Another top 10 Tuesday is back, and this week we are looking at Bronzers, Illuminators and bronze colored beauty products (Lipstick, Gloss, Nail Polish, etc) I rarely if ever use bronzer, even though I have reviewed several on this blog. My favorite is still the bronzer from Le Metier de Beaute...but getting me to use it is like pulling teeth. I kind of like my pale complexion...but a co-worker did call it "Vampiric" the other day. Maybe I should get a little color. Well if money were no object I have a list of the top 10 MOST EXPENSIVE bronzers on the market today. I have no idea if they are good or not, I simply selected them for their price. Any bronzer retailing for $55 USD or higher was considered. What I can tell you is that there are several good bronzers out there that are not as high as $55 USD so do not let this list discourage you from finding a reasonably priced bronzer for under $55 USD. There are plenty out there to be had. But this is fantasy, and it is fun to see what sort of prices some brands will charge for a bronzer. So let the Oooh-ing and Aaaah-ing and OMGWTFBBQ It's How much-ing commence. We will start with the least expensive bronzer on my list and work our way up to the most expensive.
#10. Le Metier de Beaute Bronzer - Retailing for a "mere" $55 USD this is the least expensive bronzer on the list. But don't let the "low" price fool you. The Le Metier de Beaute Bronzer comes in 2 shades that are friendly to those with darker and lighter complexions. I personally favor the "Sunkissed" color. You can read my review, HERE.
#9. Dior Beauty Nude Tan Glow - Again in the "sweet" $55 USD retail range, this bronzer from Dior boasts a "...sleek, round, silver cannage compact, and is accompanied by a mini kabuki brush. [It] creates a veil of color and radiance on the face, for a natural, healthy glow." This bronzer also comes in 2 colors. Dior claims, "Featuring new Mineral Prism technology, Energizing water, and a light transparent formula to create an energized, glowing complexion."
#8. La Prairie Cellular Treatment Bronzing Powder - For the "low" price of $60 USD. I really though the bronzer from La Prairie would be more expensive, considering how pricey their skin care tends to be. This bronzer comes in one color and claims to provide, "... a natural sun glow in a silky glide on formula rich in skin pampering, nourishing protectors."
#7. Guerlain Limited Edition Terra Neroli Giant Bronzing Powder or Guerlain Summer 2013 Terra Ora Powder Compact - Retailing for $69 and $72 respectively, these bronzers from Guerlain will always be stunning. Guerlain is known for their indulgent Terracotta line of bronzers, and these 2 beauties show they are still on their game. The Neroli Giant Bronzing Powder is indeed giant. About the size of your face, this bronzer boasts shimmering peach, bronze and vivid gold shades for the "ultimate" face and body bronzer. While the Terra Ora Powder compact (The one with the cursive 'G' in the powder) is MUCH smaller, this wooden compact with magnetic closure is "...composed of a pearly white gold and matte beige." to complement any skin tone.
#6 T. LeClerc Bronzing Pressed Powder in Terre Ocrée - Is in the middle of the pack at $75 USD. This too is an over sized bronzer to "...last all summer long." the T. Le Clerc bronzer boasts an "ultra-fine bronzing powder blends perfectly to bring a sun-kissed radiance to every skin." And for $75 it better, right?
#5 Armani Beauty Bronzer Palette - A palette after my own heart, Armani Bronzers make me swoon. And for $88 USD, there better be someone there to catch me. Said to have been "inspired by pleated lamé" This Armani Beauty Bronzer comes in the ubiquitous black sleek Armani packaging and even has Giorgio's autograph embossed into the powder!
#4 Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust. - Retailing for a whopping $90 USD. Many Tom Ford product prices seem inflated, and this bronzer is no different. Tom Ford claims an "...exclusively formulated mineral blend of sunstone, amber and black tourmaline crystals combined with unique pigments..." in this formula. This over sized bronzer will provide just the right non-sparkly sun kissed look to those with fair complexions. For $90, I expect it to be perfect, which, according to some reviews, it is.
#3 By Terry Soleil Terrybly Hydra-Bronzing Tinted Serum in Summer Nude - This liquid bronzer retails for a whopping $92 USD. This is more than JUST a liquid bronzer. This is a "natural alternative to self-tanning DHA. According to By Terry, this product "...stimulates melanin" with the "active ingredient, Helisun, rich in jasmine flavonols, ensures endogenous protection by reinforcing the skin's natural defense system. Vitamin E fights against free radical assaults caused by UV rays, pollution and ultra stressful lifestyles." I guess all that would constitute the $92 price tag considering that it smells better than self tanner?
#2 Cle de Peau Beaute Luminizing Face Enhancer & Refill in #13 Sand Beige - Don't fret this $95 USD "Illuminator" comes with the product in the compact to begin with, you just need to purchase refills at $55 USD a piece when you use it all up. This is supposed to be a highlighting powder, but the Sand Beige color definitely can at as a bronzer for fairer complexions. According to Cle de Peau this illuminator "...uses innovative light-diffusing technology to define contours and illuminate your complexion." Sounds legit.
#1 Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee Bronzer. The most expensive bronzer on the list is also the most beautiful too! At $138 USD Sisley Paris claims, "L'Orchidee colors and lifts the complexion with an easy-to-apply luminous veil that can be endlessly adjusted. With just one sweep of the brush, the complexion is illuminated and evened out with an incredibly light healthy glow. Texture - Ultra-light and ultra-fine, melt-away, soft and silky powder. Light to medium coverage." Doesn't that just sound delightful? Is it $138 Delightful? Well that's up to you to decide. However if I did have a lot of "disposable income" The Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee Bronzer would have a happy home in my makeup collection!
Oh I can't just leave you with these expensive bronzers and not tell you about some nice ones that are far less expensive. To show I'm not completely evil I have a follow up post with 10 Bronzers under $10!
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