Monday, 18 March 2013

Bronzed Up!

Perhaps this post would have been better suited for when summer was starting instead of ending, but then I thought of all of you in the Northern Hemisphere who are approaching spring and summer- so I guess I am not completely out of sync! I dug out all the products I could think of that had to do with bronze, and yes, it's not a huge collection. And how is it that I do not have a powder bronzer in my makeup collection? I am looking at the Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder but any other suggestions are welcome. Anyways, here we have my bronze coloured products.

Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion, Bonne Bell Sunblush Bronze in Sunkissed Copper, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Korres Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eyeshadow in Bronze Brown,  Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil in Bombastic Bronze, L'oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil in 531 Brown, Clarins Crayon Yeux in 02 Brun

I'm very certain that the Bonne Bell Sunblush Bronze cream and L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil are discontinued, hence it is hard to find much information on them now. I did get the Sunblush Bronze 8 years ago, so perhaps it shouldn't still be my collection... oh well. Moving onto the products themselves now.

L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Korres Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eyeshadow in Bronze Brown

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze $11.95
Not much needs to be said about this cult favourite eyeshadow cream gel. With a creamy and smooth texture, this is a beautiful everyday shade which applies nicely and stays on the eyelids. The colour is longlasting and intense and I absolutely love it. Quality is very high with a very affordable price, and these little jars of colour have even been dubbed as having a formulation comparable to MAC's Paint Pots. Definitely one of my favourite eye products.

Korres Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eyeshadow in Bronze Brown $29.95
I got this little cute eyeshadow from a part of my Korres Smoky Bronze Antioxidant Eye Collection which I reviewed here and bought for only $10 from StrawberryNET. Bronze Brown is a very wearable shade, and I absolutely love nude and brown eyeshadows (yes I am boring). Pigmentation is decent but nothing amazing, and does apply well. To the naked eye the Korres Eyeshadow and Maybelline Color Tattoo shades are very similar, but when swatched (see below) they are quite different.

Bonne Bell Sunblush Bronze in Sunkissed Copper $N/A
As I mentioned earlier, this is a very old product, roughly 8 years old. Since this was a product I didn't use very often, it still looks like it is in good condition! The packaging is quite practical, as it allows just the right amount of product to be dispensed out of the soft tube which is easy to squeeze. The bronzer cream is very pigmented, and a little goes a long way. This definitely has orange undertones so it is best used for a nice sunkissed look.

Top to bottom: Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil in Bombastic Bronze, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil in 531 Brown, Clarins Crayon Yeux in 02 Brun

Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil in Bombastic Bronze $9.95
One of my favourite eye pencils ever, I am so glad it is so accessible and affordable! I reviewed this here last year. Absolutely amazing texture, smooth and creamy and such a breeze to apply. Smudgeproof and stays on for the day! I love the colour as I'm not a huge fan of black eyeliner, and I find that brown and bronze shades are very natural looking. I find that its formulation and colour are extraordinarily similar to the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Bronze (oh what a mouthful!). The Australis pencil rivals my Clarins Crayon Yeux in Brun for my favourite eyeliner, yet at a fraction of its cost. My only qualm? That it runs out too quickly and needs to be sharpened regularly (mainly due to its creaminess).

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil in 531 Brown $N/A
I purchased this from a clearance bin at Priceline for $4. I wasn't sure what to expect from it but it did impress me with its colour. This is a very neutral and modest shade, I can even use it for a "no makeup" look as it is very subtle. Doesn't apply as smooth as the Australis pencil but does the job. Not very longlasting and does fade throughout the day.

Clarins Crayon Yeux in Brun $36
I got this eyeliner free from work so calm down, I didn't buy it for the exuberant $36! Creamy, pigmented and glides on beautifully- what could I not like? It is slightly less shimmery than the Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil so it makes it perfect for everyday wear. It also doesn't run down as fast as the Australis, which is something you'd hope for, especially in a high end pencil. To be honest I don't use the foam end at all for smudging, but being a smudgeable pencil, it isn't smudgeproof like the Australis. Phew that was a lot of "smudge" in one sentence.

Dove Summer Glow Beauty Body Lotion in Medium to Dark $6.95
Lastly, here is the Dove's offering for a gradual tan moisturiser. Easy to apply, smells a treat and gets the job done. Just make sure you exfoliate and don't pack on the lotion thickly... as you can get orange patches! Back in the day when gradual tan lotions were very popular, I remember the Johnson's Holiday Skin Lotion which was the leader in its market. I'm not sure what has happened to it, as a Google search doesn't bring much up. I haven't used this lotion in years, and don't plan to. Not sure what to do with it...

