BRONZERS / MAKEUP COLLECTION -5-
I said it before: bronzers are my greatest weakness when it comes to makeup. It is the step I enjoy the most doing in my little routine and if I ever get the chance to have my makeup done, I would ask to bronze my face myself. This makeup collection is the result of a little sorting which I’ve done a month ago and -even though my bronzer wishlist is still rather long, I’m thinking YSL, Body Shop or ColourPop…- , I believe this selection succeeds in being completely adapted to my pale skintone, and, at the same time, quite versatile!
In order of appearance:
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF15/PA++ in N°20
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light-full review-
Soleil Tan de Chanel, Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed-full review-
Jouer Mattifying powder bronzer in Sunswept
Gemey Maybelline Master Sculpt powder in 01 Light/Medium
Nars Laguna Bronzer
FOR THE EASIEST APPLICATIONS
I believe it is quite important to own at least one mistake-proof bronzer: it’s quite practical, for instance, on a trip where mirrors aren’t as well-lit or precise as at home! Being both the lightest bronzer of my collection and a very thin powder, the Chanel Les Beiges powder would always be my easiest bronzer to apply yet, the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer and Maybelline Master Sculpt powder aren’t bad either! In fact, only the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer and Soleil Tan require, respectively, a light hand and a specific brush-not too wide, but not too densely packed either- to achieve a well-blended application.
FOR A RADIANT SKIN
It’s pretty rare to find a bronzer which has the ability to both offer some warmth and a radiant finish to the skin. My favourite to achieve that specific look has to be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer: it’s basically a bronzer combined with a highlighter! It’s gorgeous yet not too shimmery! However, I cannot but give an honourable mention to the Jouer Mattifying powder bronzer – this is truly an odd name because this bronzer is by no means mattifying-, it’s more on the subtle sides of things, but definitely as illuminating as the Hourglass bronzer!
I guess Chanel is the best at recreating the skin texture with a bronzer: whilst the Soleil Tan is a thick cream which melts beautifully into the skin, the Les Beiges powder glides effortlessly onto skin to become as invisible as a makeup product can be. Having said that, the Urban Decay Beached-bronzer in Sun-Kissed does an outstanding job blurring the skin and, if the Nars Laguna’s shade is a lot more noticeable than the Urban Decay’s one, in terms of texture, it’s a pretty invisible bronzer!
FOR SOME DRAMATIC WARMTH -AND PIGMENTATION-
Over the past few years, I’ve learnt that having a pale skin doesn’t mean that I can’t allow myself some dramatic bronzed cheeks, I just have to avoid any harsh lines and gradually build up the product. Because it is very buildable and its texture very natural looking on the skin, the Soleil Tan de Chanel makes this look extremely easy to achieve, yet, in terms of actual pigmentation, I cannot but recommend the Nars Laguna bronzer; the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer and finally, the Jouer Mattifying powder bronzer which, among all the bronzers I’ve mentioned in this category, owns the most neutral shade.
I’ve yet to find a bronzer which stays as fresh looking as first applied all day long, nonetheless, the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, although completely different in terms of shade and finish, remain pretty decent during the day. Surprisingly, though, the Jouer Mattifying powder bronzer isn’t bad either, especially if we consider how finely milled this powder is!
FOR A DEFINED EYE
Using a bronzer on both the eyes and cheeks is something I love doing: it effortlessly and instantly makes me look put together and sophisticated while creating a subtle harmony. The Soleil Tan de Chanel and Nars Laguna bronzer have to be my favourite eyeshadows, yet I would like to say that – except for the Chanel Les Beiges powder which doesn’t really shows up on the lid- all of them work! I personally tend to prefer the ones with some orange undertones in it, just because they are more flattering on my green eyes and, as a shy makeup girl, they are, sadly, my most daring way of wearing orange eyeshadows!