Review: Guerlain Terracotta – Sun in the City Illuminating Powder

When I first read about this highlighter on the blog world, I wasn’t interested in getting it. After all, I just went out of my way to pick up their most elusive Cruel Gardenia Meteorites (I will not bother reviewing it since you can no longer get it anywhere, but I might do a quick look on it). BUT when I saw this powder at Neiman Marcus, I had to have it. Unfortunately, this Guerlain highlighter was also sold out, but Nordstrom just got it so I ordered it online. 

First let me say that this is a HUGE compact, much bigger than the Cruel Gardenia Meteorites and the regular Meteorites compacts. It consists of a black matte plastic packaging with a snap closure that is both sleek and simple. The packaging reminds me of the Armani Eyes to Kill palettes and the Le Métier De Beaute blushes.

The powder presentation is very pretty, with waves on the surface and the detail is just gorgeous. The powder itself is very finely milled. Under the sun it glistens, with bits of gold, green and pink colors on the heavy swatch. It is really hard to capture on camera how pretty it is.

WARNING: This powder is extremely soft! The plastic cover has a part you tuck between the product and the case, and it ripped out some of the product for me. I just pushed it back in, ghetto style.

The Sun in the City does not have the normal Guerlain scent; it smells like bar soap to me from back in the day. It’s very minimal though, and the smell is only noticeable when in the compact.

Product Info:

$70 @ Nordstrom

It is a limited edition product.

15g NET WT .52oz


  • Finely milled
  • Great formula
  • Lightly scented
  • The name! Sun in the City LOL


  • Expensive
  • It is just a highlighter

Bottom line: If you want to splurge on a golden highlighter or is a makeup collector I would highly recommend it. Otherwise, I would pass because of the high price.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nhi
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 21:57:39

    Another con is that it’s a limited edition which means it’s only available right now and if a person was to run out, they can refill. 😦 that makes me sad bc you had me sold! Wow, how I love your words and description. Love the color and tint you described. Ah.. I want….


    • Nhi
      Mar 13, 2012 @ 21:58:32

      Can’t refill**


      • Yinterest
        Mar 13, 2012 @ 22:53:40

        You can get it still on Nordstrom… i linked it 🙂 It is a lot of product, I don’t think I will ever run out. The “limited edition” stuff always gets me, I’m such a sucker for it. I just have to take a deep breath and remember that there are always better and nicer things that’s going to come out. ^.^

  2. Angelik
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:44:09

    Yes is beautifull ** amazing… I ordered mine and used on top my orgasm blush and looks expext


  3. Angelik
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:45:37

    And wow how much money u expend per. Month? Just in make up … Just to know


    • Yinterest
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 22:40:41

      LOL It depends on what comes out that month…. I’m a collector for Chanel products and i like Dior, Guerlain, Le Métier de Beaute and UD brands. Other than those I will pick up one or two things from MAC, YSL, Georgio Armani and Bobbi Brown (love their lipgloss) collections. I do spend a decent amount, I am a working professional 🙂


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