I was on the hunt for a new bronzer, and after seeing the reviews of the Tom Ford “Shade and Illuminate” duo, which retails at $77 dollars, I wanted to see if I could find a drugstore cream bronzer that lasted long and wasn’t of horrible quality. Enter Sonia Kashuk Creme Bronzer.
What it claims:
“This luxe, creamy bronzer delivers a subtly luminous finish for the most naturally sunkissed skin you’ve ever seen. The innovative cream-to-powder formula melts into skin and delivers a buildable dose of natural translucent color, while minimizing imperfections using soft focus technology. Infused wtih antioxidants and Vitamin E, the anti-aging formula will perfect over time, while protecting the skin with SPF 20. The weightless cream glides easily over the skin, making the formula ideal to enhance and sculpt both the face and body for a lit-from-within glow. “
What it does:
Seamlessly gliding onto the skin like a lush moisturizer, this product is nearly undetectable. True to its name, it really is undecetable. It leaves a smooth finish that looks just like your natural skin – just more sun-kissed and bronzed. It finishes off to a light powdery consistency, while still maintaining the hydration and look of a cream product. Never leaving the skin cakey, too overdone or muddy looking, this product is an absolute drugstore gem.
Let’s break the product down into some of the main categories I look for in a bronzing product and see how it performs in each:
I picked up the shade “warm tan”
I must admit, I may have the wrong shade, as this did show up very warm and slightly orange on my skin, however used with the right brush this does wonders for sculpting the face. However, that being said – this isn’t the ideal product for me to contour with. I hit the high points of my face for a sun-lit glow for more of an every day naturally sculpted look.
The packaging of this product caught my eye when I was shopping. It’s gold mirrored case looks like it didn’t cost 10 bucks at the drugstore, and the large mirror on it has me taking it with me places.
Like everyone I didn’t use the sponge that comes with the product, choosing instead to use my fingers to warm the product then go in with my ELF Stippling brush to blend it out.
Segwaying into application, this stuff is a dream. It blends out to a skin-like texture (which really is the reason people gravitate toward cream products) it does not move the rest of my makeup around and, albeit it is hard to make this look heavy on the skin, if I do make too strong of a line it is incredibly easy to blend that out and soften any harsh lines.
I must admit, I used this right down to the pan. I’ve not only hit pan on the product, I have nearly completely cleaned it out. I highly recommend this cream bronzer for any one who wants a natural look and doesn’t want their skin to feel like it has makeup on without wanting to sacrifice longevity and stellar pigmentation.