Monday, June 10

Rimmel Bronzer in Sun Bronze and ELF Bronzer Brush Review

There are some things in the makeup world that I have never tried. 

Lip Liner.
Eyebrow Tints.
False Lashes. 
Bronzer. 

That is... until now. I have a stereotypically Asian face--meaning that it's round. So when I found out about contouring, I was really interested. Since I'm pretty darn far from being a makeup guru, I'll let the experts speak for themselves. To find out more about how to contour for Asian faces, check out bubzbeauty's video here. She provides really good advice on exactly where to shade so it doesn't look like you drew lines on your face. Equally awesome is frmheadtotoe's video which shows a good side by side comparison of contoured vs not contoured face. 

As for my, I made my first bronzer the Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze. It comes very well recommended. Others have said it's a matte high quality bronzer at a drugstore price. 




I swatched it and found it to be very light. Just as well. I think one of the worst things that can happen is dark, crazy looking bronzer. 

To use with the bronzer, I also got an ELF bronzing brush. I thought that it would be great to use the two together. 

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw the brush. It's quite small and not very fluffy or soft. 

How did I like using the two together? Not too bad, but not for me. I found the bronzer to be a little too powdery. I really had to remember to tap the brush to get the excess off every time. There was also a weird baby powder-esque smell to the bronzer. But ultimately, the process was just a tad too subtle for my face. It made a visible difference, but I don't think anyone would be able to pick up on it. I'm saving this step for picture days or when I feel like going the extra distance. Lazy me thinks it's way too much work for everyday.

Do you find bronzer to be essential? 

32 comments:

  1. no...definitely not. While I do think bronzer applied well can add so much definition to a face, for me it's a little too much work to bother with everyday.

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  2. Thanks Aki, i always curious about this one. I used the nars and it works for me when i want a little definition sometimes.

    xo
    Sam
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  3. For me, bronzer isn't really essential. (I'm already pretty tanned to boot.) I do however, use bronzer to contour my face sometimes. I feel like it's really useful in those aspects.

    Lynn | Makeup With Tea

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  4. Hi Aki, you know contouring is in my make up routine, I think is basic within mascara and a nude lipstick. I know your bronzer and I find it very good. For the brush I am using one by Essence, it is very cheaper and really good, take it if you find it!:) Kisses! xo

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  5. I think its the brush you used. Find a tapered brush that is quite dense or even a fan brush to apply your contour and seebif that makes a diffetence. I love contouring and really adds a lot of dimension and depth to the face.

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    annpaige

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  6. I used to use the rimmel one, but the case stopped closing properly and that made me frustrated. Currently I'm using the Ulta mineral pressed powder with the contouring brush from Real Techniques. Great combo, but it could just be my brush.
    I agree with a previous comment, the tapered brush might be your problem, because it's not that dense and a bit stiff. Try something that is both soft and dense, like real techniques or ecoTools brush, they have decent options.
    <3 Carolyn

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  7. I love Rimmel products but I've never tried the bronzer... I like matte so I should try it!

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  8. I guess we just need to find the right shade of bronzer for our skintone in order to have the perfect contouring effect. I've tried quite a few bronzer but most of them doesn't look that natural so I am still in a journey of finding "the one". I'm seeing quite a few raves on NARS Laguna so I guess I'll try it out ^_~

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  9. Ooh hopefully you do a post showing what it looks like :) I like using bronzer, but don't find it essential all the time.

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  10. I decided against using a bronzer on everyday basis because it takes up too much time. But I found out it's VERY important to learn contouring if you want to become a good make-up artist. I do funshoots sometimes and I do my model's make-up(not an expert MUA though) and I was really able to appreciate how contouring changes a person's look. the difference is very apparent in pictures.

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  11. I've actually never owned a bronzer, but consider getting one.. I might stick to blush only for a while though..

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  12. Lovely Post! Thanks again for your sweet comments! I love to read them!!! Love, Kyra
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  13. Great review!

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  14. i need to get my hands on bronzers soon

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  15. I always use this bronzer. I think its great..

    xx Mounia
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  16. I have a bronzer that I bought YEARS ago but I probably don't know how to use it - I apply it just on my cheeks like a blush.

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  17. i don't like that brush either! But I love conturing and shared it on the blog a year or two ago. I need to update it!

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  18. I LOVE my bronzer. I use NYC bronzer and it works great. However, I'm open to trying Rimmel - another raved-about product. Speaking of typical Asian faces - I've one too. It's round. It needs contouring.

    Great post. Hope you are having a good summer.

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  19. that brush sucks! try ecotools - such amazing brushes.

    i love my bronzer (when i remember to wear it). i have only tried NARS laguna and Tarte Park Avenue Princess. Both are such nice colors that don't turn my face into an orange mess or mud-face.

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  20. I use sometimes Rimmel too. Nice post. Have a great day.

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  21. Great review, thanks for your honesty in this post, I am not so aware about using much bronzer.

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  22. Thanks so much for your comment earlier on my blog dear! :) I think you have a lovely blog and this is a great post and review. I love bronzer and definitely think it is essential. Just a touch though for me and I feel like I look healthier!

    I'm a new follower now and hope you stop back soon to visit again or follow! xx Pip


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  23. Bronzer's not essential for me, but it's always fun to use :) I have and don't like that elf brush too! Great post!
    Penny Rose
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  24. Like you, I'm really fair, so I like to use bronzer to add a little color. I haven't been using it regularly for a while now (too lazy) so I don't have any good suggestions. But I definitely agree on that brush. It does not look useful.

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  25. i don't use bronzer, but i really do want to get one just to try it out. ;)

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  26. I sometimes use bronzer to add a little color especially in the summer time :) I'll maybe give a try to this one :)

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  27. hi :) this was my first bronzer too. i share the same opinion. its very powdery and it has a light color on me, which didn't work. i ended up buying benefit hoola which i can highly recommend :) thanks for sharing this.

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  28. Since you're using it to contour and not as a contour, I would suggest Illamasqua's pigment in Hollow. It's pricey, but it looks so natural on lighter skin tones. It won't make you look orange and I would use a Real Techniques Contour Brush to help you contour.

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  29. I used bronzer for the shortest amount of time and only b/c I got the bronzer for free. It's not an essential for me because like you said, do I really need another step in the morning? And second, I'm not good at it for it to make a difference. That said, if you are looking for another drugstore bronzer, the one I used was Physician's Formula. I liked it because it was blocks of different shades, including a highlighter color (http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/bronzers/03846.html). Love that I could create my own shade by swirling the brush in it. It didn't smell either.

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