Sunday, February 26, 2012

Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Golden Glimmer Powder "A Sweep of Sunlight"

New Guerlain displays always leave me gasping. It's a wonder I could speak coherently when I saw Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City at Neiman Marcus. I did manage to blurt out the pieces I wanted to take home with me. Golden Glimmer Powder "A Sweep of Sunlight" ($70) was my first selection.

See your tan in a new light, Terracotta Light

The colors on the new display - some new and some repromoted - will make you a bronzed goddess for summer. I wanted to show you the Golden Glimmer Powder first because I suspect it will sell out quickly.

The first thing you should know about this amazing golden highlighter is that it's huge. Four inches in diameter, this compact provides plenty of golden powder to make your face and décolleté glow.

It's almost too pretty to use, with the beautiful ribbon pattern and dual textures. If you look at my photo above carefully, you'll see that there is also a wave in the surface of the powder. This compact is close to kinetic.

Naturally, I swatched A Sweep of Sunlight. It wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. I applied the powder heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator, and I used a dense blush brush for the larger application below. Because Golden Glimmer Powder is intended to be a highlighter, I had to apply many layers to get enough color for photos.

A Sweep of Sunlight is gold, but on my skin, the gold shows me different tones in daylight and evening light. In full sun, the gold has an antique look. In this evening's indoor light, it picks up the colors of its surroundings. What a way to shine! It's an elegant shine. For some reason, it reminds me of old money. If I buff it down, it develops a gleam, but the shine never disappears. Hello sunshine!

Wear this powder as a highlighter, blend it with your bronzer, use it on the high points of your face. Draw attention to your neckline. Be prepared to dazzle.

I tried to get a photo that would show you a light application - read that as normal. I had to back off my arm to get two large swatches in the frame. The top swatch is the one you saw above, and the bottom swatch is applied with a brush, approximately the way I'd apply A Sweep of Sunlight "in real life." If you see the glow at the bottom of my arm, I succeeded.

I've had my eyes on the red carpet as I wrote this feature, and the show is about to start. I'm wondering if any of the celebrities who look so glamorous tonight are wearing A Sweep of Sunlight. It would be the perfect occasion.

I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. If your favorite Guerlain counter doesn't have the Terracotta Sun in the City Collection, it will soon.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty

23 comments:

resham said...

It is Gorgeous!!!!!!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Resham - truly!

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness, it is so pretty! I agree, it IS almost too pretty to use. $70 is a lot though, but it seems like a hefty amount of product and I bet worth every penny!

Leigh said...

I have one word: Exquisite!

Eileen said...

What a lovely gilded highlighter! This bit of gorgeousness is going to fly off the shelves. Pricey, yes, but it will last all through the summer and beyond. I can hardly wait for this beauty to arrive at the counter. I'm also eagerly awaiting the Terra Azzurra bronzer/blusher. Guerlain's summer collection is a beautiful sun kissed collection of gold, coral, and pink. Love it!

Liz said...

Every time I read/see an stunning piece of makeup I have trained myself to repeat 'nothing looks as good on me as being credit card debt free.' So far it seems to be working but I don't know how long it will last.

Dovey said...

The patterning of the pan is simply gorgeous! I'm not sure Guerlain can be outdone in that aspect :)

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Natalie!

I was thinking it was a bargain. It's so big, I was surprised when I checked the price. I was sure it would have cost $90.

Charlestongirl said...

That works, Leigh!

Charlestongirl said...

Eileen, I will try to post the blush from this collection tonight. It is to-die-for.

Charlestongirl said...

Liz, I know how you feel. Honestly? As long as you have that debt-free feeling, hang onto it. It's the best feeling on earth...far better than the glow of golden makeup.

Charlestongirl said...

Hey there, Dovey!

That pattern is a sight! How could it fail to grab a passerby? Guerlain knows how to create an enticing display.

Cynthia57 said...

Is this Sweep of Sunlight by Guealain up for a contest? I would love to try this highlighter. Cynderma@aol.com

Yin said...

How does this compare to the Chanel lucky stripes??? LOL I just ordered it and it is pricy!

P.S. I went the NM for Michael and I called like 3 times, couldn't get a hold of him.... I think I gave up on the Cherry Blossom :(

lovethescents said...

Incredibly beautiful!

Charlestongirl said...

It really is amazing, Lovethescents. I didn't even "need" another gold illuminator, but it called my name.

Charlestongirl said...

Yin, Michael doesn't work seven days/week, and he's not usually there on Sunday or Monday. Try Sunny Choi Noble at (202) 966-9700. Ask for the Bobbi Brown counter and tell her I asked her to get you on the Cherry Blossom list.

Yin said...

You encouraged me! LOL I just called again... no Michael but Sherry (I think, I am horrible with names) helped me. I just ordered the Cherry Blossom and Northern Lights Kaleidoscope, gonna pick it up they say around 3/17. Thank you!!

P.S. I started to follow you on Twitter! ^.^

nikki said...

Gorgeous!!! I must have this!!!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Cynthia!

Nope. This one is mine and not going anywhere. :)

Lena said...

Charlestonegirl, do you think this highlighter will be office appropriate?

Tina said...

Thanks for your reviewing, I was waiting for your review before purchasing this piece. How can you compare this to Nars Albatross ?? Thanks alot <3

Little Red said...

I stopped by the counter today and it was sold out. Mun Gee took down my name and number when the next shipment comes in. We'll see.