Bargain bronzer – No17

3 Jul

Apologies for the lack of posts of late but I have been lapping up the sun in Portugal with  the girls – think sleeping by the pool, bad karaoke and as many Calippos as we could eat (also all reading and being thoroughly disappointed with Fifty Shades of Grey!)

Speaking of various shades, I managed to end up with an adequately tanned body (‘cup of tea’ is the perfect description I think) but a big old white face thanks to my obsession with SPF 50 face protection. Obviously this had to be rectified to avoid scaring my work colleagues so I have been dusting off – or rather on – the bronzer to get everything more ‘one shade of tan’.

Everyone has heard about how fab Nars Bronzing Powders are and I have to admit I would be quite tempted were it not for the £24 price tag. I’ve spent all my money on ice cream and Portugese nic nacs for Christ’s sake! So I went for the old reliable – No.17 Instant Glow Bronzing Powder, a bargain at £4.59.

Here’s the thing though – I really don’t think there is that much difference. If you look at the colours below, both Nars and No.17 avoid all those things I hate in a bronzer – too pink, too orange, too shimmery. Unlike Benefit Hoola, they don’t come in an annoying little box that makes it hard to cover the brush easily. They both create a nice, natural-looking tan when applied on those spots the sun would hit – cheekbones, forehead and jawline (got that tip from the beauty peeps at Illamasqua who say just dawbing your whole face in bronzer is a no-no!)

So yeah, save yourself £20 and put it towards your next holiday!

nars bronzing powder

no17 instant bronzing powder

 

 

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