I’m back with a collective review on my solo bronzers today… But first I apologise for not appearing here for almost two weeks. I was sick last weekend. It’s been a hectic month with full of surprises that you’ll get to know soon 🙂
Anyway, I know it’s not exactly a “bronzing time” right now… Summer’s been long gone and everybody’s talking about holiday makeup (which, by the way, is coming soon on my blog 🙂 ) but last week I got a surprise visit from my boy (who lives far, far away) with a lot of goodies from MAC and when he’s here, we always go swimming because our swimming pools are not seasonal, and we have summer throughout the year. So this is when I decided to pick one bronzer to take around with me because we like travelling light.
I have 5 single bronzers in my makeup wardrobe with 5 more bronzer palettes. (I will write about the palettes later)
NARS Bronzer in Casino
Bought this last year from Istanbul during my winter trip, and this is also my very first bronzer. I love how this works for all seasons. I was quite pale there (got sick there too) and I used this to give some colour to my face during winter. It has golden micro shimmer, but it doesn’t show up on the skin at all. Even on the pan, you have to really look closer to see the shimmer. While everybody’s raving about NARS’ Laguna bronzer, I think Casino is an unsung hero. It’s mostly flattering on medium skin, and can easily become your everyday bronzer. I will do a complete review on this later, but for now I can tell you that this is totally worth the price point, and is a great investment for everyone 🙂
MAC Matte Bronze
My next go-to bronzer is MAC’s Matte Bronze. I like bronzers to be at least semi-matte, because we don’t stay by the poolside everyday, so shimmer is only an option for me when I go swimming. I love using this with a satin finish blush (like MAC’s Modest Blush from last Holiday Collection) This would not show up on dark skin, because the pigmentation is not superb. This is ideal for a 2-in-1 bronzer/contour routine for everyday. Use a dense brush like Real Technique’s Sculpting Brush or NARS Ita Brush. (For a full review, click here)
BH Cosmetics Bombshell Bronzer in Starlet
Mostly known as a dupe for Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer, this has you covered for highlighter/blush and bronzer all-in-one. Great for outdoorsy days, but be warned that this is super shimmery. It’s an illuminating bronzer, and works great only on very fair to medium skin tones. When you swipe all the colours together you get a beautiful shimmery peachy bronze colour… Use fluffy brushes to apply this to avoid looking like a disco ball 🙂 For tan to dark skin, this is ideal as a highlighter. (for individual swatches, click here)
Sephora Shimmering Bronze in Trip to Haiti
This bronzer is to die for! It’s so soft and just oh-so-beautiful on the skin. When I’m on the run, I apply only this because it instantly gives life to your face. I think this is a must-have, and the shimmer is not so noticeable just like Casino. I don’t want to write so much about this, because this is sooooo amazing!
BH Cosmetics Bombshell Bronze in Siren
Siren is known as a dupe for Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer, and is a shimmering bronzer too. I like to dust this lightly all over my face for healthy glow, and I would use a deluxe fan brush to apply this on my cheekbones. Another great bronzer for outdoors. Click here for more swatches 🙂
Favourite bronzer out of all five: Was a tough one to pick, but I know I can never go wrong with NARS’ Casino. It’s my ultimate favourite bronzer. Even though Sephora’s Trip to Haiti is so beautiful, if I’m not very careful, it can look too orange on me. I just know my way around with Casino. As to the BH Cosmetics Bronzers, I use them very sparingly because of the shimmer.
So I ended up picking NARS Bronzer in Casino for all my swimming trips…
Hope you have a lovely Sunday!