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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition

Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition

Leading on from yesterday's post on three eye creams - link, I pit three bronzers up against one and other to decide if price really should be a deciding factor. Basically do you get what you pay for? Oddly as far as eye creams where concerned the answer was no with the cheapest option coming out on top. Today is a very different story but just as before we have three different price tags: under £5, under £10 and under £20. Let's see what has came out the overall winner shall we?

Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition
Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition

Under £5 - Miss Sporty Ohh! Tan So Fine Bronzing Powder in Blonde £2.99 via Boots - link.

For £2.99 you don't just get a sizeable bronzer but also a highlighting powder which leads me to believe that this has been created to contour and highlight? Sadly I can't see this being the case for many of us. First of all despite being the lightest colour option within the Miss Sporty Ohh! Tan So Fine Bronzing Powder line the blonde bronzer is very, very orange. The texture is very powdery meaning it is difficult to blend out and apply as it produces substantial product fall out. The colour is bizarre and I'm struggling to think of any skin tone that this will look sun kissed on also due to the glitter, colour aside it isn't really suitable for contouring. The highlighting powder isn't much better either, very powder (same application woes), very stark and a nightmare to blend out. I very seldom say this but avoid this bronzer line at all costs. Yes it may be cheap but really there are far better options out there costing around the same price i.e Rimmel Sunshimmer et al.
Overall score 2/10 and that is purely because I'd like to see more bronzing/highlighting duos.

Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition
Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition

Under £10 - Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer £8.99 via Boots - link.

I fully understand that not all of us purely use bronzer to contour, some like to use it to warm the skin and that goes beyond the face. If you fall into that category Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer is the bronzer for you. This huge bronzing powder will last you forever and a day and has a natural, almost olive undertone that can help even out the skin tone i.e tan lines. Personally I like a do it all bronzer which this is not due to the fine, golden glitter element. On the face it does brighten and add a certain luminosity without being too obvious. However this does mean it doesn't make a great contour product which I feel lets it down. If you are lugging around a huge pan of product you want it to be an all doing, all singing product. That aside it applies beautifully,has great pigmentation, doesn't have any product fall out issues and is really long wearing making it perfect for the summer weather.
Overall score 7/10, had it been matte it would be closer to the 9 mark!

Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition
Does A Budget Matter - The Bronzers Edition

Under £20 - The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder £13.50 via Feel Unique - link.

Ladies and gentlemen say hello to your new best friend when it comes to contouring!
If you have a light to medium skin tone you need this. As you may know the best way to contour those pesky cheekbones is to find a slightly grey toned bronzing powder to mimic natural shadows. Well The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder has to be the perfect colour to do this and this is coming from a long time fan of NARS Laguna. Bahama Mama is beautifully formulated, completely matte that has great levels of colour pay off yet can be sheered out with such ease. If ever there was a product to make you realise just how wonderful The Balm is, it is this bronzer. However I do have to be fair and much like the above Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer this is not a do it all product. If used to warm the skin it looks bizarre, muddy even and is best used as either a contor product or eyeshadow.
Overall score 8/10, it ranks slightly higher than Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer due to the formula.

In this instance price does seem to reflect the quality of product, it seems (past experiences included) that if you want a natural looking bronzing powder you do have to pay a little more.
You can find discount codes for some of the products mentioned above here - link.

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17 comments:

  1. I loveeee the Bahama Mama so glad i picked it up on a whim whilst buying the mary lou-manizer on feelunique x

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  2. I definitely agree with this from my previous experiences with bronzers. Mid and higher priced ones are the best choices because they blend very well!

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  3. I have Bahama Mama but I never use it! I need to start using it for contouring :)

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

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  4. pay for what you get! good post.
    E, x
    http://ellenrenniemakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. The Bourjois one looks really nice, I haven't tried any of these three. I normally use Hoola, and have just picked up a Bobbi Brown one. Next time I will have to get the Bourjois or Bahama Mama, so good for the price. Half what I'm paying now. Great post. KBxx
    www.beautybykaris.com

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  6. Ah I've been eying up Bahama mumma for a while now, I adore maryloumanizer so think il have to take the plunge!
    Liza | Glambeautys Beauty & Fashion Blog | YouTube | Glambambini Family & Lifestyle Blog

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  7. I agree, the last one is just a dream to apply and blend out :)

    Celine // http://mybloggreeneyedgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  8. I think the really cheap ones are rubbish but a lot of drugstore bronzers can be just as good as expensive ones :)
    alicekatex ♥

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  9. £13.50 ain't bad, I'm currently using a Rimmel Powder one shade darker for easy contouring and the colour is okay :)
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. From experience I've only ever managed to get a nice bronze an contour by spending a little more. £13.50 isn't an unreasonable price to pay at all though :)
    Megan x

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  11. I'm quite wary of budget bronzers as many do look orange. £13.50 is round the price mark I would pay anyway, its worth it not to get a orange streaky face!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  12. Wow, Bahama Mama looks really nice! Awesome post :)

    Cloudy Coconut

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  13. Love your blog, it's so amazing! xx
    That post was really helpful, beacause I'm trying to find a nice bronzer, thanks!

    itsnatt.blogspot.com

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  14. theBalm is on my wishlist!

    https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

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  15. Amazing post! Interested to try the Bourjois bronzer after trying the chocolate bronzer/highlighter!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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  16. if you are looking for a good bronzer on a budget you should try the nyc sunny bronzer I think its either £1.99 or £2.99

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