15 June, 2013

All Bronzed Up

If there is one make-up category that goes completely unnoticed by me, it has to be blush. My cheeks have a pretty natural flush most of the time and because I don't really wear any heavy-duty foundations, it can look quite weird with a blush on top. I do, however, LOVE me some bronzer. 
When it comes to bronzer, I'm not too keen on shimmer. Putting on a shimmery bronzer just reminds me too much of vampires ('cause they shimmer in the sun as in Twilight... no? anyone?). But seriously, I do prefer matte bronzers over shimmery ones. In this post I will talk about two of my favorite bronzers, one drugstore and one high-end option.

The one with the see-through lid is Rimmel London's Natural Bronzer in 021 Sun Light. It is the first proper bronzer I bought after smashing my well-loved L'Or√©al True Match Blush in Precious Peach. This Rimmel one is an all-rounder for me. The Sun Light shade is tan enough to give me some color during summer and not too dark to make me look like an Oompa Loompa during winter. It contains minerals, has SPF 8 and pretty long lasting power on my skin. It also has a strong scent, which reminds me of summer (suncreen, perhaps?). So if your skin is sensitive to perfumed cosmetics, it might not be for you. All in all this one ticks all the boxes for me, and for that price (€8.99/£5.59 for 14g) you can't really go wrong.

Next up is the number 1 talked about bronzer in the world: NARS Laguna (€34.50/£26 for 8g). To say this has become a staple in my make-up collection would be an understatement. First of all, the packaging is gorgeous with a big mirror inside. Although I've heard many people with fair skin say it looks orange on them, it does not on me (and I'm NW20). You can use this bronzer to contour or just as a general 'let's make my face look a bit more tan' thing. It stays put and does not break me out. With all the fuzz it got, I was curious to see if it lived up to my expectations and it honestly did. If you are looking to invest in a nice bronzer, I would definitely recommend checking this out.
Now if you ask me to choose between the two, I think I would go for Laguna. Why? It does its job more than well and, let's face it, everyone is a sucker for good packaging. I've also heard a lot of good things about the Jouer Replenish & Protect Hydrating Bronzer (€28/£24), which is also matte and has good packaging. So I might check that one out next.