Unlike Diorskin Nude Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder ($55), Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder is a true bronzer. The round compact comes with a small kabuki brush included and it retails for $52.
It comes in 6 shades:
001 Miel (Honey)
002 Ambre (Amber)
003 Cannelle (Cinnamon)
004 Epice (Spicy)
It is very silky, matte (the bits of shimmer here and there on the swatch were accidentaly transfered) and extremely pigmented, but very blendable.
I’m not a fan of the shade selection – I think that they won’t match my skin tone very vell (with the exception of the shade #3).
The bronzer is swatched in this order:
Top row: 001 Miel (Honey) swatch, 002 Ambre (Amber) swatch, 003 Cannelle (Cinnamon) swatch
Bottom row: 004 Epice (Spicy) swatch, 005 Caramel swatch, 006 Sienne swatch
While I was swatching the bronzers from summer 2012 collection, I’ve decided to swatch the regular bronzers.
Soleil Tan de Chanel retails for $50 and it has 15 grams (if I’m not mistaken). It comes in a compact – one half of the compact is bronzer and the other half is for the brush.
The bronzer has a wavy dune desing.
I comes in four shades:
61 Desert Corail – matte dark beige with orange undertones. It will work only for very light skin.
62 Terre Epice – matte medium bronze
63 Terre Ambre – matte brownish bronze
64 Desert Bronze – matter dark brownish bronze with orange undertones.
While Desert Corail is probably one of the lightest bronzers available, none of the shades really work for me (a bit too orange). The bronzer is very pigmented (the swatches are made with just a light swipe of finger) and I prefer them to be on the sheer side.
The bronzers are swatched in this order:
Top row: 61 Desert Corail swatch, 62 Terre Epice swatch.
Bottom row: 63 Terre Ambre swatch, 64 Desert Bronze swatch
Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder retails for approximately 50 euros. It comes in a round compact with a kabuki brush included.
This is not a pure bronzer – it is a really sheer, bronze tinted powder, that is better to be used as a highlighter. It is sheerer than Chanel’s summer 2012 bronzers.
The powder is divided on quarters and each quarter has the bas relief letter so that is spells the word NUDE. The letters come in two colours (the shades of pink and beige bronze). The quarters are two toned – a lighter and a darker shade of bronze.
There are four shades available:
001 Aurora. This shade is intended for very pale skin and if you don’t mind a bit of shimmer, it could serve as a real bronzer.
002 Sunlight. Slightly darker shade than Aurora.
003 Zenith. Warm, slightly orangey shade.
004 Sunset. The darkest shade in the bunch, a bit too orange for my liking.
Overall, I think I prefer Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. Dior Nude Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder is too sheer for a bronzer, plus none of the shades would match me well (the closest being Aurora and Sunlight). Also, in spite of the shimmer, it lacks the true glowy quality that Chanel has.
The bronzer is swatched in this order: 001 Aurora swatch, 002 Sunlight swatch, 003 Zenith swatch, 004 Sunset swatch.
This is the most amazing product and if I already didn’t have any bronzer, I’d get both of them. It is so beautiful that I secretly hope that someone would steal or ruin my other bronzers so that I can have the excuse to buy both of them lol:)
The bronzer comes in a compact which contains 15 grams of product and it retails for 50 euros. The compact contains the brush.
The bronzer consists of 7 narrow stripes in different colours. You can use eacy stripe individually, but you’ll need a very narrow brush to get the right colour.
#907 Sable Beige is a bronze with slightly orange undertones. It doesn’t look orange on skin, but compared to the other shade it is more on the orange side. The stripes vary from different shades of bronze to beige.
#917 Sable Rose is a bronze with reddish undertones. It contains bronze stripes mixed with purplish pink.
Although Sable Beige is supposed to be for darker and Sable Rose for lighter skin, I think that both would work on any skin colour.
I wouldn’t call this a bronzer – it is more a mixture of bronzer and hightlighter. It goes very sheer on the skin – a hint of colour and glow. I wouldn’t use this all over the face like you might use regular bronzer – I’d use it as a bronze highlighter to put the glow on the skin. As it is relatively sheer, it won’t look over the top even on lighter skin and it will look amazing on the darker skin – especially used on the cheeks.
I fell in love with this the first time I swatched it in the store. However, I have more than half of my YSL Poudre de Soleil bronzer and barely touched Guerlain Terracota Blondes Halees (which is very similar to these two bronzers, but a bit more pigmented) and I’m trying to minimize my stash to essentials (Good luck with that, lol) and I don’t want to hoard.
I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.
I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.
I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.
I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.
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Summer is officially over and fall has brought cold, grey days and lots of rain. Still, I cannot let go the summerrrrr. I’ve comprised the list of the products I have used the most this summer, hoping that the pictures will bring back the warm sun (if only in my memory).
