So today I will be reviewing some of my favourite bronzers. I have used so many throughout my life, so I feel I am ready to publish my thoughts! I believe a good bronzer can make a huge difference to the way you look. However, it can take years to find the perfect one. My life is a never-ending crusade for the perfect bronzer; all I ask in a bronzer is that it looks natural, has a bit of shimmer and turns me into a bronzed goddess who has just returned from a 3-month holiday cruising the Mediterranean! I don’t ask for much do I?
An important step to choosing the right bronzer is the texture. This is purely preference; some people prefer a powder, others a cream etc. It also depends on the type of skin that you have. If you have oily skin, it’s best to stick to a powder form, and if you have a drier complexion, a creamy form may give you some much needed moisture. There are so many different types on the market that it really is possible to find one that works for you and your skin.
The colour is also obviously important. There is nothing worse than wearing a bronzer that just sits on your skin and looks ‘fake’. Try and find a bronzer that is a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone. That way, if you apply it very lightly, it will give you a natural bronzer look, and if you want a deeper look you can build it up.
Another step that is very important is to test the product. It is fun to read all of the reviews on blogs and sites such as MakeupAlley, however, I really think it is important that you test before you buy. I am guilty of this- I have bought makeup purely because the majority of people like it and would buy again. This is how I have ended up with so many unused makeup items! So trying before you buy is very important.
Let’s move onto the bronzers shall we?
|Left to right: Napoleon Perdis Bronze Patrol, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel and Prestige Skin Loving Mineral Bronzer|
The bronzers that I reach for the most are as follows:
ØNapoleon Perdis Bronze Patrol: This is my favourite bronzer ever! I have actually just repurchased my second one. It is everything I want in a bronzer- natural but buildable, looks great during the day as well as at night, and has just the right amount of shimmer in it. I have never been a big fan of Napoleon Perdis cosmetics; I always found the eye shadows chalky and I have heard the foundations were quite runny. But this bronzer really is perfect. The bronzer is a swirl of different colours and textures. Once they are blended all together they create a beautiful glow. It gives off a brown colour when applied, which can be built up. I highly recommend trying this bronzer if you are after a natural looking colour.
One important thing to note though is to check your face in the natural light after you apply it. Or better yet, apply it in the natural light. If you apply it on a day that is overcast you may have applied more than you should.
How I apply it: With either a kabuki brush or a big fluffy brush.
ØPrestige Skin Loving Minerals bronzer in ‘Rich Bronze’: This is probably my second favourite bronzer. I really love the creamy texture; it almost feels like a cream when applied, even thought it is in a powder form. It is quite pigmented, so you should apply it with a light hand. This bronzer leans toward a golden colour, which gives off a sunkissed look. I like to dust it on my nose, forehead and cheeks for a beautiful glow. This particular shade suits fair to medium skinned ladies. For darker skinned girls, I know Prestige have another bronzer called ‘Glam Tam’, which is quite dark.
How I apply it: With a big fluffy brush or a kabuki brush.
ØChanel Soleil Tan De Chanel: Now, I do like this bonzer, however I find it difficult to work with. Or more specifically, I don’t know how to use it. The texture is quite unusual. It’s not exactly a cream, more like a gel formula. This is a product I bought based on reviews. Everyone seemed to rave on about it, so I decided I had to have it. I bought it without even testing it first, because I was so confident it would work for me. Well, it didn’t exactly turn out that way. I think the way you use it plays a big part of whether it works for you. The method I use is to lightly dab it over your face (after you have applied foundation). The colour is very warm, with almost a tinge of orange to it. But don’t worry, the colour would be flattering on many skin tones. I think this would look great over bare skin, for a very natural, healthy look. It’s one of those products where you have to play around with and make it work for you.
How I apply it: With either a kabuki brush or my fingers.
|Left to right: Napoleon Perdis, Prestige and Chanel.
As you can see, the Napoleon bronzer is the most brown, the Prestige is a bit more golden and the Chanel leans towards an orange colour.
So that compiles a list of all my favourite bronzers.
What are some of your favourite bronzers?