Summer may not have arrived in official capacity, but that hasn’t stopped legions of beauties from acquiring bronzer by the ton. The quest to look ever ‘sun kissed’ is more alive than ever. This season, the top beauty brands are getting in on the hype with a series of new releases.
Always one to put presentation above all else, Chanel’s latest bronze addition is shaped as the company’s signature camellia flower. The decidedly darker hue goes on with a subtle shimmer, and works better as a contour than an all over color. Some can even get away with wearing it as a blush.
Tom Ford continues the trend of his ‘clutch sized’ products with the release of miniature versions of the bronzers in Terra (semi-matte) and Gold Dust (shimmer). At a fraction in size of their larger counterparts (but only $30 less), it’s really a matter of personal preference whether these are worth it. Two of the miniatures would cost more than one of the larger bronzers, and still amount to less product. But if you’re one to carry bronzer around in your purse for quick touch ups, we get it.
NARS went big for the season, with an cool-toned, limited edition version of its bestselling Laguna bronzer. The massive compact comes with a brush, and imparts a decidedly neutral glow (not fake bake) on just about any skin tone. Like Chanel, this bronzer works better as a contour. It also offers the most bang for your buck, costing about $60 for more (.35) than the Tom Ford (.29) version.
Despite the universal sun-kissed result, bronzers are as individual as the people who wear them. We suggest trying before you buy (and testing them out in natural sunlight) because the right bronzer can make the difference between a glow, and a glaring error in judgement.