If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down. But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer ($24.00) looks very much like a the famous MAC mineralize skinfinishes, so if that’s your bag… you should definitely get your butt to your nearest Sephora to check this out! What I like about the Baked bronzer is that you can use it either wet or dry, and using it wet won’t ruin your product or leave a wet stain/spot behind. I actually tried a coming-soon shade in Gilded, which will is part of Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 launch. Original shades Baked and Toasted are fairly uniform in color throughout the product, but Gilded has gold spun through it (very much reminiscent of MSFs!).
Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($23.50) is an ultra lightweight powder compact that goes on so smoothly and lasts awhile. I like that it comes in four shades, which gives possibilities to different shades to go for subtle bronzing or deeper color as they please. The compact is sleek and transportable, which is great for doing makeup on the run as I know many of us will be spending plenty o’ time outdoors once weather permits.
Xen-Tan Perfect Bronze Perfect Bronze ($28.00) is a velvety smooth bronzing powder that is designed to “never look orangey or pink, even on fair skins.” Unfortunately, as I’m nowhere near fair, I can’t report on the accuracy of that statement, but it does give me hope for those who have been hesitant about getting into bronzer because of the orange-effect.
Guerlain Terracotta ($42.00) is a luxurious bronzer (hello, it’s Guerlain) that is moisturizing and lasts all day. The powder is also supposed to help protect your skin against free radicals. According to Guerlain, “neutral bronze” is suitable for all skin colors, though the product does come in four shades. If you’re a fan of this brand and have extra cash in your wallet, this isn’t a bad item to splurge on. Though I personally find that for bronzing, since I rarely use straight bronzers by themselves, that I do not need a product like this (then again – it would last me eternity!).
Stay tuned for part two, with even more bronzers to choose from!
Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.
Now, let me tell you… shh, but these pressed Meterorites? Start saving your money, honey, because these are stellar! Here are some amazing photos of the launch!
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GUERLAIN | SUMMER 2008 | METEORITES COLLECTION PERLES
Météorites Perles | Light-diffusing perfecting primer, a cosmetic revolution. All the “light” expertise of MÉTÉORITES in a light-diffusing base with magical correcting and perfecting pearls, from Guerlain. Suspended in a cool, clear gel, the pearls transform into a magical base that enhances the complexion for a totally natural look. It evens out imperfections and gives the skin instant radiance. A divine alchemy that is at once make-up and skincare, it produces a naturally fresh,
radiant and healthy complexion. Delicate pink pearls, containing the new generation of matt MÉTÉORITES pearls, freshen the complexion and enhance a radiant glow without adding shine. The pearls also contain absorbing powders to neutralise any excess sebum, while a silicon polymer helps conceal blemishes and smooth away fine lines to gently even out the
complexion with a matte finish. Skin is soft, dazzling and perfect even before make-up.
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I recently tried out three Guerlain KissKiss glosses ($26.00) in Secret Beige, Rose Florida, and Fraise a Croquer. KissKiss glosses are delicately scented with something akin to a raspberry-sweetness. It is light enough that I find I don’t notice it very much after I’ve applied it to my lips. I did find that these particular shades gave me moderate color pay off, as far as glosses go, with no stickiness or goopiness. They applied easily, precisely, and really didn’t require much effort before my lips looked delightfully shiny and glossy. What I really liked about Guerlain’s KissKiss glosses was that they are incredibly moisturizing; as a compulsive lip balm user, the hardest thing about getting into lipgloss and lipstick was knowing I wouldn’t be able to repeatedly apply lip balm throughout the day. Having a gloss that is moisturizing and longlasting is thus imperative for me.
Verdict? At this price point, I can say that personally, my budget nor my conscience, would permit indulgences such as these very often, but if a certain shade comes around, I may splurge.
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You’ll find THE GUERLAIN WOMAN everywhere you least expect her. Playful, she doesn’t hesitate to mix classical with contemporary styles. Cultured, she never misses the latest art exhibit, concert and new novel. Gourmet and passionate, she’s a real connoisseur of fine food and drinks. She is totally alive, in every way. She works. She plays. She travels. She has brunch at the Bosco Cafe in Moscow, strolls along the Via Montenapoleone in Milan, shops on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, relaxes at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, dines in London’s Mayfair district and yet, when she finds herself at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan, she’s still dazzled.
Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eyeshadow($57.00)
- 400 Fleur de Feu (Limited Edition)
- 440 Corail Ambre
- 460 Rose Boise
- 461 Violette du Soir
- 480 Perle d’Argent
- 481 Bronze Dore
- 490 Cendrillon Cendre
KissKiss Stick Gloss ($28.00)
- 964 Fleur de Feu (Limited Edition)
- 960 Candy Pink
- 961 Cherry Pink
- 962 Grape Juice
- 963 Berry Pink
- 940 Vanilla Beige
- 941 Brown Toffee
- 942 Mango Fizz
- 920 Jelly Red
Available: February 2008 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Sephora.
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Guerlain presents one of the most elegant (and pricey) holiday collections of the year. First is the atomizer, which delivers radiant gold powder to skin and hair ($78.00). Limited-Edition Forever Gold Meteorites Voyage Compact are mini pearls scattered in a compact that can be applied to the entire face for an amazing complexion ($155.00). Don’t forget Forever Gold Kiss Kiss Lipstick ($27.00), which is the most affordable item in the collection. Limited-Edition Forever Gold Meteorites Pearls contains new gold and silver shades: pearly gold, rose gold, white gold, and apricot ($49.00). You may also want to dazzle your lashes by adding gold flecks with the limited-edition mascara ($30.00). Yeow!