Victoria’s Secret Pressed Mineral Bronzing Powder in Bronze Ambition
In my two-and-a-half years of blogging, I’ve only written about a few bronzers, and not a single one has earned a permanent spot in my summer rotation. Recently, I started wondering if it was time to splurge on one of the high-end bronzing powders I’d spent so much time drooling over online. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably lusted after them too (1, 2, 3, 4 even though it’s no longer available, 5) at some point.
But then, these two compacts from Victoria’s Secret’s Summer ’12 collection fell into my lap, and I fell hard. For the first time ever, I’m in love with a bronzer, two bronzers rather. Just to impress upon you how rarely this happens, it never happens.
Both Sunstruck and Bronze Ambition are neutral-toned, so that no matter how pale or cool toned you are, these shouldn’t pull orange on you. Last time I checked, I was around N15, and finding bronzers that warm up my skin without turning it the shade of a pumpkin is harder than sitting through the Statistics AP exam.*
*God, that was hard. Then again, I’m completely hopeless at math. I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to take AP Stat. I guess I wasn’t thinking, as usual!
left: Sunstruck swatched heavily, right: layered and blended
left: Bronze Ambition swatched heavily, right: layered and blended
While Sunstruck is a tawny, golden pan of goodness, Bronze Ambition is a neutral-toned chocolate brown. Both shades are incredibly smooth and finely milled, especially when taking the price ($16) into consideration. They do contain shimmer, which somehow morphs into an incredibly glowy sheen once on the face.
The colors are on the sheer side, not invisible or patchy, but subtle. They layer well, and I like how easily I can build each one up. Staying power is decent; while they do fade by the end of the day, I can definitely still see color.
And finally, a little aside about packaging! A gleamy, coppery-gold case and a zebra print pattern. I don’t think this could possibly get any more summery than it already is. The compact is made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and shuts securely.
Victoria’s Secret Pressed Mineral Bronzing Powder in Sunstruck
These are so good that I actually brought one with me on my Taiwan trip, where I very well knew I wouldn’t be wearing any makeup. I guess I just wanted to have it by my side, like a security blanket, only much more glamorous. If you have yet to try anything from the VS makeup range, I’d recommend you start with these. The price tag is perfect, the shades and finishes are spot-on for summer, and the texture is lovely as well. Obviously, these aren’t for people who prefer their bronzers matte, but if you’re looking for warmth and glow, then allow me to steer you firmly in the direction of the VS makeup counter. One thing to note: Sunstruck might not work as a bronzer for medium-dark skintones, although it would still make a nice illuminator. For those who want more intense color, check out the third (and darkest) shade in the range, Heat Wave. And if you’re pale, rejoice! I think you’ll love them.
Will you be wearing bronzer this summer? What are some of your favorites? Think you’ll give these a try? (say yes, say yes, say yes)
P.S. I’m back! Expect a ‘highlights of my trip’ post soon.*
*Soon being a relative term, of course.
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