I have to admit that I am a bronzer virgin. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am scared of the stuff. I've always been very pale (see below!) and I wasn't sure how these products could possibly work on my skin other than to make me look as though I'd been tangoed or that my head didn't match the rest of my body. No, I was convinced from very early on that I was a blusher girl - an 'english rose' sort. One that flushed naturally with a lovely pink on the apples of my cheeks.
|Okay, okay this is a terrible picture I do admit...but you get the point right?|
I did my make-up artistry training and used a variety of bronzers on my clients. I could see their benefits but was still skeptical as to the outcome they'd have on me. It was only after a bout of illness that I noticed my usual paleness has gone into ghostliness. A friend was on hand with Benefit's Hoola and I was shocked that what seemed to look like mud in the box came out rather nicely on my face. I bought some almost immediately and I've been using it ever since. It's completely matt and what I particularly appreciate about this product is that I can also use it for contouring.That discovery was about two years ago now.
|Yes, it's looking a little worse for wear now...|
Two boxes of Hoola on, I've decided that it is time for change. Spring has sprung and as I currently have an obsession with NARS I decided that a great place to start would be the well established, well loved NARS Bronzer powder in Laguna.
Can I really be a bronzed goddess? Erm, well for £24 I definitely hope so... So my first impressions?
Despite the satin finish I do not have a glittery face, in fact, my complexion has been warmed up - 'naturally.' Surprisingly, Laguna seems to be less pigmented than Hoola so perhaps more suited to my pale skin. I've applied this product all over my face with a big fluffy brush (I use Sigma ones) and just my cheeks - both look fantastic.
|Top: Hoola. Bottom: Laguna.|
Am I bronzer convert? Well, I don't think I am one of these people who will have many different shades or brands. Having said that, I can now see why it is important to have a decent one in your make-up collection.
What do you guys reckon?
Ciao for now x