For someone who was a little afraid of bronzer, I sure have gone a bit crazy purchasing bronzers lately! I always thought they were too dark, too orange or too over the top for my really pale skin but I've been experimenting lately and found that I can wear bronzer! Yay!
NARS Laguna Bronzer - So many bloggers rave about this bronzer but I always assumed it would never work on my skintone as it's quite a dark one. When you swipe a finger or a brush into the bronzer, it doesn't pick up too much product so it doesn't actually put a dark brown stripe on my cheek!
It looks quite shimmery in the pan but this never translates on to my skin. I find this gives a natural, non orange bronzed look that's great for contouring. I've got a post where I've used it for a subtle contour here.
L'Oreal Paris Glam Bronze in Blond Sun* - This bronzer comes in a few shades so it's great that you can pick one suited to your skintone. This one is a light, matte bronzer that has a slight yellow tint. This one is very smooth and easy to blend. It also looks natural on my skin which you can see in this post.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Light Matte - This purchase had been on the cards for a long time after seeing how great it is on fairer skinned beauties like Katie. I picked it up when I was kindly given discount at an event at The Body Shop and I'm so glad I did. I love the packaging on this one! The honeycomb effect on the top of the compact and on the powder is fab! This light, matte powder suits my skintone very well. This bronzer leans more on the tan side compared with the L'Oreal one so I definitely prefer this one. I'm wearing the bronzer in this post if you want to see it on me.
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Ready To Go* - This bronzer is amazing if you fancy a bronzed look with a glow. It has a really beautiful, natural sheen to it that doesn't look glittery. You can get this in a range of shades too so there will be one to suit your skintone.
THE BRONZER/BLUSH COMBOS
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak - This is one of the cutest palettes I own! I love the sturdy bronzed plastic packaging with the gold lettering. The light, cool toned bronzer gives subtle glow and I love the beautiful champagne highlight and peachy pink blush you get with this too. There are three other palettes that have deeper bronze and blush shades so definitely check those out as they are stunning!
Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzing Powder in Golden Tropics - I picked this up in store without swatching it as I really liked the look of it. Unfortunately it's really hard to get any colour pay off with this. You can spend ages rubbing your finger into the powder and hardly any comes off. What does come off feels a little chalky too! If you want a very subtle, barely there look then perhaps this is the one for you but it's just not for me.
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St Lucia - I wanted this for a long time as it's known as a bit of a dupe for the NARS Orgasm and Laguna duo. I love the blush part of this duo but I find the bronzer very heavy and dark. I suppose with some effort you could apply this with a very light hand and do a lot of blending but I would say this one is more suited to a darker skintone than mine.
|Bronzer swatches L-R: L'Oreal Bronze Glam Bronze, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer, NARS Laguna Bronzer, Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, Maybelline Dream Sun and e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzer|
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