The Sublime Radiant Powder is housed in a round wooden compact with beautiful engravings on the top.
To open the compact, don't try to pry it open. Instead, hold the base steady and twist the top of the compact counter clockwise. To close, place the cap on top and twist clockwise. I find that this is the easiest method to open and close the product. The compact is held together by 3 small round magnets as shown below.
Flip the top cap over and you'll find a mirror for ease of application. Unfortunately, no velvet pouch or brush is included with this product.
When I opened the product, I noticed right away the gorgeous pattern of the bronzer and the lovely fragrance of Jasmine. I'm a huge fan of Jasmine so the added fragrance is a bonus. In fact, I can't stop sniffing the bronzer every time I see it.
A close up shot shows you the shimmer infused in the bronzer. The middle design is gold while the rest is a medium bronze.
Similar to the cream eyeshadows, I also had a tough time capturing the color in a swatch. I think it's because I'm already tanned that the color shows up rather light on my skin. However, a finger swatch will give you a better idea of what the shades actually look like.
The middle color is a shimmery gold as shown. My one complaint about this design is how easily the Guerlain symbol disappears after a swatch. Here they are again with brighter lighting.
On my arm, I had to take about 50 shots and still I can't quite capture the true effect of this bronzer on my skin. I would say it is a shimmery, soft golden bronze with a frosty sheen both on my arm and cheeks. Interestingly, once applied, it has a bit of a pinkish tone on my olive skin tone. I am a bit more tanned compared to the winter but I was not expecting this effect.
The gold shade is a true shimmery gold on me. When I swipe all the colors together, I get a golden pink bronze shade as shown below on the very first stripe (L to R). I imagine this might look a bit more brown/bronze on lighter skin tones and less brown/bronze on darker skin tones. In fact, I think it would give a beautiful highlight glow on darker skin tone ladies.
You can make the shade more gold by layering more of the middle color on top. For those of you who do not like shimmer or frosty finishes, this bronzer will not be for you. When I first tested it out with a MAC 116 brush, I did not like how it looked on me. The color was very frosty, almost reminiscent of a MAC MSF, but smoother. I like the product much better when I used a MAC 187 or any stippling brush to apply this on the cheeks. It gives a subtle bronze glow without being too frosty or shimmery.
Overall, I really like the beautiful designs on both the packaging & bronzer, as well as the lovely Jasmine fragrance included in this product. It is designed to be used both for the face and body. At a whooping 0.51 oz, I don't think I will ever be able to finish this bronzer. There's no doubt this is a high quality product which produces a beautiful bronze effect that's not too brown or orange. It does give this "glow within" type of effect on the skin. With that being said, $70USD is quite a steep price for a bronzer. Even a makeup lover like myself still cringe at the price although it is gorgeously designed.
Bottom line: If you're on a budget, I would recommend checking this out in person, ask to apply it onto your cheeks, and then make a decision. There are lower priced bronzers from Guerlain's Terracotta line you may want to consider instead. If you don't like shimmer or frosty finishes, this will be a skip. Those who are not on a budget, I would still recommend applying this onto yourself first before taking the plunge. I will say though, this is for sure an aesthetically pleasing piece, especially on anyone's vanity/bathroom counter.
To see swatches and reviews of the cream eyeshadows and Terre Indigo 4 Shadow Palette, check them out here and here.
What are your thoughts on the Sublime Radiant Powder? Is it a yay or nay for you?