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January,13 2014 | Beauty Bits, Bronzers, Cargo Cosmetics, Guerlain, MAC, NARS
It’s rare that I do a post focusing on things to make me darker (as it is nearly impossible with this pasty pallor), but I realized that I have been reaching for bronzers more than usual recently, so I felt there may be something there. Oddly I don’t tend to wear a lot of bronzer in the summer (I know, I am always backwards), but have been wearing it over and over this winter. I have been loving a dark and bold lip recently (did you read this post on my current dark lip colors???), and I find that a bronzey, neutral cheek is often the best to complement. Some are definitely more loved than others, so I thought I would share my thoughts on each:
1. NARS Laguna (housed in a duo case) – Everyone raves about this bronzer, swears by it, hits pan before any other product. Do I agree? You bet I do. It truly does impart the most natural “bronzed” look out of all of the 4 I have. Not too much shimmer, not too much matte. The perfect balance.
2. Cargo Cosmetics Hydra Bronze – The shimmer is a bit bold in this product, so I reserve it for evenings or the weekend. A rather smooth application, it is also designed to help boost the moisture level in the skin. Not sure if I ever completely noticed this feature when using it, but I do find that it settles nicely on the skin.
3. Guerlain Terracota Four Seasons Bronzer in Nude – This is hands down, without a doubt the best bronzer of the bunch. Not only because it has that pink addition to the blend, but also because it is the most finely milled and super smooth powder bronzer I have ever used. I think there is a slight shimmer but it is barely noticeable, so it’s easily worn anywhere, anytime with almost any makeup look. I like to swirl all 4 colors together for a gorgeous flush and then if I want to add a bit more color, I concentrate the pink shade on the apples of my cheeks. It is quite the splurge but it’s worth every penny in my opinion.
4. MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden – MAC was the first bronzer I ever used and I enjoyed it for many years. After branching out and trying other brands, the MAC one fell lower and lower on the list. While I still enjoy wearing it on occasion with certain looks, it tends to turn a little brown on me so it often needs a good pop of color on the cheeks to liven it up.
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