Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Lipgloss Review, Swatches, Photos

I’ve always follow the Guerlain Terracotta Summer Collections really closely.

First of all you can always count on Guerlain to release the collection every single year without fail and secondly you can always depend on them to have several must have products that pop up in the collection.

Don’t let it deceive you non-bronzer lovers because you’ll be surprised at what you can find in the collection. For example, Summer 2009, three Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun shades are released, I haul one, and proceed to regret it for the rest of my life. That was a golden year.

This year, the entire collection seems to be brilliant.

Let’s take a peek at the new Guerlain Terracotta Gloss!

A selection of sunny, neon shades with a concentrated color formula for a luminous and translucent finish.

I can’t believe I’m going to say it but yay for no shimmer. These translucent glosses are free of shimmer, sparkle, and glitter of any kind so if you’re a hater of the finish, well, you’re in luck!

On some levels I’ve compared these to Gloss Fluo De Chanel but they have a drier texture and aren’t as glossy in finish. The formula is very lightweight with just a hint of shine and a radiant pop of color. I’m most impressed with the pigmentation which has a fairly nice color pay off. The product almost works like a stain of sorts and wraps lips in a decently long wearing formula without a sticky, tacky feel. I think anyone can appreciate the lack of stickiness here particularly in the warmer weather.

The colors are a real joy. They are bright and sunny and oh so Summer like. Salsa is a bright fuchsia pink, Tango is red, and Mambo (my favorite) is a fiery orange. The shades may be a little scary bold in the tubes to some but have no fear they apply really lovely on lips and give just the right amount of color without looking garish or unusually bright. Since I’m really partial to oranges for Summer I was every so happy at the way Mambo applied as it applies perfectly without looking overly done.

I was slightly disappointed they weren’t a bit more glossy in finish but the nice pop of color they give my lips makes up for that!

  • High end makeup lovers.
  • Those looking for vibrant, lightweight glosses for the Summer.
  • Those who prefer a shimmer free lipgloss experience!

  • Anyone sensitive to fragrance or flavored lip products (these have a sugary violet taste, it’s not overpowering but it deserves a mention if you’re a bit sensitive).
  • Those who aren’t keen on paying near $31 per gloss (if you’re not a high end makeup user the price may put you off some!).

Overall, this year’s edition of Guerlain’s Terracotta Lipgloss proves a treat. I was quite happy with the vibrant shades. If you’re a fan of tanning or bronzing the shades will really pop and stand out. The formula is a nice treat for Summer due it’s light formulation and no worries about being at the beach and having your hair stick to your lips as the gloss lacks a tacky, ooey, gooey finish.

They are costly so they won’t prove a favorite for everyone’s budget but if you’re a high end makeup users they are sure to garner attention, praise, and a good deal of drooling.

Loves ’em!

Anyone haul these or planning on getting them?

Do share!

These are on counter now at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and other fine retailers and Sephora will be getting the collection shortly as well!


This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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  • 5/6/11 15:20 Tammie:

    I know I’ve said it like EVERY SINGLE TIME lol but omg I LOVE THIS STUFF. I have Salsa but I still need to get Tango big time. I’d get Mambo too but I think the other 2 are enough since I don’t particularly have money to waste. I just love Salsa so much I at least need one more!


    • 5/6/11 15:24 the Muse:

      ha tammie ;-D they really are fab…hopeful that maybelline does another salsa summer collection so we can get our fix on the cheap


      • 5/6/11 15:27 Tammie:

        That’d be be nice! Although I’ll still always want the Guerlain lol, it’s just so amazing! But I’ll probably get the Maybelleine if they come out with that color again, if it’s on sale…just for fun :). Usually for lips I don’t do orange anyway, but it might be fun to have in my arsenal.


        • 5/6/11 15:28 the Muse:

          tammie it’s NO way better than Guerlain hehe ;-D but it was a fun alternative ;-D!


          • 5/6/11 15:32 Tammie:

            Hehe yeah of course. But for a color that I am unsure of I definitely would go the drugstore brand route. I’d hate to pay $30 for the Guerlain only to find out that it really does look bad on me!

          • 5/6/11 15:42 the Muse:

            ugh that would be the worst girl. been there, done that, wrote the book ;D! Hate wasting beautiful makeup

  • 5/6/11 15:30 Tammie:

    BTW is it just me or does this gloss smell somewhat like the plastic bits of Cabbage Patch Kids?? Not really a bad thing since it’s a nostalgic smell, but even my husband agreed.


    • 5/6/11 15:33 the Muse:

      hmmmm I can’t remember what a cabbage patch doll smelled like tbh LOL…I remember the preemies used to smell like baby powder but outside of that can’t recall the scent! I get sugary violet from it


      • 5/6/11 15:34 Tammie:

        Hmn, maybe it’s just the one I got? Because honestly it doesn’t really taste like anything to me either. I guess we’ll see when I get Tango how it compares 😉


        • 5/6/11 15:36 the Muse:

          hmm…could be a fluke?! def not getting the plastic taste though!


          • 5/6/11 15:38 Tammie:

            Yeah I dunno, I’ll let you know after I get Tango and see.

            It’s only the scent that is like that though, it has no flavor at all to me.

          • 5/6/11 15:42 the Muse:

            i taste a little hint of violet tammie but nothing too crazy ;D

  • 5/6/11 15:39 Rae:

    the color is amazing!


  • 5/6/11 15:48 Rae:

    ^^^^ ahh nevermind muse, always one step ahead of me. my internet was loading slow today, so i didn’t even see all you post until after i made this comment


    • 5/9/11 13:58 the Muse:

      oh no worries rae ;D!


  • 5/6/11 15:48 Tammie:

    It’s probably just me…I also do avoid eating my lipgloss, especially fancy lipgloss, and licking my lips…so that could be another reason.


    • 5/6/11 15:51 the Muse:

      guilty, I lick it off ALOT….eep!


      • 5/6/11 15:59 Tammie:

        Haha. I would too if it was like the Bath & Body Works ones. Those always sound so yummy.


        • 5/6/11 16:00 the Muse:

          ugh they are delicious ;-D the Victoria’s Secret ones are nommy too! 😀


  • 5/7/11 7:48 Ryou:

    Oh my… I think I may need all of them. I can hear my wallet screaming in its cage now, hehe. =P


    • 5/9/11 10:56 the Muse:

      ha mine cries in agony alot too ryou ;D!


  • 5/8/11 13:05 The Honeyroom:

    Great colors, I am leaning towards salsa, because I am in need of a bright pink, gloss and I too am so glad that they are shimmer and sparkle free !!!!


  • 5/9/11 3:32 Tammie:

    Wow this collection is popular, they were out of all of the lip glosses at Nordstrom and had to do a DTC for me for Tango!


  • 5/13/11 18:12 Tammie:

    Just got Tango in the mail yesterday and put it on now…I noticed it doesn’t smell like my tube of Salsa, it’s a more sweet non plasticy smell…so maybe it was just a freak cabbage patch kid smelling batch?


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