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I have pale skin and I often need to add a bit of colour to it, especially in the summer time. I have a few different bronzing products in my make up collection but it never hurts to have one more and so I bought the Glam Bronze Duo Powder by L'oreal.
What does the product do?
The product promises to liven up the complexion using two different sun kissed shades. It claims that it is the perfect combination of glamour and colour, leaving your complexion with a bronzed an beautiful iridescent shimmer. The product contains light reflecting particles which give the skin a healthy radiance and a stunning shimmer. It promises to leave you looking like you have just come out of the sunshine without risking the health of your skin.
The product comes in two different shades. One is called Blonde Harmony and one is called Brunette Harmony. The Brunette Harmony is a slightly darker shade so although I am most definitely a brunette, I bought the blonde harmony shade. Because of this, I can't really say that I'm a fan of the naming of the shades.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used on bare skin or on top of make up as a finishing touch. You can used the included brush to apply the product or one of your own if you prefer. You sweep the brush over the powder and then apply it to the cheekbones, the nose and the chin which are the areas where the sun would naturally kiss you. You can also use the product all over the face and even on the collarbones and shoulders too.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a brown plastic compact. The top circle is transparent so you can see the product inside. The circle of powder inside is half bronze and half gold/beige and there is a sunshine imprinted onto it. Another layer under the powder is mirror which you use to apply the powder on the go and a handy soft application brush is stored in this part of the compact. The product will cost you around £10 and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The powders are pressed together quite tightly so you don't get a lot of kick up or waste as you sweep the brush across the product. I use this on top of my foundation as a finishing touch. Despite the powders being packed tightly together, you still get enough on your brush in order to get the desired results. The golden side acts as a highlighter when used alone and it looks really nice on the brow bones and cheek bones, and they give the face some more definition.
I swirl the brush across both colours in a circular motion until the brush is coated and then I sweep the product across my cheeks. You can see that both sides of the product are packed with glitter particles and it does look very shimmery in the compact. This shimmer does translate to the cheeks but not in a childish glitter ball way. It is noticeable but subtle and it does make the complexion look healthy and summery. Despite the shimmer being subtle, I don't like using the product all over my face and I tend to stick to my cheeks.
The bronzed side is pigmented enough to get a lovely colour on your cheek but not so much that it looks muddy and unnatural. It does give you a nice sun kissed appearance. It is obvious that you are wearing it and it won't be for everyone but it is still suitable for day wear. It is more of a summer product than a winter product as the shimmer wouldn't look too good in the colder months except maybe during a night out. The product is quite long lasting although sometimes a top up is needed after a few hours. This is easy to do however using the brush and the mirror. The product is gentle on my skin and it hasn't irritated my face or caused me to develop any blemishes. The product is easily removed using my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is a nice summery bronzer which adds a touch of shimmery colour to the face. The golden side doubles up as a highlighter and it gives the face a more radiant complexion. It may be too shimmery for some and it is more fun than sophisticated but I still like it. It is long lasting and a little goes a long way so I would have to repurchase this anytime soon.
==L'Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Powder==
I am terrible for picking up way to much make up and cosmetics and try to take advantage of the Boots discount card that I get entitling me to 10% off. Team this with the 3 for 2 offers that Boots usually has on their stock of make up ranges that it can often seem like a good bargain can be bought!
This L'Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Powder was actually something I needed at the time of buying (very rare occurrence) and I have to say that it is one of my more successful purchases of cosmetics as I really do like it and use it most days.
I often opt for bronzer rather than blusher as I prefer the brown colourings rather than the pink or peachy colours you get when buying a blusher. This bronzer appealed to me though because of the two different tones of bronzer that is encased in the packaging and working together would give a more natural colouring than perhaps the block colour of bronzer that I had been using previously.
The bronzer pack itself is not cheap but it has to be said that it does last for ages as I have had it many months now (possibly even a year) and it is still going strong. At £10.20 pence it is not the cheapest of this sort of product but working out how much it cost when it was on the 3 for 2 offer and with my 10% off it does bring it down to a very reasonable price.
The product weighs in at 9 grams but this is irrelevant as all you need know is that it lasts a very good amount of time. I chose the colour shades for blondes and there was also a dark one for people with more olive tones already. The two tones of blusher inside the packaging are a good mix with one shade being considerably paler than the other. Both have a slight shimmer to them to give that "just kissed by the sun" look.
The pack contains both a flat applicator brush and a mirror for application on the go. However I can say I use wither of these much as I usually only apply the bronzer in the morning as part of my makeup routine and don't feel the need to apply again as the bronzer will generally last all day and still look good.
I find applying the bronzer is easy and the two tones certainly create a gentle more natural looking colour than a solid block of bronzer does and it blends much more effectively without the need for any rubbing after it has been applied. The look of the product on the skin is light and fresh and really looks very good and like I say lasts a very good time too and unless I am going out of an evening I wouldn't need to put any more on.