L-R swatches: Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, Korres Bronze Brown, Bonne Bell Sunblush Bronze, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil Brown, Clarins Crayon Yeux Brun and Australis Bombastic Bronze
After these swatches, I'm thinking that this post shouldn't even be called "Bronzed Up"! Oh well, too late now. Just look at Bad to the Bronze compared to Korres' Bronze Brown! What a huge difference. Bad to the Bronze looks more of a shimmery taupe than a bronze while the Korres is more true to a bronze. Bonne Bell's Sunblush Bronze in Sunkissed Copper is the most bronze out of everything else! See what I mean about its pigmentation? That was only a very tiny dollop of product too. L'Oreal's Eye Pencil is far from bronze, Clarin's Brown is less bronze than Australis' Bombastic Bronze and is less shimmery too, although it isn't perfectly depicted in this photo. In reality, Bombastic Bronze looks more appealing than Clarin's Brown when swatched.

Phew what a post, I don't usually do "long" posts due to laziness. But there you have it, my bronze products.

Have you tried any of these products before? What do you think?


  1. Love eye tattoo! Bronze is the best colour for my blue eyes as well. I'd definitely recommend the Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder - it's especially good for fair skin too! I'd also recommend Nars bronzer in Laguna :)

    1. Bronze would look amazing against blue eyes, I'm jealous! Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have a look into NARS as well as the Bourjois bronzing powder :)

  2. I love bad to the bronze and the Australis bronze eye liner too :)

  3. Bad To The Bronze is gorgeous! I can't believe I still don't have it xx

  4. I hear HEAPS of good things about the Maybelline Colour Tattoo! I think it won an award at Beauty Heaven too!

    And I remember purchasing the Dove Summer Glow Lotion a few years ago... I don't think it worked that greatly on me but it was so long ago that I actually don't remember properly- I don't even know where it is now. ._.

    1. I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo, it is so fun to use as well and it applies on so smoothly :) Haha you probably just had to apply it for more days in a row for the colour to fully develop! Gradual tanners are slowly getting less popular now for some reason!

  5. The Bonne Bell Bronzer looks so nice against your skin tone, and I love the Dove Summer Glow lotion!

  6. hahaha, we are on the same boat and so what if we like brown and nude eyeshadows! lolz ^_~

  7. That Clarins pencil looks gorgeous :) I'm such a sucker for bronze eyeshadows and eyeliners. My absolute favourite is Busy Signal by Benefit - using it every day for my lash line and nothing else compares. I don't have that many bronzers but the ones I don't mind are Benefit Hoola (mainly for contouring) and the Stila one with SPF (I have Shade 1 but it's more apricot-toned than brown/tan). I'm eyeing NARS Laguna though!

    1. Everyone seems to be suggesting NARS Laguna so I might have a look into that! Benefit's offerings look great too and the next time I'm at Myer I'll give Hoola a swatch :)

  8. I'm also a fan of neutrals/browns for eye makeup! Not boring at all - just classy :)
    I love the Bonne Bell sunblush bronzer - such a pretty colour! And I think I'll have to check out the Australis liner too - the current brown one I have (essence) is a tad darker, and I've been wanting something a little lighter.

  9. I do not recommend the Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder as it is fairly dry & unpigmented, but I am absolutely in love with Nars Laguna!!Gorgeous bronzed products here, I seriously need Bad to the Bronzed (although it is not entirely bronzed) & Bombastic Bronze. I think that's a record for the overuse of the word bronze haha. x

    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations, I'll take your word for the Bourjois bronzing powder! NARS Laguna seems to be a winner at the moment :) Haha and yes that is a lot of "bronze" in one comment!

  10. bronze is one of my fave shade to wear on my eyes..I've just recently bought maybelline color tattoo bad to the bronze and I love it!
    I am not really a fan of bronzer on body, as I am quite pale, bronzer on body only makes my skin looks patchy and 'dirty' :/
    But I love matte bronzer on my face as good contour ;)

  11. Bonne Bell looks really nice in the swatch, but that's more of a copper shade to me.

  12. Love the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows, they're so pigmented! I actually do not have a bronzer powder in my makeup collection either. :/

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  16. Mmmm so much eye candy. I hate posts like these cause it always makes me want the products sooo badly. XD I really enjoyed this blog post.

    I have the dove summer glow lotion as well and I haven't used it for years as well. The lotion worked fine, but I never bothered using it. =D

    ♡ M.May

  17. love maybelline color tattoo cream shadows!

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  19. I have this sunblast bronze stuff and it's amazing! I love how nice and shimmery it makes my skin.
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  21. i owned only one color tattoo but i wasn't impressed enough to get more shades...but this bad to the bronze is a really pretty color! :)
    i love collective posts like this. well curated!

  22. great reviews, I was looking at the dove lotion last year and didn't buy it but I will definitely try it this time round!
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  23. I am a bit wary of using bronzers because I'm terrified of overdoing it and looking like an Oompa Loompa. Haha! But the bronze-ish eye pencils look like they'd look quite lovely on brown eyes. I might try!

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