Sunday, 17 April 2011

Estee Lauder Summer: Bronze Goddess Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder's summer collection is always promoted with photos of bronzed, glossy looking beauties lazing around next to turquoise pools.  As a terribly pale person, I generally run a mile from anything related to bronzing, as I'm scared of looking a) silly, as red hair and a tan don't really go, or b) orange.

This Bronzing Blush, however, is actually a non-scary, buildable bronze colour, tempered with some pink and gold.  Applied to the cheekbones, I've been finding that it emphasises the contours of my face, adds a bit of colour, and doesn't leave me looking silly or orange at all.  I suspect that this is down to the pink tones, which make this much more easily used by those of us who don't bronze regularly.  

The ultra-pretty starfish design is gorgeous - I had trouble forcing myself to actually touch a brush to the pan for fear of disturbing the prettiness - but I've now used it a couple of times, and the starfish is still well defined.  The bronzing blush is packaged in a plastic compact which feels rather heavy and substantial - and with the touches of gold and the hot orange outer casing, it's a compact that just screams summer.

Finally, here's a photo of how it looks on the skin - this is a couple of gentle swirls around the pan, brushed onto the cheekbones.  There's a slight golden sheen to the powder once applied - but as this comes from a shimmer overspray on the surface of the product, I'd imagine that it would disappear as you worked down through the product.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised by this compact - being scared of bronzer, I was worried I'd get no use out of it, but I've found it to be an excellent subtle, non-orange, buildable shot of colour, which makes me look healthy rather than overtly bronzed.  I'll definitely be using this a fair bit this summer.

Bronzing Blush compacts are limited edition with Estee Lauder's summer collection each year, and cost £29 each.  They'll be available in Boots and department stores, as well as Estee Lauder's website.

Disclosure: PR sample

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