Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you love yourself some bronzer? Only on certain occasions? What’s your favorite?

Temptalia's Answer.

I tend to get so caught up with blush and highlighters that I forget about bronzers! I love lots of things that give me bronzy glow, though! I think it’s an easy way to add va-voom :)

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48 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – Do you love yourself some bronzer?

  1. I absolutely love bronzers. They are almost a mandatory step in my routine unless of course I wish to skip the effect. My favorite is MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Bronzed. Wet N Wild also has a really nice matte bronzer but I like MAC’s a little more because it gives a pretty sheen as well as bronzing.

  2. dolce aria

    Never been able to find a bronzer that looked good on me. I’m freakish pale though. There were a few lighter shades in one of the Dior sets that looked nice, but i couldn’t justify the expense, since even THOSE were difficult to blend into a natural glow. I think thats just me though-i do much better with pinkier shades, and then just a faint golden shimmer. So stuff that you might use as a highlighter usually makes it onto my face for contouring or bronzing.

    Curse being pale! So difficult to find good products!

    • sprut

      I’m with you. I’ve never found a bronzer that didn’t make me look hideous but my pale skin doesn’t bother me. Instead of bronzers I just go for highlighters.

      • Avatar of Mariana Mariana

        Try So Ceylon MSF from MAC, I am pale too with natural red hair and it works great for me–the perfect glow!

    • Lesley

      Much like yourself, I have very pale skin. However, I’ve found that a Mac 187 brush with a good bronzer is magical. It’s all about the brush in this case. I use NARS Laguna. It’s scary at first, but the 187 really sheers it out and makes it looks pretty and natural. (*Even with the 187, you don’t want to load the brush up with the powder. Kinda tap the brush on the bronzer a few times and then apply it to your face)

    • IZzySA

      Try the Clinique Matte bronzers.. they are not orange and suit pale skins… I agree the Wet n Wild are good. I don’t like MAC so much because they are too dark on my skin. Stila has a good bronzer in various tones. The old Terracotta Guerlain is good but pricey too. I usually wear bronzer with a lighter color blush to accent… otherwise I look about two shades darker. I have yet to try NARS which I am told is very good — I will when I run out of bronzers that I already

  3. I’m a big fan of the Avon Arabian Glow range, really reasonable prices and really summery. Only works if I’ve already got a good (real or fake!) base glow though – for pale summer me the Boots 17 bronzer and hoghligher (budget version of Benefit’s 10) does the job very well. The Uk is great for finding more reasonable alternatives!

  4. NARS Laguna, hands down! <333 it! I’m MAC NW 15/20 for reference!

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  6. sam :)

    LOVE CARGO BRONZER!!!!!!!!!!!!! in medium
    it is my life!

  7. Tia

    I love MAC Bronzing Powder. I’ve used it for over 2years now. I’ll go through a compact, every 3mos. I’m an NC30 and the bronzing powder is the very last thing I apply and it works SO well for my fair-skin tone. I can’t live w/o it!!

  8. Tia

    Oops, I forgot to mention it was Mac Bronzing Powder in GOLDEN. The only one I use! =)

  9. Cat

    I’ve noticed that I use bronzer more in the summer months and nights that I’m going out. Other than that I stick to regular blush. Right now I’m loving NARS Laguna.

  10. G

    Has anyone tried the new Soleil Tan de Chanel – the 4 strips of bronzer with colors from bronze to pale beige (Lmt Edition) – Looks very cool – will have to check it out.

  11. viv

    I LOVE BRONZERS. :D I’m dying to try MAC bronzers.
    Even my blushes tend to be on the warmer side like MAC Enough Said or Everyday Minerals Launch Party.

  12. Emm

    I like bronzers, but don’t love them. For work it seems a bit much. Depends on the time of year though. My fave is Nars Laguna, it’s buildable which makes it great.

  13. haley

    I’ve never really been a fan, I tend to think that (especially on me) they just make me look like I’ve got a fine dusting of dirt on my face. worse yet is when it’s shimmery, as then it looks like oily dirt.

  14. Jody

    I Love Giorgio Armani’s Sheer Bronzer!! I couldn’t live without this now, it brightens up my whole face with not one bit of orange. It looks very dark but it doesn’t go on that way at all. It is expensive but it’s definitely worth it.

  15. ashley

    NARS Laguna alll the way!!!!!
    Love this to bits! I totally agree it is buildable AND its not orange-y as some of the other bronzers I’ve come across!

    For a matte bronzer I like MAC Matte Bronzer, Esp. when I do male makeup.

  16. claudine

    i use a bronzer everyday and i love it im NW15 – NW20
    my fave is MACs Golden Bronzer ive tried other brands but they were to muddy or orange looking

  17. HijabiApprentice

    I love bronzer! I’m using a NARS bronzer right now but I’m still looking for THE perfect bronzer for me.

  18. Sandra

    i’m NC40 – NC45. i don’t do any bronzer.

  19. Macfan1966

    I’m light skinned. I adore the Nars Laguna bronzer. I put it on every day.

  20. Stephanie

    I like using bronzer’s. It makes me look alive, and I don’t like to tan on purpose anymore because of the damage it will do to my skin. Currently I am using Too Faced Snow Bunny, but I really want to try MAC Bronzer in golden. I am NC30-35.

  21. Jennifer

    I love my MAC bronzer in “Bronze”!!! I literally can’t live without it….I use it every single day. It really brighten’s my face up and makes me glow. It gives me great color and I swear by it. I use MAC StudioFix powder with the 129 Brush and then apply MAC Bronze on the apples of my cheeks and to top it off…I highlight my cheeks with MAC’s blush “Pink Swoon”….Just lovely!!!

  22. carriespooner

    I buy it by the ton but never use it. I just swap it away. I’m lame because I’m really pale.

