Guerlain Terracotta Chic Tropic
Oh, this beauty! Inspired by the 1920’s interiors (think stylized palm prints) of Miami, this is a treat for the eyes as well as the complexion. I’m not sure how anyone could ever bust it up with a brush – swatching was almost painful because I didn’t want to disturb it at all!
Unlike Armani, which oversprays everything and never mentions a word, Guerlain doesn’t hide the fact that the gold is sprayed, meaning that it doesn’t carry on through the bronzer but merely sits on top looking lovely. If you don’t want a completely gold cheek initially, you’ll have to brush it away or accept that to start with you will have a mix of gold and bronze that will eventually just be bronze with some tiny peach accents. They’re also there to look pretty.
The powder is scented: a blend of ylang ylang, orange blossom and vanilla – very holidayish – and the container is a tin. Tan in a tin. As a brand, Guerlain produces some exquisite pieces: there are plenty of collectors, so at £49, I think Chic Tropic will appeal to them. I also think that if you’re having coffee in the sunshine on the promenade in Nice or Cannes, this is going to fit right in, and while it is absolutely lovely and glamorous, in terms of practical use, you can certainly bronze more cost-effectively! I love it, and I’m keeping it for ever.
The swatch is a slightly bronze gold – it’s what you’ll get at the top of the palette before you work your way down. I didn’t dig in to get to the Terracotta. What do you think?