Finding the right bronzer is, for me, one of the hardest make-up purchases. Somehow the colour is never quite right: too orange, too red or too muddy, especially when you have paler skin. With the summer fast approaching, I’ve found four of the best bronzers out there and put them to the test!
BEFORE THE BRONZER…
CLARINS AQUATIC TREASURE SUMMER BRONZING COMPACT
There’s not many powder compacts that make you gasp when you open them but this Clarins bronzer definitely does. It’s intricate pattern is so beautiful I almost don’t want to use it, and reminds me of an antique clock face (don’t ask me why!) Although it’s a little larger than most bronzer, the different variations on colour give a more natural finish.
Although the colours are split into four, the variations are so subtle that it gives a soft, caramel finish without being too obvious or shimmery. It’s matte finish means you only need a very small amount before you risk looking cakey and too “done”.
BOBBI BROWN CORAL BIGHTENING BRICK
Although the colours look a little scary, this is so much more subtle than it looks – in fact, you can hardly see it on my face in the images. This is definitely a bronzer that you want to use after your holiday or when you already have a tan, otherwise it could look a little obvious.
Although it looks like a tan hue, it’s actually a cross between a bronzer and blusher, giving the complexion a healthy glow and rosy finish. After applying a tinted moisturiser, a couple of sweeps of Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Brick and my skin popped with health rather than being flat.
BARE MINERALS READY MINERAL BRONZER
Ok, I must admit I was a little sceptical about this one. The colour was the strongest with a slightly rusty tone which I was convinced would be too harsh for my complexion. I made sure that I put a slightly warmer foundation on beforehand so the colour blended better and was surprised at how natural it looked.
I would definitely avoid the temple areas and don’t use this for contouring-it’s not brown enough. Instead, wipe the brush over the powder, blow off the excess and brush over the nose, cheeks of the apples, above the brows and the chin. Once the product had come off the brush completely I used it to blend it all in again so it didn’t look as obvious.