At least every week there is a beauty product I become obsessed with. Most of the time, thanks to my job, it’s something soon to launch that I spend far too much time thinking about and I remember feeling like this about “powder in a brush” bronzer from The Body Shop years and years ago. I had decided I wanted to get a bronzer and I came across the idea of a brush that contained the powder within the casing; I remember thinking this was a genius idea and spending days and days thinking about it before buying it for myself. That would have to be at least 15 years ago and today I have some of The Body Shop’s bronzing products to show you, all of which fall into the Honey Bronze collection.
Out of the six products I was sent there are some absolute stars that you NEED in your collection if you’re a bit on the pasty side (hello!) and need some help to achieve that infamous sun-kissed glow. All the products in The Body Shop Honey Bronze collection are designed to either add or compliment colour and as a collection objective it has that totally nailed. I love the sun-kissed look, so I’ve used a couple of the Honey Bronze products to create my version of a sun-kissed FOTD below.
First up, let’s have a closer look at the products. I’ll start with the two products that I haven’t been able to use as they’re not the sort of thing I tend to find a slot for in my routine, and they are the Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for Face and the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. As I’m typing this I’m thinking I’ve written off the oil unfairly as realistically I could give it a try and see how I get on with it on my legs (since I’ve just had a pedicure ‘n’ all) but the bronzing gel won’t work for me as it’s only the sort of thing that people who wear light bases or go powder-free can realistically use. It’s the sort of thing that would look amazing over a tinted moisturiser and to be honest, if I was going away this year I would definitely pack this as it’s light and blends really well, so it’d be ideal for filling in tan lines from sunglasses, or even for adding a bit more glow to an existing tan; I really don’t care about high coverage on holiday so maybe I’ll save this and hope that I’ll get away this year…unlikely, but you never know.
Now on to the bronzing powders which are the most exciting for me personally as I do love me a good bronzer. Of the two I was sent, my favourite is actually the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder as it’s so finely milled and matte without a hint of chalkiness, resulting in a really natural finish that’s very buildable. I was sent the darkest shade which is called Dark Matte, not the shade I’d normally pick out for myself but used sparingly it works really well at adding a hint of colour. The Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder is the aforementioned bronzer in a brush that is extremely well put together, but it contains quite a bit of shimmer so it isn’t something I’ll make use of on my face. Having said that, it’s an awesome product to use on arms and legs to enhance an existing glow, or add a bit of colour and shimmer to pasty limbs. The Bronzing Brush is a little star that’s so lovely and gentle whilst being very effective at distributing bronzer. The brush is dense but very, very soft so it moves around the skin really well.
In the face pictures above, I’ve got the Bronzing Powder on cheeks, temples and nose as well as used as an eyeshadow on the upper lids and along the lower lash line. I’m also wearing the Lip Nectar on my lips. I try to only apply bronzer where the sun naturally hits and I think it works best on slightly shiny skin; anything too matte tends to contradict the faux tanned finish! All The Body Shop Honey Bronze products are available now. The Bronzing Gel for Face is £12 here – link – the Shimmering Dry Oil is £16 here – link – the Bronzing Powder is available in 4 shades at £13 a pop here – link – the Brilliance Powder is available in 2 shades at £16 each here – link – the Bronzing Brush is £16 here – link – and lastly, the Lip Nectar is available in 2 shades for £9.50 a go here – link.