Bronzers are one of my most utilised products in my make up bag. They warm up my skin and give me a sun kissed glow as well as being a great eye shadow and ideal for contouring in some angles to my round visage. I have several different bronzers, each with their own specific purpose and use and I even have a matching brush to go with one of them. More on that one later! Without further adieu, today I am introducing you to five of the best bronzers that suit every budget.
Probably one of the most famous in the bronzer world, Benefit Hoola* is the best selling bronzer in the UK and there is no doubt as to why. Matte brown without a single hint of shimmer, Hoola can be used as a sheer wash of colour on fair skin and built up to work on deeper skin tones. It transfers onto the skin without any muddy orange colouring and the matte finish of the powder takes it up to the top of the pile for its multi use as a contouring powder. Use a fluffy brush and add to the eye contour for natural wide awake eyes, and dust over balmed lips for a natural matte nude pout.
A very well loved bronzer is my MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden. Although it looks quite shimmery in the pan, it transfers to the face with minimal shimmer and is almost matte. It’s quite a deep colour and I tend to save it for when I’m a bit more tanned as it can come off as quite orangey on paler skin. The soft pearl within the golden powder catches the light well and it also looks lovely when dusted across the décolletage and down the arms with a MAC 134 brush. It’s not suitable for contouring as it is too golden.
A bronzer that has been in my life for the last ten or more years is the Bourjois Delicé de Poudre, or as it is affectionally known, the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. I have done a full review on the Chocolate Bronzer* in the past and I love it as it is such a beautiful light golden bronze. It is shimmery, and it does require a certain amount of blending but if you dust this across your face where the sun would normally hit, it looks natural and very glowy. I also like to use this as an eye contour shadow over the top of MAC Naked Lunch shadow for an extra special look.
Newest to the bunch is the Too Faced Soulmates Blusher/Bronzer in Carrie & Big. In my USA haul I mentioned how I set out with the intention of getting Ross & Rachael but it was out of stock. Carrie & Big is the lighter of the two but the bronzer is such a lovely shade that it leaves a very natural finish. It’s golden and slightly shimmery and it leaves an ethereal glow rather than a super bronzed finish. The coral blusher within Carrie & Big is a handy extra and the two colours complement each other immensely. Debenhams is the only store in the UK to stock Too Faced and I believe it’s limited edition so it may be wise to purchase sooner rather than later!
Finally, I’m sharing my absolute number one in bronzing and you will be so annoyed with me as it’s unavailable to purchase in the UK. I apologise but it’s just how it goes! The Marc Jacobs O!Mega bronzer in Tantric is the most perfect bronzer for my skin tone and it is the one that is so close to my tanned skin that when I swatched on my forearm, it didn’t actually show up but it gave a ‘my skin but all glowy and tanned’ look. Not only gorgeous, but it’s matte and suitable for contouring. I did get the matching Marc Jacobs bronzing brush and the super large brush diffuses the powder over your face and hits all the right places for that bronzed goddess look.
Have you tried any of these bronzers? Which is your favourite bronzer? I’d love to know!