Showing posts with label bronzer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bronzer. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturizing Bronzing Powder 03

I find that summer is typically when the best new bronzers come out. I tend to peruse a few major high end brands and pick one or two to purchase every season. This year, Chanel did not include a new bronzing powder in their summer release so I was left to choose between Guerlain and Dior. I may end up getting one from Dior in the end but I decided to go with the tried and true Guerlain formula, not in a new shade but one that I simply don't yet own. This neat little package from Nordstrom came with a mini kabuki brush, not different from the brush that the Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo comes with.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta Make-Up Palette for Face and Eyes

When I purchase makeup, I try to get items that just came out. New things. It's not that I have anything against old things and I do have staples in my collection that I repurchase even when newer items come out. It's just that I'm afraid to fall in love with an item, attempt to repurchase, only to find out that it's been discontinued. It drives me crazy not to be able to find it! But over and above being the latest release, what makes a feature even more urgent is when it's an outstanding value. Case in point, the Guerlain Terracotta (La Sélection de L'Été) Makeup Palette for Face and Eyes. 

Guerlain makes top of the line bronzers but a compact can easily run you over $50. An eyeshadow quad, also in a compact, is now $60. When did this happen? I'm not so sure when prices went up again but that's the direction that they inevitably go. Never lower, just higher and higher. For $62, you can have your bronzer, in two shades, and four colors of eyeshadow. You get it in a mirrored compact with a bronzer applicator and one sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicator and a velvet pouch. The packaging is plastic but seems reasonably sturdy, isn't difficult to open or close and looks elegant enough to carry the Guerlain name. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RImmel Natural Bronzer in 021 Sun Light

I wear bronzer all year long. I like the warmth that it adds to the face. I swear by Guerlain's Terracotta bronzers but they really do cost a pretty penny. If you're in a crunch, may I offer a less expensive alternative that you should easily be able to find at your nearest Target store: the Rimmel Natural Bronzer. Mine comes in 021 Sun Light.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Of Bronzing Bases

If you don't usually rock a rich, bronzed look the entire year, summer is the one time where it's worth considering. It is much too hot to slather on heavy foundation and in scenarios where you know you're more likely to get a little sweaty, you're probably better off skipping powder bronzer. A bronzing makeup base is one option you could explore.

After playing with a tube of Too Faced Primed and Poreless Bronzing Primer, I thought I'd pick up samples of a few liquid bronzers for the face. At Chanel, I got a sample of the Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed and the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base in Bronzing. From Guerlain, I brought home samples of the Terracotta Teint d'Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer and the Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in Blondes.

Of which one is best, it really depends on your purposes. It depends on your skin. But just to help you pick out something that might work well for you, I'd like to describe my experiences with each one.

The Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed turned out to be very sheer indeed. It adds virtually no color but there's definitely a little shimmer and that's about it. I don't know if this works wonders on a particular skin tone but it doesn't do much for me. I want some color and less shimmer. This begs to be layered over a real bronzing product.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cargo BeachBlush in Sunset Beach

I was looking to get a little sumthin' sumthin' to play with and scored a serious discount on this tin of Cargo BeachBlush in Sunset Beach. It's a blush and bronzer combo that depending on the shade you pick, may work better as one or the other. In the case of Sunset Beach, I say definitely blush.

Cargo BeachBlush in Sunset Beach

There are four strips of color: a peach, a bronze, a pink and a gold. It's highly unlikely that you would use each shade individually on cheeks or around the face although you could dip an eyeshadow applicator/brush in there for a quick highlight. I've used the colors two at a time, carefully moving my brush through just half the pan. But, more often that not, I'd just swirl the brush through all four shades for a shimmery rosy brown effect.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige

Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige

"Cheeks glow in sunny gold with Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in five sensual tones with gold accents. Blended together, they create a seamless bronzing effect. Used separately, the dark tones sculpt and the light shades illuminate."

I took the above quote from the Chanel website some time ago and for some reason, I can't locate it now. I had copied it down for this post because I loved the way that it described the new bronzing powders. There are two shade options for this summer, Sable Beige and Sable Rose. Sable Beige, photographed in various degrees of lighting for this post, is pegged to have warm shades of beige and brown. This is the last bronzer that I am going to buy this year. For my needs, this is the only one that works on all levels.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhacing Powder in 002 Sunlight

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder in 002 Sunlight

I wanted to call this post "The Bronzer Story" because while I will be discussing the Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder in Sunlight and there will be a good number of pictures of it, this post is not necessarily going to be a standard review. I have found that using this product has made me really think about bronzers in general. It made me reexamine why I wanted to wear bronzer in the first place.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dior Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

Perhaps we've all seen the press photos of the Croisette Collection by now. Eyeshadow quints, nail colors, lipsticks and lip glosses. I haven't seen any of the colorful coral and blue products on counters and I wasn't in the market for new lippies but Sephora had a number of items from the collection online. I picked out three of these items to preview.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 04 Sun Blondes

After years of rotating between bronzers, I've finally determined that Guerlain's Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 01 Blondes is my ultimate favorite bronzer/blush product. This determination, however, doesn't stop me from trying out other bronzers as they come out, season after season. Could the House of Guerlain possibly outdo themselves with the Sun in the City collection for 2012? One of the colors from the new range is 04 Sun Blondes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Bronzer in Golden Bronze

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Bronzer in 040 Golden Bronze

