The Perfect Warm Bronzed Look
Friday, June 27, 2014
I can’t believe I had until recently never tried any of the The Body Shop's Shimmer Cubes. Definitely one of their cult make-up products, I never really gave in as I wondered why I’d want four separate little jars of shimmer bombs. What I didn’t know is that these aren’t glitter disasters at all - they’re slightly shimmery and very wearable. I didn’t even feel the need to bring in a matte shade, which is the ultimate test for any all-shimmer palette. As any brand does, The Body Shop introduced some new things for Spring and this little palette (suitably called ‘Spring Bronze’) is their prettiest addition this season.
Although in theory it sounds nice to be able to take each separate shade with you, it’d probably be easier to just have all shades in the same container. The only reason I’m not complaining is how nifty it is - it’s quite unique. This quad contains four beautiful warm bronzy shades: Rich Espresso, Burnished Gold, Dusty Fawn & Warm Copper. They all work perfectly well together - which resulted in this look I did. Warm Copper combines beautifully with Rich Espresso to a beautiful bronzey brown, while Burnished Gold is just absolutely magnificent to use on the center of the moving eyelid. Dusty Fawn is the perfect highlighter to use on the inner corners of the eye and really opens up the whole look. All of them are very easy to blend and quite pigmented. The only downside is that these do lose most of their intensity during the course of your day/evening when you don’t use a primer - so be ready to use yours.
For the rest of the look I used some Estée Lauder’s new Double Wear Stay-In Place Brow Lift Duo in the shade Black Brown, which is a very nice brow pencil with a nearly perfect shade for me. On my lashes, I used Clinique’s Lash Power Feathering Mascara which gives amazing results - I find it hard to hate any Clinique mascaras. To warm up my face I used the MAC Cosmetics Sculpting Powder in Sculpt (from the Maleficent collection), and then topped my cheeks off with Clinique’s Cheek Pop in 01 Ginger Pop. For my base I used Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium 2 (although I’m still not sure whether I like it on me) and Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Milk Aquarelle foundation in Almond Milk Parfait - which was pretty okay on my skin although I did spot some dryness around my nose. And to make it all fun and dainty, I used one of the very pretty new Chanel Summer glosses in the shade 188 Sunny.
These Shimmer Cubes contain quite some product with 3.5 grams per shade, and retail for €22.00. Although this one has been created especially to launch this Spring, I don’t think it’s limited edition.