As someone who is pretty fair-skinned, a bronzer is a must-have product for me on a daily basis. I have tried SO many different formulas, some costing a couple of pounds, some costing £40.00+, and so I feel I have a good amount of testing underneath my belt to present to you my five favourite high end bronzers...
First up is the Dior Forever Natural Bronze (£40.00 for 9g), which is available in eight different shades, and I have shade 02 Light Bronze, but if you have super pale skin, there is a lighter one. The Bronzer comes in a cream quilted compact with the CD logo on the front and a mirror on the inside of the lid. Dior Forever Natural Bronze is a soft and lightweight powder that blends seamlessly onto the skin for a natural, long-wear result. The formula is infused with Wild Pansy Flower, which helps to preserve the skin's natural hydration and so it is super comfortable to wear and doesn't dry out the skin. Because of this, I believe it is the reason that it looks so seamless on the skin and there is no patchiness nor do you get an obvious block of colour on the skin. It really is a delight to use, and warms up my complexion beautifully.
As soon as I saw the Illamasqua Colour Correcting Bronzer (£34.00 for 8.5g), I knew I had to try it out! If you have ever used a bronzer that has an unhelpful undertone, then you will love this! The Colour Correcting Bronzer comes in a fairly large black compact and has a mirror on the inside of the lid, and then three shades in the pan - a warm and a cool shade along with a turquoise shade to help colour correct. There are three shades available and I have the lightest, Glint Light, which works well for my fair to light skin. This buildable bronzer duo has colour correcting pigments that help to neutralise and balance the skin tone and it has a long-lasting formula that creates a beautiful bronzed look on the complexion. It can be used with a large brush swept across all three shades, or individually. The aqua pigment helps to neutralise any redness you may have from rosacea, blemishes and sensitivity which I found helped me so much as I do always have redness on my cheek area in particular.
Just how beautiful is the packaging on the Dolce & Gabbana Solar Glow Illuminating Powder Duo (£55.00 for 13g)??? D&G really do make some of the most beautiful makeup packaging I have come across and it even translates onto the powder itself with this product. There is a mirror on the inside of the lid and then you get half of the pan featuring a champagne highlighter and half featuring a bronzer. If I am wanting a slightly glowy bronzer, then this is the product I turn to! This bronzer has a satin finish to it, if used on its own, or you can of course swirl both products together for an even better bronzy glow to the skin. The formula contains natural caring butters and so it is nourishing and hydrating on the skin along with D&G's Mediterranean Glow Complex, to illuminate your features and warm up the complexion. I have mine in the shade 3 Golden Sand, but you can also get a warmer option too. So, so beautiful!
If you prefer more of a cream formula with your bronzer, then I would highly recommend the Danessa Myricks Balm Contour (£26.00 for 10g). There are eight shades available and I have Light 1, which again works perfectly for my lighter skin tone and the Balm Contour comes in a black and silver compact with a mirror on the inside of the lid. This buildable balm is enriched with skin-friendly ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and replenishing Meadowfoam Seed Oil and allows you to customise the coverage for realistic depth. The formula melts into the skin, blurring plumping and nourishing, to create the most beautifully natural warmth to the complexion, so there are no giveaway tidelines, just an even finish that looks gorgeous on the skin. As someone with combination skin, my cheeks do get quite dry sometimes, and so if I overdo it on the powder products, my skin can look a little chalky, so that is when I reach for this lightweight, nourishing formula.
Finally, if you can't make your mind up about balms or powders, then the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Creme Contour & Powder Bronzer Duo (£35.00 for 9g) has them both! There are three shades available and I opted for She's Stauesque, the light option. The compact is rose gold and has a mirror on the inside of the lid, and then a cream contour, which is protected with another lid, and then a powder bronzer, both of which are quite generous pan sizes. I love how customisable this bronzer is, as you can use the cream, or the powder, or layer them on top of each other. The cream is dewy, lightweight and easy to apply, whilst the powder is finely milled and doesn't look chalky on the skin, and both blend and build seamlessly into the skin. There is many a reason why this product is continuously sold out, but if you manage to find it in stock, I would definitely pick it up as it is such an effortless bronzer duo, and looks super pretty and glowy on the skin.
All the Loves,