The Celestial Bronzing Veil: Megawatt Glow

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

I haven’t talked about a bronzer for at least ten minutes, so I thought that another recommendation was well overdue. For those of you who are missing my in-depth foundation reviews: fear not. I have about half a dozen of the things stacked up and ready to go, I just need to do that zooming-in thing that I do on my good camera so that you can see my pores. I know how you love to see a close-up of my pores…

But back to bronzers, which seem to be my 2017 obsession. So far this year I’ve been all about the subtle, natural-looking bronzer; the Celestial Bronzing Veil from Kevyn Aucoin is something a bit different. You’d think from the name that it’d be a sheer wash of colour (admittedly that’s what made me delve on in, I’m nothing if not a creature of habit!) but it’s far from that.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

This is a full-on glitzy-glam bronzer, but in the chicest possible way. It’s luminous, but on a megawattage level, not a “glow from within” or “bonne mine” level. There’s no healthy flush, no touch-of-sun, no barely-there: this is maximum bronzage with a hefty dose of built-in highlight.

And do you know what? I love it. I’d usually shy away from something so obvious, but every time I’ve worn this – without fail – someone has remarked on how stunning it looks. Note that they compliment the makeup, not the skin, which is usually what I try to avoid because it means that my makeup is more dramatic than I’m comfortable with; but regardless, I’m completely sold on the way that this bronzer shapes and brightens my face.

I’ve been using Tropical Days, which is a medium-toned powder with golden highlighting pigments. I also have Tropical Nights, which is cooler in tone with silver highlights, but I prefer the warmer version on my skin. Here are my before and after pictures:

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

You can see that the powder packs quite the punch – I find that I have to use a looser-bristled brush to first apply and then buff with something denser. Otherwise I go outside and find that I’ve sculpted my face like an eighties pop-star, razor-sharp cheekbones and all. There’s something very 3D about this bronzer, probably because of the amount of crystal pigment in it – high points on your face automatically catch the light, hollows look nicely contoured and shadowed.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

The overall effect is so glamorous and it’s surprisingly easy to get right, even for someone who usually tries to find the palest and most unobtrusive bronzer shade they can!

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

The highlighting pigments are noticeable throughout the whole powder (Tropical Nights shown above, Tropical Days below), but there is a slight ombré effect with more highlighter at the top of the pan, so it is possible to direct your brush to the appropriate part rather than swishing all around, if you like to be more precise with things.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Personally I think that the beauty of the Celestial Bronzing Veil is that you can swish it all about and still look great. I’m well impressed. I tried to capture the effect in natural daylight because it’s so golden and beautiful – here’s a quick snap from my iPhone, filter-free:

kevyn aucoin celestial veil bronzer review

(All my pictures are un-retouched and filter free, I’m only stressing it here because the image looks so filtered!) See how radiant it is? Just brilliant. If you don’t mind splashing out on a spot of luxury, and want a proper made-up bronzer that still looks sophisticated and polished, Celestial Veil might be right up your heavily floodlit street.

You can find Kevyn Aucoin “The Celestial Bronzing Veil” at Cult Beauty here* – it’s £39. I use the Zoeva Powder Brush to apply, buffing the edges with the Large Real Techniques MultiTech if I want more subtlety.

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  1. July 6, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I ordered Tropical Nights after seeing some of your recent raves about these! Got it at a discount with the recent Cult Beauty sale code and I’m hoping it looks half as good on me as it does you!

  2. Laura
    July 6, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Oh wow Ruth,im very impressed by that review and your pictures are making me seriously want to buy! Recently purchased Victoria Beckhams Java sun bronzer which I adore,but seriously tempted to add this to my collection!

  3. Chris
    July 6, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Ruth, you did it again! had to get this, looking for something to warm up my fair skin, plus have been dying to try something KA for a while ! I can always count on your reviews so I knew this was a sign Btw totally loving your insta stories

  4. Molly S.
    July 6, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I might have to pick this up. I love that sort of look on a Summer evening. I love Kevyn Aucoin’s face products, although I haven’t tried any of the newer ombre-style powders. Kevyn Aucoin’s celestial highlighter is still my favorite highlighter (although admittedly for it’s subtlety, not it’s glitzy-ness). Thanks for posting about this!

  5. Clare
    July 6, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    I have this and I hate shimmer/glitter in bronzer you know what? I love it too! It translates really well onto the skin, cue lots of complements when I’m knackered on the school run!

  6. July 6, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Looks lovely! I just want your cheekbones though!!

  7. Louisa
    July 6, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve had this for the last 4 months and I absolutely love it, been waiting for someone else in the blogosphere to pick up on it! I kind of do a draping effect with it and you’re right, it gives a filter effect on the whole face. Just gorgeous! I also love the Laura Geller Tahitian Glow for a similar effect.

  8. Poorani
    July 7, 2017 / 1:25 am

    I have been trying to copy your mascara technique where you apply so close to the roots and you get the eyeliner effect. Voila! I have been smearing mascara everywhere on my lids but just can’t do it right. You make makeup application seem so effortless and easy but when I do it, I realize your mad skills.

  9. July 7, 2017 / 9:06 am

    You look incredible! My skin doesn’t look that good even with a barrage of filters ;)

  10. stef
    July 7, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Hi Ruth! you make me want to buy both of them..could you do or add some more photo or review on youtube with the tropical days on and the tropical nights on…pleaseee ( there aren’t many review about them on the blogosphere)

  11. SomeGirlMel
    July 8, 2017 / 1:25 am

    Off topic, but I’d love to know what you think about the Sleep Styler if you have tried it

  12. July 8, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I just started using the new Guerlain bronzer, so I really don´t need another one, but wow that one looks good on you.!

  13. bella
    July 8, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    this is gorgeous! You look incredible!

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