Monday, April 9, 2012

A Guerlain Gem

Guerlain runs a giveaway on Twitter, called Tuesday Tips. You tweet a question during the allotted time, and that enters you into the giveaway for a random Guerlain prize. A few weeks ago, I won one, and was quite ecstatic. I was even more thrilled when I received my prize: one of the new Terracotta blushes for summer. The full name appears to be, "Terracotta Sun Shimmer Highlighting Blush" (a mouthful, to be sure); I received Sunny Pink.*

It's a liquid blush and comes in a slim pump, which is delightful. The pump is easy to control, so you don't have to worry about squirting out insane amounts of product. You can get as much or as little as you want. The consistency is light and fluid, but sets down quite nicely after a few moments. It's not so quick that you can't blend it out, but it does dry down so that you don't have to worry about it looking, er, moist. Moist is not a good look, you know?
On the left, a heavy swatch, blended out some. On the right, simply smeared out so that you can see the color of the liquid when it's first pumped out. It's quite shimmery.

Sunny Pink is a rather coral-esque, peachy pink, with lots of tiny gold shimmer. It reminds me a bit of NARS Orgasm, I suppose, although I've never swatched that personally, and the shimmer here is far finer than in that powder blush. This is also more pink. I suppose it's just the peachy-pink + gold shimmer idea that reminds of the (in)famous O-blush. Really, with the amount of shimmer in Sunny Pink, and the way you can sheer out the color, I think this product probably qualifies more as a tinted highlighter than as a blush.
Blended out fully, in direct sunlight. You can see all the shimmer!

At first I was a bit startled, because holy moly, it's shimmery. If you apply with your fingers, it will look pretty much like the above swatch on the left (that's a bit heavier than I'd use for my cheeks, but it's the same general ratio of color + shimmer). I've taken to applying with a stippling brush; I still get the pink color, but far less of the shimmer. If I wanted to amp up the drama, though, I'd apply with perhaps a foundation brush or fingers. Either way, it's very lovely. It starts off relatively sheer, but is buildable. However, adding on more color also adds on more sparkle, so there is a limit to how boldly pink it can be.

Because of that, I initially wasn't really impressed with the color (aren't there enough NARS Orgasm wannabes out there?). However, the texture and ease of use elevates this one; it's fluid and not sticky, easy to apply and the sparkles aren't chunky or flaky like they can be in powder blushes. After using it a few times, I've decided that it's one of those products that just kind of completes the look, if you know what I mean. The shimmer is just right and highlights my cheeks so that I look a bit more sculpted. I've tried this alone, and over another blush, varying the intensity, and I'm quite pleased. It's the perfect summer item.

If you're not a fan of shimmer, I'd definitely skip; I don't think this is in any way a must-have. At $41, it's right up there with Guerlain's other luxe, pricey items. It also has the signature Guerlain cosmetics scent (which I actually like, it appears), though it fades upon application. But if you like liquid blushes - and highlighters, because it really is more of a highlighter - and are looking for an exquisite summer treat, this might be it.

*Item was received as the prize in a sweepstakes-style Twitter contest sponsored by Guerlain. This is not a paid or prompted review.