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So, a few years ago, the internet was shut down when Guerlain discontinued the ever popular Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 08 Ebony. They reformulated the product and changed the colours, and some people have been up in arms ever since. I consider myself lucky enough to have picked up one of the originals, but what about you? Have you picked up the Covergirl Queen Bronzer Ebony Bronze (Q120) – a dupe for the Guerlain in Ebony 08 in the hopes that it’s a match?
Why did we love the Guerlain Terracota Bronzer in Ebony Bronze 08? It’s a finely milled bronzer with red undertones and a slight shimmer, you get 10g of product in the package. It can be used for light contouring, and also as an old-fashioned bronzer, like back in the day when we used to just warm up our faces and give a sun-tanned look. (Yes, black people like a sun-tanned look too). The shimmer is what adds to that soft tanned look, it gives a nice glow. I can also like to use it underneath a matte blush to add depth to my face. I can’t speak to its effects an an all-over powder as I don’t use it in that manner, but I could see how some one of a deeper skin tone might want to try that.
Let’s also not forget the luxurious Guerlain packaging. Standing at my chest of drawers, and whipping this out makes me feel like one of those classy elegant ladies – the ones who wear matte red lipstick and the perfect winged eyeliner. Guerlain is always so sensual – what with the old school “G” imprint on the powder. And the best part about this product, is that it isn’t highly perfumed, the way their products often are. So there you have it, is it still available? I’ve heard you can find it on ebay and amazon – good luck.
Well is the Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze a dupe??
Or you could pick up the Covergirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze (Q120), which has been touted as a dupe. The Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze is also a red-toned bronzer with a slight shimmer, there is 11g of product in the package. On first visual inspection, it appears very similar to the Guerlain bronzer. The first difference you notice is that it has less shimmer – it is slightly more matte. The shimmer is less obvious on the skin and I find can be brushed away quite effectively. While I consider the Guerlain bronzer as giving more of sun-kissed look, I prefer the Covergirl for the contouring effects. It’s also less red so it doesn’t appear too muddy. The second difference is the texture – running your finger over the two, you feel the difference. The Guerlain is so smooth, the Covergirl is more gritty. Not in a bad way, something one won’t feel with a brush applying the product to your face, but I was surprised to feel the roughness with my finger.
The Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze also has no discernible fragrance, so if that’s an issue for you, then this is an obvious win. Packaging is more utilitarian, than luxurious with the Covergirl. This product is readily available where Covergirl Queen products are sold and online (I purchased mine at my local Frys supermarket).
While I don’t consider the Covergirl an exact match, seeing that the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in 08 Ebony is no longer available, this is a GREAT alternative. Let’s be honest, know one but you will know what you are wearing! Of course you could always buy the Terracotta Bronzer in 07 and 09. So yes, if you missed out on the Guerlain bronzer, save your money, don’t hunt it down on ebay and pick up the Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze instead, you won’t regret it.
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