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I don't usually go for the high end designer brands for bronzers - foundations yes, as they are the most important part of creating a 'second skin' for yourself, so I can justify spending a lot on them. But bronzers aren't something that are always my go to product, so I never really seen the point in spending so much on them. That was until I heard about the Christian Dior Bronze Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder. As the name suggests it adds a healthy glow to your skin - but also makes your skin healthier.
How you may ask, well Dior introduced the first bronzing powder of their range that not only enhances the colour of your complexion, but also the condition, to give you a luminous glow that makes you look as though you just stepped off the plane from Ibiza all year long! It contains an exclusive 'Sun Minerals Technology' that have lots of mineral pigments to mimic naturally tanned skin. It also re creates the beneficial energy of the sun on your skin - no matter what light you are in, so you always look glowing! The result is an 'ultra natural tan and a radiant relaxed complexion!' As you can see its not just an ordinary bronzer as it is actually doing good for your skin whilst you wear it! a great advantage I think is that it is suitable for all skin types 'even the driest skin' according to Dior, and I can vouch for that! As during the summer my skin has been very dry so I have been trying to avoid powder products, however with this one I found it didn't not sit in patches or look flaky - it just made my skin look and more importantly feel better!
The packaging is very classic of Dior and very classy. I find with a lot of designer brands they keep the deign very simple and unadorned as they want the product itself to be the focal point - I think that's why a lot of drugstore brands are attempting to copy and cool off the artwork a bit! It comes in a warm, red toned mahogany brown rectangular compact that simply has the word Dior imprinted on the top in a spotlight. Once you lift up the lid by opening the sturdy clasp, you are greeted with a mirror - a must have for compacts in my opinion as it makes your Life so much easier when applying! The bronzer itself is presented in the pan but has the word Dior and also the shade names (see below) imprinted into them like a stencil in a sandpit! Just in case you forget what it is while applying!
There are for shades to choose from, which I think is very good for a bronzer as they usually only have one or two standard shades. But that is not the case with Dior - they have made sure everyone is catered for which I think is great! The shades are:
001 Healthy Tan: As you may have guessed this shade claims to make you look as though you have a healthy tanned complexion. And that is exactly what it does! The shade isn't too dark so it appears to look natural as appose to fake and caked on. Although it is light it still does have a few bronzed and golden undertones running through to give some depth and structure to your tan, as a natural tan is not just one colour all over. I would recommend this for fairer skin tones as it is not too dark or heavy that it will appear fake!
002 Honey Tan: This shade is a slightly darker brown than 001 but still isn't too dark that it would appear false, if you have fair skin but want to add a bit of colour to it and wake it up a bit then I would suggest this shade. Also if you have a medium skin tone I think this would work great as it is the perfect shade to enhance the natural tones, with soft and subtle golden undertones and a very slight hint of burgundy.
003 Amber Tan: This shade is what I would class as a medium tan as it is a medium bordering on dark brown with a lot of bronze undertones. I would say this would suit medium to dark skin tones as it has a beautiful blend of warm tones going all the way through.
004 Spicy Tan: This is the darkest shade of the range and is a gorgeous colour with a warm 'spicy' brown that is infused with lots of different shades of bronze - ranging from red tones to darker tones, mixed in with a hint of gold! This would suit medium to darker skin tones.
I chose the lightest shade - 001 Healthy Tan - as I am very fair with blonde hair and blue eyes so tan and bronzers always look quite fake on me, unless they are a lighter shade. I have to say this one was a perfect colour for me! I was so glad - I only use this on my cheeks as I don't like to contour my face, however if you do then this would be perfectly suitable to do so. Once on it adds a gorgeous flush of bronze to my cheeks and makes me feel and look much healthier. Since I have been wearing it, I have found that my skin feels a lot softer and it's very easy to take off - no scrubbing needed! I like to apply this with a large fluffy brush and team it with a pink or red toned blush.
You can purchase Dior at Boots or Boots.com, as well as the Dior website and any online make up stores that sell designer brands. You can also purchase at any department store that has a Dior counter. Being a designer brand you can expect this is going to come with a large price tag - and it does at a few pennies off £30. This is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a bronzer - however it does make for a very good present or a special treat for yourself, and I really would recommend it as it not only makes your skin look good - it makes it feel good too!
When it comes to finding the right bronzer, I have gone through quite a number to find the right one. I like a little bit of shimmer to a bronzer but not too much that my face looks like it has glitter on. I also had when they go on too dark or too orange so really wanted a natural looking glow and was so happy when I finally found a good one. I have paid a lot for many bronzers but Christian Dior do the best one in my opinion, it matches my skin tone perfectly and gives me a very healthy colour even on days when I feel washed out and drained.
The overall look of the bronzer is very sophisticated and what you would expect from a high end brand. I always keep all my make up in their original boxes but this comes in a dark chocolate brown glossy small rectangular shaped box and has the CD logo with silver 3D text on it. The box says that this is original tan and is 10g. When opening the box the bronzer comes in a velvet pouch which has CD printed on it as well then you slide the compact out of this. It is then in a dark brown compact which has Dior in silver and then when you shine it into the light it is like glass you can see the CD logo.
When you open up the compact it has a quilted effect on it, to create a textured surface and has Christian Dior pressed into the powder too. It also has a mirror on the top of the compact and is very easy to hold when you want to apply. I never really use the mirror it comes with though as I like to look in a bigger mirror with a light that shows my face evenly so that I apply this properly without it looking patchy.
What the back of the box says is that Original Tan is the first Dior bronzer to enhance colour and skin condition to recreate a holiday glow all year round. It has a Sun Minerals technology to recreate the energy of the sun on skin to give a radiant complexion. It is also suitable for all skin types, even the driest skin.
So, when it comes to applying this you just need a big face brush which you can buy from most places if you have a look around. I then just lightly dip my brush into the palette and then press it not too hard in as I want an even dusting on my face. I then just brush sections of my face to evenly ensure it is all over then I take my brush and brush the excess powder all over and it instantly gives me a healthier looking glow.
First thing in the morning, I always look tired but as soon as I put my Dior Bronze on my face looks instantly healthier and more awake. I also like the fact that it is a natural tan colour it gives, healthy looking but without being orange and it just looks like I've come from the beach. It is a versatile bronzer and works at night or in the daytime. I always add a shimmer powder on it at night and wear heavier blush but it adapts to all of my powder make up.
If you are looking for a new bronzer or are somebody who likes to give different make up products a try then I fully recommend this product. I know it is a little bit pricey at £29 but it can be purchased in all department stores, I bought mine at Boots and got a lot of Advantage Card Points as well at the same time so it made it a bit more worthwhile than buying it anywhere else. I purchased the shade Healthy Tan but there are different shades for different skin tones. It is always best to get the woman at the counter to test on your skin to let you know which is best for you.
If you go to http://www.dior.com/ and you will get to the beauty section, choose Make Up and then Sun Cosmetics. Here you should click on Dior Bronze Original Tan and it will show you the four shades and give you a small product description.