“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Bronzing Powder / Subcategory: Bronzer / What it does: Bronzes, „
I love my bronzer and fake tan especially in the depths of winter when I am deathly pale. I am a little bit fussy when it comes to bronzer as some of them can make me tangerine coloured while some of them can just look so cheap and make my skin look as though it just hasn't been washed in a few days.
I received the Body Shop Baked to Last Bronzer in a bag of make-up items that my sister was throwing away and while I liked it I probably wouldn't buy it myself as there are loads of bronzers out there to choose from that I like just a bit better than this one.
The bronzer comes in a compact and you just need to use a brush to sweep it on to your face, neck and décolleté. The bronzer looks lovely before you apply it and I had high hopes for it as it has a really nice colour that is shimmery and rich looking.
It is nice to apply as it goes on to the brush without overloading it and when I sweep it on to my face it gives me an immediate coating of light golden colour. I like the fact that it is a nice light colour to begin with and I can built on it to give me the depth of colour that I want.
It makes my skin look sunkissed and I can build it up to make it look as though I have been away somewhere warm on holiday.
It also really makes my skin shimmer especially under lights which some people will love and some won't. I really like this shimmery effect as it is quite subtle and it doesn't sparkle so much as it does glisten.
The bronzer is supposed to last for 8 hours but I think that the Body Shop is probably over estimating this as I don't think it lasts anywhere near this and when I wore this to a wedding once I had to actually reapply a couple of times to keep the colour and shimmer going.
I actually went to buy some more of this not too long ago but I found out that this is £16 and decided against it. I had thought it would probably not cost any more than £10 so when I seen the price was verging in to premium territory I thought that although I really liked it I wasn't willing to spend this much on it and would rather save a little bit more and buy some Guerlain instead.
This is a really nice bronzer I can't deny that and it looked good on my skin but I think it is overpriced and there are others out there which just give a slightly better result. If it had been cheaper I would have bought this in a heartbeat but for now I will keep looking for a good cheaper version and stick to my more premium ones for special occasions.
The Body Shop Baked-to-Last Bronzer was brought in about 2012 to go with my Body Shop compact bronzing brush. Please see my previous review on that very good brush.
Why I like the Body Shop:
They have a great choice of cosmetics which has not been tested on animals. However, I have come to learn that some of the ethical principles that The Body Shop was founded on may not be part of the business since L'Oreal have taken over. As I am unsure about this so I have not stopped buying from them yet and I do like some of their products.
This bronzer is designed to give a natural appearance which really appealed to me as I really want my make-up to be subtle rather than bold. I prefer others to look at me and see me as someone who looks after themselves but tries to appear as natural as possible. In fact, this product is handmade which appealed again to me.
I brush this over my face but concentrate more on my cheeks to use it as a mild highlighter. The bronzer is shimmery on the skin. For this reason I would advise picking this out for attending evening parties rather than wearing during the day or for work. Mind you, it does depend on what kind of work you do!
It's a bit too light on my dark skin even though I chose the darker of the two options. Perhaps people can't tell when they look at me but I feel it's just a bit too light. The sales assistant assured me it was right for me.
I have found it hard to get make-up that matches my skin tone exactly in the Body Shop. I'm not sure that people with darker complexions are as well catered for as those with white skin. Despite noticing that it would be better a touch darker I do like that glowing shimmer on my cheeks. I even tried a bit on my upper arms, once, when I went to a nightclub, but that was just for some glittering fun, and as I'm not a fan of nightclubs I probably won't do that again.
I'm concerned this sounds negative but so long as you get the staff to put the bronzer on your skin, as a test, and if you agree that it works for you, then I think this is really a decent bronzer. Sometimes, cheap bronzers have that slight orange tint to them. This is not the case, at all, with this bronzer. You can be rest assured that the colour tone is very good. It can be used on its own or over a layer of foundation. After about two years I still have plenty of bronzer left. I do dust it on very lightly but I suspect even under heavy use it would last many months. It feels smooth and with the excellent bronzing brush it goes on very easily and doesn't feel like I'm wearing a layer of make-up and it lasts me for the duration of a night out.
Maybe the Body Shop could consider offering one shade darker. I have had compliments about my skin, whilst wearing this bronzer and because I feel the bronzer is of a decent quality, and is as good as much more expensive bronzers, I will give it five stars.
Available from the Body Shop for £16.
On a shopping trip recently with my sister we ventured into the Body Shop to have a quick look at their make up. I was planning on replacing my face and body brush anyway (see my recent review) and wanted to find something else to buy alongside. I actually ended up ordering it online and needed something to tip me over £30 so I could get free delivery.
This bronzer stood out to me as being similar to something I owned a while back and could never find a replacement for. This product comes in two shades but the warm glow is almost half blusher half bronzer and for my pale freckly skin this is perfect because it isn't too dark a colour.
The bronzer comes in a clear plastic dome lid compact. It's very simple and in this way totally representative of the body shop branding. The lid flips open very smoothly and easily, exactly as it should do. It has a clasp which seems pretty secure, it definitely wouldn't open in transit though after a while of use it may well become a little looser. The lid is relatively lightweight, though the actual body of the compact is really quite weighty. I'm not sure if this is the weight of the powder of the thick plastic, but it feels very sturdy and good quality.
The design is really nice and because it is entirely clear it shows you the exact colour in store and how much is left. It has the body shop logo on the top of the domed lid in white writing. I like that they have stayed true to the branding of the company in this product, it feels very simple and obviously has been made with a great deal of care for the user and the environment.
I purchased this bronzer in 'warm glow' though there is another darker shade called 'golden bronze'. I chose this particular shade because it is far lighter than regular bronzers and has elements of a pinky blush in it. The bronzer has been baked (on a terracotta disc apparently) and and has a lovely mottled/marbled effect to it. You can see all the individual colours represented in the bronzer rather than just one overall tone. This gives a lovely effect when applied to your cheeks, it looks multi-tonal which definitely looks more natural. I also find the colour very warming and it makes my skin look sun kissed.
I much prefer this bronzer shade to others I have used in the past as it gives me a much more natural look than anything else I've used. As my skin is so pale it is important to not have a really dark shade, otherwise I end up looking like Nicole Roberts circa 2004. It probably wouldn't be great for dark skin tones, though the other shade would probably suit darker skin better.
This bronzer costs £16 which did seem steep to me initially. Having looked at the size of the bronzer disc though it does run right to the bottom of the compact and is generously domed at the top. I reckon this could easily last me 6-12 months of use depending on how much regularly I apply it. You don't need much when you use it so I reckon the £16 price tag isn't too bad, especially as the colour is perfect for me and the quality good.
Overall, this is my new favourite bronzer.