I was recently tempted to buy either the Dior Aurora bronzer or Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel in Bronze Rose. Already having four bronzers which I've barely made a dent in, never mind hit pan, I thought it would be good to reflect on what I already have and how I use them. It wouldn't be unfair to say that both the Dior and Chanel were mostly calling to me on account of how pretty they look...
In the picture above, from top moving clockwise, you can see Le Metier de Beaute Blonzer in Maldives Magic, e.l.f. Natural Radiance Blusher in Bronzed, MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden and NARS Laguna.
NARS Laguna is my oldest and most used bronzer, I'm not sure if you can see but the pan does have a tiny dip in the centre. One of the most interesting things about comparing the bronzers was the difference in pigmentation when swatching. Laguna has medium pigmentation and I neither have to work hard nor use a steady hand to apply. Both the Le Metier Blonzer and e.l.f. Natural Radiance blusher are highly pigmented and caution is required. At the other end of the scale, I was surprised by how hard it was to swatch the MAC Bronzer. The swatch you see below was three or four swipes of the pan and really required building up.
All of the bronzers are quite warm. Also, they all contain some gold shimmer but to varying degrees. The e.l.f. is the most shimmery and has an almost coppery element to it. MAC Golden is quite shimmery, although I think that's difficult to detect in the swatch but I do see it on my face when applied. The lack of pigmentation explains why I seem to be able to add quite a lot without looking overcooked. I think this is actually an occasion where low pigmentation is a good thing as it allows more control.
The Le Metier Blonzer has a lovely smooth texture and feels lovely to the touch. I do find this trickier to work with as you pick up a lot of colour with a brush. If I don't remember to tap off the excess, it can look like I've attempted to apply cocoa powder to my cheeks. I have discovered that it's fairly easy to blend out if do mess it up!
NARS Laguna is my favourite of these four bronzers. I think because it's not as warm and leans more brown than orange, it's a better choice for my pale skin. The medium pigmentation is probably another reason that I like it so much.
Although I know I don't *need* any more bronzers, I still feel the urge to hunt down the most flattering and natural looking bronzer for my colouring. I have struck the Dior and Chanel off my list for now but Edward Bess Daydream is still very tempting. Which is your favourite bronzer? Do you have quite a collection or is it something you use infrequently?