Up until the last few months I only owned one bronzer and I didn’t really use it all that often. Then I found one that I really liked and it opened the floodgates to a whole new world of bronze.
As with most things in makeup, I went 0 to 100 real quick and ended up amassing more than a few bronzers that I like a lot.
I got this palette because I thought the price was great for the amount of product you get and that it would be a good starting point for me to play with different shades/finishes to see what I liked in a bronzer. (There is one other bronzer palette with a selection of lighter shades that would work well for fairer skin tones.)
In this palette you get two matte bronzers and two shimmery bronzers. I use the lighter matte shade the most because the darker shade almost works better as a contour color for me, and I don’t contour often. The powders themselves are pretty well-pigmented but take a little more effort to blend in. One of the shimmery shades has more of a chunky glitter to it, and while I like the warm brown/gold combo as far as coloring goes, I don’t like having to deal with glitter all over my face. Overall, it's a good place to start if you’re just getting into bronzers.
This is definitely my favorite of the bunch! I’m obsessed with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders anyway (I’m really just obsessed with Hourglass, period) because of how diffused and glowy my skin looks when I use them. This bronzer is no exception as it has Radiant Light infused with the bronze shade so you get a very soft and subtle sun-kissed glow, and you don’t have to work hard to blend it out. I’m 100% here for it!
OK, besides the name of this palette being just extra, I’ve loved having it in my freelance kit. It’s got similar shades to the e.l.f. palette except the shimmer reads more as a sheen than a glitter, and the mattes seem to have a richer texture.
I also like that this is warmer overall because regardless of how much sunscreen I use, I always tan really fast and I think the warm tones complement my summer skin tone better. It also doesn’t lean quite as dark so I’m able to use it on a bigger variety of skin tones.
I resisted buying this for a while because my eyes did not react well to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and I was afraid cocoa powder and my skin might not work. Luckily that wasn’t the case!
I actually use the Milk Chocolate version more during the year because I tend to be lighter in every season except summer, but now that I’m getting darker, I’ve been using this version for a little added warmth without added shimmer. This stuff smells amazing, of course, and I appreciate that it’s not chalky and blends really well!
Even though this is a shimmery bronzer, it gives off such a nice glow without being in your face about it. I’ve tried a few different Sonia Kashuk bronzers, but in terms of color/finish, this is my favorite. I do wish it was in a pressed format (it can get a little messy) but otherwise I really like it.
This is a good travel bronzer in my opinion because you have the brush and product all in one, so it saves you a little space. The formula on this is gorgeous as well — shimmery but not glittery, and easy to blend. Again since it is a loose product, even in this format it can get a little messy. It is definitely less messy than just a straight-up loose powder, though.
I’m not going to lie: the packaging/presentation of this is was sucked me in. The compact is gorgeous, and I’m a sucker for embossed powders.
I don’t know if it’s the shade I picked or the embossing but I did feel like it was a little harder to get powder to pick up on my brush so I had to spend a little more time layering product to get the desired effect. This was the least obvious bronze, which, again, may be a shade selection thing, so I don’t reach for it as often as I thought I would. The product itself does blend really well, though, which is helpful since I do have to layer it.
I think bronzer mostly looks the same on me but I know some of you will want to see them on, so here we go (some of them were used in LOTWs, so I'm going to use those pics here)!
Did your favorite bronzer make the list? Give me more suggestions — I am obsessed!