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