It was the the Body Shop Summer Baked to Last bronzers that caught my eye in store before anything else when they were released at the start of the Summer. They have that whole MAC MSF thing going on don’t they? We were introduced to them more closely at a blogger event in the Summer…
Priced At £14 each, one could easily argue that they are aimed at the same kind of market as MAC. So let’s see how they shape up shall we?
Warm Glow – £14
Warm Glow is the paler of the two shades and despite it’s name, isn’t actually too warm at all. A hint of pinkness mixed in with the warmer brown tones keeps this from being too orange.
Well pigmented with a fine shimmer, the above shows a heavy swatch on the inside of my wrist. You can see that I have to work quite lightly with this bronzer but to be honest… that’s the case for 99.9% of all bronzers I use anyway!
What I really like about this product is that unlike the MAC MSFs I’ve tried in the past, this doesn’t give my face any kind of metallic sheen. The shimmer adds a glow without being too obvious. I wouldn’t use this to contour, I prefer to use matte shades for that… but dusted lightly onto the cheeks? It’s a really nice warm (without being too warm) bronzer.
Golden Bronze – £14
A far deeper affair than Warm Glow. Golden Bronze is clearly more suited to darker skintones or those looking for a more dramatic effect.
I found the texture of Golden Bronze to be a tiny bit harder than Warm Glow, it didn’t swatch quite as smoothly either. You can see that I would struggle to use this shade as anything other than an eyeshadow but again, it benefits from a lovely sheen that isn’t too obvious.
Overall, I was impressed with both of these samples I was given and it’s not very often that I’ll say that a Body Shop makeup item is worth the asking price. I ‘get’ why it’s more expensive than other high street offerings… products produced from ethically sourced base ingredients often are. But judged purely on it’s quality as a cosmetic product? These are worth the asking price.
Also, isn’t it soon that The Body Shop start discounting their Summer cosmetics online? Keep an eye out ladies because I see that the Autumn blushes are out online (and looking flippin’ gorgeous!)
You can purchase the Baked to last Bronzers online or instore priced at £14 each.