Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Turns a Lot of Heads!

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint in Natural FOTD

I got wind of the new Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint (Beautifying Foundation. Sun-Kissed Healthy Glow) a while ago, and I was told Natural (the second lightest shade) would probably be my match. As luck would have it, I received a sample sachet in the shade and I decided to give it a go!

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint review

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint in Natural sample sachet

First thing first: what is this foundation supposed to do?

According to Guerlain, Terracotta Joli Teint is “a single formula that combines the perfection of foundation, the beautiful effect of a skincare product, and the sun-kissed radiance of Terracotta.” The complexion is supposed to be “instantaneously warmer, more even, and naturally radiant.”

Terracotta Joli Teint comes in a plastic tube with a pump and goes for about 45 euros here in Belgium. I imagine it is more travel-friendly than their standard luxurious glass bottle. There are 5 shades in total. Since I am matched to the second lightest, I would say those who are on the paler end of the spectrum might have problems finding a match.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint in Natural swatch:

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint in Natural swatch

When I first swatched Natural, I thought it is much too dark and too warm for my skin tone. However, I totally forgot my inner arm is paler than my face. On my NC 25- 30 skin tone (I am 03 Beige Natural in Guerlain foundations), Natural blends in well. On its own, I wouldn’t say it “darkens” my skin, but I can definitely see the undertone is somehow warmer.

Let me put it this way: you know how sometimes by just looking at your face, you know a foundation shade is “off” on you? I don’t get that with Terracotta Joli Teint. When I look at my face, I can tell something is different, but not in an “what is wrong with this picture” kind of way. The difference becomes more noticeable when I look down at my neck, which seems much yellower in comparison. Therefore, I prefer to blend Terracotta Joli Teint onto my neck as well.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint & corresponding Terracotta bronzers

The Terracotta Joli Teint/bronzer matching chart.

Formula-wise, I am extremely impressed with Terracotta Joli Teint. Those who have really sensitive skin might definitely want to do a patch test first, as it is moderately tiare-scented. The consistency is not too thick but not too runny, and it feels lightweight on. I can apply Joli Teint with either my fingers or a brush, though I prefer a brush in this case. The coverage is sheer to medium (and you can build it up to be medium), and I have no problem using my regular concealers on top (I was worried the different undertones wouldn’t blend together quite as well). The finish is more or less satin. The interesting thing is while it advertises a “glow,” my T-zone actually gets shiny a bit slower with Terracotta Joli Teint. Even when it does, it never goes over the top.  It also has great lasting power, on par with regular Guerlain foundations!

There are a couple more photos here for you to see how Terracotta Joli Teint in Natural looks on me. I blended it all the way down to my neck, and I also added some Guerlain Sun Celebration to my cheeks and the “3” shape on the side of my face.

You might wonder why I chose to do more bronzer. The answer is for me, wearing bronzer is as much about some extra warmth and healthy appearance as it is about dimension. While Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint covers the warmth and healthy glow part, when I use it all over your face like a regular foundation, I prefer to pop some of that dimension back on. A nice added benefit of Terracotta Joli Teint is it makes bronzer blend more easily and beautifully on top! As you can see, I definitely look way more bronzed than I actually am, but hopefully it hasn’t gone into the “carrot” territory!

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint, Bobbi Brown Sapphire Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, Guerlain Sun Celebration, Dior Riviera Addict Extreme, Guerlain Nahema Smack look

I’m showing you my hand (with Dior Pandore Vernis on my nails) and neckline here for you to see the undertone difference. In retrospect, it would have been smart to pop some self-tanner or the like on my décolleté. However, the weather was so wacky that I actually went out with something with a big collar, and nobody could see anything more than a bit of my neck!

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint FOTD

For the rest of my face, I have Bobbi Brown Sapphire Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner (review coming soon), Dior Riviera Addict Extreme, and Guerlain Nahema Smack Gloss d’Enfer on.

If you think the result of using Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint all over the face is not subtle enough, how about getting your shade match and using it where you would normally wear bronzer instead, or mixing some into your winter foundation? I think it is fabulous for this transitional period of time, when you desire a bit of color but your skin tone is not there yet!

Bottom line: Formula-wise, I would definitely recommend Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint. I like the finish as well as how it works for my skin. If you are into a bronzed look at all, or if you are looking for something that could help you transition into spring and go on wearing well in summer, you should get yourself some and try it at home (which you should always do in terms of base products)!

Let’s circle back to the title of this post: I got looked at a lot the day I wore this look out, by people of both genders and different ages! I am hoping they were wondering where I got this nice tan from! Admittedly this is pretty much as bronzed as I would ever go, but I actually enjoyed it! Next time, I’m using it in lieu of bronzer to see how it turns out!

Here is the ingredient list:

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint ingredients

Is Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint right up your alley or something that scares you a little?


  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I like the idea of this for sure! I think at the moment I’m a bit too pale for it, but if I use the Clarins Self tanner for face BAM! The light wold probably work well for me! My problem is the price, so I’m waiting to pick it up next time I can get it for free with my points haha! You look lovely with a tan Sunny!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! I’d like to hear how Light works for you!

