Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Summer Bronzing Powder in Blondes Hâlées ($50) is a reformulation of its formerly-released Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder. Although the products look similar at first glance, the formula, color and tone of the products are quite different.
As both versions are still being sold, and it is worth a pause so that we can tell the difference.
The packaging of both is nearly identical. There are two differences to look for: First, the older versions are called “Blondes” and “Brunettes.” The new versions are called “Blondes Hâlées” and “Brunettes Hâlées.” Second, the limited edition version for Summer 201 uses the phrase “Summer Bronzing Powder” on the packaging and compact. The older version does not. Also, the new Hâlées have a slight pebbled look to the ornate embedded logo on the compact. The older version is simpler, without the dotted texture that surrounds the swirling, embedded “G’s.”
This review focuses on Blondes Hâlées, which I recently purchased and compared to my former Blondes.
The primary differences are:
- The texture of Blondes Hâlées is much softer and easier to pick up on the brush. The older Blondes seems quite hard by comparison.
- Blondes Hâlées is a deeper, darker color.
- Blondes Hâlées is a more intense, more dramatic bronzer.
- Blondes Hâlées has redder undertones, which is more akin to a tiny pink-red that looks more like sun-exposed “tan with a touch of red”.
- The older Blondes has a sheerer golden tone.
Hare side-by-side swatches:
I prefer the new formulation. Blondes Hâlées has a beautiful natural tone with a pretty golden shimmer. I had to beat the pigment out of the former Blondes to get sheer coverage. Blondes Hâlées gives a more natural look and is much easier to work with.
Here is a comparison — on the left, no bronzer. On the right, Blondes Hâlées:
Although Guerlain Blondes Hâlées is a deeper color tone, I find the effect quite natural. Her skin takes on a pink tone, without any trace of orange.
Below, Liz added a pop of pink blush (Bobbi Brown French Pink) on top of Blondes Hâlées:
So, between the Edward Bess Daydream that I reviewed last and the Guerlain, which do you prefer?