Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes, Swatch, Review & FOTD

I wish you all a wonderful week. After the summer time change, somehow my rhythm is messed up a bit. I have problems waking up in the morning and going to bed on time. Each time I ask myself what good does winter/summer time still do. I guess no one knows the answer. Do you like changing the time?

Since 80s, Guerlain is on top of the bronzer game. This year, with Terracotta Collection, the brand adds four new shades to their line-up, #00 Clair Blondes, #04 Moyen Blondes, #07 Fonce Doré and  #09 Intense. I am excited to try the lightest shade #00 Clair Blondes, not because I am very blonde but because I like a subtle bronzer and I always found Terracotta Bronzers to be a bit too dramatic on me. I therefore like their Terracotta Four Seasons line better. Here are my thoughts and comparison swatches of Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes

First things first, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzers are without a doubt the cult product of the brand. The name "Terracotta" though not only indicates summer vibes but also hints the color direction. Created during 80s, these have an obviously there, punch on the face drama, most of the shades lean very warm. During last years some contour/bronzer hybrid products came out with cooler undertones which can be used to sculpt the cheek bones while giving a barely there sun kissed look. In my opinion Terracotta line stays true to those and doesn't want to jump on the bandwagon, even with the lastest additions but before we come to these, here is the close up of the new embossment on the powder surface. I really like it much better than the older one. Other than that, the compact remains unchanged.

Close-up: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes

Guerlain Terracotta line composed of different bronzer types for different needs. In the photo you can see Joli Teint, which is a new line introduced last year. These are supposed to be Belle Mine products to give you a healthy complexion, similar to Chanel Les Beiges. Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint is the sheerest and lightest line (#03 reviewed here).

My favourite line must be Terracotta Four Seasons which is designed to suit the needs in Summer and Winter. The pan is divided into four parts. You can sweep your brush to upper or lower part to adjust the intensity. (#03 reviewed here, #08 is on the photo which I love to bits)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder is the most intense and most warm leaning of Terracotta lines to my experience. I have previously reviewed #02 (here) when they released it with special skins last summer, it was a bit too warm and dark for my winter skin although I ended up enjoying it during summer. 

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes, featuring Joli Teint, Four Seasons and Bronzing #02

Here are some comparison swatches for your reference. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing #00 Clair Blondes is definitely lighter and a tad cooler than Terracotta Bronzing #02 Natural Blondes. I am also pleased to find it to be a little cooler than Joli Teint #03 which was too warm for my taste. Warm and light makes a nice orange blush though. Terracotta Bronzing #00 is also just a little cooler and lighter than 4 Seasons #03. I also added my all time favourite bronzer shade to bronze and contour in 2000s way, Tom Ford Terra. You can see how cool it pulls compared to all the Terracotta products I own.

Comparison swatches: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes, Joli Teint, Four Seasons

All in all I really like this new addition to the line and enjoying it regularly. I don't have to be careful with this shade, I can just apply it with a brush with normal density and it warms up my face nicely. It s maybe not as contoury as Tom Ford Terra but looks lovely and natural. Here me wearing it, the details about this look will be up in a day or two.

FOTD: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #00 Clair Blondes

Final thoughts: I am loving the new addition to otherwise very dramatic Terracotta Bronzing Powder line. #00 Clair Blondes is a great shade for winter skin around NC 15 to 25 although if you have very cool undertones (NWs) it might still look a bit too warm. It smells divine as usual and the new embossment is lovely, worth checking out.

Do you own any Guerlain Terracotta products?

Disclaimer: The product in this post was sent free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.


  1. Hi Sara, thank you for your review and beautiful swatches. I have the 4 Seasons #03 and the original Terracotta #00. I can't see much difference between the old #00 and the new, except that perhaps the old one is slightly more orange. Not enough of a difference for me to get the new shade, anyway. I have very cool undertones so I have to be a bit careful applying it in winter.:)

  2. I have Jolie Teint, the 02 from last year in turquoise shell (untouched, long story short, someone asked me to buy it and then changed their mind so I'm stuck with it) and few limited editions from previous years. I like Terracotta. I know it's a bit pinky orange but it works for me, simply because if I'm ever tanned I turn a bit reddish. So on me, it looks believable.

  3. Some time early last year, I was lemming for a Guerlain bronzer. Not anymore. Muahahaha! I have accepted the fact that I don't use bronzers much (or at all) and I am having a hard time just trying to use up my Dior one!!! Wish I could say that for lipsticks. I don't seem to mind having lots of lipsticks >_<

  4. I used 00 in the old formula and I wear 00 in the newly reformulated version. The color is basically the same, but the finish is a bit different. The reformulated version has that fresh and modern take on luminosity (glow without visible sparkle or shimmer) that this spring's LE Voyage compact Météorites has. Although I only use bronzer during late spring and on into summer, I purchase a new one every year as I like to start the sunny season fresh. When I tried the reformulated Terracotta, I was happy that that annual purchase is part of my MO :-) because it is perfect for creating that subtle, healthy-looking kiss of sunshine that I enjoy as the weather heats up.

  5. Hello beautiful Sara :)
    I can see Honeymoon on your eyes!!! Hahaha
    When I saw this new release I was excited at first because I thought that I could finally find a match for my complexion for this legendary product, but unfortunately that was not the case! I tried the 00 Clair blondes on me and it was so warm again I cannot definitely pull out! So I stay with some collective wooden packaged Terracottas that I never touched but i usually open to sniff the amazing perfume and of course I have and adore the Teracotta perfume which I used so many times when I was in Greece last summer !
    I'm waiting your always beautiful swatches of the Honeymoon! I can't have enough of this palette!

  6. This looks great on you! You look like a true queen of summer! :-)

  7. You have just reminded me about my Guerlain terracottas! It's been a couple of years since I picked up any, but mainly because we don't seem to get these anymore! You are right in that these tend towards orange on me.... which is why I never really took to them. But I remember there were a couple of LE ones from 3-4 years ago that I really loved.... time to get them out!


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