Last Friday, my family trooped over to the nearest Old Navy to see if there was anything worth getting with a 20% off coupon. That experience turned out to be a total failure as most items felt like they'd gone up in price and down in quality. I walked out of there with a couple of pairs of clearance pajama shorts sets for my daughter and that was it. Not wanting to have wasted the trip, I sauntered over next door to a brand new Five Below and was surprised that they carried makeup other than dollar eyeshadow and nailpolish for kids. The Wet N Wild display was fresh and fully-stocked and they had little jars filled with Revlon bronzers at $4.99.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder SPF 15

Here's a sale you might want to take advantage of if you're in the market for a new bronzer. Sephora's Bronzer Powder with SPF 15, available in two shades, Riviera and Bora Bora.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 01

Bronzer is a bit like foundation, in my opinion. Some people like it heavy, some want it light. Some put it all over their face and others in just a few select spots. I've tried a lot of bronzers in my lifetime. I go through a slew of new ones every year. This year, I finally went for the splurge and I think I've hit the jackpot.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 01

Friday, April 22, 2011

Soleil Tan De Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Bronze Rose

For summer 2011, the Collection Les Fleurs D'Ete de Chanel features two new bronzers and after a little bit of deliberation and help from a Chanel associate, I decided to go with Bronze Rose.

Soleil Tan De Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Bronze Rose

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 01 Blondes

The Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder is a compact powder that can be used as a bronzer and/or blush. It's a sheer powder with a mosaic pattern that features five different shades. Some of the shades are matte and the others are shimmery so the allover look is a light sunkissed glow.

Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 01 Blondes

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

Ulta had a special on the Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer last week and I decided to snag myself one while it was only $15.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in Suntan Matte

I've heard comparisons between the Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder. I'm not really big on baked products so I've never tried MAC's but I was able to snag this Revlon powder for under $3 so I thought it was worth a shot. Boy, was I surprised.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Face Kaleidoscope Kit

The Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Kits are not solely for eyeshadows. There is also a Face Kit available that includes a powder, highlighter, blush and bronzer.

Le Metier de Beaute Face Kaleidoscope Kit ($95)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Maybelline Dream Mousse Bronzer in Sun Glow

On one of my Target trips, I picked up Maybelline's Dream Mousse Bronzer in shade 20-Sun Glow.

Maybelline Dream Mousse Bronzer in Sun Glow

I love the super soft texture and the light as air feel of it but I'm a little uncertain about how much use I'm going to get out of this bronzer. If you grab a gob of it and blend it out like I did in the swatch, it looks dark but it blends out really well. So well, in fact, that if I just pat on a few spots on my cheekbone and blend, most of the color disappears. It's good as a highlighter but that's pretty much it. I've tried to use it like I would every other bronzer, on the perimeter of the face, for contouring, and on the nose but there's a serious lack of bronzing effect here. It's sheer and shimmery.

For the price I paid (about $2), I'm willing to experiment with it and see if I can make it work. I've heard of people using it as a cream shadow or body shimmer. It seems to work better on cheeks for me, if I used a stain underneath so I get some color and this provides a golden shimmer. I tried it on my arm just to show you the effect. I used a bright pink stain and then applied the bronzer on top. You get pink and a smattering of glittery gold.

Maybelline Dream Mouse Bronzer in Sun Glow over Pink Cheek Stain

If you're looking for a good quality cream bronzer, skip the Maybelline and head for a department store. Try a few brands. I imagine the result would be much better than what this bronzer could ever do.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

JK Jemma Kidd Show Glow Bronzing Powder

On a recent run of extreme Target shopping, I decided to pick up the JK Jemma Kidd Show Glow Bronzing Powder. Now at $5, originally $20, I couldn't help myself. I'd lingered over the JK display for ages and have never picked up a single thing.

I don't know exactly how many shades this came in (looks like only 2) but I got 01-expose, which I assume is the lightest bronzer. I do know that there is another bronzer variety in this brand, a waterproof one with a completely different packaging, round pan, I think. Here is what mine looks like:

The sun wasn't very bright in the room on the day that I took these pictures so I really had no choice but to use the flash version in at least one shot, so you can see the color. Then for the swatch below, I used a disposable sponge and swiped it neatly across the center of the pan so that on the left side you see the lighter shade and on the right side, you see the darker shade. If you swirl your brush across the whole thing, you probably get a shade that's somewhere in between.

Expose Swatch

I picked up this bronzer with the Sonia Kashuk Wooden Handle Kabuki Brush which was a disappointment. I couldn't even bear to take a picture and write the review before I rushed back to Target to return the product. Quick take: super scratchy. I loved everything about it except how scratchy the hairs were and that outweighed all the positive qualities of the brush. So when I used it to apply this product, the result was not as pretty as I'd hoped and I almost returned it too. It applied unevenly and left muddy-looking patches. But I tried again another day with my trusty Ecotools brush and again another day with a Sephora bronzer brush and I've decided that JK was worthy of a place on my desk.

The color is buildable. It really doesn't look muddy at all. I'm reasonably fair (NC-25) and I tried this over my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque and it looked alright. I thought it looked better when I used it with my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder spf15 in Natural Beige. I think it mostly has to do with the way it blends in when I have a powder-based foundation product on. Lots of buffing helps. The texture is good, not too powdery like cheap products can be and not dry like some baked products I've tried in the past. You get a reasonable amount on your brush but it doesn't get all messy. The back of the product says the contents are made in Italy but it is assembled in China. I don't sense an odor and I am happy with it. I would not call it an exceptional product but worth keeping at $5, which is what I got it for. If you chance upon that orange sticker, this is worth picking up.