Sephora Favorites Best in Bronze Deluxe Sampler ($39)
A sampler set featuring 10 of Sephora’s favorite bronzers and luminizers.
What it does:
Create believable, sunkissed color, year-round, with this one-of-a-kind sampler set stocked with 10 of Sephora’s most-loved bronzers and luminizers.
This set contains:
- 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Faux Tan
- 0.17 oz Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil
- 0.04 oz Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Bronze
- 0.08 oz Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder
- 0.16 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Polish in Bright Red
- 0.09 oz Benefit High Beam
- 0.08 oz TEMPTU RETOUCH Highlighter in Gold
- 0.2 oz Smashbox Artificial Light Illuminating Lotion in Glow
- 0.09 oz Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow Liner in Bronze
- 0.39 oz Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder in Sunglow Light
The kit comes with sample sizes of different products that is perfect for summer: bronzer, highlighter, nail polish, and more! My favorite product from the kit is Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder. I may have to pick up the full size version once I use my sample up. This is a great buy if you love trying out new products and want to find out which products work for you but don’t want to shell out the huge amounts of money. Not only that, these products are great sizes to travel with. If you’re still a little hesitant, you do get 1 full size product in the sampler kit: Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder and that is valued at $28. Come on! What are you waiting for? Get it!
NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo ($37) This limited-edition Blush-Bronzer Duo contains the incomparable combination of Nars’ Orgasm Blush (subtly peachy-pink shimmer) and Laguna Bronzer (sheer light brown shimmer), which have been individually touted for their universally flattering and natural-looking hues. This compatible pairing creates summer’s quintessential glow both with ease and convenience – anytime of year.
Orgasm and Laguna are cult favorites. So when I saw this duo I had to snatch it up. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it was on sale. Thank you Sephora Friends and Family. Did I mention I’m a sucker for sales?
Orgasm: a very pigmented shimmery/sparkly blush. It’s a peachy pink shade that despite what practically everyone says, doesn’t work on every skin tone. I’m sure it works on most skin tones, but it didn’t really work on mine. I have yellow undertones if you were wondering. Orgasm looked more pink than peachy on my skin. It also shimmered like a disco ball. I think it’s overrated. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a pretty color. I just think there are better shades of peachy, pink blushes than Orgasm. Overall, the blush texture is wonderful. It’s finely milled, soft, and pigmented. You can read about my thoughts on Nars blushes in the review section.
Laguna: gotta love the Laguna Bronzer. It gives you that perfect tan color that isn’t reddish or orangy. Do you notice that? That reddish or orangy tone that comes with most bronzers? I have to say Laguna will probably suit most skin tones. Be careful if you have a light/pale complexion. It can look dirty/muddy if you put too much on. Laguna adds a natural warmth to you face that will be perfect for summer and handy during the winter. It’s a pigmented bronzer that does shimmer. Overall, I will probably purchase the full sized Laguna bronzer. It’s not everyday you find a good bronzer. I can understand why people are going nutso over Laguna.
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer ($24) Our bronzer’s name is a bit of a triple-entendre. First of all, it gives you a nice baked, toasty glow without the threat of skin damage. Second, it’s literally baked in an Italian oven on a tiny terra cotta disc for 24 hours, then hand-finished by a factory full of motherly Italian women. The result is an ultra-smooth, sheer-finish bronzer that can be used wet or dry and always goes on streak-free. And third, well, if you don’t get the joke, we’re just not going to tell you.
Apply dry with a fat brush for a light dusting of summer sun, or use it wet with a sponge for a deeper St. Tropez shade. Because the formula is cooked, not pressed, the powder returns to a micro-fine feel after being wet – without glazing!
Another great item from Urban Decay and so worth the $24! This bronzer has lasted me forever, and it’s still going. I have yet to hit the bottom and it has been over a year. When the light hits your face, it gives you this angelic glow. It’s amazing! It doesn’t make you look dirty or orange. I can’t think of a dupe, because chances are, there isn’t one. There are 3 different shades: baked, gilded, and toasted. So you will for sure find a bronzer shade for you. It never looks to dry or powdery. Besides the awesome performance the bronzer puts on, the packaging is so cute! It comes packaged like a cupcake!
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MAC Magic Mirth and Mischief Fab Racadabra Bronze Face Kit ($38)
A face compact inspired by the fab-racadabra impact of bronze. Features Golden Bronzing Powder, Sunbasque Sheertone Shimmer Blush, and Buffed & Polished Iridescent Powder/Pressed in a sleek, square silvery-pewter compact decorated with a whimsical pattern of coloured dots on the lid, each one representing a shade from the compact’s palette. Limited edition.
MAC Magic Mirth and Mischief Hocus Focus Colourful Face Kit ($38)
An exclusive holiday compact featuring three key products for the face: Pretty Baby Beauty Powder, Peachykeen Sheertone Shimmer Blush and Sunsparked Pearl Beauty Powder in a sleek, square silvery-pewter compact decorated with a whimsical pattern of coloured dots on the lid, each one representing a shade from the compact’s palette. Limited edition.
I decided to skip out on the face kits because I didn’t find anything special about them except for the packaging. I still can’t get over how cute the packaging is! The face kits were not very pigmented (perfect if you’re heavy handed). Usually for the holiday, I want something that is pigmented so I can have more color in my complexion since I’m a lot paler. Other than that, the powders and blush were very soft and smooth. I had no difficulties blending and applying.
Hourglass Supernatural Waterproof Bronzer ($45) An extended-wear, waterproof bronzer that withstands high humidity and extreme moisture. Hourglass Supernatural Waterproof Bronzer seamlessly blends onto skin to create a natural bronze color. Oil free and long wearing, Supernatural is the go-to bronzer for swimming, outdoor activities, and the summer heat. Supernatural is housed in the Hourglass signature 360° swivel compact with a custom, PETA-friendly brush applicator.
Why oh why does this bronzer cost $45? I really wish it didn’t, but I have to admit it’s worth it. Hourglass Supernatural Waterproof Bronzer is amazing! It goes on so light and smooth. You don’t even know you’re wearing it. In fact, people looking at you won’t know you’re wearing it. It looks so natural. If you have pale skin, you don’t have to worry about it being too dark, and if you have dark skin, the sheer formula is buildable. The best part? It’s waterproof! Finally! A bronzer that won’t melt off my face in the California heat. I’ve tried it a few times already in warm weather, and it is waterproof. No streaking. No running. It stays put. The swivel mirror is also fun to play with.