  • Bella

    I really love this product on you!! It gives you a gorgeous glow and doesn’t look fake at all. It is a pain having to blend it down, though. (I utterly adore the navy gel liner too: irrelevant as always). I am really excited because all Guerlain base products have a habit of turning too pink/orange on me, except their BB cream, in which the shade 2 was just too light. I think I’ll be swatching Medium in this one! (And hunting down and nailing that liner LOL).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Bella! If you don’t want to blend down, it’d be a good idea to at least throw some bronzer on your neck. If you lay your hands on this, I hope you’ll like it as much as I do! I bet it’ll look really good on you!

      You’ll get to read more about the liner tomorrow!

      • Bella

        You will not believe it: I left work a bit earlier, got the last Joli Tint in Medium (Yup, it’s a bit obvious at the jawline, and I’ll have to do some experimenting there, but WHAT a glow!!!), and……in one smooth move, went past the Bobbi Brown counter and snapped up Sapphire. A gel liner that’s a pencil? Intriguing. I can’t wait to see how you use it, tomorrow. I need help, seriously.

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Haha yaaaay! So your initial experience is the same with mine. I think a bit o bronzer on the neck will help though (or maybe self-tanner? I really cant say because I haven’t experimented much with those)!

          Oh I just line my eyes with Sapphire as usual, but you’ll get a better look at it tomorrow! xx

  • Sofia

    Bronzer for me is also about health and dimension and not about looking tanned. This seems like an interesting product, though I must say that I don’t usually apply makeup on my neck, though I must admit I’ve been putting bronzer on my neck lately… Interesting concept I’ve never though about a bronzer in foundation form.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, nope me either. You don’t HAVE to blend it down, but applying some bronzer on the neck is a good idea.

      I know there are liquid bronzers, which I have never really tried. This is definitely something different though!

  • truecolorjoy

    i’m a traditional asian. i like products that make me whiter not tanner 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha no problem 😉 I get that, too!

  • 38noodles

    Looks like another winner from Guerlain! It looks beautifully natural on you, and really love that liner on you! I got their BB cream from last summer and love it, so can’t wait to see if this is worth the splurge too.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Noodles!

      I think the Guerlain BB cream is the only Guerlain base product I tried and didn’t like. The lighter shade is too light for me, and the darker shade too dark. I can’t remember much about the formula itself, but it didn’t wow me!

      • 38noodles

        I agree, the BB shades were crap, and Light is too light on me, but after oxidization and a bit if bronzer it’s a very good match. If you like this much more than the BB, then I’ll really need to keep an eye out for it’s launch here!

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          I kinda wonder if Joli Teint will ever make its way to Taiwan. To be honest, it doesn’t look like something that will sell well there.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    For me Guerlain does the best bronzers, but I’ve actually only tried the different powders so very curious about this one :o) Xx

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    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Charlotte, do check the foundation out! The idea is interesting, and they executed it well!

  • Siri Lovise Eliassen

    This one is great. I want it, but the summer months are over so soon here, so I wouldn’t even be halfway through the tube before having to resort to a paler option – and I can just get away with the lightest shade with a little help from Clarins as it s :p It has a lovely finsh and texture, though – and I don’t think you’d be way off base opting for this one in summer 😉 Speaking of wacky weather – i got in from my run little more than an hour ago and it was a decent temperature with a bit of sushine. Now, however, it’s so thick with snow I can’t see to the other side of the water.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I see your point! If Light fits you well now, you can at least blend some into your regular foundation later. If Light is barely light enough for you now, then you won’t get that much out of your investment!

      We’ve been having typical spring weather here. For 5 minutes there is a bit of sun, and for the next 5 dark clouds and rain!

  • Syirael

    This sounds really interesting! I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever swatched a Guerlain foundation that didn’t come up almost Cheeto orange on me (I exaggerate, obviously, but not by much!), but if warmth is what you’re going for, this sounds like a nice product.

    In other (similar) news – I swatched that new Matte Chanel foundation the other day, but they only have samples in one shade (not mine), and they don’t decant. :-( Means I’ll have to go in and get a whole (or half) face done at the counter if I want to go outside and take a look at it in daylight! 😛 Super curious, though!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Syl, aww so sorry to hear that! The problem with Guerlain foundations is there are never that many shades. If you can find a match, they’re GREAT. However, many people fall through the cracks!

      It’d be great if you could get your makeup done there though! I don’t even think you’ll need help from the SA, since you can easily blend that one in with your fingers :p

  • Divya

    Such a detailed review! It sure looks amazing on you! The only Guerlain foundation I have tried was Lingerie de Peau and it was the best one I had tried!

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    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Divya! I actually haven’t tried lingerie de Peau, but people rave a lot about the formula!

