Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer - Breezy Bronzes

'Tis the season for the color bronze to take center stage.  This mixture of gold and brown on the skin, whether gained via artificial means like a bronzer or directly (and safely) via the sun, helps promote an image of health and vitality.  Besides that, it can up the sexy for just about all who partake in wearing it.  So with that being said, it would only be right that we take a look at some of the options offered in this summer synonymous hue.

First up is an eyeshadow from MAC appropriately named Bronze.  It is a permanent fixture in their lineup of shadows, is well regarded by many for its beauty and texture and is, therefore, considered to be one of their classics. 

Bronze is highly pigmented and performs like a dream; it's soft and easy to work with.  A swipe of this with a little bit of liner is all you would need to bring a bit of summer sass to your eyes.  And a smoky eye?  Fuggitaboutit!  This frosty babe will more than deliver on that, and how!

What about a nice bronze eyeliner perhaps to line and bring some light to the inner rim of your eyes?  Wet 'n' Wild has a nice one from their Color Icon collection called Bronzed.

Bronzed is an alluring golden-bronze that deposits a depth of color with very little effort.  It is a smooth eyeliner pencil that boasts a wonderful texture that does not pull nor drag against the eye.  And at just about one-dollar each, you're getting more than your share of bang for the buck.

Another cosmetic staple from MAC's lineup is "O" lipstick.  This coppery, red-bronze with gold pearl is ab fab and absolutely one of my faves to wear no matter what season.

"O" is deeply pigmented, feels moisturizing on lips and carries the signature vanilla scent assigned to all of MAC's lipsticks.  The gold pearl may have it looking a little orangey in the pic, but believe me - it's definitely more of a red.  And it is one of my must-haves that I simply must have (and get) a backup for.

This bronzer I threw in for good measure because it's easily accessible and easily holds its own in the bronzing department.  It comes in three shades and this one happens to be the lightest one.  It's Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer by Physicians Formula.

Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer is a combination of highlighting strips that run from a pale gold to a mid-toned golden bronze.  This drugstore find is soft and finely milled, and leaves a nice kiss of light to anywhere it's applied.

L'Oreal's tag line is "Because you're worth it!" and I can honestly say that the phrase definitely applies when it comes to this particular item.  It is worth checking out and ultimately purchasing based on the color alone, but it also performs well, too!  I am referring to their 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe.

Bronzed Taupe is exactly that.  This frosty, powder-cream hybrid (which applies like a cream, but performs like a dry shadow) feels soft to the touch and yields a boat load of color with just one swipe.  On my eyes with a primer underneath, it lasted all day and did not crease at all. 

And for the nails, I have a rich, coppery bronze option that you may want to consider.  This lacquer is from OPI and it's called Romeo and Joliet.

Romeo and Joliet is a streak-free, bubble-free beauty that is laced with gold pearl.  Using my usual two-layer application of polish, I was able to achieve full-on opacity with no problem.  It has a nice texture and lasted a good while on my busy hands, which I find to be a definite plus!

So are you ready to be a beautifully bronzed bombshell this season?  From eyes to lips to even the fingertips, your options for indulging in the sexy shade run the full gamut.  The cosmetic Bronze Age has arrived and is officially here for only another month or so.  Therefore, it's time for you to heed the call, take the plunge (if you haven't already) and dive right in! 

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