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I struggle with bronzers. My redheaded Scottish heritage has resulted in paler than pale freckly skin which is not particularly bronzer friendly. And mostly I’m ok with that; I have accepted I won’t ever tan naturally – hurray for non sun damaged skin due to my factor 50 sun screen – and that ‘pale and interesting’ is my look.
But sometimes I fancy a bit of a sun kissed glow, especially at this time of year. And even more often I like the idea of carving myself some pretend cheekbones, another thing I’m not naturally blessed with, using some well placed bronzer and highlighter. However finding a bronzer that is subtle enough for my skin tone has been somewhat of a challenge, historically bronzers have come in only a few shades, most of which are too dark for my skin.
I was overjoyed therefore to stumble across the Zoeva Radiant Bronzer and Highlighter Duo, which appeared to have the softest pale bronzer amongst its shade range that could just well be the perfect match for my ghostly skin.
Zoeva Radiant Bronzer and Highlighter Duo comes in 6 satin–matte shades, suitable for light, medium, tan and deep skin tones, and features a split pan design with both the bronzer and highlighter in the same palette. Zoeva claim that the bronzer and highlighter duo can cast a weightless illuminating veil over your skin, which should give a warm and healthy radiance.
The bronzer and highlighter are infused with quartz, tourmaline, and amethyst particles for radiance, with added rosehip to nourish and soften. Using the softest micro pigments it should give seamless coverage.
My review and swatches
The bronzer and highlighter duo is packaged in the prettiest metallic rose gold case, emblazoned with the Zoeva logo on the top. It feels and looks luxurious, and more expensive than it is. Inside there is a mirror, and the split pan bronzer and highlighter, which have the words Share Your Light carved out into the powders – a nice touch.
For my pale skin I picked the lightest of the shades – Lumi 0.1, which is a pale warm bronze, absolutely perfect for my skin tone but I can imagine most others looking for a slightly darker shade. The highlighter is a soft rose golden metallic, with a lovely subtle shimmer. The 2 powders can be used together with a large brush to give the face a subtle illumination or they can be used separately – the bronzer side is large enough to take a large fluffy brush and the highlighter side, although considerably smaller, is big enough to use with an angled contour brush. It have tried both ways and personally prefer using the bronzer and highlighter separately, I found that mixing both gave me more of a shimmer than I wanted for my day to day make up look.
The bronzer when used along the cheekbones, forehead and under the chin gave me a subtle glow and contour that I really enjoyed. The power is soft and creamy, and blends out really easily, ensuring no harsh contour lines. The highlighter, used sparingly, gives a lovely soft glow and shimmer. I did initially go in a bit over zealously with it and didn’t enjoy the resulting obvious highlight on my cheekbones, but it was easily blended out using my large powder brush. Both felt comfortable on my skin and didn’t feel cakey or dry at all. It also lasted fairly consistently throughout the day.
As reasonably priced bronzer/highlighters go, and this one is only £20.50, it is very high quality. The shades are lovely; the powders themselves are soft, creamy and bendable and the packaging is really beautiful. I can see myself using this daily to give that lovely summer glow I lust after.