In the 1980s, tanned skin was seen as a sign of idleness and abandon, but also of action, success and a relaxed nature. A healthy glow was synonymous with all the pleasure of living. It evoked sunshine, space, freedom and sensuality. By observing the reflections of the sun’s rays on the desert dunes, an idea was born: to bring together the sky and the earth, the sun and the sand.
From the earth, Guerlain Terracotta borrowed its warm and ochre tones. From the sun, it borrowed its golden rays as they shimmer on the joyful ripples of the desert. Close your eyes, breathe in the delicate scent of ylang-ylang, and take your senses on a journey….
Guerlain Terracotta. A unique, vèry fine and silky texture. A distinctive scent, like no other. An ultra-natural result, able to reproduce every nuance and intensity of a tan on th skin. From the moment it was launched, in 1984, Guerlain Terracotta immediately became a beauty essential, a must-have for many make-up artists and women around the world..
Often copied but never equalled, and enriched with a moisturising agent, the Terracotta formula doesn’t dry the skin and provides (vèry) long-lasting comfort. Its success has never faltered. Somewhere in the world, a Terracotta product is sold every… twenty-five seconds! Its name has become synonymous with bronzing powder, with an instant tan, and has slipped into everyday language. Incredibly easy to apply, for a perfectly natural make-up result, Terracotta reveals all the glory of a sun-kissed, healthy glow. Beauty enhancing, sheer, luxurious and gentle, true to values dear to Guerlain, it creates a stunning complexion.
Terracotta, Guerlain’s legendary ‘Holy Grail’ bronzing powder. A sunny motif marked with the double G (more colors availble).
The palette of Terracotta shades is evolving. The shade 00 Clair Blondes is particularly suitable for very fair skin, while 04 Moyen Blondes, with its rosy hue, is ideal for blondes who already have a tan, to heighten their golden glow. The shade 07 Foncé Doré is beautiful on mixed-race skin, while 09 Intense gives a glow to darker skin tones.
I love the texture and colours very much. You may apply Terracotta with a thick brush alone or after your foundation, by sweeping a light veil all over the face in a 3-shape on the right side of the face and a mirrored 3 on the left side. It gives a healthy, but very natural color. It’s also perfect as a blusher, or even eyeshadow.
The Terracotta collection also features a Guerlain Terracotta brush, the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint, a healthy glow fluid foundation. And: the Terracotta Perfume
Guerlain Terracotta, the fragrance,
This is the third fragrance of this collection, following Voile d’Été (1999) and Eau Sous le Vent (2009).
Terracotta Le Parfum – The Allure of the Sun, in a Bottle
Guerlain’s in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser interprets the legendary powder as a fragrance. An irresistibly sensual composition, exotic and luminous, inspired by the radiant realm of Terracotta.
The fragrance’s intricate harmony opens on captivatingly fresh notes of bergamot, before developing into a heart of tiaré flower and ylang – ylang. One of Guerlain’s emblematic ingredients, ylang – ylang infuses scents with its warmth. Its sweet, sensual signature finally reveals a delicious vanilla-tinged dry-down. Leaving now for an exotic paradise… and the promise of voluptuous sensations.
The composition comprises of solar floral tones. It opens with accords of bergamot, coconut and tiare flower. Its heart includes white florals such as jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossom, laid on the sultry base of musk and vanilla.
Enriched with a moisturising agent, so the Terracotta formula doesn’t dry the skin ot hair and provides long-lasting comfort.
Russian topmodel Natalia Vodianova features in Guerlain’s Terracotta 2016 ad campaign. She looks stunning, as always.