I am writing this with two fans pointed directly at my face, while the windows are open as far as possible to stay cool in the unusual heat we’re currently experiencing in Britain. Rest assured it will be back to its usual grey skies soon no doubt! Anyway because of this I have been trying to get a bronze tan, sadly I hardly tan at all making it very difficult to achieve this feat. I could try fake tan, however I imagine I would look like an oompa loompa afterwards, which would not be the desired outcome by any stretch. Instead I turned to SEVENTEEN’s Instant Glow Shimmer Brick* in gold bronze, an apparent dupe for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.
As a pale girl, many bronzing products simply do not work for me due to their orange undertones. Hoola by Benefit is meant to be good for all skin tones, but it is still to dark for mine, so until I can justify buying Hollow by Illamasqua I’m going to have to stick to a bronzy highlighter such as this.
You can tell by the packaging that the product is one from the drugstore, a simple black plastic casing with a translucent plastic window. It does the job, and looks robust enough to keep the product inside safe during travel, but you probably wouldn’t put this pride of place on your dressing table, as say you would with a YSL lipstick. (Are they not beautiful??) However, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
The product inside is quite pretty to look at; four shimmery shades that you can either mix together or use separately to create your perfect bronzing powder, or highlight. I currently use the top three swirled together around the tops of my cheeks or just the lightest shade as a highlight which creates a glowy effect on my usually dull, pale skin. The lightest shade is an off white with a golden tinge, the second a darker off white with a taupey tinge, the third a bronze with an orange undertone, and finally, another bronze this time with a reddy brown undertone, all of which are shimmery. This is great if you have a busy lifestyle as it is multipurpose; you can use it as a bronzer, a highlight and even an eyeshadow palette, if you wanted.
The product feels quite silky to the touch and is very easy to blend so it looks seamless, and you don’t look like a disco ball of sparkles…been there done that…never again… Because it is shimmery this is definitely not the kind of product to use as a contour, I would always stick to matte colours.