In my opinion a true bronzer should always be matte and seeing as we’re in full summer mode now, I think it’s time we look at which premium brands will offer you the best bang for your buck…
With so many highlighters, blushers and bronzer combos out there, it’s becoming less and less common to pick up a standard matte bronzer. With so many compacts containing bronzer, blusher and highlight all in one, I know a lot of people go for the multi-use type versions now, simply because it saves on using multiple products and buying them all separately. And I get it, I really do. But that’s just not for me.
I’m all about saving time in my morning rush – with 2 kids and never enough time, I want products I can throw on my face and rely on through the day. So I know why people go for matte bronzers less nowadays. But quite honestly, as someone with super oily skin, any type of powder other than my highlight needs to be uber matte to last the whole day. Otherwise it’s going to be sliding off my face, making me look so oily it’s like my face is wet, and well…it’s just not pretty. So for me, I’ll only ever usually wear a matte bronzer, unless I’m on holiday and even then it’s a bit rare.
I’ve tried many brands along the way – both premium and budget friendly and I have to be honest – the premium ones win out for me every time. As mentioned, my oily skin is a pain – and anything I apply as a ‘complexion’ product is put through it’s paces with me. So considering I use my bronzer to set my contour daily, it needs to be matte, matte, matte. With that said, these are the three I’d recommend if like me you have oily skin, or you just want a natural, matte bronze glow this summer…
Benefit Hoola – £26
The OG. The original. The one I look back on with happy memories…
This bronzer is one I have used for a long time, I’m talking a loooong time. And I never ever stop buying it because even when I find others I love, I always end up going back to this one. Hoola offers the most universal bronze shade – despite have very fair, cool toned skin and this being warmer toned as a bronzer, it’s actually really lovely on me. It doesn’t look muddy and it’s light enough and dry enough to blend really well. I find it sets a cream contour perfectly and the box makes it really easy to pick up enough product with a brush – and there’s never wastage from the fall out which gets a huge thumbs up from me. The only reason I use this less nowadays is because I’ve found the other two great bronzers listed here, but Hoola will forever be my home girl. It also now comes in a mini size and a large jumbo size too – so you can satisfy your bronzer needs no matter what they are!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer – £30
The first one to properly become more reached for than my Hoola!
I tried this by fluke but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer has since become one I’ve reached for almost daily. It is the perfect colour for those with cool toned skin like me. It’s not got that warmth in the colour that can sometimes make skin look muddy or like you’ve got a dirty face – no-one wants that! Instead, it’s a cool tone that goes on without bunching up and blends so nicely across the cheeks. I find it’s excellent to contour with alone or as a final step in setting my cream contour. I love the palette concept too – it’s sleek and fits perfectly in my make up bag. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills and it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve nailed the perfect bronzer. Plus there’s six shades to pick from so you’ll find one that’s custom to you.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer – £23
Fabulous all over bronzer not just for contouring…
I love that everything about the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers screams ‘premium’ but it’s quite a lot less pricey than other brands. The packaging, the compact itself – it’s all so snazzy and I love that. Plus there’s a selection of shades available which means it’s accessible to all skin tones – something Fenty has become famous for. I’ve got the shade I$land Ting and it’s another cooler toned bronzer that works well on cool toned skin. It’s got slightly more warmth than I expected but it works well to give a nice pop of colour to the cheeks. The powder itself is really pigmented so you don’t need a lot and one palette will last ages because of this. I think this range is great for those who want to use a bronzer all over as opposed to using it solely for contouring, like I do.
So there we have it – the three matte bronzers I reach for the most and why they’re all great options for this summer and nailing that natural, matte glow if you have cool toned skin. If you’re a fan of contouring with bronzer like I am, then I can’t recommend these three enough and I’m pretty sure you’ll be as impressed with them as I am.
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