What are your deal-breakers when it comes to bronzer?

I like redder, rustier tones, so anything more orange or too golden I won’t reach for. While I like both matte and shimmery bronzer, as I rarely wear bronzer all-over and tend to wear it as a semi-blush/contour so some shimmer is usually welcome.

— Christine


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Veronica Avatar

Anything that is too orange or can’t be blended or sheered out is a NO. I’m fair, NC15, and bronzers can be tricky or very intense on me. The best ones are those that give me a natural flush, such as Bobbi Brown Telluride, which has a little red in it, so it is most natural for me. I do turn red in the sun!

Nancy T Avatar

1.) Unnatural appearance on my skintone. As in; Orange. I prefer either a reddish or golden undertone that looks like it came from the sun.
2.) Dusty or too dry looking on my skin.
3.) Applies too opaque or too matte to look like it could be natural.
4.) Streaky, patchy application.
5.) To reiterate: Orange. I don’t want to look like a Cheeto!

Heather Avatar

I also like a bronzer with a red/rosy undertone, something that truly mimi is a bit of sunkissed look. I prefer a slight sheen in terms of finish, nothing flat or powdery but also nothing shimmery. My two most reached for bronzers are: e.l.f. Primer Infused Bronzer in Forever Sunkissed and Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer.

indoorkitty Avatar

I deeply dislike when they pull yellow, which come to think of it many bronzers do. that tone makes me look so sallow, like an ancient piece of parchment. I love bronzers that pull red or pink, I find them to be the most flattering on most skin tones, I don’t know why there aren’t more of them. when it comes to shine factor I much prefer sheeny/glowy bronzers, pure matte does not appeal to me at all as it makes me look desiccated. so all in all my personal preference is red/pink leaning and glowy/cream.

Latika Archuleta Avatar

I’m a NC 40-42 or Pat McGrath #15 and I discover bronzer by watching Desi Perkins on YouTube . Mac “give me sun” changed my life. I loved how it changed my make up and literally gave my make up new life. It is still pretty much my favorite but I love the Mac Delphic bronzer in the face quad they can’t out with over Christmas .
Deal breakers are to grey/ dusty or to red
Chalky not blending well
What I look for in a bronzer is if it blends smoothly has a nice warm tone , some staying power and I love some shimmer. My faves are of course the Mac then I enjoy the Chanel de Soleil I found Trish McEvoy makes a lovely bronzer as well and I have the Armani loose bronzer that’s very pretty

Teasha Avatar

The fact that it’s bronzer is a dealbreaker for me. I’m very pale. I don’t tan from the sun, I burn then stay pale. I unfortunately grew up with heavy contouring & bronzing. It took me years to realize if I don’t tan in the sun, how does it make sense to apply a product to mimic a tan? It doesn’t. Bronzer makes me look crazy.

angela Avatar

Most of you mentioned red undertones. I actually look for a golden or yellow. I am fair with warm undertones and My complexion is prone to redness and darker than rest of my body.
I like both matte and shimmer bronzers but avoid ones with red and orange. Also, i don’t like too loose, soft formulas but the ones that are more tightly pressed and buildable, creamier.

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