Top 5 (sorta) Bronzer and Contour Powders
Summer is all about that bronzy glow, and there is a multitude of products that can be used to achieve that. But with so many new releases joining their many friends on the shelves, it can be a daunting task to find a bronzer that is appropriate for your skin type. So to help you along your way, I’ve compiled a list of my personal favourites.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – Medium/Deep
This was the first high-end bronzer (C$38) I’ve ever purchased, so it has some sentimental value, but that’s not the only reason why I love it so much. Out of my top 5 bronzers, this is the only one with a slight sheen when swatched on the arm. But if you look at it in the pan or on the face, there is no glitter or sparkle in the product. As a result, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer looks very natural on the skin. I love bringing this bronzer whenever I travel, because it is so buildable, and will look flawless on the skin even after I get a little tan.
Note: The product shown in the picture is a deluxe sample. This is the second sample I’ve purchased, and the first one I’ve hit pan on.
Wet n Wild Contour Palette – Dulce de Leche
This bronzer is the most inexpensive one out of the bunch (C$4.99), and the powders are so incredibly soft. If you’re interested in an in-depth review, click here. They actually remind me of Kat Von D powders, and you all know I swear by Kat Von D’s powders. This palette comes with a highlighting shade that is also great for setting underneath the eyes and the highpoints of the face (if you like a matte highlight). Although the contour shade is pretty warm-toned compared to the other powders, it still works really well as a matte contour/bronzer.
Sephora Colourful Face Powder – Los Cabos
As you can see in the swatches, Los Cabos (C$19) is not very pigmented, which makes it really easy to apply in the mornings when you don’t want to worry about powder flying everywhere. This may not work for those of you who have a darker complexion, but fair skin tones will love this. It is a very neutral contour shade, and will flatter most people.
Nyx HD Blush – Taupe
This is a pretty good alternative to Sombre in Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette! I didn’t realise until after I swatched them side by side. Taupe (C$8) is a little bit fleshier, pink toned than Sombre, but on the skin the difference is undetectable. One downside to Nyx Taupe is that it takes quite a bit of building up to get pigmentation, so I hit pan very quickly. However, if you have fair skin, I highly recommend this product for contour because the colour will show up on you using less product.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette – Sombre and Subconscious
I couldn’t choose between these two shades, so I put them together…that’s not cheating, right? I like using the darker shade (Subconscious) farther back towards my hairline, and the lighter one (Sombre) to blend it out. This palette would be the priciest out of the bunch, sitting at C$55.
As of most Kat Von D powders, these are very buttery and soft to the touch. Unfortunately, because of this, you need to be very careful when dipping your brush into the powder because if you are not cautious (we all have those mornings…) you may find specks of brown powder on your white shirt. Nonetheless, the KVD contour powders are incomparable in terms of colour, lasting power, and bendability. Since I tend to prefer cool toned powders for contour, Sombre and Subconscious are the most-used shades in this palette.
There you have it, my top 5 (sorta) bronzers! What are your holy grail bronzers?