Saturday 19 October 2013

Beloved Bronzers

Top-clockwise: Soap & Glory Solar Powder, & Other Stories Face Contour Cream, theBalm Bahama Mama, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, Bourjois Délice de Poudre. Centre: Bourjois Bronzing Primer.
I'm slowly starting to notice that a lot of my makeup that I didn't throw out is missing so unfortunately I don't have NYX Blush in Taupe to show you. NYX Taupe was my first contour colour ever and it's a really great one if you're pale because it's very ashy and is great for mimicking a shadow with. But anyway, it seems to have disappeared so I'm going to talk about six other bronzers that I use regularly and love. I'm talking bronzers I use for contouring, as well as bronzer I use for, well, bronzing!

Soap & Glory Solar Powder ($19.75//£11)
If you're looking for a subtle bronze then this powder bronzer is excellent. One side of the powder is deeper, cooler and matte than the other side which is lighter, warmer with a really slight shimmer. I swirl both shades together and you can be heavy handed with this one because it's not very pigmented at all but it's very soft in texture so it blends into the skin in a really natural way.
Perfect For: Pale girls who want to venture into the world of bronzers.

& Other Stories Face Contour Cream (£10)
This is the only cream contour product I own and it's really great for creating either a natural or a stronger contour. Because it's cream, it blends into the skin in a more natural way than powder would. It looks very dark and muddy in the pan but when applied lightly it looks like a believable shadow.
Perfect For: Those who want to achieve Kim Kardashian cheekbones.

theBalm Bahama Mama ($20//£12.50)
I like this bronzer when I want to contour as well as bronze up my face because it's not too orange but it's not as muddy as the & Other Stories Face Contour Cream. I tend to use this below the cheekbones but not so precisely that it's a contour, around my forehead and under the jawline.
Perfect For: Those who want a bronzer/contour powder in one.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder ($19//£13)
This one is probably my favourite out of the six bronzers here. The reason why I like this one the most is because it's not overly pigmented so you can't overdo it. It's a really soft powder so it blends seamlessly and the colour is perfect for my pale skin (it comes in several shades though). I also really love the packaging.
Perfect For: Anybody & everybody who wants a natural looking glow.

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder (£6.99)
I haven't seen Bourjois makeup anywhere in the US since I got here four weeks ago, but this bronzer in particular is incredibly popular in the UK. As you can see, it looks like a little chocolate bar and it also smells like one. This is the kind of powder I would use more in the evenings or when I want a stronger bronzer because it is reasonably pigmented. It's just a great all-rounder!
Perfect For: Bronze-aholics.

Bourjois Bronzing Primer (£9.99)
There was recently a big blogger hype around this product in the UK because it has been compared to Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel/Bronze Universal. I can't describe the texture or formula as anything else but chocolate mousse. At first I really struggled with this because it's not the easiest thing to apply. You have to build it up slowly and I have found that dotting it along my cheekbones, blending it in slightly with my fingers and then going in with my buffing brush it best. I use it on top of my foundation rather than underneath.
Perfect For: Masters in bronzing, not for novices.

I do have a few other bronzers here and there but these are the ones I use regularly. Let me know what your favourite bronzers are!


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  1. Nice selection. I've loved the Bourjois Delice de Poudre for years, but like you I'm not convinced about the primer... The Body Shop seems really lovely too and what a cute honeycomb pattern :o). Xx

  2. Just purchased Bahama Mama and so far I'm quite liking it :) I haven't tried a lot of different bronzers but I wouldn't mind trying the one by The Body Shop!

  3. You have some lovely bronzers in your collection!
    The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder looks really pretty & like it would suit my skintone. I really like my NYC Sunny Bronzer I use that all the time

  4. The Bourjois and Soap & Glory powders are two of my favs, very intrigued by the the Balm one x

    Amy / srslylou

    1. It's a bit more muddy so better as a contour I think :)

  5. im really looking forward to trying the Bahama mama bronzer. i also wanna try the soap and glory one but i cant find it anywhere!


    1. The Soap & Glory one is only good if you're super pale I think!

  6. lovely choices! I would love to try the body shop's bronzer!

  7. I really want to try The Body Shop bronzer. I have the Bourjois bronzer too x

  8. The Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder is such a great bronzer and smells so divine. I bought mine on sale from ASOS :-)

    1. ASOS is actually really good for makeup buys

  9. The body shop bronzer looks so good and from what I heard it's on of the those bronzers you can't really go wrong with xxx
    Life of Verity

  10. The Body Shop bronzer looks like such a perfect colour!

    Jennie xo |

  11. I love the bourjois bronzer :) it's an amazing product!

    xx Vivi

  12. what shade of the body shop bronzer did you get?i am asking cause i am quite pale as well.could you recommend between shade 1 and shade 2?thanks..

  13. How perfect! I'll have to try all of these out! ;)
    xo TJ


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