Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01

Prior to buying this, I’d thoroughly scoured the Internet for swatches and found around … one, with not a cheek swatch/ demo to be found. However I’d seen enough raving about shades Bronze 02 and 03 to decide that I’d give this a try.

I bought this blind off Space NK’s online site for £25. This is the lightest shade of 4 bronzer shades. The Matte Radiance Baked Powder is also available in a highlight shade, Highlight 01. It’s packaged in a rather bulky compact with a curved top and a good-sized mirror.

Swatched on my arm in daylight:

This is most definitely a warm bronzer with golden undertones as opposed to grey. Here is a comparison swatch against my The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Matte:

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Left: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01, Right: TBS Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder 01 Light Matte

You can clearly see that the LM is much warmer and more golden compared to the Honey Bronzer, which is redder and greyer.

I really like the way this applies. It’s a baked formula, so it’s incredibly smooth, and glides onto my bare skin uniformly without patchiness. Pigmentation is pretty good, but since I got this in the lightest colour, it takes a while to build up — which is what I was looking for.

Left: Bare skin, Right: Lightly applied

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Applied more heavily. Please ignore my pigmentation and slightly visible cheek veins.

Overall, I’d recommend this to light-skinned people looking for a subtle, warm bronzer. I find that most bronzers targeted at fair people tend to lean cooler, so I’m glad to find a warm-leaning bronzer that’s still light in colour. This is great if you want to warm up your complexion but are scared of darker bronzers that might easily make you look stripy/ orange. The formula is also great — its lasts a long time, fades gracefully (being so light helps) and is extremely easy to apply.

This is not for you if you’re looking to contour — it’s best worn on the cheekbones, for warming up the complexion. I imagine that it could be layered over contour powder to soften it out, but this won’t do a good job of contouring on its own.

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NARS “Impassioned”

When I first saw the description of this on the NARS website — a “rich orchid”, I knew I would like this. It’s the exact kind of dusty, minimalist rose shade I often gravitate towards. I also saw this on the models at the Rodarte SS16 show, and loved the natural, romantic-yet-modern vibe it had.

NARS Thakoon SS16 Beauty Look 2

I picked this up for £23 at Selfridges, after trying it on in-store. Impassioned is a matte blush, with neutral, greyish undertones, released as part of the Spring 2016 colour collection “Nouvelle Vogue”, and has been added to the permanent collection. I feel that muted, grey-undertone shades like Impassioned work best with neutral soft summer colouring.

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Here is Impassioned swatched. It’s not very pigmented, and I had to swatch quite heavily to get it to show up on my arm.

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Impassioned worn on cheeks

Overall, I really like this blush as it’s subtle and wearable. It’s got decent staying power and the shade is modern and minimal, great for daily wear all year round. I recommend this to anyone with a more muted complexion, however I think it’d be hard to get this to show up on darker skin tones.