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
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
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
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
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?