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I love The Body Shop as all the products are very natural, good for you and smell fabulous! I wasn't aware that they sold make up as I had only bought their bath and body stuff but on my last trip I noticed their range of make up and in particular the bronzers. After looking at the collection I decided to purchase The Body Shop Bronzing Powder for a mere £13, which I thought was a pretty standard price for the product as it wasn't ridiculously expensive but wasn't too cheap where you know that no goodness has been put into it!
The packaging will attract all those magpies out there who love all things shiny and twinkly! It comes in a round compact (like most powder products do dating back to the first invention of make up) and is roughly 3 inches in diameter. What makes it different and stand out is that rather than being coloured in a shade of plastic it is covered in a mirror type reflective material so that you can see yourself in it and it is very, very shiny - almost looks like it is glowing when its on your dressing table! The packaging glows and what is inside will make you glow! The outer casing is not adorned with too much information or writing - just simply The Body Shop wrote in a small circle in the middle of the lid, and on the back the ingredients. I love how simple it looks but also how striking it appears to be.
Once you open up the compact you will notice that there is a mirror which is always a great advantage for me as it aids easy application especially when you are on the go and it is always great to know that you have a back up mirror if you are prone to a bout of forgetfulness! The second thing you will notice is the way the bronzer is presented - rather than just being flat in the pan, it is almost quilted by the fact there are numerous little hexagon shapes that are raised across the whole of the bronzer. I really love this effect and if you swirl your finger over it you can feel all the little bumps which is a bit different. I'm not sure if it serves a purpose or if it is purely a design idea but whatever it is I love it!
As with most body shop products they have a naturally sourced ingredient and this one is no different as it contains infusions of honey - not just the golden honey colour, but really honey from the buzzing bees! It creates a tough but moisturising consistency which means it will have staying power but won't be too harsh on the skin, plus you get the hint of a lovely honey fragrance!
There are three shades to choose from which is quite good for a bronzer as they usually have a one for all and all for one shade. I would say the shades in this range are quite varied and there will be something for everyone. They are:
01 Light Matte: As the name suggests, this bronzer is the lightest of the three and is matte. I love that there is no shimmer as I feel when you have a lot of shimmer to your bronzer it is a real big give away that you are wearing it! the shade itself is the perfect bronze fro fair skin types - a very light warm brown with subtle golden undertones. I am very pale and can wear this without worrying I resemble an Oompa Loompa! It's also great for contouring as it is light enough to look natural!
02 Fair Matte: If you have very fair skin, don't be fooled into thinking this is the one for you as I would say this would be ore suitable for medium skin tones or if you want to add that bit more colour to your complexion. Although it is called 'Fair' it is slightly darker and bordering on a medium brown with a lot of bronze and golden undertones. You can build this up for darker skin tones as well. Again it is a matte shade so there is no tell tale shimmer signs.
03 Medium Matte: I think The Body Shop should rethink the names for these bronzers as this shade is not a medium but rather dark, it had a lot of bronzed undertones running through the warm medium to dark brown which I think would suit any medium skin tones who want to go for a darker look or to enhance the natural beauty of darker complexions. This shade also does not have any shimmer which is a bonus for me!
I chose the lightest shade 01 Light Matte as the other two were much too dark for me. I really love the colour of it and love how it makes my skin look - just naturally radiant and like I have caught a bit of the sun - not been baking in it for hours! I apply this with a large fluffy brush as I find it gives the lightest coverage. I did try to apply it with a sponge but I found it caked and picked up too much product.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase for many reasons; the glowing packaging, the glowing to my skin and the glowing to my bank balance as it was only £13! You can purchase this bronzer in The Body Shop which is found in most shopping towns, if you are not sure where your nearest one is then log on to their website and use the store locator b just typing in your postcode. You can also buy online on their website or any other make up store, as well as eBay and even Amazon!
A bronzer is not something I'd usually go for, I'm way too pale and every one I've purchased has made me look either orange or dirty. However, while at The Body Shop which I never really shop from.. the sales woman was absolutely determined to sell me the bronzer and I just thought, what the heck I'll try it and I can't thank her enough. I purchased it with The Body Shops face and body brush.
Obviously I didn't know anything about the product when I purchased because it was on a whim but The Body Shop say : A lightweght bronzing powder for a natural, matte shine-free finish. The powder contain light dustig particles to brighten the complexion.
It also contains Marula Oil - which moisturises the skin and essential fattyacids to repair the skin and the antioxidant Vitamin E which is excellent really.
It comes in 3 shades as far as I know no.1 is the matte one without any shimmers and the other two are really shimmery which I shy away as shimmery bronzers make me look terrible. I purchased no1 because I think it's quite cool it doesn't contain shimmery particles which is really rare in a bronzer unless you wanna spend over £20.
