Bronzers

The Two Luxury Bronzers You Need This Summer

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It’s like looking at works of art, amiright?! Between the packaging and color of these bronzers, these are two of my favorite summer makeup items so far. So many brands are putting out amazing bronzing powders these days that it is hard to narrow them down, mainly because they have become somewhat of a collector’s item at this point!
I am very familiar with using Guerlain bronzers, and this one has been in my top 3 favorites for a few years now. However, I have never tried the ever popular Dior Nude Air Bronzer, and there is always a new one each year with a slight variation in color and composition. I finally bit the bullet this year and bought one to see if it was worth all the buzz and constant repromotion every year. Read on to hear my thoughts on each.
1. Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder – Dior makeup is always a crowd pleaser because of the packaging and hype, but I do not always run to buy each new collection that is launched. Recently I picked up this foundation which has blown my mind, and during that same shopping trip I decided to finally try one of the Nude Air Bronzers. It is called a Glow Powder technically, but it is dark enough to be a bronzer for my skin. First impressions – this powder has the most delicate and beautiful texture that glides over the skin effortlessly. It always applies evenly and goes on quite sheer though can be built up to give a strong bronzed look. I have been loving it dusted all over my face to give a hint of color or applied more heavily on the cheeks to give them a glow. Though there is slight shimmer, it is minimal and makes the skin look healthy and radiant rather than shimmery and glittery. I don’t think I need to pick up each year’s new Nude Air launch, but I am so happy to finally have one in my collection.
2. Guerlain Terracotta Pause d’Ete Collector Bronzing Powder Duo – No one does bronzing like Guerlain. It’s true – they are the masters of it. And what makes them even more superior over every other line is their wide range of shades that work on every skin tone. This bronzer collection is one of their most popular (and a personal favorite) and has a color to complement the fairest to the deepest of complexions. Their newest limited edition Bronzing Powder is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. It has a definite shimmer to it with the gold overspray (it disappears the more you use it), so I only use this on my cheeks rather than the entire face. However, as only Guerlain can do, the shimmer is so finely milled and blendable on the skin that my face ends up having the most perfect radiant glow rather than a disco ball nightmare. The bronzing brush is sold separately but is worth the splurge. It’s small enough to travel with, yet the brush itself is better quality than typical travel brushes. It picks up just enough product yet allows you to either dust it on delicately or buff it into the skin for a stronger finish. Guerlain continues it’s reign as the winner of bronzing powders with this new launch.
Out of the two, I would say I use the Dior one more frequently because it has a hint less shimmer, though the Guerlain shade is a bit more of what I prefer for my cheeks – bronze with a hint of coral. Either way, they are both stunning and splurge-worthy. 

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Review of the Tom Ford Summer 2016 Contouring Compact and By Terry Sun Designer Palette with Swatches

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Luxury bronzing palettes are having a moment right now. These two launched by Tom Ford and By Terry are two of the most beautiful palettes I have seen in a long time. And not just from an initial packaging or design standpoint, but from the shades and wearability of the formulas in the palette. They are both stunning but do differ quite significantly so hopefully this review will help you determine which one may be more suitable for what you need. Or you could throw all caution to the wind like myself and buy both because #beautyaddictbehavior. 
1. Tom Ford Contouring Compact – I have the Tom Ford eye and cheek palette from last summer which I initially thought was quite wearable. However, when I compare that one to this new Contouring palette, it’s clear this year’s was the better investment. Since I have oily skin, I find myself reaching for this more than the By Terry because while the TF has some shimmer, it is manageable enough that I don’t have to wear a matte foundation underneath. The bronzer looks dark for my skin, however applying it with a larger blush brush lightly under my cheekbones for a slight contour is perfect. I add the pink shade to the apples of my cheeks for a bright flush and then the highlight to the tops of my cheekbones. On a scale of minimal to Instagram makeup diva, this highlighter falls more towards the minimal end of the spectrum which allows me to wear it everyday. I am so happy with this palette and know that I will get a ton of use out of it over time. However, the shades in the palette are similar (though not an exact match) to existing colors in his line, so for that reason I feel this one could be a bit redundant if you own a ton of Tom Ford makeup, especially his bronzers, blushes and highlighters. Nonetheless I find it handy to have all three in one easy compact, and I’m a packaging fanatic so that alone makes it justifiable to me. 
2. By Terry Sun Designer Palette – From initial comparison, By Terry does win in the palette aesthetic arena against the Tom Ford. The wavy lines and multiple color options are simply stunning. I chose the more neutral version of the Sun Designer Palettes and am so happy with it. While the color range is much more suited to shades I wear regularly, the shimmer in them makes wearing a matte foundation or matte base a necessity when using this palette because of my oily skin. The paler side of the palette is what I use to warm up my face initially, running my brush over all three shades and then buffing it onto my cheeks. There is a bit of powder that kicks up with each swipe, but it doesn’t bother me. Next I add the bolder pink color to the apples of my cheeks to give them a gorgeous flush. I only add the highlighter and/or deep bronzer shade for evening or if I did not add too much of the paler side, simply because it can be too much color and shimmer for my face. When this palette first arrived, I felt compelled to use all 6 shades each time I would do my makeup (don’t ask me why – my beauty behaviors rarely have reasons), but soon realized that was too much color/powder/product for my face. Now I pick and choose which colors I want to use each day, and find that I love the palette much more. I truly have nothing like this in my collection and feel I will get a great deal of use out of it.

Did you pick either of these palettes up? What are your thoughts? Stay tuned for upcoming tutorials with both so you can see exactly how I use them! Also, I will have a foundation review video coming soon featuring this one that has absolutely blown my mind recently! 

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