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,