Pale Girl Bronzer: Bourjois Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder

We’ve all had a bronzer fail. Too orange. Too shimmery. Less sunkissed, more mud stained. It’s easy to get wrong.

If you are very fair a great bronzer is hard to find. Californian beach babe? No probs, take your pick. English rose? Proceed with caution.

My bronzer nemesis was a particularly terrible offering from Lancôme. It was so expensive that despite it being a sparkly, blotchy, orange disaster, I couldn’t bring myself to part with it. So I soldiered on. The full Oompa Loompa.

The Bourjois Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder in Hale Clair, £7.99, is perfect for the fair of face. Lightly pigmented, it can be built gradually for a natural look. It is warm, but not at all orange, and would suit even the palest of skin tones.

Matte bronzers can look flat, or muddy, so I tend to favour a tiny bit of shimmer – not the glittery Lancôme disaster kind – but the subtle, illuminating type.

Although this Bourjois bronzer is matte, it still gives the face a little lift. It has a slight sheen like a good quality pressed powder, that lights up the face but without any shine.

They say it has blurring properties, delivered via soft-focus pigments, and I would be inclined to agree. Bronzer at its finest.

Til next time,





  1. March 7, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Yay! I’ve been looking for a pale person bronzer that doesn’t cost a lot! Thank you 🙂

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:09 am

      You are most welcome Kiya! Thanks so much for your comment. Come back and let me know if you buy it. H x

  2. March 11, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Great review! I know I have that problem too when it comes to bronzers. One of my go-tos is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. Gives me the sun kissed look without the orange spray tan effect

    • March 11, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      We don’t have Physicians Formuja in the UK! It’s on my list…H x

  3. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I am going to purchase after the Charlotte Tilbury smashing disaster! I mean who doesnt sell a bronzer separately from a highlighter meaning I have to fork out £50! Will let you know how I get on xx

    • May 16, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      So true – and even if you hadn’t smashed it, you’d run out of the bronzer before the highlighter! H x

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