Bronzers

ColourPop Coconut Beach Pressed Powder Bronzer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Coconut Beach Colour Pop Coconut Beach Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a very, very powdery texture, so one small tap of the brush yielded excess product on the surface of the product. I’d actually recommend using a slightly fluffier brush with this and a gentle handle, as I find denser brushes pick up an excessive amount…

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Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous, Glowing Beauty Instant Look in a Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gorgeous Glowing Beauty Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous Glowing Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that includes three eyeshadows, two cheek colors, one bronzer, and one highlighter. Most of the shades were soft, blendable, and long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation. The bronzer would have been more blendable, which was the worst “con” of the palette; all four cheek products were quite pigmented but those formulas are marketed as buildable, so they…

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MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Medium Deep MAC Medium Deep Star-Dipped Face Compact ($42.50 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that includes a bronzer, one blush, and two highlighters, all of which are in the Extra Dimension formula. Three of the four shades in the quad have been seen before, though this is the first time MAC has housed them in a quad format, which makes the price point a lot more palatable (they can get quite pricey as standalone purchases). The…

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Tarte 9 Ways to Shine Cheek Wardrobe Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

9 Ways to Shine Tarte 9 Ways to Shine Cheek Wardrobe ($35.00 for 0.69 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of stacked cheek colors. Each stack contains three shades–technically, a highlighter, blush, and bronzer–with a flip-top mirror and swiveling compacts underneath the first shade. There are three stacks included in the set, which I love seeing in a holiday set as it would be easy to gift any of the stacks to a friend or family member (either as…

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Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ghost Hourglass Ghost Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features two finishing powders, one highlighter, one bronzer, and two blushes. The top three shades are all part of the core range of shades, so they can be purchased individually, while the bottom three shades are new and exclusive to the palette. The quality of the products was lovely–blendable, easy to work with, sat well on skin–and the “downside” was that the…

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Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tres Chic Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette ($52.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes two blushes, two highlighters, and two bronzers. Both the blush and highlighter formulas were described as buildable, and the blush in particular was described as sheer and buildable. The texture of most shades was on the dustier side–thin, drier, and dusty–and my experience over time has shown thinner powder products tend to harder to apply and blend, which was true with some of the shades in the…

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NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tapu NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush had decent pigmentation, application, and wear, though not stellar, while the bronzer, Casino, had a disappointing texture that made it harder to work with. NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush Moana Moana is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had buildable color…

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NARS Motu Tane Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tane NARS Motu Tane Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush are both new shades, and they performed well, while the bronzer is Laguna, and that did not perform well (which is, sadly, consistent with my experience of the shade when included in palettes over the years). It’s bad enough that it makes the rest of the palette hard to justify, unfortunately. Makatea Makatea is a bright pop of light…

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Marc Jacobs Tantalize (106) O!Mega Bronzer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tantalize (106) Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantalize (106) O!Mega Bronzer ( for oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which was easy to apply with a lighter hand to build up coverage or to sheer by blending and diffusing the product on the cheeks. The texture was smooth, velvety, and lightly creamy without being too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It had the…

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MAC Canyon Dreamin’ Next to Nothing Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Canyon Dreamin’ MAC Canyon Dreamin’ Next to Nothing Bronzing Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, golden brown with a natural matte finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer where a little went a long way, so I’d highly recommend using a lighter hand with this product (or a less-dense brush) if the sheerer coverage, as marketed, was what you wanted. The texture was smooth and finely-milled, though a little thinner and more prone to adhering…

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MAC Sun-soaked Strip Next to Nothing Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sun-soaked Strip MAC Sun-soaked Strip Next to Nothing Bronzing Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, more balanced undertones, though it leaned slightly more red-based than yellow or orange-based. The consistency was smooth, silky, and finely-milled, but the more matte finish combined with the thinner consistency made it more prone to adhering very strongly wherever it was initially placed. This can happen with matte powders going over bare skin or liquid foundation that isn’t set/matte. It…

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CoverFX Sunkissed Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Sunkissed Bronze Cover FX Sunkissed Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) is the lighter of the two bronzer duos available. It has more of a golden undertone running through both the matte and shimmer shades. Both bronzers were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with and had eight to nine hour wear. Cover FX Sunkissed Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Sunkissed Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Sunkissed Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Sunkissed Bronze (Left)…

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Cover FX Suntan Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Suntan Bronze Cover FX Suntan Bronze Monochromatic Bronzer Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) contains a deeper, red-toned brown with a matte finish and a medium, reddish-copper with a lightly metallic finish. Both shades were blendable, long-wearing, and easy to work with, while the matte side had more semi-opaque, buildable coverage compared to the shimmery side, which was opaque in one layer. Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left) Matte Bronzer Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Left)…

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