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I am a girl who likes my bronzer. As I try and protect my skin as much as possible from the sun the only colour I normally get comes from fake tan and bronzers.
I usually go through a ton of bronzer as I like to wear a little bit every day for a slight glow and loads on a night out for maximum bronzing effect.
I actually got this Brush on Bronze from my sister as she had bought it and wasn't too keen. Never one to turn down a freebie I happily accepted it and to be honest I quite like it so far. It comes in a little clear tub and the bronzer is made up of lots of little bronzer balls and to use you just need to get your make-up brush and brush the beads to get some of the colour on the brush and then apply to you skin.
I find that the bronzer transfers from the beads to my brush really well and I much prefer having the beads to powder as it is much easier to make sure that I don't overload my brush and apply too much bronzer to my skin. It is also much less messy than with powder.
The colour which comes from the beads might be a little dark for some people and I personally do find that it is a little bit too much for daytime wear and I wouldn't wear this to the office for instance. For a night out it is great however and it really does help to add some colour to my face and also make it appear more even. The colour does have a slight reddish tint to it but as my skin is naturally quite rosy toned I find that this actually helps disguise it better than a colour that attempts to just cover the redness as this looks mixes with my natural tone much better.
As it is fairly dark it doesn't really give much in the way of iridescent shine to my skin and I have had to put a little bit of iridescent powder over the top just to give myself the fresh dewy look that I like. You also need to be careful about how much you put on as although I tend to be fairly heavy handed with bronzer this can easily make my skin look dirty and just not nice if I overload my brush.
I am not sure that I will be buying myself another one as although I quite like it I think that there are loads of better ones on the market especially considering that this is quite expensive to buy at £13. I'm certainly not complaining as I got it for free but I do think I would have been more harsh about it had I paid for it.
Another popular The Body Shop make up product that was part of the "kit" I recieved when working as a BSAH rep last Christmas. I don't wear make-up everyday any more as I am a stay at home mum, so my make-up tends to last a long time! So the reason I still have it nearly a year later is nothing to do with the product itself.
~~~~~~~~The Body Shop Brush On Bronze~~~~~~~~~~
This is "pearls" type bronzer, also available as Brush On Radiance - a lighter shade for a less Bronzed look. The product comes in a squat, clear tub with a mirrored plastic lid that, despite the bronze tinge, makes a pretty good emergency mirror. I like that about a lot of the Body Shop make-up products. The pears themselves are a lovely bronze colour with a nice shimmer to them. You get 28g and this is quite a lot, being pearls they will last you ages and not much gets wasted.
This costs £11.70 from The body Shop and is actually quite reasonable for one fo their products. You get 28g and this is quite a lot, being pearls they will last you ages and not much gets wasted
The Body Shop tend to sell their products (and justify their prices!) on the fact that they use quality and often fairly traded ingredients that are never tested on animals. This bronzer contains -among the normal cosmetic ingredients - Vitamin E and community traded Marula Oil. Marula Oil contains Oleic acid and is meant to be very moisturising and good for your skin. In a liquid or cream foundation I would consider this a selling point but I think the idea of bronzing pearls having any moisturising properties is questionable so probably not a reason to buy this particular product over others.
This product should be applied with a big face or body brush, not the pad supplied with it. The best way of getting a good effect from this product and not risking using way too much is to apply as follows
- First, remove the pad from the pot, put the lid back on and give it a good shake.
- Open and use your brush to take colour from the powdered product that has collected on the inside of the lid. Doing this rather than swirling it in the pearls means you don't risk applying too much or accidentally getting a pearl stuck in the brush and streaking your face with it!
- Blow off any excess then sweep the brush over the apples of your cheeks and, if it's summer and you want a really brozed look, your nose and forehead (where the sun hits you). Be sure to apply in natural light so you can see how much you're using!
- You can also use this on your shoulders and in your cleavage for a really glam evening look.
