Bourjois Delice de Soleil, The Body Shop Bronzing Powder, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster

I was looking at recent photos of me and realised that my face looked flat as a pancake 🙁  Being Asian means that I have flat features like flat nose and flat boobs – but alas, NOT A FLAT STOMACH!!!  Gurrrr!!!!  Anyway, I decided to crack open a few bronzers to see if I could incorporate them into my make-up routine and learn to contour and define.

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder in 14 Olive / Tanned Skin

Bourjous Delice de Soleil, Bourjois bronzer, Bourjois matte bronzer

Packaging :  I really liked the packaging of Bourjois Delice de Soleil with the swivel mirror lid so I can view myself in all different angles (some were not that attractive – i.e. looking up one’s nasal cavities!)  It comes with a flat contour brush which is a little scratchy but perfect for ladies who like to reapply bronzer on the go.  The problem with any make-up compact which comes with a brush is that I will forget to wash it regularly.

Performance :  There is barely detectable shimmer in Bourjois Delice de Soleil which means it is an almost-matte bronzer and is best used to define cheekbones.  The colour is quite strong so it’s best to use a light hand otherwise instead of looking like a Bronzed Goddess, you can easily look like a member from Jersey Shore.

Perfect for :  Creating killer cheekbones a la Kate Moss.

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder in 03 Medium Matte

The Body Shop Bronzer, The Body Shop Bronzing Powder

Packaging :  Simple, sturdy compact with mirror.  Nothing wowee.  I do like the hexagonal honeycomb-like embossed indentations.  (It also reminds me of MAC Golden Nectar of which I do not own so cannot comment.)

Performance :  You will see in the swatch later that the shade of this matte bronzer matches my skin colour very closely.  This means that when I first used it, I was like – Uh, what’s the point?  I can’t see any difference!!!  But then I experimented with it further only to find that it provides a lovely subtle difference when I apply it on the sides of my nose to create a slimmer more defined nose bridge.  I have also used it to create a fake crease on my silly Asian eyelids!

Perfect for :  Subtle contouring for Asian flat-faced ladies like moi

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light to Medium

Physicans Formula Bronze Booster, bronzing pearls, dupe for Meteorites

Packaging :  Physicians Formula Bronze Booster reminded me of a yo-yo minus the string!!  Anyway, it is jam-packed with not only a flat contour brush (slighty scratchy) and a powder puff (lovely and soft) and a lid with a mirror.

Performance :  Those bronzing pearly beads totally remind me of Guerlain Meteorites (of which I also do not own!).  It’s actually quite fun to use a kabuki brush to swirl the beads around to make a satisfying noise.  Yes, I am weird like that!  There is a lot of pearlescent shimmer with this bronzer so I dare not go crazy with it on my face.  I just add it on top of my blusher to highlight my almost non-existent cheekbones.

Perfect for :  A touch of radiance

Bronzer Swatches

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder 14, The Body Shop Bronzing Powder 03 Medium Matte, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Light to Medium

So I still have a long way to go before becoming a master of contouring with bronzers, but I have had fun testing them out.  Are you a bronzer fan?  Do you have any tips you could give a bronzer noob like me?  


20 Comments on Tried & Tested Trio : Bronzers

  1. The made up maiden
    29/11/2012 at 4:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Ooh lovely! I really like the look of the Bourjois one! I own the same body shop one but haven’t used it yet! Love bronzers for contouring, I am using two from Inglot currently!

  2. emmabovary
    30/11/2012 at 9:24 am (5 years ago)

    I love that body shop bronzer, I like that it is pretty light (obvs I bought the lightest one for my fair skin!) it means it is harder to stuff up, and I can warm up my face without anyone knowing I have anything on. mwu hahaha

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:14 pm (5 years ago)

      @emmabovary, Yes, we don’t want to look like an extra from The Shire 😛

  3. Porcelaine
    30/11/2012 at 1:58 pm (5 years ago)

    I usually use a darker foundation powder but recently I really like to use ELF’s All Over Cover Stick in Toasted (I’ll be blogging about it soon).

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

      @Porcelaine, That’s a good idea to use a darker foundation powder! I might try that sometime 🙂

  4. Norlin
    30/11/2012 at 2:15 pm (5 years ago)

    Loving the look of the body shop one tbh. It’s subtle and would be great when used to define cheekbones! But I do like the golden tinge in the physicians formula one too. That’ll be perfect for you know…when you’re going to parties and stuff?

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

      @Norlin, I need more parties to bring out the party bronzer 🙂

  5. Saumya
    01/12/2012 at 12:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I have the Bourjois one n I quite like it, but like you m still in the art of practicing n mastering by brozer skills as I really need one

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:12 pm (5 years ago)

      @Saumya, Yes, practice makes perfect 🙂

  6. Michelle
    02/12/2012 at 8:28 am (5 years ago)

    Oooh, I might need to check out The Body Shop one as I’m super pale and prefer bronzers that are buildable rather than too scarily dark.

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:12 pm (5 years ago)

      @Michelle, Let me know how you get on with The Body Shop Bronzer 🙂

  7. Personal Perspectives
    02/12/2012 at 4:36 pm (5 years ago)

    I love my Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder – it’s my holy grail bronzer!

  8. Cynthia
    03/12/2012 at 1:17 pm (5 years ago)

    I haven’t found my favorite bronzer yet, cause there are some that I tried has so much pigmentation in it. I would like to contour side of my cheeks to make myself look slimmer. Thanks for the reviews of each of your bronzer.

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:11 pm (5 years ago)

      @Cynthia, Yeah, it’s good to have bronzers which are buildable and not too pigmented. Contouring can make such a difference when done correctly 🙂

  9. Emily
    04/12/2012 at 3:47 pm (5 years ago)

    I know this is totally random but I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS.

    • Ling
      05/12/2012 at 6:09 pm (5 years ago)

      @Emily, OMG!!! That is the best random comment I have ever had!!! Thanks babe, especially coming from you because your photography is brill! x

  10. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)
    12/12/2012 at 2:42 pm (5 years ago)

    This is such a great post – I LOVE this sort of comparison style post. The photos are super pretty too 🙂