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?
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.
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!
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.
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