Apr 202011

Guerlain’s official press email arrived with full information about their Terra Inca Summer 2011 collection.  Every year, I’ve looked forward to Guerlain’s summer offerings and they have always exceeded my high expectations.  This year looks like one of the best ever.


Terra Inca Star Powder ($70) has two subtly pearl shades: a highlighting golden beige and a bronze-tinted pink. Together these shades will embellish your complexion while warming the skin with an iridescent glow. This comes in a gorgeous engraved case that will look gorgeous on your makeup table.  You can find Café Makeup’s review, swatches and makeup look here.  Some of Guerlian’s application tips:

  • Apply with Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzing powder to illuminate tanned complexions or use on its own for a natural glow.
  • Apply to curves of the face to add instant radiance to the complexion.
  • Apply to the décolleté and shoulders for a natural shimmer.

Terre Indigo 4-shade Eyeshadow ($59) Guerlain has created interlacing, intense colors, sprinkled with golden arabesques. Like colorful Incan qompi fabrics woven from shadows and pigments, the Terre Indigo eyeshadow includes vibrant orange, an intense blue, a deep brown and a lighter brown, speckled with a pale golden tone.   Application tips from Guerlain:

  • Simply chic: apply the light brown tone to the eyelid, layer the orange shade on the upper part, then give more intensity to the eyes by applying the darker brown to the outer corner of the eye.
  • Trendy:  apply the orange shadow to the eyelid fold, sweep a single blue tone over the eyelid and add a small amount of light brown to the outer corner of the eye.
  • Fiesta Vibe: apply the orange tone to the entire eyelid, add the blue shadow to the eyelid fold, then apply the light brown shade along the lashes and the dark brown shade under the lower lashes. Dressed in a golden glimmer, sea sparkles and sunlight, the eyes are ready to show off a bold look.


Ombre Fusion Cream Eyeshadow ($35 each) is has the softness of a powder, the richness of a cream and the lightness of water all in one.These eyeshadows reveal a spectacular metallic effect by adorning the eyelids with fabulous shimmering reflections. The effect is striking and will last from dawn to dusk. Designed to resist heat and dips in the ocean, the Ombre Fusion eyeshadows are the first Guerlain cream eyeshadows specially created for summer! Available in 3 shades: 01 Bahia, 02 Havana, 03 Maya.  Guerlain’s application tips:

  • Apply the eyeshadow to the eyelid with the applicator, then blend in with fingertip to create an illuminated effect.
  • Use the beveled side of the Ombre Fusion applicator for a metallic liner effect.

NaturalNChic Makeup has some preliminary swatches of these cream eyeshadows (and of the Terre Indigo palette here). I’ve got these on order, and hoping to review them when they arrive.  Yuki’s Lazy Channel has several items swatched here, including these glosses…

This year’s Terracotta Glosses ($30.50 each) look delicious, don’t they?  I think this is the summer of neon!  According to Guerlain, “just in time for summer and plenty of scorching kisses, Guerlain presents three new Terracotta Gloss creations. Neon fuchsia, sunny coral, flamboyant red make lips look mischievous and ravishing, dangerously delicious. These neon colors are sheer on application and will add shine while giving an instant radiance boost to the face! Their secret? A luminous and translucent formula, free of sparkles but packed with pigments. This non-sticky gloss can be applied at any time of day for an ultra-sensual effect.”  Available in 3 shades: 07 Salsa, 08 Mambo, 09 Tango.

Guerlain’s is also re-releasing the Khol Kajal ($36), which I haven’t tried but it makes me very curious.  This summer’s color is called Black Frida (#01).

By the way, if you are thinking of ordering online, I’ve been receiving some very good service from the Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas, at (702) 732-7008.  For my last order, they sent out this sweet gift with purchase:

I do not know whether they are running anything currently, but they have been nice about waiving shipping for larger orders, perfume samples and other gifts with purchase.

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  19 Responses to “Guerlain Summer 2011 Preview- Terra Inca”

  1. i can’t wait to try the bronzer and the kajal! i’m always looking around for very black waterline solutions

  2. Hi Amy,

    Was there any information on when the Terra Inca collection will be available online? Is it already at counters? I can’t wait to try that Star Powder after seeing it on Liz and your post on it!


    • Hi Katie, they are going up online on Nordstrom now…and my guess is that the eyeshadow palette will sell out quite quickly. Perhaps the bronzer too.

  3. Those cream eyeshadows look lovely! I can’t wait to see your swatches on those when they come out. The bronzer looks gorgeous as well, I wonder if it would work on darker skintones? I’m much darker than you or Liz (around MAC NC42). As always, I love your blog and looking forward to more posts!

  4. Hi Amy, Do you know if Saks will have this collection online anytime soon?

  5. I hope that Guerlain will have more of the cream eye shadows included in future releases. They are so smooth and creamy and they apply and blend like a dream. I orginally bought Maya and, after playing with it for a couple of days, went back for Havana and Bahia. I love the way these wear without fading, creasing, or migrating. And, what sealed the deal for me is that they don’t dry out my eyelids like so many of the other long wear formulas that I’ve tried. These are very versatile and can be worn as a gorgeous metallic liner, a dramatic sweep of color, or blended out to create a sheer, sparkling veil. They can be used as a base for other shadows or they can be the star attraction. The possibilities are endless. These are outstanding in every way.

  6. BTW, I forgot to mention that I use Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadow brush with these to blend; not my finger. The Cream Shadow brush is made of synthetic fiber and works beautifully with any creamy shadow type of product.

  7. hi amy!!! can you believe in my small town, that they have the whole collection!!! and, i bought most of it!!! but, i’m frustrated because natalia’s lipcolour is not the same as what is offered. it’s way off…..salsa is fuschia and, i want the light pink she’s wearing. i called new york saks and spoke to the guerlain ambassador…he says put salsa first then blot and then use rouge automatique #103 on top. i don’t know about this….it’s frustrating to spend alot of money and have to be wary about your purchase. please let me know if you can find out what her lipshade is….thankyou very much!!! xo

    • Wow-i just did a search for the picture that I think you are talking about –it’s gorgeous!! You don’t have Chanel Magnolia do you (It was limited edition). If so, I’d top that with a high-shine gloss. I’ll email Guerlain but sometimes it takes a while to find out… thanks!

    • Hi Wendy, sorry I emailed Guerlain and they came back with the same “Salsa” that you mentioned in your post. The picture looks so much lighter than the fucshia color that you describe. I’ll take a look next time I’m at a Guerlain counter.

  8. […] has introduced its Inca Collection, and Amy from Café Makeup had the scoop on the exquisite Terra Inca Bronzer. Even the packaging is a […]

  9. Hi, wondrful Amy! I love this Inca star powder bronzer! Tell me, does the package included a hidden brush like the Rouge G did?

  10. So what kind of brush would you recommend for application? And thank you.

    • HI Susie–it depends which effect you would go for. I’d start out softly with a loose powder brush. If that is not intense enough, next time try something more dense (Sephora and Bobbi Brown make excellent bronzing brushes that have concentrated bristles, which gives a heavier application). I believe Guerlain makes a bronzer brush as well, although I haven’t tried it myself. Enjoy!

  11. Hi Amy – How do you think the new Guerlain Inca compares to the old Guerlain Orient Sun and Lady Bronzer? Which one do you think has the most pink to it?

    • I think Lady has the most pink. Orient Sun is very similar. Guerlain Inca has the least pink. Hope this helps!

      • Thank you, Amy! Also – could you and Liz please do a feature on your skincare routines? I have adult acne prone skin, but it is also dry and sensitive! I thought you 2 might have some good ideas…

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