Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bronze Week: Bronzers

Bronze Week is going out with a bang today with the ultimate post, the one all about bronzers! These beauties are my go to items for a flawless bronzed complexion. It was hard to whittle it down to just these few, who knew that someone as tanned as me needed this many bronzers?! Well, here's a run down of why I love each and every one of them.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer - this is the bronzer I tend to use most days. I love that it is so wide so I can swirl big bronzer brushes in it with no problem at all. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer (I'm not a huge fan of full on shimmery/glittery bronzers), and is a great golden tone. This comes in at just under £6, not bad at all!

Benefit Dallas - this is one of my first ever Benefit products. I got my first one when I was 14, and it has been love ever since! I use Dallas as a blusher, but I do know many who use it for an all over 'outdoor gal glow'. For me, this is the most natural, bronzy blush with a hint of colour to keep things looking super healthy. The Benefit box o' powders last an insane amount of time, so although they retail for £23.50, you're not going to be needing to repurchase for a seriously long time!

Benefit Hoola - the ultimate matte bronzer. Hoola has some crazy stats attached to it, it's the best selling premium bronzer in the UK for at least the past 5 years! I think that speaks a lot for itself, but Hoola is one of the few truly matte bronzers and is fab for a natural bronzing, contouring and even to dust over you eyelids if you're in a jam. Again, it lasts so amazing well like the other Benefit box o' powders, if you hit pan on this, it deserves to be repurchased!

Chanel Bronze Universal - the only cream bronzer of the bunch, the Chanel Bronze Universal is quite a cult beauty favourite and definitely a multitasker. Some people like to use it to contour with, for me personally my favourite use of it is just as an all over glow getter. I skip powdering after foundation and just buff this over the top, I would say that I am about the darkest (or close to the darkest) complexion that can use this, you'll really be struggling for this to make a difference on your skin if you're much darker than me. Bring out more shades Chanel! Retailing for £32, this bronzer screams luxury and is a fab treat for any gal's make up bag.

MAC Bronzer - this one nearly didn't make the list. As you can see from the pictures above, this one has needed a little scratching on the top layer because the colour pay off was becoming poor as a film had developed over the top of the product. I'm not exactly sure how that happened, because it definitely hasn't come into contact with a wet brush. Hence, why it nearly didn't make the cut. That said though, MAC offer an awesome range of bronzers in rather sleek, portable packaging compared to many brands. There aren't too many bronzers that are really handbag friendly. But aside from the portability aspect, and the weird film that developed over the top, these bronzers are really fab. The colour is great, not too red and they provide a nice glow without being to shiny and shimmery. At £21.00, these are more affordable high end bronzers.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze - I surprised myself when I purchased this. I don't normally buy bronzers from the drugstore that often, let alone ones that have quite a shimmery surface. But as you can see from the photos, the crazy leopard print shimmery top has gone leaving a really great natural bronze colour, which I've gotten plenty of use out of. Unfortunately the lid has now snapped off, which although it is super annoying, I can get over it considering how much I've managed to use it. I'm very interested in trying the new L'Oreal bronzers that have come out, the matte ones, the colour pay off on this one has been so good, as well as the lasting power, so I would hope those are the same. At approximately £10 (the one I have seems to be discontinued), these bronzers are on the pricier end of the drugstore line up, but are well worth it in my opinion.

Sleek Blush in Sahara - last but certainly not least we have another bronzey blush, and it comes from the very purse-friendly brand, Sleek. I use this for basically the same reasons as Benefit's Dallas, but it is just a slightly different shade, more terracotta toned bronze blush as opposed to the ruby toned Dallas. I can't recommend Sleek blushers highly enough, they are so well pigmented, super compact and really affordable at just £4.49.

So that's it for Bronze Week folks! Never fear though, there'll always be something for the bronze lovers on the blog, I can't stay away!

1 comment

  1. I love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, but that Rimmel Sun Shimmer one also looks gorgeous, may have to add that to my shopping list:)! liking your blog alot.



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