[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I’m carrying on with the beauty calendar as though everything is the same – and it’s not. This summer (such as it is in the UK) everything is different and I honestly don’t think we are as interested in buying make-up as we were and in particular, seasonal make-up such as bronzers and highlighters which seem such summery things. I know that I don’t have the urge to ‘gather’ in the same way as I did and other than the odd exception such as the Carolina Herrera lipstick which lots of people ended up buying so my instinct was right that it was the exception, I don’t think anyone else does either (please do let me know in comments). So, I wonder about this bronzing collection from MAC which has reminded me (not in a good way) of just how different things are and actually I feel a bit sad that the cycle doesn’t feel as relevant as it has in the past.
I think perhaps the Strobe Face Glaze might be an exception too – it’s a very specific glass-skin look that gives a stylised wet-gleam to the skin that contains a bit of lustre within. If you like a dewy look, you’re in luck! There are ways and ways to wear this – a tiny dot is all that’s needed on the cheekbone to give an illuminated sheen that doesn’t look like you’re front-covering for Vogue. But, if you want that look, apply more. As much as you want really – if you like posting to Instagram, it’s a look that’s right at home there especially if you can team it with a swimming pool back drop and slicked back hair. I love it – I’m wearing it (in the small dot style) as I write and can’t help being a bit thrilled at the light catchy glisten on my cheek but it’s also looking pretty good on my lips in a peachy-gold hit way. It’s £21 HERE.
If there’s any bronzer that’s a suit-all, it’s a matte one. The Beige-Ing Beauty Matte Radiance Bronzer is exactly that – in a mid-brown shade that can be taken up or down as you please. I prefer matte bronzers – not that I wear a bronzer for anything more than a seasonal shade blush – because you can then use other products to add glow if you want it. It’s not automatically full of shimmer you may not want (or be surprised by once away from of the safety of your own home mirror).
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The thing I like about this shade is that it’s not too golden meaning that you can still wear it even if your tone isn’t warm. It’s £23.50 HERE. I should mention that there is a very good sale on the MAC website with some significant reductions (they also have a Try On mechanism if you want to see how the colours look on you) HERE (good deals on brushes).
Lastly, MAC Strobe for the body. This shade – Bronzelite – has a bronze aspect to it and if you already have a bit of warmth on your arms and legs, it’s a nice thing to add sheen to your body skin. It’s especially lovely on shins and shoulders but I don’t think I’d go the whole body hog myself (there are areas I don’t want to highlight in any sense of the word!). It’s £25 HERE. It’s quite a nice body lotion too – if you put it on before bed, expect to wake up in a cotton constellation ;-).
The first swatch is body (not rubbed in), second is the Face Glaze and last is the bronzer. Non-affiliate link is HERE.
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