Sue Devitt Gel Bronzer SPF40

Sue Devitt Gel Bronzer SPF40 I have been messing about with bronzers over the last week, looking for ones that are good for taking us into the autumn months. I’m “fall”ing in love (sorry) with Sue Devitt’s Gel Bronzer, which you might think a strange choice for autumn, but do let me explain. Autumn bronzers, I think, have to make the most of our fading tans and our healthy, outdoorsy complexions. But they don’t want to be loaded with shimmery gold flecks or highlights, because – let’s face it – if the sun’s not out, they just look a little bit optimistic. The colour needs to be buildable so that it adapts to varying stages of paleness and the texture needs to be kind to skin that will be going through the typical autumnal ‘changes’ (central heating vs cold-snaps).

Sue Devitt’s Gel Bronzer ticks most boxes and then some; the soft, creamy gel applies smoothly and has good staying power. The colour is warm but doesn’t shimmer and it’s absolutely buildable; you can achieve quite a deep retro tan or sheer it right down to the palest hint of bronze. Part of me wishes that I had discovered it pre-summer, but the other part is thankful that I have it to take me through to the winter! I apply the gel bronzer with fingertips, but there’s a sponge applicator included also. If you’re applying over the top of foundation (or tinted moisturiser) then perhaps wait for five minutes or so until your base has really bedded in before you start smudging about with your paws!

Here I am creating an autumnal look with Sue Devitt’s Gel Bronzer (and a few other SD delights!) – this is a still from an upcoming video, so you’ll be able to see how it looks ‘live’ pretty soon! It’s available from LookFantastic with free delivery for £31:


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  1. nicoletta
    September 28, 2011 / 8:03 am

    Oooh this looks really good, looking forward to the video. I have a emma kidd cream one and i really love it so im wondering if this is similar xx

  2. Liz
    September 28, 2011 / 8:34 am

    Good Morning Ruth!

    With my eternally dry skin I’m always on the lookout for something non-powdery to smear on my face!
    How does this one compare to the contouring side of the Tom Ford Contouring Duo?

    • admin
      September 28, 2011 / 10:28 am

      @Liz actually quite similar, but (ssshhhh) I prefer the Sue Devitt by miles! Mind you, I only ever tried the dark TF shade, so I need to go and stick my fingers in the lighter version! x

  3. September 28, 2011 / 9:41 am

    How’s the finish on this? Does it set to a powder or remain dewy?

    Can’t wait to see the video!

    Sarah x

    • admin
      September 28, 2011 / 10:27 am

      @Sarah it’s pretty matte – I suppose almost powdery, yes! x

  4. Whitecat
    September 28, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    How does it compare with Chanel’s Soleil de Tan Bronzing Base (i.e the creamy one in the pot)? I prefer this to powder bronzers as it doesn’t go patchy. I’m thinking the Sue Devitt one may be one to try. I adore her Eye Intensifier pencils.

    • admin
      September 28, 2011 / 5:08 pm

      @whitecat ooh, haven’t used the Chanel version in AGES! It’s very gorgeous, but I think that this may be easier to use in terms of the way it’s packaged! x

  5. le
    September 28, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Haven’t tried this. But love their gel consistency and finish. hard to overdo it. I tried their gloss and cheek gel. I have been using it all the time since I got it. Nonsticky and not drying out.

    • admin
      September 28, 2011 / 11:59 pm

      @Cosmetic Crave I haven’t had that in soooo long now! As I remember….this has an easier to blend texture, but I can’t be 100% sure! The packaging is definitely easier to use, I think xx

  6. Angelina
    September 29, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    I got it too and I love it :)
    It was not easy to find it in US but I bought it at Macy’s ;)
    Great product !!!!!!!
    Thanks Ruth :)

  7. Angela
    September 29, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    I must be the only one who likes a pale complexion! Hangover from my grandmother who said “farmhands” have tans. I’m always tempted by bronzed though. Might try this one though.

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