Product Type: Too Faced makeup
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Chocolate Bronzer - A Summer Look Fragranced With Cocoa.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Member Name: Machair1
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Advantages: A beautiful matte bronzer which smells of cocoa.
I think my make-up purchases are rather varied as they tend to fall mainly within the cheaper product ranges, but that is not to say that I will not spend more if I find something that absolutely blows me away. For this reason if you looked inside my make-up bag that I use each day you would find some higher end items, and some good solid basic products, and if I can I will purchase the dupe for an expensive brand - that being a cheaper product that has the same qualities for less financial outlay. There is one recent new find however that I am loving so much I doubt I will ever look far for a daily alternative, and that is my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.
ALL ABOUT THE BRONZER
This product is available in Boots and it retails for £22 - this is really steep in my opinion, but as a discerning buyer who refuses to pay more than I need to for cosmetics I feel it is more than worth it. It isn't tested on animals as the brand refuses to do so which is also very important to me.
According to the Two faced Website they say- "We've combined the natural therapeutic and healing effects of real cocoa powder, with our signature Too Faced bronzing pigments to create our first ever matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens out all skin tones for a glowing radiance all year long."
The bronzer has a matte finish which is something I look for as a lady of maturing years (I am 51) You won't find a shimmer in this product, which suits the way I apply make-up, as I like to use a highlighting cream on my cheek bones at the end of my make-up routine, - I don't want the all over sparkle look which this bronzer does not give. Neither do I want to look orange or overly tanned either, and as this imparts a healthy, but natural sun kissed look to the face, you don't need to fear that you will look too made up. What I really love about this product is that it just makes me look well and healthy - and the best aspect of all is that it actually contains real cocoa so it smells utterly divine- it's like putting cocoa powder all over your face. The smell is gorgeous, and it's quite a good way to avoid snack eating - as if you are considering raiding the chocolate cupboard you can open your compact and smell this instead! I have done this and it works!
THE APPLICATION AND MY OPINION
The product is in a sold compact- not a loose format, and to apply all you do is to use a large bronzing brush, or even a kabuki brush, and sweep it over your face. I tend to concentrate on the lower parts of the cheeks in the hollows primarily blending it down into the neck area, dusting off the excess all over the face to achieve a radiant look. Then I apply blusher above it and blend the two to avoid a harsh line. This way you get a pretty contoured look to the face. You don't need to apply with a heavy hand as a little goes a long way, and you can build up the colour if you need to. However this is simple to apply and you are unlikely to use too much.
This bronzer goes really well with the inexpensive blush collections made by Sleek. I find the shades Rose Gold, Life's a Peach and Sunrise work really well with any light to medium skin tones. These are available in Superdrug where they are on 3 for two at the moment and retail for £4.49.
The presentation of this product is also worth mentioning as it is really special -good quality and with an integral mirror of a decent size to work with in the lid.
I have found the product lasts all day without needing to be touched up or reapplied and for this reason I will always choose it. Furthermore the product lasts a long time. I have been using mine for six months and there is barely a dent in the pan.
IT'S A GEM
The way that I use my make-up collection is that I have a case containing all my products- it's one of the silver ones with little compartments and here I keep products that I use interchangeably. Then I have my daily make-up bag which is filled with my absolute favourite products that I can just grab and take out with me. This bronzer is in this special collection and never leaves it.
One really good tip I can give to you is that if you are thinking of buying a make-up product take a look at the website make-up alley at www.makeupalley.com. It's like the IMDB of film reviews- it will save you making a purchase you may later regret. Thousands of products, shades and so on are reviewed by users daily, and a quick glance at the site today confirmed what I suspected that 91% of people who tried this product - so far 143 said they would repurchase. If you take women of my age group which you can do by filtering the results- 100% would repurchase. Admittedly there are less of this age group posting on the site, but I think that is a good selection of comments and votes to take a serious look at this product if you are of mature years. Younger women have nothing to fear as their results are impressive and numerous. Similarly YouTube tutorials also confirm this product to be a worthwhile investment.
Certainly from my point of view powder formations have to be scrutinised carefully as cream products will often yield more moisturising results on mature skin. This matte formation glides on the face like silk and imparts a lovely soft finish- there is no chance that this will highlight wrinkles or collect in areas of less than flawless skin.
I know it is expensive and I did hesitate for some time before I purchased, but having done extensive research I knew that I was unlikely to be disappointed. This is a lovely matte brown bronzer which suits all ages and I will re-purchase without hesitation. It is matte and has no shimmer but I don't always want this look. I do have some shimmery bronzers and I wear these on holiday sometimes, but for a sun kissed everyday natural look this can't be beaten.
One final word of caution as this contains cocoa I would strongly advise that it is kept out of the reach of dogs, as cocoa is highly poisonous to them. I have no idea as to the amounts present in this product so prefer to exercise caution as tiny amounts can be deadly. Just a thought as it would be easy to leave this in a make-up bag in reach of an inquisitive puppy or older dog.
Summary: An absolutely gorgeous bronzer.