Friday, 13 May 2011
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Swatches & Review
As you may recall, we went to the launch of The Body Shop's new Honey Bronze line which was presented to us by international make-up artist Karim Sattar. The special ingredient is, as you may have already guessed, honey and, as one of nature's best moisturisers, it is used in the range to keep skin looking and feeling smooth and to ensure and even and natural-looking bronzed complexion. We received a few of the products to test out and, while it's been hard to play with everything, I think I have a good idea about each of the products!
First up is the Shimmering Dry Oil. This is a lightweight, shimmering, bronze-coloured oil that has a dry finish so you don't end up looking greasy or feel sticky. I find that even for my palest of pale skin, this is not too dark and the shimmer is beautiful. The scent, as with all of the products in the range, is a light honey smell, nothing too overpowering but, which lasts all day. The packaging is amazing, a chunky glass bottle which feels way more expensive than it is. A few words of warning though, you must wash your hands after use and as Karim advised, don't use this when wearing light coloured clothing, especially those made of cotton or silk as it will transfer. It's also not safe for use around the eyes but, everywhere else, especially across the collar bones, is gorgeous! (€25.95 for 100ml)
Next up and probably my favourite product of the bunch is the Bronzing Gel for Face. It is a super lightweight formula again and, because it's a gel product, I find that it gives a nice dewy finish when blended which I think would be brilliant for drier skins. I have used this as a bronzer on my cheekbones and around my temples and got tonnes of compliments on it. (€18.00 for 30 ml)
There are two powder-based products in the range; one loose and one pressed. I didn't get a sample of the pressed Bronzing Powder in my press pack so I can't comment on that except to say that it looks lovely from what I saw in the shop and costs €20.50. Dee got one of these so she'll add her thoughts as an edit at the end of the post. The loose powder is called their Sheer Brilliance Powder and comes in a brush-topped tube. Usually I don't jump up and down for these types of products as I find the brush can be too rough and disperses too much or too little product. Thankfully, this brush is lovely and soft on the skin and just the right amount of product comes out. The powder is a lovely warm bronze with some insane gold shimmer that is really illuminating (and which you might be able to see if you click to enlarge the below picture). I feel like this will be a really handy product for holidays. Oh, and it is thankfully available in two shade depths! (€25.95 for 4g)
As you all know, I am on the outs with lipgloss at the moment. I just find it too much hassle and there is a lot more maintenance with glossed lips than those with just lipstick on them. That being said, I can see the merits of the line's Lip Nectar. There are two shades, Honey Bunch and Honeycomb, and they are insanely moisturising and glossy but, unfortunately there is no getting away from stickiness when its a lipgloss. The shade I received is the darker of the two I think and it is actually lovely. It would be really nice for the beach or pool with minimal/no other make-up!