In short, bronzer make your face darker. Or if you don’t want a face tan, it can also help contour, to make your face look more sculptural with bone structure instead of round. Or it can provide some warmth and make you look healthier, whatever that means. I happen to have a face that’s a shade darker than my neck, so I don’t really need a bronzer. But Too Faced is famous for their bronzer and teddy hair brushes so when I saw these cute mini kits on sale, I can’t help myself but to get them……
I got Sun on the Run and Tan without the Twinkle from the website, the shipping was fine and it came with 2 deluxe samples. I put a quarter size sample jar in there for size comparison. The mini “flatbuki” brushes are ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!! While those GWP or brushes from kits are usually notoriously crappy, these are the same quality as the full size Too Faced brushes. Firm, dense, silky and soft. The pink handled one that came with Tan without the Twinkle is slightly flatter than Sun on the Run. Did I mention how adorable they are?
Counting those two, I now have 4 bronzers that I’m swatching here: Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess; Korres Contouring Trio in Santorini; Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.
Tarte bronzer did not have the same buttery smooth texture as the other three, but it does provide a nice glow and is pigmented. I did a detailed post on BeautyTalk for Korres contouring Trio. It’s for contouring but if you want to swirl it together as bronzer, it’s a matte bronzer with a pink tint instead of a gold tint like the other ones. Too Faced Sun Bunny is quite versatile with a pinky champagne shimmer/glowy side, and a golden bronze side. You can kind of contour a bit with it, or mix together for a soft glow. True to their ingredients, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil really do smells like cocoa, it is matte and lighter than I thought it would be. If you are SUPER pale, Korres would be a good choice since you can control the darkness. If you feel most bronzers are a bit too yellow and want a bit of pink, Korres or TF Sun Bunny are good choice.
I’m not a bronzer expert. I just know you are suppose to put it below cheek bone, or in a E/3 shape on the side of your face for contour. You want a shade that’s 2-3 shades darker than your skintone and no more for a natural look. If these bronzers are too light/dark for you, you can also use a foundation or BB/CC cream that are 2 shade darker. Always remember to blend properly and down to your neck if needed. What else? mmmm……. matte looks natural for contouring the sides but shimmer ones will give you a sunkissed glow if you use it on your cheek bone or nose.
That’s all I know, so this is more of a swatch/eye candy post. Since I don’t really wear bronzers,I will be wearing these as lid eyeshadows. These bronzers are more medium intensity, sheerer than Urban Decay and Kat von D eyeshadows of course, but saved me the trouble of hunting for a base/lid eyeshadow color. So, how do you wear your bronzers? any favorites?