Tuesday, 16 July 2013

New in & Review - Topshop Bronzer & Illuminator

Doing a last minute holiday shop I  had a very quick browse over the Topshop make-up. New in where some bronzers which I decided to give a quick swatch and what I felt was an incredibly buttery smooth powder which I could not leave the shop without!

Let us start with the packaging. Topshop packaging is always cute however it is now a little more classy having swapped for white plastic to silver metal. It looks quite expensive and Dior-esque. The two items I picked up were the bronzer in Sandcastle and the illuminator in Reflect.

The new bronzer comes in two shades: Sandcastle and Mohawke. I opted for Sandcastle as it was the less orange of the two and quite a subtle bronzer (for my skin tone). It is the softest bronzer I have ever come across, it is quite literally buttery in texture which equals in seamless blending. The shade is beautiful for light-medium skin tones as it isn't very orange and is subtle so you can build it up and use it to add a golden glow. It is matte with absolutely no shimmer. If you are looking for a good quality bronzer which isn't muddy and just gives a bronzed glow this is the one for you and you won't have to go spending a fortune as it is only £9!

The Illuminator is intended to be used as a multi-functional product, you can mix all the colours for a shimmery bronzed glow or use each colour individually for highlight, blush and contour. I find that it is too shimmery to contour. I think it works perfectly as a shimmery bronzer as it is very soft, not glittery and has a champagne shimmer so isn't muddy or orange. It would also be a great highlighter for darker skin tones as it wouldn't be too ashy. Perhaps if they marketed this as just a bronzer and/or highlighter it would have been a winner however it is a little falsely advertised as it couldn't really work as a blush or contour. The price at £12 is still relatively cheap for the quality and texture however is pushing the highstreet budget a little.

Have you tried the new Bronzer or Illuminator?


  1. Gorgeous tone, I love it! Haven't tried either of them yet but I definitely want to give the bronzer a go! Topshop make-up is such good quality!

    Kerry x


    1. They really are amazing quality, I can not stop raving about the bronzer it really is Dior quality but without the price tag! xx

  2. The new packaging is so lovely! The bronzer sounds amazing Xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    1. I do love the new packaging, it is a lot more expensive looking when compared to the plastic packaging from last year! It really is superb! xx

  3. These look so great! Love the packaging!!!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup

    1. Any bronzer lover will love these and the packaging is just sooo expensive. I am so in love with these!! Deffs a favourite from this month xx


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