For fair-skinned ladies like me, finding the perfect shade of bronzer can be a really hard task. Too grey, too muddy and too orange are common complaints, but sometimes, you just find ‘the one’ and it’s a real revelation.
I was Christmas shopping back in December when I took my mum to go look at the Too Faced section in Debenhams. She was looking for the perfect mascara, and I knew that their Better Than Sex was going to be an amazing choice. During our little browse, I veered off to go have a little nosey at The Balm’s section. I’d already fallen in love with their Mary Lou Manizer highlighter, so I already had a fondness for the brand but hadn’t really tried anything else. I came across their Bahama Mama Bronzer and instantly loved the packaging. If you’re familiar with The Balm’a products, you’ll know that the packaging is pretty amazing. From pin up to vintage, their designs are always interesting and quirky. I took a quick look at the powder inside the cardboard packaging and decided on impulse that I was going to go ahead and buy it without even having a sample to test.
As soon as we got home from Leeds that evening, I applied the bronzer straight onto my face and checked it under my ring light. It looked gorgeous! I had high hopes and a big sense of relief but I knew that the natural lighting the next day would be the deal maker or breaker for this little bronzer.
Come the next day, I applied the bronzer to my face but used it more like a sculpting powder. The powder is completely matte in finish so it’s great to use as a contour shade, and what I really love about this powder is that it’s buildable. The colour pay-off is amazing, but it’s so easy to work with and blends in seamlessly. I was pleased to check out my handy-work in the natural daylight to discover that there were no muddy messes, no sallow grey tones, and thankfully, most of all, no orange oopma-loompa glows.
I find that you can use the powder in several different ways, whether you want a subtle sun-kissed glow or full on face sculpting ability, this powder will serve you well. I also use it as a transition shade on my eyelids to pull my look together and to contour my lower lip and nose if I’m feeling extra instaglam for the day.
Although I did buy my particular bronzer from a Debenhams store, it’s not actually listed on their online store. So if you’d like to buy one too, it’s available from Lookfantastic here for £15.
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