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


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.


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!


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!


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!


  • We share the same bronzer obsession! Out of these, I have the Chanel Les Beiges (which I’ve practically finished) and the UD one, and I’m very, very tempted by the Laguna bronzer, but I keep telling myself that I already have so many. Does it look shimmery on the skin?

    • Well, that’s a funny one as it looks quite shimmery in the pan and even when you swatch it with your fingers yet, once applied on the skin with a brush, the shimmers disappear and give more of a satin finish on the skin!

  • Nars Laguna is my all time favourite bronzer! I love the colour and texture of it 🙂 Urban Decay’s new summer collection is so gorgeous, I love the packaging of this bronzer <3

    • Yes, I love the packaging as well, Nars Laguna is a real classic in my collection too!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Ah you have such a brilliant collection! Out’ve these I only have the Nars Laguna, but that’s just because I’m really fair so I don’t tend to buy a lot of bronzers. I also love the style of this post how you’ve broken everything down, it makes it so much easier to read!

    • Nars Laguna is actually one of the darkest bronzer I own, so I believe you would love the ones I’ve mentioned in this post (except perhaps the Soleil Tan de Chanel which can look a little bit orange on certain pale skin)! Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  • i need, need, need one of the hourglass bronzers. they just look so good. my favourite bronzer is the one in the charlotte tilbury palette. so good.

    • It looks gorgeous indeed, yet I’m not sure about the highlighter, I would like to swatch it to be completely sure of my purchase, but, sadly, I can’t find Charlotte Tilbury where I live! The Hourglass bronzers are very gorgeous and unique, I actually want to try the other shade as well:)

  • I have a few of the bronzers you have mentioned here. I have my eye on that UD bronzer and also a MUFE one too – not that I need them, but I love a good bronzer! xx

    Beautylymin| Bobbi Brown Define & Glow Palette Gift Set Giveaway

    • I’m very tempted by the MUFE bronzer as well, it seems very easy to use and quite natural looking on the skin! I obviously highly recommend the UD Beached bronzer!

  • I have heard great things about Chanel bronzers! I picked up the other shade in the UD bronzer and love it so much already 🙂 definitely need to try the Hourglass next

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Yes, the Hourglass bronzers are very unique: I believe it’s quite rare to find that perfect mixture between a highlight and a bronzer!

  • Lovely collection of bronzers! The Urban Decay Beached Bronzer definitely sounds like something I’d go for xx

    Lorna |

    • Thank you 🙂 I highly recommend it if you like something easy to use and natural looking on the skin!

  • You’ve got an amazing bronzing collection and I actually don’t own any of them but would love to try the NARS one. My all time favourite bronzer is Hoola from Benefit x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thank you 🙂 No matter how many new releases arrive on the beauty market each year, Nars Laguna would always be a cult, well-loved bronzer , I believe it’s quite the same for Benefit Hoola, isn’t it?

  • I have none of the bronzer that you mentioned here because I only started using bronzer last year, never felt the need of it previously. I have read/watched amazing things about Soleil Tan de Chanel, Lisa Eldridge used it in a couple of her videos too but it’s so pricey. I have that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer but in shade Radiant Bronze Light in my Sephora love list…now if I could only muster the courage to actually buy it, again, it’s so freaking pricey. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • It is true, they both are pretty pricey, yet, in my opinion, the Soleil Tan de Chanel truly worth it! It’s such a thick cream that it will literaly take you ages to finish it, I’ve used it quite a lot and, as you can see from the close-up, it still looks rather new (you can still see the original spiral). I don’t know if I can justify the Hourglass’s price though… it’s a beautiful object to hold in hand, that’s all I can say!

  • I was always using bronzers as a blush, I didn’t really know what to do with them until I figured out the contouring hype. Now I only have a few bronzers, however there are a few that I want to get starting from laguna and UD. I want to get my hands on hourglass ones however firstly price puts me off and secondly I want to try it before I make a commitment, if that makes sense.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I completely understand, I’ve actually ordered mine on-line and I was afraid I would not like it!

  • I only have one bronzer, and that is the The Body Shop Honey Bronze bronzer. I may have a few neutral blushes that double up as bronzer, but this is the only “real” bronzer I won.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Love this post, so informative and lovely that you bring up different perspectives! Such a useful one! Xx

  • Yiotou_La

    Wow this is an impressive collection of bronzers! I don’t own any of these but I love using a bronzer, it changes the face completely! 🙂


    • I couldn’t agree more! This is such an important step in my makeup routine!

  • Lovely post, I am a die-hard fan of Nars Casino. Beautiful bronzer x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Even though it might be a little bit too dark for my complexion, Nars Casino looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • What a well-written comprehensive guide to bronzers for novices like me 🙂 I would need something office appropriate and long lasting, something to make me look a little bit less sick of life lol so I might be picking up the Urban Decay one soon! THAT PACKAGING xx

    Grozio Rekrutai

    • I indeed believe the UD Bronzer would live up to your expectations! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