In the red corner we have Soap and Glory… and in the blue corner we have Dior…
Anyway, enough of the battling/boxing analogy – I thought I would write down my thoughts on some of the bronzers I have tried over the last few months, pictured left. (They have been used so unfortunately not as attractive as when I first got them.) It’s pouring with rain outside and I’m in my cosy pyjamas scoffing maltesers, so not exactly the most fitting backdrop to be writing about lovely bronzing goodness (would like to be sitting next to a pool in LA) but hey, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got.
It seems like I’ve been using the same bronzers for ages – I think it’s because I was a bit wary of bronzers being quite fair of skin, but I have learnt to embrace them and that you can work a subtle bronzed look. I mainly just use bronzer to perk up my complexion, but having come back from holiday it does enhance my slight tan nicely.
Anyway, I’ll save the best until last so I will start with the Diorskin Nude Tan Glow Sun Bronzing Powder. I think this comes in only one shade (hence the ‘nude’ in the name?) but I’m not entirely sure – I bought this about a year ago. This bronzer didn’t sit on my skin as well as others, and I think that the shade is too orangey for me, but I’m sure it would suit more tanned skin tones quite well. This costs around £35 so it is on the pricier side.
I also used the Soap and Glory Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick for a while. This was part of a lovely leaving present from a previous job, and I thought it was a great present! I do like this bronzer – the mixture of colours means that it would suit a variety of skin tones, as you could use as much or as little of each tone as you want. It also has that creamy highlighter colour which serves as a good complexion-pick-me-up. I liked that this bronzer is quite subtle – I found it quite hard to overdo it, but then again as I said earlier, I am a bit wary of over-bronzing! Probably not one to try if you want a matte bronzer and want to avoid shimmer. And like I said, if you’re after a deep bronze this wouldn’t be ideal. It’s in the region of £11 which is pretty good for a bronzer, so it’s a nice affordable option.
An honourable mention (as I didn’t keep the pot so I don’t have a photo of it) goes to Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base. Its description says that it is a light cream-gel bronzer which you could “wear on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite Chanel foundation”. I really liked the velvety feel of this bronzer and I do rather enjoy those kinds of bases that feel like a cream but turn into a gel or a powder or whatever, I find them quite fun! I think again the colour is a little bit orangey for my skin and I found that when bristles from my old bronzer brush would fall out, they’d get stuck in the bronzer which was a bit gross. I would be interested in trying this bronzer again as I’m not sure that I was using it properly before.
But at £32 it’s a bit on the expensive side, so I think I would rather try some more of Chanel’s offerings first – particularly the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. Ruth Crilly on A Model Recommends has mentioned various Chanel products recently, including in this recent Les Beiges post. I love Ruth’s blog so I’m always interested to see what she’s been using. This bronzer sounds very natural and subtle, so I’m very keen to give it a whirl.
So as I said, the best ’til last and all that…My winner is: The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, again featured on A Model Recommends. This is currently my favourite bronzer for several reasons:
- The colour is quite subtle but you can build it up, and it comes in several different shades – I think mine is Light Matte which is really good for pale complexions
- It sits well on my skin compared to a lot of other bronzers. For some reason some bronzers just get all patchy in that little hollow underneath my (not very defined) cheekbones
- It’s affordable at £13 – even if you’re just curious and want to experiment, it’s a much more justifiable price tag