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I have normally avoided bronzers as they always just used to scare me. The orange look put me off from anything giving fake colour but now I am a convert. I first tried it at the clinique stand, so of course the girls there know what to do anyway, but after a demo, I wondered why I was fussing so much. I am very fair, with blonde hair and blue eyes, so am more used to pinky tones, but during the cold winter months especially, a sweep pf this bronzer is a good pick me up for cold pale skin.
There are two shades, the lightest one is Sunkissed which I use. Colour can be built up, so when first applied it is not too dark too soon. And it can easily be blended into the neck to avoid two tone. A couple of sweeps across my cheek bones and a bit around my jaw and neck to blend my foundation down is enough for me, but as I said it can be built up. Even then though, it doesn't go a funny colour or look a bit dirty, as some can do.
The powder is pressed so doesn't go everywhere when applying onto your brush and it is really lightweight. I have found some powders have left my skin feeling tight and dry, and sometimes sticky, but this is almost weightless, lasts nearly all day,and you would not know you had it on. I have also found it is pretty good on oily skin after long wear as it doesn't melt, smudge or go shiny.
I have been using this product every day for about the last 8 years. I first received it as a sample when the product first came out. What most impressed me at this time was that it lasted for ages and was great as an all over bronzer or as just a highlighting blush. I lived in Australia in those days and it was great to top up and even out the tan on my face, and being sunny for most of the year it did not look out of place to be wearing bronzer in Winter.
I live in London now, and i still continue to use this product all year round, although i dont use as much in the colder months as it can look a bit orange on white skin. It is the most reliable bronzer I have ever used, and is very high quality as i have come to trust from Clinique.
I cant say i have ever spent £25 on this product, unless it has gone up in price since the last time i bought it (as i mentioned, it lasts for ages). It is probably worthwhile hunting around for a better price, but you will definately get your money's worth. It is very easy to find in department stores if your willing to pay full price
This is a make up bag staple as it lasts all day and really evens out your complexion. It also gives your face a glow, which is great for those dull overcast days out.
The brush that comes with the product is also great, but make sure you wash it often otherwise it can affect the colour your trying to achieve from the bronzer.
I am very cautious about buying bronzer's because I hate the over done fake look which some of them can give. The colour of mine is 'Sunkissed' and it is actually a really good colour, it gives you natural looking definition on your cheek bones, and gives a nice natural looking tan where applied.
It isn't a bronzer to use all over your face, but it does give great dimensions and effect when applied to your cheek bones and forehead.
A small compact of it is £26.00, which is pretty expensive for a bronzer. It does however, last well (I've had mine a little over a year) because you don't need to apply much for a good effect.
The compact is small, and comes with a brush, so its great for keeping in your hand bag, but it doesn't come with a mirror, so a hand mirror would be needed as an extra.
This review is for a bronzing powder that I have sworn by for years-ever since I started using makeup around 5 years ago.
The bronzer comes in a hinged, round case which snaps shut. It is about 4cm across and 3cm long so it is quite compact so it will fit into makeup bags easily. The bronzer case itself is an orange/brown colour and keeps the bronzer inside dry and stops the product from spilling out. This bronzer comes complete with a small blusher brush this brush has soft bristles but I prefer a bigger brush as it's easy to cover bigger surface areas.
It is very easy for me to use this bronzer; I use it after I have applied my foundation and apply it with a blusher brush to my t-zone. As far as I am aware there is only one shade that the powder is available it. The colour does look very deep and overwhelming at first but once it is evenly spread out it does even out to a nice glow. I swear by this product because it stays on all day unlike similar products that tend to become patchy as the day goes on. I have also found that the product is easy to wipe off with makeup wipes but you do only need to apply a small amount of product meaning that it does last a long time. I've had my current pot of bronzer for 4 months and barely even broke the surface of the compressed powder. The finish is very matte given that the product is oil-free; I find this is better for my skin as it isn't greasy.
**Availability and cost**
I paid £29 for this product and after a quick Google search I found that £29 is around the average price on Amazon and other online cosmetics stores but this powder is also available at Debenhams's Clinique counter and Boots. This does sound expensive for a bronzer but you do only need to use it sparingly and it lasts for ages!
When it comes to Christmas presents I always ask my Mum for surprises as there's nothing better than not knowing what you're going to get. She likes to buy me things which I would enjoy but wouldn't usually buy for myself, and Clinique's True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer is one of those things. I enjoy using nice makeup but at £20 for 9.6g I would opt for cheaper brands if I was buying it with my money, however, it's very nice to receive expensive makeup as a luxury. As it's expensive though I'd recommend if you want to try it ask for a sample first from a Clinique counter, they're very good in Debenhams and I often come away with lots of samples.
