SUMMER RHYMES WITH BRONZER
Sandals, sunglasses and bronzers: these are the things I prefer about my least favourite season of the year. I like the idea that I can be barefoot within seconds, I like being able to wear sunglasses without justifying it, and when it comes to bronzers, I love being quite generous with them. After all, summer is all about saying goodbye to the natural, invisible bronzing powders and reaching for the dramatic ones instead. The following selection is full of drama, yet nothing which would disrupt the overall simplicity of the summer skin.
Shimmery on the pot but shiny on the skin, the Jouer Mattifying Powder Bronzer in Sunswept is a confusing bronzer. If the shimmers disappear, the finish is everything but matte, except perhaps for its lasting power on the cheeks. The drama is all in the sheen which mimics the finish of a liquid highlighter and remains flattering thanks to a shade which doesn’t go too deep into the golden or orange tones. It is pale skin friendly and the powder is so finely milled that it seems difficult to make a mistake out of it.
Lots of shimmers, lots of warmth and lots of pigments. On the paper, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light shouldn’t work on my fair skin, yet it does because it truly becomes one with the skin. It doesn’t mean that it looks natural or invisible on the skin, but it never looks cakey or overdone. Half highlighter, half bronzer, it works really well as a bronzer topper as well!
Not as dramatic as the others, the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed still feels like a summery pick to me, it’s the packaging, but also the shade and finish which truly mimic the way I used to tan when I was younger: it is a satin to matte finish paired with some warm and cool tones. As the name will suggest, it is a beach holiday in a pan.
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Bronzer in Poolside is a powder which looks like a cream once on the skin: a satin, shiny cream with a lovely blend or orange and brown tones to it. Once again, this one shouldn’t work for me, but it does because it is extremely easy to blend and its silky consistency completely blurs the skin. Because of the huge amount of brown tones in it, it is the perfect bronzer to use as a cheek and eye duo.
This time a bronzing cream which becomes more powdery once on the skin, the Bronze Universel Soleil Tan de Chanel definitely belongs to the slightly orange and very intense bronzer category. In fact, it often sounds and looks scary on reviews, but with a light-hand and a little bit of precision, the muddy look is definitely avoidable. Once it is evenly applied, it offers the most beautiful warm sheen to the cheeks and melts into the skin to become as invisible as makeup can be. The huge pan will last ages, as well as the famous Chanel scent which comes with it!