Get a Fabulously Faux Glow With Guerlain’s New Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Working my heart-shaped sunnies and a faux bronze glow with Guerlain’s new Terracotta Joli Teint

Taking bronzer to “the next level” (air quotes!).

Raise your hand if you’re a bronzer enthusiast — also known as someone who wears bronzer almost daily, hook or crook, without fail.


I am totally raising my hand right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guerlain’s new Joli Teint was made for you.

Like a lightweight liquid bronzing foundation, or maybe a primer for your bronzer, it couples SPF 20 sun protection with a warm-toned matte finish and a flexible formula you can wear sheer or built up for more coverage.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint ingredients

Comparable to sunshine in a tube, this magical, lightweight fluid gives skin an instant touch of summer, leaving behind a perfectly radiant glow. Used on its own or paired with Terracotta Powder for buildable color, there is no easier and healthier way to create the perfect customizable tan for every complexion. Terracotta Joli Teint has a feather-light texture that glides on, leaving an incredibly fine and silky veil over the skin. It contains nourishing natural ingredients which counter the visible effects of fatigue, reviving dull skin for a radiant, even complexion. .
–Guerlain PR

Available in five shades — Light, Natural, Medium, Dark and Ebony — it can be worn all by itself as a standalone foundation, or combined with bronzer, which is the way it was designed to be used.

I like it both ways.

The shades are warmer and darker than the shades in Guerlain’s mainstream foundation line, Lingerie de Peau, giving your faux glow an extra boost, like a bronzing support tool.

Wear a little for sheer coverage, or build up layers for more.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint swatches in Natural

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint swatches of Natural on my NC42 skin — that’s unblended on the left and blended on the right

Natural, the shade I’ve been wearing, has noticeably warm/orangey bronze undertones, and I like the way it partners with Guerlain Terra Nerolia, the bronzer I’ve been hooked on since last summer. It even has the same wonderful tiara flower scent.

At $53 a tube, it’s not budget by any means, but at least it performs. It goes on smoothly (no patchiness, not even on my dry spots, yay!), doesn’t settle into my exuberant pores, stays put all day long, and best of all, feels lighter than a feather on my skin — almost like nothing at all.

I wore it both days last weekend with a bit of bronzer and some blush, and my pores could breathe. I didn’t feel like I was suffocating under a layer of foundation.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Sans foundation on the left, and with Joli Teint in Natural on the right

I do a single pump on the back my hand, and then, using either clean fingers or a foundation brush, stipple it on my cheeks just under my cheekbones where I need the coverage. Then, I run whatever remains on the brush along my jawline, down the bridge of my nose and across my forehead.

By that point, if I feel like I need more coverage, I’ll do an extra “half pump,” patting and blending that to build up the level of coverage on my cheeks.

Then I followup with bronzer.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Applying Guerlain’s Terra Nerolia Bronzer (from last summer) with the new kabuki-like $42 Terracottta Brush

Now, because it contains sunscreen, I don’t wear this for taking flash photo pics. I wouldn’t want the titanium dioxide to leave a white cast.

I think of Joli Teint more as off-duty/weekend/vacation makeup, versus something I’d think to use for a special event. Like, I wouldn’t wear it for wedding pics, but I would pack it in my luggage for the honeymoon.

I think it’s just a beautiful, natural-looking foundation, whether worn by itself or beneath bronzer. It doesn’t look or feel weighty, either.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

What a difference Guerlain Terracotta makes! Here I’m wearing Joli Teint with Terra Nerolia Bronzer…

Obvs, if you’re not into bronzer, it may not be your cup of tea. The shades do run a little warm and dark…

Now, if you are a dedicated bronzing babe, I think it makes a nice spring/summer addition to a makeup bag.

PRICE: $53
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Guerlain counters, Nordstrom and Sephora

Easter stunna shades? Check!

Look what I spotted in the dollar section at Target the other night (observe the shelves of cat food in the background).

You run into weirdos at Target in the middle of the night

You run into weirdos at Target in the middle of the night

I could not say no.


In other news, it’s been a pretty quiet St. Paddy’s Day so far… You doing anything tonight?

Since El Hub and Tabs are part Irish… ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re going to this Irish brewery here in Novato called Moylan’s. They make a mean fish and chips (and some good beers, too, like a yummy pomegranate ale), and on St. Paddy’s Day they have a live bagpiper band playing all the greatest hits.

Should be fun. You be careful out there.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. hanna says:

    Those bunny glasses are so funny.

  2. Gowthami says:

    Gives radiant glow and you looking gorgeous karen! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. I’ve been hearing so many good things about this one! have you checked out the bronzer from this collection Karen? Its beautiful!
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  4. Fancie says:

    This looks so soft and pretty!
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  5. I was curious about it, thanks for review. Now I wonder how dark is the lightest shades… PS. cute bunny glasses ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  6. Rhea says:

    This sounds like a interesting foundation and it looks great on you! Will definitely check this out now!
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  7. thebeavercat says:

    The guerlain squeeze tube design with the sun on it makes me think it’s gonna be a bronzer. ๐Ÿ™
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  8. Bella says:

    Sadly, this has that telltale Guerlain pinky peach undertone that makes their foundations offlimits to me, and you can even see in your pics that it gives you a slight greyish cast. And I say this as someone who has been looking at your complexion in awe and wonder for the last few months and who *needs* to know all. your. secrets. Just step away from the Guerlain foundations!

  9. Denise S. says:

    I like the bronzer on your cheeks!Warms your whole face up, Guerlain makes the best bronzers.

  10. Chelsea says:

    Girl, I tried those glasses on at Target too. The husband looked like he didn’t want people to know he was with me, LOL!

    Your skin looks gorgeous here, I’m jelly!

  11. Chelsea says:

    Totally crazy bunny lady approved! I didn’t buy them, but I’m going to have to start my Easter planning, since it’s Quincy’s holiday, after all. I’m sure my Facebook friends are sick of me sharing pictures saying not to buy baby bunnies as Easter gifts, but I have to stick up for the buns!

  12. shelley says:

    I loved the look, but I especially loved your lip color! Do you remember what it was?!! Thanks!

  13. Candace says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen your skin look so flawless! It’s a beautiful finish. What are you using skin care wise because your before looks amazing as well!!!?

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