I received Clinique's Bronzer in Sunkissed which is quite pinky and subtle which is perfect for me as I'm quite pale. There's also a Sunblushed shade available but this is a darker more bronzed shade and would suit darker, more tanned skin. The bronzer comes in a small, almost flat circular container which splits in two by lifting the lid to reveal the bronzer. The lid is bronze with the Clinique logo in gold and a mirror on the inside; the packaging is very classy and has a high quality appearance. The bronzer is a decent size but it's flat appearance and light weight mean that it's perfect for carrying around in your bag.
The blusher feels very light when applying, I tend to use it on my cheekbones and a little on my forehead. As the powder is very subtle I find I can do a quick all over to give me a healthy glow and then build up a more bronzed colour in the areas mentioned above. The bronzer blends really well and I find I can get the desired level of bronzed very easily, initially I was nervous with only two colours available but the nature of the product means it's easy to achieve any shade.
I find the bronzer looks very natural, it's great for a summery look if you haven't had a chance to get out in the sun or there just isn't any about. I have had a lot of compliments about the healthy glow I've had since using Clinique bronzer which is always nice.
Clinique claim that their Bronzer is long lasting and oil free and I can honestly say that I agree on both counts. The bronzer stays on pretty much all day long, like most girls I tend to touch up occasionally anyway but it isn't completely necessary. My skin is prone to becoming a little bit oiling but as the bronzer is so light I can hardly tell I'm wearing makeup and my skin doesn't feel oily at all.
I have been very pleased with the quality of Clinque's Bronzer, although it's expensive it's something I would consider buying again. The colour is subtle so it can be built up to suit your preference and will still be usable after a holiday when your skin might be a little darker. The packaging is lovely, although I would appreciate a little brush for keeping the bronzer in my handbag it's not a problem just to use one I already have, very much recommended.
A few years ago my friends started wearing this Clinique True Bronze powder bronzer. I often used there's and liked it but was not willing to pay £18.50 for it, which is how much it cost at the time. However, my friends went on holiday and brought me this back as a present. They knew I would like it as I was always using there's and it was better than bringing me something back that I probably wouldn't use.
It looks exactly as it does in the picture and comes with a handy little brush and a mirror inside too. This is perfect for taking out with me as I would usually have to take my Rimmel bronzer out and a big bronzing brush because it didn't come with a little one like this, and it would take up lots of room in my little bag that I use on a night out.
The bronzer itself is nice and goes on creating a subtle looking tan. It doesn't make you look orange. It also lasts a while on the skin and for everyday wear I don't really need a top-up during the day. I only take it out with me for a night out as I am always re-applying make-up and so will need this to put over the top of that.
I still have this after two years as I now only use it for special occasions or the odd night out as it is so expensive. Therefore if you want one for everyday use then this certainly won't last you as long as mine is lasting me! The actual packaging of the product has changed since then too and Clinique only do an 'Almost Bronzer' from what I can find. It is two shades of bronzer in one which allow you to mix the shades or just choose one for different parts of your face. This also costs £22.50, so even more than the £18.50 which I used to think was expensive! The old version is still available from Amazon but costs around £30.
The new version is available from all Clinique counters which can be found in Boots, Debenhams and some websites online including Amazon.
After using cheaper brands bronzer's I have noticed a difference in the length of time it lasts on your face, and Clinique bronzer is much better, but I still think the product is expensive and I would rather buy cheaper ones and keep on having to re-apply it all day than pay over £20 for this.
If you have read any of my recent reviews, you will see that many of them are for Clinique products, and that for all the Clinique products that I have used, the reviews are very good. I am a bit of a brand addict! I therefore decided that along with my Clinique foundation, concealer and mascara, I would invest in the bronzer.
Prior to using this brand of bronzer, I would tend to buy brands such as Rimmel or Maxfactor from drug stores. Although I was impressed with the Rimmel bronzer, the rest of the bronzer brands were a bit of a disappointment. Therefore, I decided to invest in a more expensive bronzer, that was more reputable and would more than likely be of much better quality.
A 9.6g Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer retails at £20 in most department stores, such as House of Fraser, Debenhams and Selfridges. It is, however, currently on offer in Debenhams for £18.00. As with most of the products that I review which are expensive, I will recommend that you first try a small sample of it - either pop into your local department store and ask for a sample or try and find a smaller bronzer in eBay, for example.
