This gorgeous croc-inspired compact delivers a unique multi-reflective bronze finish that illuminates the skin with sophisticated sheen. The silky, ultra soft formula hydrates and smoothes the skin to protect against dryness, offers sheer buildable coverage, blends easily for a refined finish and lasts up to 12 hours without fading.
Sonia Kashuk’s new Illuminating Bronzer is crocodile-inspired and is part of the company’s Summer 2012 launch.
This bronzer comes in a round, plastic compact with a flip-up top and see-through lid. The compact is bronze and the pan inside is embossed with a crocodile-skin design.
There is a second compartment underneath the pan that holds a brush and mirror.
Goddess is a medium-deep coppery bronze with a liquid-metal finish.
The Illuminating Bronzer has the same formula as MAC’s In Extra Dimension Highlighters. In fact, Goddess is a slightly lighter version of MAC’s In Extra Dimension Highlighter in Glorify.
The formula feels completely dry in the pan, but transfers onto the skin the way a regular powder would. Unlike the In Extra Dimension powders, though, Goddess doesn’t glide over the skin as smoothly. It also doesn’t have the same level of effortless blendability and can look patchy if you don’t take extra time to blend. The color does leave an extremely finely-milled sheen to the skin.
I also find that this formula doesn’t last as long. The color seemed to lose its vibrancy after 4 hours of wear.
I really expected to like this bronzer. And while I do think it’s a good alternative to (or “dupe” of) the $29.00 MAC counter-part, it just didn’t have the effortlessness and wow-factor that I found with the In Extra Dimension powders.
As a side-note, you can definitely use this product as an eyeshadow for an intense metallic-finish color.
Ease of Use: 8.5/10
I found myself taking more time to blend out this powder and make it even over the skin than I had to with the In Extra Dimension Highlighters.
For $12.99 you get 7 grams (0.24 ounces) of product.
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