Wednesday, 23 July 2014

My Holy Trinity of Bronze

Bronzers Nars Laguna Guerlain Terracotta and Bobbi Brown Gel

Ah, bronzer. You and I have had our ups and downs. From my early teenage years of piling on the shimmer and living that disco-ball life, to later, struggling to find a shade that was dark enough, but not orange, and not too pinky, and not muddy, or shimmery...I was ready to give up on you entirely. But then, one by one, I found some saviours of bronze that mean all of my needs are met, and I don't need to look elsewhere. Why go out for hamburger when you have Guerlain at home?

The Traditional One: Guerlain Terracotta
This was the beginning of Me and Bronzer v.2, the one that came along and made me reconsider my bronzer-ban. Pictured we have Terra Nerolia, but I also have and love (maybe slightly prefer) the Moisturising Bronzing Powder, which is currently too smashed up and messy to appear here. The whole range is fantastic though, non-shimmery but not matte either, giving a glowing and healthy finish that looks natural and not powdery at all. The shade range for the Moisturising Powder is excellent too, a godsend for those of us who are picky about these things. If the two-toned tan enhancing qualities of Terracota Terra Nerolia are more your thing, this year's limited edition Terracotta Tropica looks very similar indeed. I love that I can use these bronzers for a subtle contour, but they also look lovely and natural swirled all over my face for a more bronzed-up look. The best bit is that they are so pigmented that even the smaller ones last a good couple of years, with regular use. 

The Versatile One: Bobbi Brown All-Over Bronzing Gel 
This was an impulse buy just before a holiday a good few years ago, when it struck me that I could mix it in with my foundation to match up with my skin as my tan progressed (my skin changes pretty dramatically with a good bit of sun!). I didn't expect to fall madly in love. It's just so useful! Easy to blend, and just the right brown:orange ratio to look like a real tan, this can be lightly patted on over make-up to add a bit of dewy bronze-ness, mixed in with foundation, or even used instead of fake-tan on fake-tan-and-concealer-only days (we all do that, right?).  You can even use it on your body as a sort of instant fake tan, and it even has SPF 15 for a little bonus treat. This was Limited Edition, so I made my first bottle last absolutely ages and was delighted when it came back last Summer. This year it's back again, and here to stay, so it looks like my holiday romance beat the odds after all. 

The Contouring One: Nars Bronzing Powder
I didn't really have much need for a new bronzer, loyal as I was to my Guerlain, but after picking up a certain palette I got a taste for Laguna and there was no going back. This baby finds cheekbones I didn't know I had, and sculpts them to perfection. It's blendable, so very nearly matte and just the right kind of dark, with no trace of orange whatsoever, making it perfect for contouring of any kind. I don't need to tell you much about it, do I? It's a clich├ęd blogger's love, but with very good reason. 

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