My favorite bronzer for...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Favorite Products by Category series continues! As a pale lady, a bronzer can be both a friend and enemy. It can add a nice warmth and color boost that can sometimes be lacking, but add too much and you can look overdone and unnatural. I rounded up my favorite bronzing products and what I like to use each of them for so let's dive in!

Nars Laguna Bronzer // the one for all-over color
Laguna. You probably know what it is by that one word alone. I resisted buying this for the longest time, but finally buckled back in December. Boy am I glad I did. The faintest hint of sheen throughout pan makes me steer away from using this as a contour, but I love whacking it on all over my temples, cheeks, and well, basically everywhere for a hint of color. In addition to warming up your face, it works wonders as a crease shade for your eyes. Double duty? Bonus points.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer // the one for countour
Benefit's Hoola Bronzer was one of the first non-drugstore products I ever purchased. I'd seen everyone mention it at some point in a makeup tutorial, so naturally I had to get it. Several years later, I still love it just as much as I did when I first picked it up. A gorgeous cool tone, it works great as a contour for a bit of subtle definition, even for pale girls. I tend to concentrate it under the cheekbones and along the jawline when my face is screaming for added dimension. It's incredibly pigmented and very finely milled, so a tiny bit goes a long way. Must be why there's barely a dent in mine...

Pop Beauty Secret Sunshine // the one for a warm glow
This little number showed up in a Ipsy bag last year, and is annoyingly no longer for sale on the Pop Beauty website. (Isn't that always the way?!) However, it's still worth a mention, since there's plenty of similar shimmery bronzers out there that give off the same look. There's definitely a noticeable shimmery sheen to it, so I won't use this for contour and I'm not too keen on it being everywhere, either. I prefer to concentrate this on the cheeks and temples to give me that golden goddess look...or as close as I can get to that via makeup.

Laura Geller Sunswept // the one in a blush
This blush has such a warm, bronze undertone to it that every time I wear it I somehow look tan, without looking unnatural. The pink that runs through it adds just enough color to balance out the bronze qualities, making it such a winner. There's a slight sheen within it, too, giving it another layer of dimension to your cheeks as it catches the light.

The next bronzer on my wishlist is definitely the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. It looks like a perfect color, not too light or too dark, and it smells like chocolate- fantastic! Let me know what you're favorite bronzer is and why you love it!


  1. Danielle BeautyblogJuly 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    I have Hoola and love it! too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil is gorgeous too and smells so good!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  2. I really want to try it! Just for the scent haha!

  3. Lovely picks. I love the bronzer from Bourjois, it`s buildable and looks very natural, but most important it smells like chocolate:))

  4. I'm dying to try the Hoola Bronzer, I really need to get my hands on it :) you've picked lovely products x

  5. I've heard such good things about that one and I've always wanted to try it!

  6. Thanks! Hoola has been my go-to lately- it's so good!

  7. Hoola is such a beautiful shade but found I never used it enough so I gave it away.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  8. Oh no! It's funny that you say that though, since I just started using it again after it sat unused for months. I always forget how much I like it!

  9. Such great reviews! I love the Benefit bronzer!

    Wishes & Reality

  10. Thanks Heidi! Hoola is a regular in the rotation lately!

  11. My favorite contour shades are from the Kat Von D Contour Kit and Dolce & Gabbana Tan! They're both matte and are cool-toned so they're great for contouring. I'm unsure what a bronzer is for though, I've avoided the shimmery ones but I've used Hoola as a contour before.

    becky ♡ star violet

  12. The Kat Von D contour kit looks so good!

  13. Absolutely. Such a great color for adding warmth all over the face!

  14. They're so good! Hoola is back in my rotation!


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