As everyone has probably noticed (seeing as it’s July), summertime is upon us. Hot days and warm nights with a good healthy dose of humidity normally call for light, natural-looking makeup that will look fresh but won’t feel sticky. A good way to achieve any kind of natural, sunny summer look is to skip blush and go for bronzer.
I’ve compiled a small list of four well-loved bronzers, both higher end and drugstore so that you can find one for your price point.
1.) NARS Bronzer in Laguna - $34.00 at Sephora, narscosmetics.com
Consumer Review from Sephora.com: ”Wow. I can’t believe how wonderful this bronzer looks on my skin! I have tried so many bronzers and don’t like the way they look on my skin- too glittery, too orange, didn’t blend well.. NARS’s Laguna looks fantastic on my skin.”
Our advice: If you are looking for a product to invest in, that you think you’ll use for awhile, get this bronzer. I have never heard a bad review of this product and so many beauty gurus swear by it. It seems to fit a wide range of skin tones, including fair tones, so it should look flawless and warm on anyone. Also, it has a bit of a golden shimmer but it blends well so it gives you a beautiful, glowing finish.
2.) NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer - $9.00 at drugstores, Ulta, or nyxcosmetics.com
Consumer Review from Ulta.com: “It’s a wonderfully pigmented bronzer, that is completely matte. It blends perfectly and you can use it all over. I ordered it in medium, and it is the perfect shade for a medium/lightish skin tone.”
Our advice: If you’re looking for little to no shimmer in your bronzer, this is a good choice. It is heavily pigmented, so apply it with a light hand. It does blend well and leaves a natural finish.
3.) Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer - $13.95 at drugstores and Ulta
Consumer Review from Ulta.com: “Happy Booster Bronzer is excellent for faking a natural golden tan and is really great for contouring cheeks. I actually was complimented on my “tan” the other day! I have fair skin and the blending is awesome. It doesn’t appear orange at all, just a nice deep golden glow!”
Our advice: This product claims to not only give you a nice bronzed look but also to boost your mood using natural plant extract that acts similarly to how endorphins act. It is more on the shimmery side for bronzers, so go toward this product if you like the shimmery effect. It smells good - which is a plus. Make sure to moisturize well before using this product, however, because some users have noticed that after repeated applications it has led their skin to break out. Create a good barrier between your skin and the makeup with moisturizer and you should be able to prevent that from happening.
4.) Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer - $28.00 at Sephora, Benefitcosmetics.com
Consumer Review from Sephora.com: “This is very flattering and can start sheer but is very buildable if you need it. It gives a great matte natural glow.”
Our advice: Use a nice all-over powder brush to apply this bronzer. Don’t use the brush it comes with as it may leave the color streaky on your cheeks. Overall, this is a great product. I personally love the Benefit line of makeup (I use their Oxygen Wow foundation and their Browzings eyebrow kit) so I would definitely recommend this as a glowing, matte bronzer that gives you a good amount of color. It’s a slightly less expensive version of NARS Laguna but with less shimmer.
What do you think? Let me know if you’ve tried any of these bronzers and you like them or dislike them or if you have a bronzer of your own you’d recommend!
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