I love bronzing powders. I think one of the first beauty products I ever admired was Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder. I was 14, and my friends and I were having “makeovers” at the beauty counter of a department store. It came in a wonderfully glamorous compact but was far too orange toned for my skin and the woman applying it was wearing every single product Guerlain have ever made, on her face. Such were the olden days of makeup.
The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer thankfully, isn’t orange, but a natural bronze that works really well on my fair skin tone. There are a few shade options for deeper skins but the really big thing to note here is the scent. If you don’t like scented products, steer clear, like, really clear. This smells like sweet vanilla-y chocolate (who’d have thought) and is possibly the worst makeup product to apply the morning after a big night….But, scent aside, this is a great matte bronzer that goes on with considerable pigment but somehow blends into a really subtle bronze. It’s currently the go-to bronzing powder for my wintery fair skin, when all others seem too orange or packed full of shimmer. Don’t be deterred by Too Faced’s marketing that seems wrongly skewed toward a younger audience, this is a bronzer for all ages. It’s no surprise so many beauty bloggers have been shouting about this for years and I’m not sure why I resisted for so long. I can see this being a permanent, reliable bronzing powder in my stash for years to come. Chocoholics rejoice.