Saturday, April 14, 2012

Guerlain Terracotta Sun In the City Illuminating Powder

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner!  So now is the time to prepare for your sun-kissed looks and challenging the sunshine with your own radiance.  Guerlain's Terracotta Illuminating Powder in Sun in the City, is perfect for this.

This very large  compact contains a lovely gold shimmering powder that is perfect for highlighting the face and giving it a radiant effect.  The mirrored compact contains a nice golden shimmery powder with a lovely  textured and swirled pattern (0.52 oz of product; retail price: $70).

Guerlain says,

"A radiant, metallic powder and sun catcher for face and body, enriched with gold mother-of-pearl to capture and reflect light for a golden, luminous finish. Textured to mimic the sun's rays, Terracotta Sun in the City is available in one universal shade to highlight—and warm up—all skin tones."

Here is a close-up of the surface and texture of the powder:

Here is a swatch:

The product itself is lovely but it's effect, in my opinion, can be easily replicated with a similar toned gold eyeshadow.  The powder itself is very fragrant so keep this in mind if you prefer fragrance-free cosmetics.  I do like the fact that the compact is large and you can easily highlight your shoulders, etc. more quickly with this and a large buffing brush than with a shadow.  It does have a hefty price tag but I am happy with my purchase and here's why:

In years past, i have purchased several of M.A.C.'s highlighting blushes like Marine Life and My Paradise which both featured a lovely gold overspray.  Sadly, the overspray doesn't last for the lifespan of the blush.  With Sun In The City, I can use these blushes and get a similar application as if the overspray was intact.  I do use a light hand as this powder has more of a metallic finish.

Overall rating: Booyah! for the aforementioned reasons and since I know I will give it tons of use.  Many however, may not find the size of the compact, the fragrance or the price tag appealing.

What do you think of it?  A must for summer?

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