As June 1st signals the unofficial start of Summer, I have been loving bronzed makeup looks. If you saw my Kiko Haul from April (here), you'll know that I have also been trying to find contouring products that I think will match my skin shade. Over the years of buying makeup, I have managed to gather a collection of mainly drugstore products that I would thought that I would review in detail today on whether I recommend them or not.
This cult beauty product, which I'm sure everybody has heard of by now, is my go-to bronzer. It's matte finish and easily blendable powder formula means it can be used to achieve an all over glow over the whole face, or a natural contoured look when used focused on the cheekbones and temples. It is a medium brown shade, so would suit most people either as a bronzer or a contour shade. For me, it is definitely too dark to be used for a contour, but I love it all over as a bronzer to give my face some colour. At £24.50 it is the most expensive product of my collection, but it lasts a really long time and it comes with a brush that I use to angle out my cheekbones - I wouldn't suggest using it for blending though! Overall, I would highly recommend this product to everyone. Benefit have also recently brought out 'Hoola Lite' which I feel like I'll be purchasing very soon too!
Soap & Glory 'Solar Powder'
This two-toned bronzer is another classic favourite in the beauty world. The left side is a matte, medium brown shade (a tad darker than Hoola) and the right side is a light brown shade with slight golden shimmer. You can either use them separately for different areas of your face, e.g. left side for cheekbones and right side for temples, or swirl it together to create a light and slightly shimmery bronzer for all over. My swatch is of the two shades mixed together. At £11 I think this product is a steal, as in effect you get three different shades in the same product. I would recommend it for anyone as it is does leave a beautiful glow on the skin, but it would definitely appear more pigmented on lighter skin.
Kiko Bronzer Powder in 104
This is a very natural looking, all matte powder. I use this on days when I've done a really lazy and quick 'no makeup' makeup look just so that I have some colour on my face to stop me looking ill. The pigmentation is average, and this bronzer is so old I can't even find it on their website to find the price for you, so it looks like it was discontinued. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend this bronzer, but I will use it up so as not to waste it.
L'Oreal 'Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette'
I have a blog post reviewing this palette already if you are interested in reading more here. If you have a similar skin tone to me, this palette is far too dark in my opinion. The 'highlight' shade is my actual skin tone, so doesn't highlight, and the 'contour' shade is quite dark with very slight orange undertones. Having said that though, the shades do blend very easily and they are both matte and long lasting, so if you have darker skin than me this is probably a good option. It comes with a tiny little mirror which is handy too, so at £9.99 I would recommend this, but as I said, only if you have darker skin than me.
Kiko 'Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour' in 200
This is my most recent addition to my collection and so far I have been absolutely loving it! I bought the lighter of the two shades, and I just apply it straight from the tube on to my cheekbones, temples and jaw line. I then blend it in with a damp beauty sponge and it blends like a dream. I tend to blend probably a bit too much as I'm aware of my incredibly pale skin, but it can definitely be built up from a natural finish to a stronger contoured look, especially if you bought the darker shade. It is a light to medium matte brown shade and for £9.90 I would highly highly recommend it. It is a great product to buy if like me you are slightly nervous about cream contouring as it is so easy to use.
Maybelline 'Master Contour Stick' in Light
In all honesty I haven't used this product that much as I love the Kiko one so much, but I thought that I would add it in anyway as it is a great product and slightly more multi-use as it comes with the highlight shade as well. It is very easy to use - once again I just apply it to my face from the tube and blend with a beauty sponge. At £7.99, it is such a bargain as well. The only drawback for me is that its quite dark so on me it is not a natural look at all, so I mostly reserve it for when I go out out.
What is your favourite bronzer or contour product?