I have a new bronzer to share with you that I’m super excited about. It’s the MicroSmooth Baked Bronzer Duo from the Sephora Collection. I got this baby from the ‘Escape from Rio Getaway Essentials’ set that they still have on sale online on Sephora’s website! It’s seriously a good deal. The bronzer alone sells for $24, and the set is only $36 and comes with the full sized bronzer, full sized self-tanner, 2 full-sized pencil eyeliners and 2 nail polishes. I’m a value set fiend and seeing this on sale after being $49 at Xmas was amazing.
As a background for you, I find that the Sephora collection of make up is usually quite decent in comparison with the other brands they carry, and much more affordable! The exception is that they tend to (not always!) apply a bit “cheaper”. I mean this in terms of a lack of pigmentation from powdered products. I have a baked eyeshadow palette that I don’t use often because it takes so many layers upon layers to actually build up the colour. I also have a blush which is a gorgeous colour but same thing- needs more pigmentation.
Since the Escape from Rio set was such a steal, I thought I’d give Sephora Collection another chance. Top photo is from their website.
This set came with their basic “honey bronze” colour, which is the most complimentary for many skin tones. They also have a “spicy heat” duo which is more pink and a darker, reddish brown. I honestly have used this bronzer almost every day over my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil!! I love the shade of it- it’s super natural and doesn’t make you look muddy if you accidentally use too much. I’ve seen some reviews where people have complained it’s too orange, but I don’t have this problem. If you apply any powder too heavily and with the wrong brush, its bound to look too orange/red/brown etc.
This bronzer gives a beautiful glow and I always apply it by using the darker side first to contour, then I blend it with a bigger brush and apply the more lighter side just above the dark. If you’re short on time and don’t feel like highlighting, this duo is perfect!! I also LOVE the slight iridescent look of the powder, as it is more forgiving than matte bronzer without being full-on shimmer.
Highly recommend this and even if you don’t want to order the summer set, at $24 these are much cheaper than most of the bronzer’s Sephora carries! Love love love!