~~~~~~~~~~The end result~~~~~~~~~~
I am really pleased with how this bronzer looks, I never bought bronzer as I had tried various ones and never liked the look (though apllication has a lot to do with this) but I really love the nice shimmery sun-kissed look you get from this. You can use as much or as little as you like for different occasions and seasons and it has a nice subtle shine/glitter to it.
I did find that occaisonally this product seems to make my skin a little red, it does not do this all the time but all the same I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive skin.
I have had this brush-on for years, in fact I think it was my mum's before and she gave it to me ages ago. I've never bought a single blusher or bronzer in my life as this one has lasted so long!
It is a brush-on powder which comes in the form of small round bronze and shimmering balls. It contains vitamin E and marula oil which soften and moisturise the skin as well as light diffusing particles and pearl pigments which brighten the skin. There is a thick sponge pad inside which you can use for applying the make up to your face but I prefer to use a large powder brush as this applies the powder on more lightly for a more natural look. This can be used as a bronzer which you can apply to your entire face but I think the colour is a little too dark for this and personally think it would look too fake. So I use this as a blusher and only apply it to my cheeks which gives me a nice rosy-cheeked look. You can also use it for your décolletage which I've tried and it does give your cleavage a shimmering and bronzing shine.
There are other colours in this brush-on range - radiance for a pink hint or buff for a paler brown colour which I would have thought was better to use for the entire face.
It comes in a circular plastic pot with a bronze coloured lid and costs around £10 for the 20g pot. Although this is quite expensive, the quality is brilliant and, as I don't use it very often, it lasts ages for me which makes it perfect.
**** Introduction ****
I have recently been on holiday and my tan has rapidly started to looked very faded and patchy, all within a few days of returning to the uk.
So on Saturday I visited my local body shop as I was planning a night out and I wanted a product to bring my tan back to life, in appearance anyway as I am not a fan of sun beds so this was not an option.
After trying a few different products in store, I settled for this brush on buff.
**** The Product ***
This Body shop brush on buff is basically a bronzing powder that comes in the form of compacted little balls, which can be easily swept over with a make up application brush of they can be crushed and applied to your body.
This is unlike any other bronzing pearl I have ever tried before, many are very dark in colour and dont vary at all. These are different as each tub is made up of three different coloured bronzing pearls, pink beige and a darker brown.
I love that this contains three different shades as it gives you a varied colour and will suit many skin tones, unlike most other available today.
The brush on buff comes in a round plastic tub with a screw off lid, the perals are protected by an application sponge, this sponge can be used to apply the product of just left in place to stop the balls becoming broken and therefore creating a dust formed powder, which can also be applied to the skin, but in personal experience I tended to waste more of the product when the balls were crushed.
I now apply the buff with an application brush and apply in to my face and body, this was I get precise cover that looks flawless and I dont waste any product.
**** My Views ****
This was very expensive at £16.00 a pot, but it has livened up may tan and created a nice natural shimmer on my skin with out me looking to orange around the face.
You can buy this is in a slightly darker shade for darker skin tones, but to be perfectly honest the lighter shade is the best possible choice as it darkens and enhances the skin at the same time.
I am never seen without a little bit of bronzer to brighten up my complexion in winter, so I decided to give this a go as I am a great believer in trying lots of different beauty and cosmetic products until you find one that really suits you. It cost £12 from The Body Shop, and that was for a 28g pot. I have been using it for a few months now on a daily basis and the pot is still going strong, however while this may sound great, it is just typical of bronzers as they all seem to last me forever, rather than this product being exceptionally good value.
It comes in a transparent plastic pot with a screw off gold lid with The Body Shop logo printed on the top of it. Whilst the packaging is nothing fancy or particularly noteworthy, it nevertheless looks pretty appealing.
There is a round circle of wadded sponge under the lid which keeps the bronzer balls in place, because if they are left to roll around they get crushed and don't work very well at all as they clump onto the brush and streak dark lines across your face - not a good look!