I'm sure everyone wants to know what the packaging is like so its like in a round pot which is a really pretty golden colour and you can see your reflection in it but it's more flattering than the mirror inside. Inside there is an extremely unflattering mirror which makes me look like I need 10 years sleep. And, the bronzing powder.. it's a really creamy, smooth texture for a bronzer and doesn't turn into a powdery mess, it's really compact and has a little sun shape in the bronzer. The lid goes on tightly so you don't suffer any leakage.
I use a light hand all over my face because I'm pale but if you are a bit more bronzed you can just lob it all on. Mainly people just use it around their cheekbones and t-zone with bronzers over their make up or on a bare face.
The bronzer goes on really nicely without a powdery effect. It's really matte and I didn't suffer from any orange tinges with it. I was really pleased as it gave me a natural light bronzed look which is ideal for summer. It completely brightens up my complexion and highlights my whole face and gives a lovely coverage for a bronzer. Although I'm very pale and usually the lightest shade in foundations it didn't look awful, it looks really nice and gives a nice warm sunkissed look although I was pretty worried as it looks dark in the pot.
I think this bronzer is excellent and I don't have to look odd in the summer anymore and have a nice glow. It just illuminates my whole face without looking orange or chalky and is the best bronzer I've ever tried. The Body Shop is not usually a shop I'd go to as it's either drugstore or high end for me I think what's the point in going in between? but the bronzing powder is so gorgeous it's convinced me to try other things from their store, which I have now and been impressed 99% of the time. The Body Shop recommends using it with The Body shop face and body brush as you don't get a brush with it unfortunately. But I've been using the two and they go hand in hand really. I am now converted to using a bronzer and will probably re-purchase this product for years.
It costs £12 from The Body Shop which is quite reasonably priced.
I have a chubby face which is kinda pale and lack of definition so I always need a bronzer to make my face look slimmer and add a bit of a glow. This is actually the first makeup item I've ever bought from The Body Shop and since then I've always come back for more.
One of the good things about buying makeup at The Body Shop is that it gives me the feeling of department stores' make up. That means you can try them on your face with the all the tools needed and even got an assistant to try them on for you. You can't do that with drugstore makeups despite the fact that TBS makeups are a bit more expensive than most other drugstore brands you can find at Boots or Superdrug, I still tend to go there as I don't want to waste money on something I am not sure if I will like it or not.
The packaging is quite nice. It comes in a round, quite flat pot with a bronze color as on the picture. It doesn't look cheap at all. The compact comes with a mirror and the powder is pressed tightly so that there won't be any fallouts whatsoever. There are 3 shades available and since I have pretty fair skin, mine is number 01.
The powder is very pigmented so you just need a little bit of products to add a glow on your face. And it's matte so you don't have to worry about all the glitters and shimmers which can actually highlight the imperfections on your face, you don't see a lot of matte bronzers from drugstore. And they do have a shimmery one, so if you like that glowy finish, go for it.
This product contains:
Marula Oil - Is a very effective moisturiser that also helps to condition the skin over time. Also provides essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness. Provides women in marginalis
Light diffusing particles - Provide instant radiance. Instantly brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin E - Is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect the skin.
It works best using a brush, and just a little bit of products will go a long way. It has a lovely texture, very easy to apply and blend, and also easy to build up to darken. It gives me a healthy and natural glow, no residue or powdery looking. It doesn't look orange at all and absolutely fabulous for the summer.
It doesn't come with an applicator so you will need to buy a brush for bronzer, however, I find that most applicators come with makeup items seem to be useless anyway.
I've used it everyday for a few months now and have only used a bit of it. So don't let the price tag put you down. By the way, it costs 12 pounds for 11.5g of products, but The Body Shop often have promotions so watch out for that and you can get it for so much cheaper.
I really like my skin to have a healthy glow without exposing it to the sun too much - and this is the ultimate in bronzing powders (and believe me - ive tried the lot!).
It comes in a really round circular pot, that is superthin but quite wide, and a bronze/gold colour. Inside, the bronzing powder is compacted (so no messy pearls) but as soon as your swirl your brush against it you get tons of powder, just as much as you would from pearls! Another plus is that you can get it in different shades, unlike most bronzers.
I apply it to my cheeks instead of blush, on my t-zone, and if im going out i brush my shoulders with it and it really makes your skin look sunkissed whilst giving it a lovely shimmer.
Plus, Ive had this out and about in my bag for about a year now and it hasnt cracked once or caused a mess.
Like most bodyshop products too -this isnt like your average bronzing powder. It contains marula oil that helps to condition the skin, it contains vitamin E to help to nourish it, and light diffusing particles that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Its probably because of the added elements that its so expensive - at £11.70 its much more expensive than your average product. But in my opinion, its worth it.
Despite my love of this product, i havent given it 5 stars for a couple of reasons. Firstly, its quite a wide pot which means i struggle to fit it into little bags when i take it out - it could do with being fatter and smaller for me. Secondly, you dont get any applicator with it. Ive bought bronzers in the past and got a brush with it - you dont with this one. And finally the price has knocked it down a little.
Even despite the small negatives though - this is the only bronzer i would ever buy again!!