Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin


Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin

My last post (for now!) on fair/foolproof/hint-of-sun bronzers. I realise that I’m at the risk of boring to tears anyone who doesn’t need, want or suit them, but at the same time I’ve been trying to work systematically through my beauty backlog and Subtle Bronzers were one of the categories I wanted to get done and dusted (excuse the pun) before summer got started.

Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin

So here: five subtle bronzers at various price points. We have, clockwise from top left, Tom Ford’s Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age, Victoria Beckham’s in Saffron Sun, Benefit’s Hoola Lite, Bourjois’ Mat Illusion and The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze in shade 01. (All of the links above go to my full-page reviews of the individual bronzers.)

Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin

The Tom Ford is eye-wateringly expensive but gives a beautiful, goldenish (but somehow matte) glow and the cheapest, the Bourjois, is a great alternative to both the Victoria Beckham and Hoola Lite powders. Something for every budget, I hope. Take a look at the short and sweet video below to see things “in action”, so to speak – links to find the products online are further on down the page.

Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age:*
Victoria Beckham Bronzer in Saffron Sun:*
Bourjois Mat Illusion in Fair:*
Body Shop Honey Bronze in 01:*
Benefit Hoola Lite:…*

Real Techniques Powder Brush:*
Real Techniques Multi Tech Large Brush:*

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  1. Lindsey
    May 22, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Your hair is lovely! The length and color truly suit you. And thank you for this video – as a fair skinned redhead I like to add warmth and dimension but struggle to find bronzer that is just right.

  2. May 22, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I am a huge fan of the The Body Shop one, but use shade 02. 01 was too subtle to make any difference on my MAC NC 15 skin.

  3. Missmouse
    May 22, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    What is the UK release date for hoola lite from benefit? I can’t find anywhere that stocks it. None! Thanks

    • Helen
      May 23, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Hello, I bought one from boots in Manchester yesterday. It’s really lovely.

  4. May 22, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    These are some lovely bronzers! I have pale skin to so brozers can be a struggle at times. Sophie x

  5. May 22, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Oh My Gosh!! When did that Hoola come out?! I love the original but this is brilliant!!

  6. Sandie
    May 22, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Thank you Ruth. The VB bronzer is very tempting indeed! By the way, your wonderful little make-up videos are perfect after a long day at work – more of these, please!

  7. May 22, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I love the original Hoola, so I’m excited to try the Lite version, for when I’m slightly paler!


  8. Gaelle
    May 23, 2017 / 5:17 am

    Lovely video !!
    The VB is indeed very lovely and not too orangy. And the packaging is stunning :)

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