I don’t know why it took me so long to try the new Anastasia Beverly Hills bronzers*. They launched back in March along with the Soft Glam Palette* (read more about it and see swatches here) and the ABH X Amrezy Highlighter* (check that one out here) which I obviously picked up (of course I did…you know highlighters and eyeshadow palettes are a specific weaknesses of mine!) but for some reason at the time, bypassed the bronzers.
Bronzer is one of those things that I tend to have/ be trialling about half a dozen at any given time but don’t give much thought to, so I guess I just didn’t feel the need to pick up more. Especially being a fan of ABH formulas in general, I probably should have known it was only a matter of time before owning it!
The ABH Bronzers are cruelty free, vegan and available in 6 shades…
✖Rosewood – light golden
✖Tawny – light terracotta brown
✖Rich Amber – neutral honey
✖Cappuccino – deep golden brown
✖Saddle – light golden
✖Mahogany – mocha
* If you want to check out each shade in action and see who ABH chose to model/ wear each shade based on their skin’s undertone (it’s helpful to have comparisons in one place and you can see who has the most similar skin tone to you if you’re unsure of your shade) I’ll link the Instagram post/ moving swatches here.
After searching online swatches, I decided on the fairest shade Rosewood. It was a toss up between that and Saddle…Saddle looked a good bit deeper but had a more golden tone to it which appealed and Rosewood looked like it might be too pink toned but ultimately a better depth for me. My skin tone’s pretty similar to @alyssamarieartistry who wears the shade Rosewood, so that’s what I went for. Even though there are only 6 shades, the sheer formula is designed so there’ll be a shade for everyone/ to suit pretty much any skin tone and I can see that.
The ABH Powder Bronzers are so finely milled and they blend on to the skin beautifully! The formula’s buildable (and as I mentioned before, pretty sheer) so the chances of going overboard are slim which is brilliant, especially good if you’re new to bronzer or if like me just want something fast and easy to work with on a daily basis!
They have a natural matte finish, so are great for adding natural dimension (although I’d normally use a much cooler toned contour along with my bronzer for a more definite contour) but still don’t look flat and powdery on the skin. They add just about the right amount of warmth and make you look believably sunkissed rather muddy and because they’re so fine it feels like you’re not wearing another layer of product, it’s undetectable on.
The shade Rosewood is perfect for my skin tone and if you too are fair (MAC NC20 and lighter) it’d be the best option for the most natural glow. It is quite warm looking in the pan, but blends on to the skin still warm but more neutral golden…not a hit of tango/ Oompa Loompa in sight! I like to use a medium sized fluffy brush to apply bronzer for more control (so I’m not hiding my contour/ highlight so I’m just taking my whole face a shade darker and instead giving more definition with the warmth of it)…I really like the NYX Pro Fan Brush 06* which isn’t the traditional thin type of fan brush (which I’m really not keen on for highlighting but other people love them for their glow) and instead is fluffy, firm and ideal for precise but blended contour or bronzer placement. Any brush you fancy/ prefer to use really though.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzers* are a little bit spendier than others, but a decent size pan and only needing to use the smallest amount means it’ll last for ages and well worth it in my opinion! Hopefully they’ll expand their shade range further, but it does look like they have pretty much all bases covered due to the sheerer formula and you should be able to find one that works for you. I really like the ABH bronzers and regardless of having so many others from various brands/ different shades/ formulas and a lot that I actually like, I can see myself repurchasing this one!
Have you tried the ABH bronzers yet?