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Product pictures: from makeupandbeautyblog
Swatch pictures are mine.
I’ve been waiting (and saving money) for Dior Summer collection ever since I saw promo pictures. I’ve almost given up hope that it will arrive in my country (we always get collections a couple of weeks later). I’ve been browsing Chanel polishes, searching for the shade Morning Rose, when the SA told me that the new Dior collection has arrived and they have a gorgeous pink nailpolish. Mind you, I didn’t even listen after having heard that the new collection has finally arrived. I swear I’ve almost started jumping out of happiness (the SA must have thought I have gone insane).
Unfortunately, the collection didn’t live up to the promo pictures. On my shopping list, I’ve had both eyeshadow quints, lighter bronzing powder, Nude glow and at least one Crystal gloss. You can imagine my disappointment when all this products turned out to be nothing special.
Keep in mind, the products are far from being bad, but nothing stands out. I won’t be grading the products, as I haven’t tested them properly, but I’ll give my first impressions for every product.
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My stash posts are almost finished. This post will feature all of my blushes, bronzers, concealers and other random face products.
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Guerlain has recently revamped their bronzer collection (basically, they have changed the packaging). The amount of bronzer is still the same (0.35oz) and it retails for $49.
The available shades will suit a wide range of skin-tones. # 00 is perfect for pale skin, but there is also a decent choice of darker colours.
The texture of the bronzer is extremely soft and silky. The bronzer is very pigmented – the swatches were made with only one swipe of finger. However, this means that, if you have lighter skin and prefer natural look, it might take some time to figure out how to pick the good amount of product on the brush.
Still, Guerlain has again proved that, when it comes to bronzers, their bronzers are the best.
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I have received a small size of Dallas bronzer (3 grams) as a part of my Celebutante palette. There was also a mini brush included, but I find it scratchy, not to mention that it grabs too much product.
Dallas is advertised as a perfect combination of blush and bronzer. Colour-wise, it reminds me a bit on Terracota Blush & Sun (but these are more shimmery). 12 grams of Dallas retail for $28.
Dallas is a matte bronzer, although the flash picture reveals some shimmer. Nevertheless, on the skin it is purely matte and I don’t see any sparkles.
The bronzer looks much darker in the pan, but it is a very natural shade. It contains enough pink so that it doesn’t look too orange on the skin.
While this bronzer is intended for paler girls, I still think that it would be too dark for those really pale. Even I have troubles with making it look natural and I’m currently NC15. During summer, when I’m a bit darker (NC20-25), this bronzer is ideal and vary natural.
My only issue with this bronzer is the fact that it is too pigmented. Pigmentation is not a problem per se, but I always end up with bronzer looking too dark upon thet application. Maybe it is because of the soft texture, but whichever brush I’ve used, I always pick up too much of a product. It is a bit wasteful, in my opinion.
However, I still like it very much as it is a very good, natural looking bronzer.
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Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde Halee was a limited edition from Summer 2010 Terracotta Collection. It is a more shimmery version of a regular Terracotta compact in Blondes. The bronzer comes in a brown compact with a mirror, but without a brush. The compact is not as sturdy as I would like it and my compact doesn’t open easily.
Colour wise it looks just like the regular Terracota bronzer – a mosaic of brown, golden, bronze and pink tones but with a lot of shimmer.
Even though my first bronzer ever was YSL (and I’ve only picked that up because Guerlain was out of stock), Guerlain is the brand you should look for if you want a perfect bronzer (especially if you are very pale).
The colour of this bronzer is perfect for pale girls. The colour is ideal – it won’t look too pink and it will not turn out to be too reddish. I think that this bronzer lives-up to the slogan of their new Terracotta Summer 2011 collection which is Terracotta ou Soleil (Terracotta or Sun). This bronzer gives a sunkissed look to the skin.
I have mentioned that this version of the bronzer is shimmery, but the shimmer isn’t obvious on the face. It is there just to give glow to the skin.
The bronzer is pigmented, but it is very easy to layer it or to blend it, so it will never look fake.
Terracotta is the perfect way to achieve sun-kissed skin without exposing it to the sun.
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I have it in shade 01, for which I’ve been told that it would look excellent on fair skin (I’m NC15-20).
The colour doesn’t look orange on my face if applied in moderate amounts (but if you apply too much, it can look a bit orange).
I’ve noticed that it has a bit of golden shimmer in it, but overall effect on your face is not shimmery, rather matte (unlike Guerlain bronzer in blondes which is much more shimmery).
The bronzer has a pleasant fragrance. The SPF is 10.
The packaging is a brown square box, which holds the mirror inside, but there is no brush included. There is 9 grams of product.
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