A Bronzer by Any Other Name

…would not scare the crap out of most women. If this product came in
dissimilar packaging or was advertised as the youth enhancing item it is (instead of sold with the fright inducing tags like self and tan), I know it would sell like hotcakes. Mmmmm….hotcakes. Anyway, I am all about playing up the cheeks so I made it a point to try out countless different bronzers, spend hours reading about and researching the many formulas and consistencies that exist. After all of this, I have come to some conclusions: I have a lot of time on my hands and there are some really great bronzing products out there.

Hi, I’m Ashley… come with me as I list the top 3 bronzers and attempt to encourage all you bronzing virgins out there to try out some bronzin’ lovin’. Please pretend that I didn’t just say “bronzing” like 15 times. I tried to find synonyms for it but all I could find were similar words for effigy and icon. Who knew bronze meant sculpture? Probably you, because you’re smart like that.

Rayz_top Like the famous foundation from the same line, Classified Cosmetics ERA Rayz Bronzer is an airbrushing (read: aerosol spray) product. It is innovative and error-proof. The formula is “oil-free, nourishing, long-lasting” and conducive to most skin types.  Yes it is a bit expensive at $40 but believe me a little goes a long way helping to ensure you will have this product for a long while. If you just can’t justify spending that much dough on one item (and I wouldn’t blame you), this
is a similar product for less money.

MAC Bronzing Powder
MAC
Bronzing Powder
comes in 6 colors (3 shimmer, the other 3 matte). Each color “enhances” the skin tone and simultaneously is “long-wearing” and  quot;skin-conditioning.” Just sweep this on the spots of your face where the sun would naturally hit (think forehead, apples of cheeks, bridge of nose, browbones, and chin) with a big fluffy brush. I like this one.

Glamazon The “liquid bronzing tint” of Benefit
Glamazon
gives a “soft, rosy, natural glowing tan,” making the extra time and patience needed to apply the product totally worth it.  I like to use it when I am not putting anything else on my face due it’s natural looking affect. It stays put for hours and feels great on the skin. Always a bonus in my book!

Well there you have it. Have fun experimenting and may the bronzing force be with you!

4 thoughts on “A Bronzer by Any Other Name

  1. In my book, bronzer is one of the best things you can use to “wake up” your face. Even if you don’t put anything else on, you’ll notice a difference. Love it!

  2. I agree with Mandy. Bronzer is especially helpful when you try to avoid the sun and look like a sheet of paper in the summer (you know you’re too pale when people shade their eyes and run the other way when they see you!)

    Hail Bronzer!

  3. I just felt I needed to add, IMO you left out the absolute BEST bronzer out there :( NARS! Really guys, if you’ve tried bronzers before and found that they all look unnatural, and I’m especially talking to you pale girls, try NARS! I was using MAC bronzer for a long time before I found out it made me look kinda orange. Then my friend at NARS helped me out, and I was in love! There’s no orange in this bronzer, just a gorgeous golden, natural tan. And it has very fine shimmer that leaves a glow but doesn’t make you look like you splashed glitter on your face or bring out imperfections. Laguna will work on anyone, Casino is for darker girls. Check it out: http://www.narscosmetics.com/acb/stores/1/Bronzing-Powder-C40_category_7.aspx

  4. I really do love the Nars Laguna Bronzer too. But for some reason, on my skin, it gets a bit orangey whereas the MAC doesn’t.

    Go figure!

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