Review: Guerlain Terracotta Route Des Îles

This very beautiful Guerlain Terracotta Route Des Îles Tan Enhancing Bronzer (22g) is a limited edition release with Guerlain’s summer 2018 collection. 

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Comes in wooden packaging with mirror.

I like that the top doesn’t come off separately unlike the other LE bronzer in the same wooden packaging that I have.


The luxurious, environmentally sound wooden pack (using wood from PEFC approved sustainably managed forests) contains a wide mirror and a two-tone powder block: the combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03, subtly iridescent, which naturally warms all complexions, and the it-colour for summer, a slight gold shimmer apricot colour, to illuminate the tan. The colours can either be blended together to warm the complexion and enhance the natural radiance of the tan or applied separately to achieve the desired intensity. On the skin, they meld together to form a buildable silky veil, so fine that the result is impeccable and remains so, all day long. –Source


And the directions for use:

To give a natural healthy glow look to the entire face, try the Guerlain secret: trace a “3” on the skin.

Mix the two shades together in a circular movement and apply the powder to the face: from the forehead to the cheekbones and down to the chin to recreate the natural glow of the first sunbeams… Sweep the apricot shade over the cheekbones for even more freshness. An instinctive application!


Guerlain’s LE bronzers most often have shimmery gold overspray that comes off after a few uses.  I didn’t mind the overspray on the with Terracotta Route Des Îles since I’m into shimmers, but I still had to be careful.  In my first use, I just lightly tapped off any excess powder (and shimmer) then I applied in a light patting motion first then sweeping, particularly on the perimeters of my face. If this bronzer has many shimmers, I didn’t notice. The overspray has come off after a couple of uses.

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I included three photos since it’s hard to see the swatches.

Terracotta in shade 03 seems light for my skintone, but I also think the shade is just right for “tan enhancing” as it gives a golden sheen (see swatches below). I can layer this bronzer though to my desired intensity without fear of going overboard. The powder’s texture is so smooth and fine, and its finish is natural-looking. It never looks chalky on the skin.

I reach for this almost every day because I wouldn’t need another blush, especially when I’m in a hurry.  Mixing the blush and bronzer gives a lovely warmth.

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Not all of Guerlain’s limited edition bronzers become available in Rustan’s like this Terracotta Route Des Îles. I thought I would never get my hands on this until my online source had it. As usual, no second thoughts. 😛

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Guerlain bronzers are a must-try/have if budget permits. They have a permanent range of bronzers besides the limited edition ones. One consideration for getting a bronzer from the brand is the quantity of one compact (for the price).


Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polybutene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum (fragrance), Isopropyl Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Isopropyl Lanolate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Cetyl Acetate, Geraniol, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Oleyl Acetate, BHT, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ozokerite, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 6 Lake, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (blue 1 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 73360 (red 30 Lake), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)]

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