All in all I have to say that even though this is probably priced a little higher than I would usually pay out for I feel it is certainly well worth it. With the special offer that it was on and using my discount card is it defiantly a product I will be buying again when I need to. It lasts for a long time not only on the face but the product itself and the final look of the bronzer on the skin is natural yet effective and for this reason I feel that this is another top product from L'Oreal and I can only award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and give it a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
If you've been reading my reviews recently you'll have noticed that I've developed a slightly obsession with Mac make up, so much so that over half the products in my make up bag are now from this brand... and yes my bank balance is suffering accordingly! I had a bit of a disaster the other weekend while on a night out as I "accidentally" dropped my bronzer on the floor of a nightclub and had to watch it shatter into a hundred piece, yes that's probably an exaggeration but if my memory serves me correctly I did make a rather large fuss about it at the time! The next morning I realised I couldn't possibly let the world see me with an un-bronzed face that week and so had to make do with a temporary replacement from my local Boots store.
After browsing all the make up counters at Boots (I never realised there were quite so many different make up brands!) I ended up purchasing a L'Oreal bronzer compact. L'Oreal isn't a brand that I really tend to buy but my friends always say it's a good brand so I decided to purchase a bronzer from here. There were cheaper alternatives available but the thought of spending less than £5 on one made me feel a little worried that they might bring me out in a rash! The L'Oreal bronzer set me back £10.20 which is a fairly average price to pay in my mind, yes there are cheaper versions out there but there are also more expensive versions (such as my broken Mac bronzer) and I'd rather pay a little extra to get a decent product really.
The L'Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Powder comes in a golden brown plastic compact which is circular in shape and has a clear plastic lid to enable you to see the colour of the actual compact. The compact has a diameter of about four centimetres and seems fairly typical of the packaging of many bronzers on the market. To access the actual bronzer you simply pop open the upper lid, there's also a lower lid which will reveal an applicator brush and a mirror on the underside of the compact. It's got two lids on either side of the compact which does make this stand out a little from others. Overall the packaging does the job, it keeps the bronzer protected and it's survived a bit of a bashing in my make up bag so it does the job just fine.
The bronzer itself is two tones in that there are two colours which make up the compact, a lighter brown and a darker brown to enable you to alter the intensity of the colour. The compact comes in a blonde harmony and a brunette harmony with the only difference being that the blonde harmony colours are a little lighter to suit a blonde's typical skin tone. I purchased the brunette harmony version as I'm a red head (although naturally brunette) and this comes with a pinky brown colour and a deeper bronzed colour. The powder is compacted which means there's no risk of spillages and to apply it you simply dust the applicator brush over it lightly and then apply it to the areas of your face that you wish to highlight with a bronzed effect.
The powder is easy to apply and glides over my face leaving it looking lightly bronzed and naturally bronzed too which is always important. The intensity can be built up if you wish, but do be warned that if you put too much on you may end up looking orange as you can with pretty much any bronzer. It had got a very slightly shimmer effect to it, there's no glitter apparent or anything like that in the compact but it does have a shimmery effect which isn't to everyone's taste. It's also enriched with golden light reflecting particles which are meant to give your skin an iridescent, just out of the sunshine glow although it doesn't seem to give me anything different to any of my other bronzers in terms of this really... just anything selling gimmick!
I've been using this bronzer for over a week now and am really happy with the results, it's not caused me any irritation or given me any spots which is always a bonus as I do have quite sensitive facial skin. It gives my face a really healthy and natural glow that my friend even commented on the other day too. I do find that it does wear off during the day and that I have to apply it again very lightly at lunch time or during a toilet trip on a night out. I really like the fact it's got two tones as if you're pale or want to create a less noticeable effect during the day you could just use the lighter half of the compact and save the darker half for nights out. Using the two colours together gives the most noticeable results, without making me look orange!
The only downside to this powder is that the applicator brush is rather small and probably more suited to applying blusher with. The bristles are small and compacted together which means it focuses on very small areas when you're applying a powder with it. If you wanted to use this brush to apply powder to your whole face you'd probably have to keep dusting it over the compact and then your face repeatedly. It also concentrates the powder quite heavily in a small area meaning you can end up looking a little tangoed if you just use this brush. I tend to use a big powder brush from Boots Number 7 to dust the powder all over my face and then use the smaller applicator brush to just highlight my cheek and nose bones quite subtly.
Apart from that one minor problem there's nothing else that I can say about this product in terms of any negatives that it may have. To be honest bronzers very rarely come with brushes so the fact that this one does have a brush is a bit of a bonus anyway and I've since started to use it to apply my blusher with! I'm giving this bronzer four stars, it looses half a star for the fact that the brush is a little impractical and half a star for the fact it's over £10... I always think if I'm paying over £10 for a beauty product then I expect something special in terms of what it does! So if you're looking for a natural bronzer that's easy to apply and creates a lightly tanned effect then look no further than L'Oreal's Glam Bronze Duo Powder!
Thanks for reading.