Product Type: Rimmel Sun Care
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A great bronzing powder.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Compact
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Compact
Advantages: bronzed natural glow, doesn't make you look orange, easy to apply
Disadvantages: not very long lasting, have to re-apply throughout the day
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the product is made by Rimmel and is a bronzing compact powder that adds soft, luminous quality to the skin with a Matte finish. The powder is ideal for an instant natural sun kissed look or to enhance an existing tan. Although I wear foundation I like my skin to look slightly sun kissed to tend to apply some bronzing powder to my face. I won't want to end up with an orange face but I do some a slight glow and some colour. I am currently using some bronzing rocks but I find this doesn't really give my face much colour but only a slight shimmery look which I don't always like as I feel as though it's slightly too sparkly for during the day. When in my local Boots store I decided to browse the different make up ranges to see what other products I could find. I have heard of the Sun Shimmer range before and have heard positive things about their products which is why I decided to purchase this one. It was also a lot cheaper than some of the other brands that were available to buy as well. I decided to purchase the Light Matte shade as I didn't want to look too dark and fake. I wanted it to look natural. They also do a Light Shimmer powder as well but I wanted to try and stay away from the shimmery products as this is what my current bronzing rocks were like. The bronzing powder claims to blend easily for a healthy sun kissed look. I was really hope that this was going to be the case and I wouldn't be left orange faces or patchy. The powder comes in a typical looking compact powder packaging which is a golden colour. The top of the compact is clear so you can see the product through the lid. It also states on the lid what the product is and the shade of the powder (in my case Medium Matte). The powder is pressed and has a sun shape which is slightly raised in the centre of the powder; this would soon disappear with regular use of the product. The powder doesn't come with a puff or anything to apply the powder with, how-ever this didn't really both me as I had plenty of brushes at home anyway that I would use to apply the powder with.
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I purchased the compact powder from my local Boots store for £5.61, this product currently comes on offer under the 3 for 2 which includes make-up, accessories and a large range of other products. The powder is available in 4 different shades including Light Shimmer, Medium Shimmer, Light Matte, and Medium Matte.
Using the Product
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When applying bronzer I like to use a short but large brush with plenty of hairs for an all over coverage. I tend to run the brush over the compact and then sweep this over my face once. I then wait for a minute or 2 to see the result and if I think I need to apply a little more than I do. I applied my liquid foundation as normal and then got ready to apply the bronzer. After dusting the powder onto my face I looked in the mirror. There was definitely some colour to my face than what there had been more applying the powder. The colour didn't look too dark and look natural without making me look orange. I decided there wasn't any need to put any more on otherwise it may have looked too dark and slightly fake.
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The powder left my face with a natural looking colour & it didn't look patchy or blotchy. I went out during the afternoon shortly after applying my make-up. The powder stayed looking great for a few hours, which is when I decided to apply some more as the colour was starting to wear off a little. I did have to re-apply the powder at least twice during the afternoon/evening. If I was going out on a night on the town I think I would definitely have to take the powder with me to re-apply throughout the night. The powder didn't last as long as I hoped it would and it was a bit of a pain having to keep re-applying it. I use a Simple facial wipe to remove any make up and the powder came off easily using one of these. The powder didn't dry out my skin or cause me to go spotty or blotchy which was good.
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I have to admit that I did expect a little more form this powder as in terms of it lasting a bit longer than it did before having to re-apply it. The powder definitely gave me a bronzed, natural glow to my skin without it looking too fake or orange. I don't think I would purchase the medium shade as I am quite pale and I think this would look too dark for me. In terms of value I think the powder is very reasonable and I would purchase it again. I don't use the powder every day so I expect it to last me a good few months at least. I would recommend this product to others as I haven't yet tried any better bronzing powders/pearls which have been better than this. There may be better bronzing products out there but for me this is good enough, even though I do have to re-apply it.
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Summary: SunShimmer bronzing compact powder.
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