Hello everyone! So it is official – my sun kissed summer glow is completely gone. Sad, but true. Now I am pale as ever and the only way to make myself look a bit healthier and glow-y is to incorporate some bronzer into my everyday makeup routine. Not that I don’t use bronzer as it is but as the colder months roll in, I get extra cautious with what I use. I need something that would add natural warmth to my face and at the same time something that’s a little bit more hydrating. My cheeks get ridiculously dry during winter so I usually opt for cream bronzer. This year though, I decided to get the oh-so-famous Chanel Bronze Universal but as I was reading reviews about it, I noticed that everyone raves about a Bourjois dupe. It instantly caught my attention and here we are today – yet another rave review is now live. :)
The Bourjois Bronzing Primer (£9.99) has a lovely mousse-y texture and it comes in only one, universal shade that’s matte. At first, I thought it would be a little bit too orange-y for my skin tone but once blended it creates beautiful natural look that’s more on the neutral side. I personally think that the bronzing primer would suit most complexions, especially light to medium ones. Really, don’t be put off by how orange the product looks in the jar, it is an entire different story on the skin. The Bronzing Primer is really pigmented and little product goes a long way. It glides on the skin like charm and it is really easy to use, which came as a nice surprise as I am not the greatest at applying mousse-y products.
There are several ways to wear the Bronzing Primer. Obviously, the first one is as a bronzing primer. You can apply it all over your face instead of a base or you can apply foundation on top and it would just add warmth to your overall complexion. I have tried both and I am have been quite impressed. The product primes the skin really nicely and evens out the skin tone. It doesn’t keep your face matte (despite Bourjois’ claim), so you may want to top it of with powder. I personally love the dewy finish it gives but I know that many people would prefer it matte. When I wear the primer all over my face I like to use my Real Techniques Expert Face brush and it works brilliantly. Another way to use the Bronzing Primer is as a contouring product or you can just pop it on where the sun would naturally hit you and add more life to your face. This is my favorite thing to do, especially during the colder months. What I do is just pick some product with my fingertips and dot it where I need it. Then, using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, I blend everything together and I am left with gorgeous sun kissed glow. I usually apply the bronzer under my foundation but if I fancy a little bit more color I may pop some more on top. I like that it doesn’t look heavy or cakey, no matter how much I’ve put on. Also, I’ve noticed that the Bronzing Primer is extremely longwearing and it stays on for the entire day without fading. Such a winner!
The only thing I am not fond about this product is the scent! It literally smells like chocolate-y fake tan lotion but luckily it goes away rather quickly. Apart from that, I absolutely swear by this Bronzing Primer. It is hydrating on the skin, could be used multiple ways and it is completely faff-free to work with. It is now my go-to bronzer and I absolutely love the beautiful worm glow that is gives to my skin. Definitely a must, especially during fall and winter! I am so pleased that I didn’t splash out on the Soleil Tan De Chanel because honestly I don’t know how it would’ve topped this one out. <3
Have you tried Bourjois Bronzing Primer? How do you like it?