought, looove! ^^

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Teri! I think the bronzer will be very natural in summer!

  • Christina

    I would buy that bronzer just to stare at it. It is gorgeous!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I really look forward to the Guerlain one every summer. They seem to keep getting better!

  • Catherine

    AHH How insanely pretty is that compact? Love the colors. And the lip color is beautiful too :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, it’s SO pretty! I’m kinda in love with Nahema Smack, too!

  • JhoAnne Luna

    nice review. hope you could post a comparative review of Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder & Blush with other Guerlain bronzers :) I like the gloss the blush/bronzer :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girl, I actually only own Crazy Terracotta and not the regular Guerlain bronzers (oops)! All I can tell you is Sun Celebration is darker than most Guerlain bronzers I have been matched to (00 Nude Terracotta 4 Seasons, 03 Brunettes Terracotta Light, and 02 Terracotta).

      • JhoAnne Luna

        I see. but in terms of finish/glow which do you like more the Crazy Terracotta or the new Sun Celebration?

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey girl, I personally prefer matte or satiny bronzers. Sun Celebration is matte, and Crazy Terracotta is a bit satiny. For me, they’re both good, but for different seasons!

  • Nikki P.

    I’m drooling over that Sun Celebration. It’s totally perfect for summer!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It really is! So holiday-friendly as well!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    can’t get over that wood packaging. way too classy and those colors look perfect! the pink shade by itself makes for an awesome blush and even blended together, the colors would work for me i think.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, make sure you check this one out! It’s hard to pick just ONE quarter up on its own, although if you have a smaller blush brush you can probably come pretty close.

      • jenn @Abeautifulzen

        will do!

  • Jaa

    That Bronzing Powder & Blush!! SO PRETTY. I think I’ll attempt to make my first purchase of Guerlain bronzer this year. Thanks to you, Sunny! Haha. <3 Is the shimmery part in the center just an overspray?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Jaa! The shimmer is just an overspray. It disappears really fast. Run your finger or brush over it, and it’s gone!

  • Liz

    I am severely tempted by both products! The bronzer is definitely worth the cost since it’s like having 4-6 products all in one. I’m saving myself for that one, lol.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha great! If you get these, I hope you’ll love them! It’s great that Guerlain puts SO much product in it, too. Makes it worth the price :)

  • Shayne♥

    look at that wooden packaging :3 i like how the colors are when combined esp the 2 blushes really really pretty, but i feel like i like Crazy Terracotta more :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Shayne, I’ve been getting along splendidly with Crazy Terracotta, but I wonder if it’ll still make a difference when summer comes! We’ll have to wait and see.

  • expatmuaddict

    I will probably pass I think even though I think Guerlain do make up beautifully. The bronzer will probably be too dark for me and I don’t want to go for the gloss because it has a terrible name!!! It sounds like a new version of some hard core drug! LOL Guerlain I am holding that against you!!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Stacey, I think you are right. The bronzer might be too dark for you indeed.

      Haha yeah the name :p I wonder if they will “sanitize” it for the US again. It’s like while we have “Candy Strip,” in the US it is known as “Candy Stripe.”

  • Jacqueline Ma

    Aw… hat a pretty blush and bronzer combo. Guerlain makes such beautiful makeup. I have to resist this.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha well you know it’ll be hard… :p

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    This bronzer is stunning!! I think this might be the summer I finally cave and pick up a Guerlain bronzer! And the Nahema Smack gloss is beautiful on you! Pink Grapefruit is the perfect description. XOXO :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Kristen! I’d love to see Sun Celebration on you!

  • Juliet Polilova

    I really liked the Guerlain bronzer, just yesterday they prested it in Moscow :)

    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yay! Glad to hear you like it! I just checked out your post. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • silverkis

    I can’t believe you have gotten hold of this Terracotta already!!!! The one I had from last summer is still mostly untouched, of course, but I need this gorgeous one!!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha the one from last year is really more like a collector’s item to me. I pull it out sometimes just to gawk at its beauty 😉

  • Paris B

    I love Crazy Terracotta and I was thinking of getting this one but now that you mention that it’s a bit warmer/orange I’m hesitant. I don’t wear bronzers well and this does look like it is more of a bronzer than a blush so pretty as it is, I think I’ll give it a miss. I haven’t been very tempted by anything this year yet! It’s so strange :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Paris, uh to be honest, I think this will most probably be too dark for your skin tone. Maybe you should take a look at their regular bronzers? I used Crazy Terracotta all the time till very recently. Now it’s a little too light for me!