REVIEW: Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect

Wow that title sure is a mouthful! I picked up the Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect in the shade ‘Nude’ on my recent travels. This is a product that I had my eye on for a number of months but never got around to purchasing. While I was travelling, I had the opportunity to try it out and I liked it enough to buy it. I am a big fan of the Guerlain brand and I have used a few of their products in the past (you can read about my most recent purchase here).

Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect in ‘Nude’.

Information: Terracotta Skin, the ultimate makeup for a healthy glow seals the groundbreaking marriage between a foundation to even out the complexion and a bronzing powder, for a natural, second skin tanned effect. The velvety, light texture is a combination of a foundation and a bronzing powder. 

How it looks out of the tube. 

Review: This innovative product is marketed as a hybrid between a foundation and a bronzer and warms the face with a beautiful natural glow, while also providing some coverage. It very much provides a ‘second skin’ effect, and blends in seamlessly with the skin. The finish is quite matte, almost velvety. It is undetectable on the skin; it does not look like you are wearing foundation.The texture is quite mousse-like and velvety. It glides onto the skin seamlessly and appears to melt into the skin. The shade ‘Nude’ has quite a peachy/pink undertone, with no yellow undertones. It would suit those with fair to medium skin tones, with no strong yellow undertones. It appears a touch too pink on my skin however it isn’t too noticeable. 

The following photo shows how the products warms up the skin. On the left, my hand is makeup free. On the right, I have applied some of the foundation. As you can see, it has warmed up my skin, and has a slight pink tone. 

A comparison. 

I find the coverage to be on the lighter side. It definitely will not cover major blemishes. I find that I still need to apply concealer to hide blemishes. I use this foundation when I am having a good skin day, with very minor blemishes. I do not use this product if I’ve had major breakouts. It’s great for weekends, when you don’t feel like wearing much makeup and you want an easy, minimal makeup look.

Guerlain always include detailed product information with their products, along with a guide on how to apply the product. I guess applying foundation is probably a no-brainer, but this product includes very specific instructions on how to apply it. If you are simply after a ‘foundation’ effect, apply one layer. Apply another layer if you want a more pronounced tan. If you want an even tanner effect, use Guerlain’s figure “3” technique to sculpt and contour the face with Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder (which I conveniently own). 

As with most Guerlain products, the foundation has a light violet scent. I generally don’t like scented foundations, as I feel like it will irritate my skin and I don’t want any extra chemicals on my skin. However, I don’t mind this scent too much, as it’s quite light and it does not irritate my skin. 

My verdict: I love the way this product gives the skin a natural warmth. It’s perfect for those days when you want some coverage without reaching for your heavier products. While I really like this product, I’m not sure if it’s something that I really need. I tend to use my Clinique City Block for the weekends and the Arbonne Skin Perfecting Foundation for workdays so I find that I don’t really reach for the Guerlain foundation as much.  Nonetheless, I was happy to try it out and it’s a nice addition to my makeup collection. It also has not broken my skin out, or caused any irritation so that is a bonus.

Have you tried this product out? 

xo Roxane

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