Now the bronzer balls themselves....well how they work is that you would use a very chunky brush, rub it firmly around the balls and then use the bronzer to highlight your features by brushing it over your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose or all over your face and neck. I normally use a quick sweep over my whole face and neck to give me a healhty glow but BE CAREFUL, if you use too much you will look like you have been Tango-ed! Also, if at all possible make sure you apply in clear natural light so you can see clearly how dark a shade it is giving you and make sure your neck anf face are the same colour. It can be used instead of or as well as blusher, although I find that a bit of blusher as well always helps to define cheekbones.
In reality, there are not many balls for your money and what I particulary dislike is despite claiming to be different shades to really highlight and define, it is very difficult to differentiate between one shade and the other as they are all extremely similar. They are also very dark, whereas most bronzers will have a few pinky or paler balls in just to keep it looking natural. I am not keen on this as you have to be so careful not to look overdone.
The balls also crumble quite easily meaning that you have to be careful to avoid a caked brush (and a streaked face).
Basically, this may be a respectable brand but the product is not all that great and Avon Arabian Glow bronzing balls beat it hands down (and cost a fraction of the price). I would not use it again and would not really recommend it either!
I have been under the weather a lot recently and therefore I have looked a bit like death warmed up. Pale, pasty and slightly cold! I work on a reception desk so all day I get comments like 'are you ok?? you don't look well! Goodness me you look rough today' Thanks!! So my life saver at the moment is this Body Shop Bronzer. It brings back a bit of life to my face. Thank goodness for small mercies!
I originally found this by just browsing in the shop one day, it doesn't really stand out. Just a normal clear tub with a gold screw on lid with the Body Shop logo on top. The bronzer itself is what they call in a 'pearl' or 'bead' form. In other words little firm round balls of powder. All the beads are deep tan colour, but some are slightly pinker where others are more on the golden side. The peals also have light diffusing particles which brighten the look of the skin. All of this means that when you do apply the bronzer, you don't get one large line of colour and it allows the shade to blend in to different skin tones a lot easier and it has a more natural effect.
The applicator that comes with the bronzer is a thick sponge which you are supposed to dab on the pearls and then on to your face. What a terrible method! I really don't understand why they provided this. The name after all is BRUSH on bronze yet they provide a sponge? Anyway, the best way to apply the bronzer is with as large a brush as you can find. Swirl it over the beads and then gently sweep it over your face. If you start with a small amount and then apply another layer if you need to, this makes the bronzer look more natural and you can adjust the depth of colour to suit your skin. I always rub mine in a little bit more with my fingers just to make sure I don't have a tiger stripe on my cheek! The pearls have a tiny bit of shimmer to them, not enough if you want a glitzy look, bit enough to add a bit of life to your skin.
The best way of using bronzer is to just brush it over the places where you would usually catch the sun. For example the cheeks, nose, middle of forehead and the chin. Just very lightly though, you don't want to look like your fake tan has gone wrong! Bronzer is not made to be complete cover up like foundation. It is best for evening out your skin tone and enhancing areas with a little sun kissed glow. This can make your face look healthier, slimmer and refreshed. You can also apply it on the body, for example the chest area and if you crunch up one of the balls you can you is as an eye shadow or mix it with a little with Vaseline for a light shimmer on the lips.
This Body Shop Bronzer is great value for money. It cost £12, which sounds like a lot, but I have had mine for more then 6 months and even after losing a bead or two there is plenty of life left in the bronzer yet!
I find that it removes really easily. I usually use face wipes and it comes off with no hassle whatsoever. The only concern I had with this is that as I use it daily I was worried it would really dry out my skin and block my pores. However, it hasn't done this. In fact one of the key ingredients of the Brush on Bronze is Marula Oil. This is known to be a really good moisturiser and it apparently helps to condition and repair the skin over time. I really like using this product and knowing that it isn't damaging my skin. I also advise that you wash your brush regularly. If you do break out in spots when you use this it will probably be down to the clogged up makeup on the brush and the dead skin going back on your face. Clean your brush around once every 6 months and this will keep your face looking fresh.
