BOBBI BROWN ILLUMINATING BRONZING POWDER REVIEW
Yes, you read that right... That pink thing is called a bronzing powder. It's the Bobbi Brown illuminating bronzing powder, in the shade Santa Barbara. I know, it's kinda weird... And I'll let you in on a (not so secret) secret: I don't use it as a bronzing powder. I'm not a fan of the full-on 80's clown look, so I don't go around applying bright pink powder to my forehead, nose, chin and under my cheekbones...
As you can see, I use my bronzing powder to contour. Or non-tour, whatever you wanna call it. I like a subtle look that just defines my features. But I also love a great glowy look, too. And this is where this pink "bronzer" comes in.
I don't usually wear a lot of blush, maybe once or twice a week. In fact the only blush I own (except for the ones included in palettes) is this one, and it's actually a bronzer... But now that I've figured out how to use it, I'm not going back. I use it when I want a sun-kissed look mixed with a healthy, active vibe. Which means I mostly use it in the summer, when I have a little tan going on and I can pull it off effortlessly.
Also, I only wear it paired with another Bobbi Brown bronzer (the bronzing powder in Golden Light). It's a matte one, so it's not too much illumination all over the place and they really complement each other quite well.
Basically, as I mentioned earlier, I put bronzing powder where you would put the dark shades for contouring: Right under the cheekbones, right below my hairline, and right under my bottom lip. I also add a tiny bit on the bridge of my nose, because the sun would normally hit there. Then, I blend it all in and add just a tiny subtle pop of this Bobbi Brown illuminating bronzing powder (in Santa Barbara) on my cheekbones.
The combination gives me a look like I just spent the weekend on a boat in the marina. Or in Palm Spring. And since I'm a huge fan of both, I'm not complaining, ha!
Here are a few things I love about this blush (I'll call it a blush, because let's face it, that's what it is...):
It's Illuminating + It's Like Summer In A Compact
This blush is more on the peachy side than the pink side and it has gorgeous golden tones. It's definitely gonna look amazing on a warmer complexion. Since I'm a brunette and I'm not that pale, it really works well with my skin. The golden illuminating undertones really make it multi-dimensional. The whole situation just looks like you came back from a summer vacation, as I mentioned above. Which is probably why it's called Santa Barbara, now that I think about it... It's just perfect!
It Blends Well + A Little Goes A Long Way
What I hate about blush is how easy it is to make it look dated. Like the 80' called and they don't even want your look back! But this one is actually so easy to use and gives a really natural look. Since it's quite pigmented, no need to use a lot. A tiny, tiny bit goes a long way! You'd think that would make it harder to make it look natural, but actually not. Since it's so pigmented, you really don't need to pile it on. So you can skip that caked effect, which is my worse nightmare. It also blends really well, so sometimes I'll just apply it at the same time as my bronzer and then blend it all together. Also, since you need so little, it'll last forever!
That's all for the Bobbi Brown illuminating bronzing powder, guys! It's definitely a go-to if you wanna hack that fresh summer vacation look. I'm curious to see who has it, who loves it? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram!
Also, if you wanna see swatches, I'll post them today on my Insta-stories, so make sure to check that out as well!
And while we're on the Instagram topic, if you have a picture of yourself wearing the Bobbi Brown illuminating bronzing powder, or if you included it in a flatlay, tag it with #thbrecreated and I'll repost it, giving you a shoutout. Make sure to follow @thehungarianbrunette on Instagram so you don't miss it!
Have a great week guys, we're already halfway to the weekend!!
Love, Jenny xx