I’ve been testing Guerlain Terracotta Teint D´Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer ($46) in Blondes, part of the line’s Summer 2010 Terracotta collection. I was originally skeptical of the product–one might look like one is wearing the wrong color foundation or went over-the-top with a spray tan.
I am a passionate believer in sunscreen. I don’t use self-tanners, because my skin care regimen would exfoliate off the effect almost overnight. Instead, I’ve gone with powder or liquids applied in selected areas for a more natural look. Still, I often envy the overall softly tanned look on some that I see. Also, I thought that if anyone can make bronzer look good (or, at least, natural), it’s Guerlain. So I ordered the lighter Blondes from Nordstrom.com to give it a try.
The tinted moisturizer comes in a luxe glass bottle with a gold-colored pump, and a simulated wood-textured plastic cap. The application is somewhat sheer– I would say about one-half the coverage of a light foundation such as Chanel Tient Innocence Fluid. This allows a bit of your natural skin to peek through. As an aside, I used this with my physical sunscreen (Elta MD Physical 41), so combined I had sufficient coverage.
The texture is glowy, allowing the surface of the skin to have a bit of sheen. Guerlain took the “moisturizer” in the product name seriously, it feels very luxurious, nourishing and moisturizing. It lasted well through a ten-hour day on my combination skin.
As far as the color, it took my MAC NC15/Chanel Cameo Intensity 1.0 down a good two to three shades. I got a few questions about whether I had spent some time in the sun from others, and I looked like I had. I added a bit of darker powder bronzer on the cheeks to break up the “all one color” look, and of course a pink blush. There were no orange tones on my warm skin, and no shimmer bits either. It was sort of a sheer wash of color that looked liked I had acquired a light tan.
I know that some “embrace the pale,” but sometimes I enjoy adding some tan look to my skin. I know that I’ll continue to use the Guerlain Tinted Moisturizer over the summer. My sense is that it looks about as natural as a good self-tanner (again, the color looked natural not orange or brassy). I’m going to give this a cautious positive recommendation, but this is very much a Your Mileage May Vary product, depending on your skin tone. It’s worth looking at if you’d like a bit of a natural glow with a nice, moisturizing feel. If at all possible, try before you buy so that you can tell whether you’ll like the effect on your skintone.