I genuinely recommend these pearls as they seem to last forever and they are a great pick me up for skin whenever you need it. I use it in my daily make-up routine, but some of my friends who already have a natural looking tan (luck them) just use it as a bit of a pick me up if they are having a 'bad' day or when the sun is out they use it to prolong their glow. It looks really natural on the skin compared to other powders I have used and it slips in really well with other branded make up. This is definitely a recommended product from me!
Thank god! Something for the pale girls at last! This product is made up of lots of beads containing the bronzer. The beads are different colours to give an even colour and shimmer finish.
It's a tan in a tub minus the peeling, burning and leathery skin!
I'm so pale, I give Casper the friendly Ghost a run for his money and it has been a nightmare trying to find a bronzer or in fact anything that gives a bit of colour without going completely fakey orange.
Because the beads are different colours, the end result is very natural and lifting. The shimmer through the beads gives a great sheen to the face without being overly shiney.
There's a trick to getting it right though. Don't, under any circumstances, use the sponge that's in the tub! The best way to apply is using a Face and Body brush, the big brush for the whole face and neck.
This is a product I can't live without. Use as a bronzer or as an eyeshadow, it's very long lasting and doesn't leave the skin feeling dry or caked.
To use as an eyeshadow, take one of the beads, place it in the lid and crush it up using the end of a makeup brush, add a tiny bit of water and apply!
The packaging is lovely with the gold lid so it doesn't look cheap and it seals well, I've never had any problems with spillage.
When I have a slight tan I love bronzer, it is a great way to accentuate a tan and make you look naturally made up without too much hassle and fussing to get a precise application.
When I don't have a tan using bronzer is difficult to use without looking tangoed, less is definitely more!
I like these pearls but it isn't the best bronzer I have used, I like shimmer waves more than this one. That said it is far better than brilliance powder that the Body Shop also offers.
When I was younger this always looked like such a grown up product and something I really wanted to own! Well I guess, now I am a grown up!
This is a clear plastic jar, which is only about 3cm deep and 6.5cm across. It has a golden plastic screw on lid with The Body Shop's logo on the lids centre in bronze.
When you remove the lid you find a sponge applicator, thick and soft but almost impossible to use for a decent application of the product.
Under the sponge are the pearls/beads of bronzer. These pearls are completely spherical and there are all similar sizes and shades but are almost all slightly different from each other. Some look pinker others browner. It may just be my eyes though as they are basically the same colour.
The easiest way to use them is with a soft (clean) blusher brush. Just a swish over the pearls and a knock on the side of the jar (to remove excess) and then sweep the colour onto your face where the sun normally catches it the most, cheek bones, bridge of the nose, chin and forehead.
It is best to use a small amount at a time and apply several times than to try and put too much on at a time as it is easier to add more than to remove some if you over do it.
These have a fair amount of shimmer to them, which can look great at times but for me wanting my usual natural look means that they can be too sparkly for me. I like subtlety too much!
They have a rather deep colour so they can be used too much and make you look like you have been tangoed! Looking orange is not a good look so remember the old saying of less is more!
They can also be used on the body to add some glamour and shimmer to your skin. Apply in the same way but with a body brush, which is a bit bigger than a blusher brush. This looks particularly effective on bare legs and chests.
Removing it is a bit of a pain as it is difficult to remove every last shimmering particle without a shower (in a bath you may well still end up wearing some) the majority is easily removed with make up remover though.
Shimmer is considered a young aspect but more mature women shouldn't be put off as shimmer can help diffuse light so can diffuse the appearance of fine lines.
These cost £12.00 for 28g and although that doesn't sound like it is very good value it is, these will last for ages!
I am going to give these three stars they are quite good but just aren't for me. I would say that it is better to go for a different product.
These also come in a pink shade for fairer skins called brush on buff but I have never used it.
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The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
Coloured powder beads with diffused particles are great for enhancing and accenting your facial features /