Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Review & Swatches: Le Metier de Beaute Blonzer

Disclosure: PR sample

Le Metier de Beaute's Blonzer is billed as the ultimate combination of blush and bronzer which is supposed to work for most skintones.  It's one of the products that's available in shiny silver packaging - which means, according to Dustin Lujan, who did my makeup on counter a while ago, that it's a product unique to Le Metier; one of their signature products.

The compact itself is fairly large, and rather weighty, with a large mirror in the lid.  The powder itself is a slightly scary looking medium brown, with a bit of gold glitter visible.

Thankfully, the shade is nicely balanced, being not too cool or too warm, with just enough warmth to enliven the complexion without being at all orangey.  The powder is also very, very pigmented - the swatch below is a gentle swipe across the pan with my index finger.  I can tell you from experience that it can be easy to overdo it with this powder on pale skin - all I need is the lightest touch of brush to pan, with absolutely no swirling.

The gold sparkle isn't really noticeable once it's applied to the skin.  There is, however, a very slight sheen and simmer to the powder; not enough to make it overly shiny, but just enough to prevent it from being flat.  Texture wise, it's gorgeously soft and blendable, almost melting into the skin with a quick buff of the brush.

A single dip into the pan, applied across my cheekbone, looks looks like this...

From this, I can kind of see why it's touted as a combination of bronzer and blush - there's a bit more warmth and pinkiness on the skin than there is with a traditional plain bronzer.  I really like the finish, too - it's softly glowy but not sparkly, and really just looks like healthy, sunkissed skin.

Would I buy it once my sample runs out?  Well... probably not.  At £36, it's an incredibly expensive product, and whilst it definitely does exactly what it says on the tin, it's not quite special enough for me to spend £36 on a single product.  If you find the price more palatable, and you love a bit of bronzer, you might disagree, though - and if you're still searching for the perfect bronzer shade, having a look at this in store might net you a fabulously versatile shade.

Available from Selfridges, both in store and online, Le Metier de Beaute's Blonzer costs £36 for 14g.  What do you think?  Too expensive, or worth the cash for the quality?

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