The bronzer comes in two colours; sunkissed and sunblushed. Sunblushed is a little more of a brown shade whilst sunkissed is the pinkier of the two shades. I opted for the sunkissed shade as I wanted to create more of a healthy look than a bronzed look, especially in winter. The Clinique bronzer comes in a small, flat compact with a flip lid. The lid is gold in colour. The packaging of this particular bronzer is very attractive and is in keeps with the simple yet pretty theme that is seen on most Clinique products. The compact is also small enough to fit nicely into your make up bag. The lid closes firmly and securely to prevent it popping open when you're carrying it around in your handbag.
I use the Bobbi Brown Kabuki Brush to apply this bronzer; it is a brush that I have used for years and I know it is of very good quality. I think it's really important that if you're going to invest in an expensive bronzer, you should invest in a good quality brush, too; you really won't get the true effect of the bronzer if you apply it using a cheap brush. You only need to use minimal bronzer to make a noticeable difference to your face. I tend to sweep the bronzer brush along the apple of my cheeks twice, and maybe a little on my T-Zone if it looks oily at all. The difference is great; my skin instantly looks brighter and more fresh. A little goes a very long way with this product which makes it great value for money. However, it is very easy to appear orange if you use even a little too much. With this product, it is definitely best to start off with minimal bronzer, and build up only if you need to. This product does build up extremely well and doesn't look at all patchy.
This product claims to be long wearing and oil free, which are the two main reasons that I opted to buy this particular bronzer. In terms of being long wearing, it definitely lives up to its claim. If I apply the bronzer first thing in a morning, it looks hardly different when I return home from work or university after a long day. With many bronzers, they smudge or wear off with even the slightest contact, such as dabbing your mouth with a napkin, or putting a jumper on. I don't think that this bronzer presents this problem at all. It seems to cling to your skin without being overbearing, or leaving your skin feeling greasy or weighed down. With regards to it being oil free, it also doesn't disappoint. As I said, it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy and it feels more light and silky. You hardly notice you're wearing bronzer, and your face does not feel at all tight.
The one thing I would say about this bronzer is I'm not sure how effective it is worn alone and without a prior base of foundation. In summer, for example, I sometimes like to just wear bronzer and mascara, but I'm not sure whether or not this would give as much of a bronzed look as other brands may. Therefore, I'd recommend this particular bronzer for the winter months, when you're more likely to wear it with a base.
All in all, I'm delighted with this bronzer. Although it is expensive, it lasts forever and hence is great value for money. It blends well into the skin and you can build it up as much as you like to achieve the desired colour. It is neither heavy nor greasy, but light, and it lasts all day without re-applying.
I was sucked into buying this true bronze pressed powder bronzer - what a mouthful - by the sales girl at the Clinique counter who said it was their most popular product in terms of sales for that week. She even showed me the paperwork to prove it. So convinced of its utter brilliance I bought it. I bought it in the lightest shade she had at the time, 02 Sunkissed because I am very fair skinned.
It comes in a little simple compact with a bronze lid with simply the word Clinique on the top. In the lid there is an excellent mirror. I often use the compact purely for the mirror in fact. There is no applicator sponge or anything that comes with the product so you have to buy some sort of brush or sponge to apply it with. This makes it a more expensive purchase overall.
It is used very much like a blush to add a glow to the cheeks. Some people also use it on the nose and forehead which supposedly are the places where the sun hits naturally. It is quite well pigmented and soft to use. There is also a little shimmer in this to give it an extra glow. When I apply it to my skin though it just looks wrong as there is too large a difference between the colour of the bronzer and the natural colour of my skin. Though it would look nice on someone with more colour in their skin, on me it was a bad choice.
The lesson I have learnt from this is that not everyone suits bronzer. I know I am better suited to blusher which gives a rosey look rather than trying to achieve a sunkissed look on ultra pale skin which just screams fake. If you want to get one of these then they sell them at Clinique counters in places like Debenhams for about £17. On the plus side I think one of these compacts would last a fairly long time.
I bought this product about 6 months ago when my old cheap bronzer ran out. I am a big fan of Clinique so it was an obvious choice to head to the clinique counter.
The bronzer comes in the usual, simple packaging and includes a small bronzer brush as shown in the picture above. I have tone number 02-sunkissed (I'm not sure how many tones there are, but I have a fairly olive complexion)
I used my own brush initially, but tryed the included brush on a one-off occasion and I havent looked back! The brush is great for definition of the cheek bones rather than just randomly covering your cheeks and I now use it over my previous one.
The powder itself gives an orange rather than a pink glow and does exactly 'what it says on the tin' and gives me a slightly sunkissed glow.
I have been using this product for a good 6 months (probably more come to think of it) and I have a small patch in the middle of the pot where I have reached the bottom, but I'm probably only half way through the whole capasity.
Overall, I would recommend this product for its natural glow, its 'freebie' brush and the longevity.
Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer / Brush included.