Iconic London Sunset Bronze Sheer Bronzer Review & Swatches
Iconic London Sunset Bronze Sheer Bronze ($27.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a deep, purplish-brown with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish (given time to set). It had a lightweight texture that was cool, watery, and very spreadable.
It provided sheer coverage in a single application, and it didn’t matter if I applied a thicker layer or not. Using more was usually not the best option because the product simply spread out over a broader area than intended. It was buildable if I added a second layer after the first had dried. The liquid bronzer was equally easy to apply directly to the skin and when placed over foundation. It lasted for seven and a half hours before clearly starting to fade.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$27.00/0.42 oz. - $64.29 Per Ounce
The liquid bronzer is supposed to have a "gel-to-watercolour formula" with buildable coverage. The characterstic that will make or break whether this is a go-to is in the name: sheer. It ended up have incredibly sheer coverage--a veil, indeed!--applied, though it could be built up after waiting for each layer to drydown. The formula was less dewy than I expected and had a more full-on drydown, but it was conducive to building up product.
The consistency was thin, watery with some susbstance to it (the "gel" feel) and spreadable. I liked applying some to the back of my hand, then gently tapping a small amount to my skin and going back for more as necessary. The formula dried down in about 10 to 15 seconds, faster when less product was used (and more didn't give more coverage, just required one to spread it out across a larger area).
Once in place, the product lasted between seven and eight hours on me.
Browse all of our Iconic London Sheer Bronze swatches.
Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Talc, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Potassium Sorbate, Polysilicone-11, Dimethiconol, Benzoic Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Marrubium Vulgare Extract, Citric Acid, Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).
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Sunset Bronze definitely seems to be an excellent option for deeper skintones! It’s always refreshing to see brands have really nicely formulated face products geared towards not just light-medium or medium skintones, but also those on both of the opposite ends of the human genome spectrum, as well.