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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bronzer Season | Bronzing with Vita Liberata, Rodial, Sothys & Revlon

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There is a season for just about everything, and while a dusting of bronzer can be a year-round affair, nothing brings out our desire for everthing bronzey like a little sun. Even as a devout sun and heat avoided, I dabble with bronzey hues come summer. It just makes sense, if you're one looking to fake a sun-kissed tan, or just add a little added warmth, bronzers are your bff.

Now, I'm not so much into self-tanners, or looking like I've tanned, which is what Vita Liberata excels at, but they do have two great options for those looking to get a faux-bronze on with natural results. The Vita Liberata Beauty Blur is a bit of an all-in-one option as it acts as a smoothing primer that blurs imperfections, adds a soft radiance and a sheer tan tint. Available in three shades, Latte Dark is said to be suited for medium to deep skin-tones, but as the tint is sheer and easily build-able, a little dab of this (blended well) works to add warmth on my light skin easily. The finish is incredibly natural, and a nice addition under light foundations through the warmer months. Also notable, the Vita Liberata formulas are always organic, 100% clean, vegan, and natural.

vita liberata trystals minerals bronzer

If powder options are more your speed, but you're after something a little longer lasting, the Vita Liberata Trystals Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals offer just that. The mineral powder offers a sublte, natural tan but with a unique formula that gives your skin a longer-lasting self tan than a one day cosmetic bronzer. It works with your moisturizer of foundation (that you apply before the Trystals) to create a subtle tan that lasts 3-7 days. As someone who doesn't usually dabble in self-tanners, I liked that the effect really was truly subtle and natural, but didn't need to be reapplied everyday. Oh, and bonus, these include a super-soft kabuki that works perfectly for blending and buffing the loose powder.

rodial bronze-tour powderrodial bronze-tour multi-purpose powder

To bronze or to contour... The ultimate beauty dilemma? Maybe not, but I think we've all questioned it at some point. The Rodial Bronze-Tour Multi-Purpose Bronzer & Contur Powder works as either / both. With a universally flattering shade that somehow is warm enough to bronze, but not so much so that it also works for adding natural looking shadows for contouring, the silky powder can be effortlessly blended on. I am not a huge collector of bronzers, but do use the Rodial contour powder pretty religiously as their powder formula just blends and sits on skin so beautifully. They're definitely pricier options, but are backed up by exceptional quality. Plus, the heavy, R clad compacts are so chic.

I am perfectly happy with only one or two bronzing options in my collection, but I do know what I love and the Sothys Bronzing Powder in Terre Lointaine (or Distant Land, en anglais) from the 2019 Summer Chill Collection is just that. The matte powder is on a little sheer, but totally build-able, meaning I can get a range of depths easily and not risk looking muddy or overdone. The hint of subtle vanilla scent also gives this summer vibes (it's a bit reminiscent of sunscreen, but in the best way) and geometric print add a bit of fun.

revlon sunlit dream highlighting palette
revlon sunlit dream highlighting palette
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Revlon PhotoReady Sunlit Dream Highlighting Palette 14.4 g $ 14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD

You thought we were only going to talk bronzers, didn't you? How presumptuous of you. There are clearly a myriad of ways to get your bronzey glow on, like with an actual glow. The Revlon PhotoReady Sunlit Dream Highlight Palette offers up four glowing beauties that add a gorgeous warm sheen and radiant glow to the face without being sparkly.

The first shade looks like a basic vanilla-white in the pan, but is instead an incredible white-gold that reminds me of  Becca Vanilla Quartz. The second shade is a more typical warm, soft champagne that is the sister to the cooler, pinky-champagne hue of the third shade. The last shade brings a soft, golden-bronze effect that is sheer enough to work on a pretty wide range of skin tones.

Overall, some really great bronzing options! Of the bunch, I've actually been getting a lot of use out of the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur and the Rodial Bronze Tour, but all have given me that but of faux sun that just makes sense this time of year. What do you think? Need any of these options in your makeup bag? What's your go-to bronze?

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