September 17, 2013

Starting Off: Bronzer

Bronzer is a difficult one to explain if you ask me! Bronzer just gives your skin a bit of a glowing, tanned look and can also help to contour your face and emphasise the structure of ya bones! I will admit this now, I didn't actually bother with bronzer when I first started off with make up because I didn't understand it, but now, particularly after beginning blogging, I've learnt how to get the best out of it. It's now an essential part of my make up routine.

Bronzer's main form is a powder, pressed or loose, the bronzers you will come across will nearly all be powder! Chanel and Bourjois are the leaders in the creamy bronzer department and brands including Estee Lauder have some lovely liquid bronzers. I personally have always stuck with powder bronzers, mainly just for ease and the fact that they're less messy and you don't waste any. I have tried both pressed and loose powders and I honestly don't have a favourite as I have found fantastic examples of both.

I apply my bronzer using the "3 technique", which I was taught by one of the Benebabes a few years ago in Sheffield! I use bronzer with the aim of looking more defined and contoured and to give my skin a little bit of colour. I apply bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, around from my temples to the outer edges of my forehead and slightly along my jawline. If I'm going on a night out, I will follow more strict "contouring rules" but generally I just apply it quickly to these places. I sometimes apply bronzer down the sides of my nose to give it a thinner look!

Without bronzer!
Half bronzed...which side have I applied bronzer to?
All done!

I use three different bronzers and when I use them depends on what kind of look I'm going for. One of my most used bronzers is the Bourjois "Chocolate" Bronzer (Delice de Poudre). It has a lovely cocoa butter scent and it's colour (Shade 52) is a subtle brown colour with more dark than orange undertones. It is really easily blended and it doesn't make you orange at all. I never really choose bronzers with orange undertones just because I think that they look horrendous on just about everyone! This bronzer is only £6.99 in Boots and I would say that it is just as good as my Benefit Hoola which I spent a whacking £23.50 on.

I bought this Benefit Hoola bronzer about a year and a half ago now and as you can see from the photo, there isn't much left! It's fantastic and is only the slightest bit more pigmented than my Bourjois bronzer. I can't personally see a difference in the undertones of this and the above once they're on the skin but in the packaging I would say that the Chocolate bronzer looks a little more orange, even though it actuality it isn't. It's amazing and I don't regret spending £23.50 on it, even though it's expensive. I think that Bourjois have done really well with their product because personally I see their product as a subtle dupe for Hoola and it is near enough the same, all but the pigmentation and the price.

I think that if I had to choose a favourite bronzer then this would be it. I would have expected to dislike Warmth by bareMinerals due to the fact it is a loose powder rather than pressed and I often find them hard to blend but I don't have an issue with this at all with this product. It blends really easily and the colour is absolutely perfect for a bronzer in my eyes. It has a mixture of brown and terracotta undertones and it has such a slight glimmer to it. It's hardly noticeable in that I only noticed for the first time (after a year and a half at least!) after swatching it for this post. It's retailed at £19.00 and I think that this is an incredible price. A little goes such a long way and the effect and longevity it has is INSANE! Best. Bronzer. Ever. 

Swatches left to right: Warmth, Chocolate, Hoola
 And finally, to apply my bronzer I tend to use Real Techniques' Contour Brush. It's rounded in shape and isn't too bulky. I am able to combine application and blending with the use of this brush and, as with all the RT brushes, it's just so so soft!

Do you use any of the same bronzers as me? Have you tried the RT Contour Brush?

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Lots of love, Steph xxxx


  1. Loved this post, really informative! :-) I use Bare Minerals Warmth too,I love it xx

  2. Really want to try these bronzers now! Your cheek bones look lovely :) x

  3. Ah the bronzer looks lovely on you Steph! :) And yay for all the Bourjois love! ;) xo

  4. Great post, love your face photos - I need to more of these! I love the Warmth too but I always make a bit of a mess on my dressing table with it!

    Rebecca x

  5. Awesome pictures! And the bourjois bronzer is such a cult classic, I wish they came in darker shades! xx

  6. always wanted to try the hoola product + I need the contour brush my RT
    good post steph!:) xx

  7. You have such striking cheekbones!xx

  8. I need to try the Bourjouis one, and also the Real Technique Brush!
    I agree with you, I love bronzers with brown or dark undertones, orange is horrible.

    Mirisweet! xX

  9. I love the half on half off picture, it shows how amazing contouring can be. Lovely post as always.

    Hannah xxx

  10. Lovely Post Steph! SO informative and I loved the Before and After type pics! :)

  11. I forgot to include my Bare Minerals Warmth! I've used that too and really must try Hoola and the Bourjois offerings.



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