  • Diana

    It sounds great but is probably waaay to dark for me. I’m a NC15 so… But I do think it looks great on you, like you’ve got a nice tan!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Diana, you can maybe look into Light, but I can’t promise you anything! If you’re not into bronzing however, you can most probably safely skip this!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Looking good, Sunny ! I haven’t tried any of the Terracotta products yet but I’m a big fan of bronzer.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Jill! You should definitely check Joli Teint and Guerlain bronzers out!

  • Judith

    That looks so good on you! Most of Guerlain’s foundation are too dark for me, but the jolie tint might actually work.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Judith! Hmm if their regular foundations are too dark for you, I can’t promise you anything about this one! Swatch Light and see if it works!

  • Natasja

    I like that it gives a sun kissed glow! Talk about two products in one 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Natasja! I’ve got to try this in places where I normally use my bronzer.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    It definitely doesn’t look off to me! I need to get my hands on a sample of this…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I say DEFINITELY ask for a sample! I really like the formula!

  • Christina

    I’ll have to get a sample of this. The finish does look really nice on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Christina! I hope you’ll be able to lay your hands on some!

  • Larie

    Guerlain tends to turn orange on me in the first place, so I think I can safely rule this one out for me. It looks like a great way to get some summer glow, though!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha OK, never mind then 😉 You can always achieve a similar effect with some bronzer, too!

  • peggy timmermans

    I love the finish of this foundation and the way it looks on my skin! For me it’s a medium coverage already, well depends how I apply it. But I’ really fond of this one!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah this actually covers pretty well, and the lasting power is on par with other Guerlain foundations.

  • Pinks (@naturelbellefemme)

    Wow. Sounds an amazing foundation. Nice detailed review dear :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m glad you found it helpful!

      I personally like the finish and lasting power :)

  • Lena L

    Guerlain and Chanel are two brands that offer excellent foundations yet with wrong colors for me, generally speaking. I wouldn’t know about this one.
    Your complexion looks so natural and healthy with this one, though. It is like you had spent a nice afternoon at a beach. Love that blue liner, too. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww so sorry to hear that, Lena! The problem is their shade selections are quite small, so a lot of people fall through the cracks. I don’t know if the lightest shade will be light enough for you, but I have the impression that you don’t usually go for a bronzed look?

  • Whitney

    I have yet to try other high end foundations! I am still working through my bottle of dior i got 1.5 years ago! :( Your skin looked like it a had a healthy soak in the sun, so jealous!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha yeah you might want to finish that bottle up :)

      Thanks, Whitney! I can assure you I didn’t. It’s the magic of this foundation :p

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    ok. it scares me just a little bit LOL. my face is already a bit darker than my neck and i just wait for the rest of my body to darken up during the summer. its pain to find the right foundation color but going a bit more bronzed never really works for me :(

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, I have the opposite problem! My face is paler than my neck, which is why most of the time reaching for a bronzer is a good idea for me. I started using one systematically not THAT long ago, but I can see why some avoid them altogether!

  • Jaa

    I’m not sure about using it all over the face but your suggestion on using it as bronzer is a neat idea! You look especially gorgeous today — no wonder people were checking you out!! 😀

    But more than anything, I love your nails in this post. <3

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Jaa! Yeah if using it all over seems over the top, blend some into the areas where you’d normally use a bronzer.

      It’s Dior Pandore! It’s SOOOO incredibly glossy on its own, and I added their Gel Coat!

  • Icaria

    I really need to get a sample to see how it turns out on me. Maybe I could finally get a “tan” for a change! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha now I have to tackle my paler than pale LEGS. They aren’t very nice to look at for the moment!

  • Catherine

    This looks nice, but what really caught my eye is your gorgeous liner! Love the pop of still-pretty-neutral color and the wing

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha thanks, Catherine! That’s Bobbi Brown Sapphire :)

  • Liz

    I practically wept while returning my tube, lol. It’s a beautiful foundation but just not fitting enough to splurge on an entire full size for. Still can’t get over its smooth texture and glow!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, yeah that’s the thing. I can’t accumulate more base products anymore! Also, “summer” really is only that long here. I’ll barely use a quarter of the tube before a tan starts looking too obviously fake. *sigh*

  • Nikki P.

    I do like the glow it gives you, so beautiful! And I’m wondering how the lightest shade will look like.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Nikki! I’ve seen some swatches around, and it seems to blend in well with paler skin tones! You should see if you can swatch it :)

  • Claire

    sounds promising! guerlain makes wonderful foundations and I like them a lot. I don’t need more foundations and I think the lightest shade will be too dark for me anyways. I really like how polished your skin is here xxx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Claire, it’s nice to see you around again!

      The finish really is very pretty! I think I’ll blend the rest of my sachet into where I normally apply bronzer. As an overall foundation, I’ll have to blend down to my neck, and I’m not sure I will make a habit out of doing that!

  • Perilously Pale

    You are so right. While Clair/Light is definitely too dark on me it manages not to look off. I just look like I have a healthy glowing tan. I just love the finish of it. Looks fantastic on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Christa! The finish IS very pretty, and I like how it amazingly keeps my T-zone matte for a good amount of time!

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