The Summer Edit // Cream Bronzers
Like most, I love using cream products in the Summer. While cream and powder products probably won’t last very long on a brutally hot and humid day, cream products generally fade away more gracefully than powder products. I’ve often spied sweat streaks down the sides of my face, blazing a trail over my makeup, and it’s when I’m wearing powder products that you can see the sweat acting as a makeup remover as it runs from hairline down to chin. However, when I’m wearing cream products, the sweat seems to glide over it. Not that most cream products have a fighting chance against my sweaty head, but like I said before, at least the fading is more graceful.
I thought it may be useful to share some of my favorite cream products now that it’s Summer (in the northern hemisphere, sorry.) And I thought I’d start with bronzers. Why not. While I don’t sunbathe like I used to, it still seems right to look a little bronzier in the warmer months. What can I say? I like to fake it.
The newest to my collection is the Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist in 5 Contour. For a “contour”, it is definitely on the warmer side. I apply it to where I would contour, and also where I’d bronze and I get a lovely glow and a very subtle tan.
For me, the formula is the most genius. While the cream stick glides on smoothly, it sets down to something quite powdery. And because of the powdery finish, it tends to last a bit longer. But it’s still a cream product so there’s no funky wearing away. I’ll use either my fingers or a brush to blend it in.
A similar product is probably the product I’ve had the longest - the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzer. This lives in so many beauty lovers’ vanities and no surprise. It comes in a tub with a massive amount of product. I love applying it with a beauty sponge. It blends seamlessly with a finish that could be considered a demi-matte. It stays put, and has a warm tone to it. It’s such a natural, no-fuss kind of bronzer.
Next up is the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate in both Intensity 0.5 and 1. I purchased 1 last year before 0.5 was released and quickly snatched up the lighter 0.5 when it came out. Both “shade” shades are great bronzers and contours. The tone in both is more neutral than either I’ve mentioned so far.
The texture is very smooth, and these don’t set down completely and leave a little bit of a sheen on the skin. For me, these products are more glamorous. They’re slicker, a bit more emollient and leave a greater impact. I love using the Intensity 1 when I’m going for something more dramatic, and Intensity 0.5 when I’m going for the Bronzey Goddess kind of look. I love applying it with a fluffier brush, like a natural undyed goat hair brush meant for blush.
Lastly, is the Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer. This comes in a squeezy tube and I like squeezing a stripe out onto the back of my hand and using a brush or sponge to apply and blend it into the skin. It blends seamlessly into the skin, and leaves a beautiful soft satin finish. The tone is on the warmer side, and a little bit goes a long way.
Here are swatches of all five on my arm:
From left to right:
Stay tuned as I’ll talk about some of my favorite Cream Highlighters and Blushes soon! What are some of your favorites?