  23. I love my bronzers. I use them every day during summer. Bronzer + Clinique’s huge bronzer brush = <3

  24. Nicole15

    I am a huge bronzer fan but it is also the one product i have the most trouble finding the perfect one for me. i have oily skin so any bronzer with too much shimmer just enhances the shiny look which i don’t like. and any bronzer too matte, just takes on a muddy look. last summer i came upon Smashbox Suntan Matte bronzer. it was totally matte, it had a subtle sheen. it definitely worked well for me when i was tan, but couldn’t be used during the winter. i would like to find a universal bronzer that would add a healthy glow to my skin no matter how tan or not tan i am at the time. i just want a healthy glow, not an orange muddy look. any suggestions???

    • Nicole15

      whoops – i meant to say the smashbox bronzer was NOT totally matte although the name might indicate otherwise. it has just a touch of sheen without being too shimmery.

  25. Liana

    Im a big Nars laguna fan too! has just enough glow when paid up with Orgasm. Especailly great because im pale during the winter.

  26. Jennifer

    For oily skin try MAC studiofix powder foundation applied with a brush & then MAC’s bronzer pick a sade (my favorite is “Bronze”). Both products are great for oily skin and have talc to minimize shine. I’m particulary oily and both products work wonders for me.

    • Nicole15

      Jennifer – thanks for the tip. i used studiofix for years when i was younger & strayed away from it at some point, but it did always control my shine. i think it’s time to go back & also try out the MAC bronzers. Thanks!!!

  27. Michelle

    The one and Only bronzer I’ve ever used is NARS laguna. It really is my HG bronzer. I’ve been using it for about 4-5 years now. It gives me a great glow in the winter when I’m pale and adds to my tan in the summer… I can’t say enough about it. I love it!!

  28. I love it in spring and summer. The only one I have and I love it. Is MAC bronzing powder in Golden.

  29. Tekoa

    I tend to avoid bronzers because I love my inner vampire (aka pale skin dark brown hair. Tanning of any kind horrifies me. I salute those who go the way of the Golden Goddess but it isn’t for me.

  30. mm

    As one of the pale (NC15 is usually a tad dark for me) bronzer has always made me look muddy and dirty. I’ve had the best luck with Guerlain’s lightest bronzer, MAC Solar Riche and using a Med Plus or Med Dark Mineralize Skinfinish. I mainly use it to just add a little contour. Most of the time I just use a Beauty Powder. I got 2 Tahitian Sands from Hello Kitty because it’s perfect to give me a little glow without making me darker.

  31. I love bronzer! I am pretty light so I like anything that gives me color! I also use sunless tanning, and I refuse to put it on my face, so I will use a bronzer to make my face match the rest of myself! My favorite bronzer right now is the LORAC bronzer in the Hot Flash Blush/Bronzer Duo; however, I am currently looking for a new bronzer for the summer that will hopefully become my new fave!!!
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  32. CeeBee

    I like me some bronzer! Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte is good for a subtle hint, Bourjois do another matte one (that smells like jaffa!)that is perfectly acceptable, the Smashbox Soft Lights in Dusk is fabulous as a multi-purpose – the colours can be used individually as eyeshadows – and adds just the right amount of glow but the one I fell completely and utterly in *love* with was Stila’s Sun Highlighting Powder – I opened it, marvelled at the gorgeous shimmery goodness, used it and then immediately went out and bought a back up. Lasts for ages too, because you only need a teeny tiny dusting to get that sublime glow!

  33. Selene

    i would die without my nars laguna!
    i’m fair, but even with a normal brush (i like using a flat complexion brush) it looks so natural and glowy!

  34. honeybrown1976

    Not too fond of them. But, I don’t really think I need one. I’m bronze already, :)

  35. lina

    dior bronzer is good..lasts FOREVER!!
    i want to try guerlain’s next…

  36. Katya

    Always have to have a bronzer, they just give that cute glow to ur skin

  37. Chiefy

    NARS Laguna, a must have!

  38. Erin

    I LOOOOVE bronzers. I can’t wait for Style Warriors due to all of the bronzing options LOL.
    My current favorite bronzer is Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Hotel Heiress or something like that. I love it and wear it every day, it’s very natural looking.

  39. Sarah

    heart bronzer!
    i’m not a major fan of elizabeth arden but i am lemming for their annual – summertime limited edition bronzers that come with the free matching kabuki brush, they are a decent price, and i get loyalty points for them.
    i’m going to get this year’s version too which looks even hotter than all the rest they’ve had, even 2007′s gorgeous summer collection.

    i love lancome’s star bronzer but this year i’m going to splash out on guerlain’s LE and also both of mac’s style warriors – so excited. mac’s honey collection has some bronzey matt looking powders too which i know i’ll be getting for their cute honeycomb look. i’ll be swimming in bronzers at this rate!

  40. Nina

    I LOVE Bronzer! I use MAC Refined Deeper Bronzer.
    I’m NW50 and it adds that extra needed glow to my skin.
    I don’t really need foundation because it makes me look
    washed out, have a caked face, or sometimes just plain ashy.
    Plus my skin doesn’t have too many discolorations I need to even
    out and foundation usually ends up making the unneeded breakouts happen.
    So I use bronzer just where the natural highlights of my skin
    are and it works so perfectly and it’s the only thing I use on
    my face. I’m done this in the winter but it looks very good in
    the summer when I start getting the darker “tan” on.

  41. Mikki

    I happened to use bronzers, but lately I’m loving my pale skin so I only apply blush, because I have like no pigment in my face. I don’t have red/pink/orange cheeks naturally! :(

  42. aeys1

    I almost always use it to contour (lightly). Very nice to look sunkissed when one is trying to avoid the sun!