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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Review: Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl

This product had intruiged me for a long time, even before my makeup addiction. Now, however, as I review this, I feel it hasn't lived up to the hype.

Product and usage: A loose kohl, intended to give eyes that smouldering sexy look that we all tend to want these days! Part of the Terracotta collection.

Application: I use this the Eastern Method (Laying the thin stick applicator flat against your waterline, close your eyes and then drag to end). It's semi easy, I got it in about 3 tries, but do expect to make a mess before you really get the hang of it. It can also be used the Western method (simply drawing it on like you would with pencil). Here is a very good tutorial for the Eastern Method:
It gives an easy tightlining effect. Some product will no doubt get into your eye but I find it non irritating.

Color and other colors: Noir (shimmery black), Brun Doré (golden brown), Oriental Metal (browned taupe), or Bleu (Tealish navy). Of course, there were several limited edition colors in the past that include: Pourpe, Kaki, Secret Glow, Aqua Blue and Oriental Bronze. I am sorry to say that I cannot comment on these colors.

(MAC carbon left)
Finish: I believe all of the kohls are shimmery and sparkley.

Lasting Power: This lasts fairly well--its not a complete line at the end of the day but you can still see smudges of it. The water from my eyes ( I don't consider myself to have watery eyes) seems to 'drag' it lower--and it won't budge there! This is why I have given it up. However, others have not had this problem.

Packaging: It comes in a velvet pouch (may be squished to the bottom of your box) and a gold and coppery bronze box. The actual product itself is housed in a kind of egyptian gold and dark brown (this is the Black shade remember, other shades come in gold and whatever the shade was) shape. I can't describe the shape well--hopefully the pictures can do that for you. I find it looks very luxurious but it's made of plastic.

Talc, nylon-12, octyldodecylstearoyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, sorbic acid, butylparaben
MAY CONTAIN: Mica, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77499 (Iron oxides), CI77007 (ultramarines), CI75470 (carmine), CI77510 (ferric ferro-cyanide) CI77288 (Chromium oxide greens)

Price: 33 USD for 1g NetWT .03OZ. Again, another price raise?? I'd bought mine for 31$. I bet this could last you forever though.

OVERALL: I wouldn't purchase it again. In 5 sentences:
1. Super pretty luxurious packaging (and skimped on the material used..it's plastic).
2. Slightly messy and hard to use but you will get it eventually.
3. Lasts fairly well, until the water from my eyes drags it downward where it refuses to budge.
4. 33$ for .03 oz. I find it could probably last forever, but I still wince.
5. Gives an easy smokey tightlined look, but I probably will not repurchase due to lasting ability on me.

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