Review // Bourjois Bronzing Primer

What is it about Bourjois coming out with killer products at the moment? I've seriously been loving every new release they've made!

The new bronzing range from Bourjois really appealed to me when I found out that the shades were universal. As a paler faced girl it's hard to find a bronzer that gives you that sun kissed glow rather than a luminious orange complexion. Well, this is the case for me anyhow! The idea of a universal shade made me think that the Bourjois bronzing range would be either a lighter, rather than a deeper, brown colour (does that make sense to you? I hope so!) or that it would be incredibly blend-able so that the colour would sit lightly on the skin and give you that beautiful bronzed glow.

Heavily swatched, and then next to it - blended. 
I've found that it's been the latter, this product blends so easily into your skin that it almost disappears and leaves behind a subtle hint of colour. I've thoroughly enjoyed using this so far, although I have to say that if you're pale like me a little goes a long way. Seriously, just lightly dab your finger in the mousse like gel and then blend it in. Using a brush, albeit with a fair hand, made me look far too orange than sun kissed! 

I'm not thoroughly convinced on the priming action of this product, but I have to say that it set my makeup in place for the day. I wore it for the first time under my Benefit Hello Flawless foundation and it kept it in place all day, even inside the busy restaurant. It did make my skin feel smooth, but I think as a primer I would much prefer to use something else without the bronze in it. Again, as I'm so pale, the amount of primer I would use would be a lot more than the bronze colour I would need to apply to my face so I'd end up looking at the wrong side of orange...not good! 

I'd definitely reccommend this little product, it looks lovely underneath a lighter foundation, and even as a standalone product to give your face a bit of a bronze kiss. I found mine in Boots for £9.99, which, in my opinion is a little pricy for such a product, but I know it'll last for ages for me!

Are you a fan of bronzing? And even Bourjois for that matter? 


  1. I saw this in Boots today and swatched it, but I wasn't sure I'd be using it correctly as I prefer a full coverage foundation and can't see how this would work as a primer underneath? It felt like it would work well as a sort of cream bronzer on top of foundation though, so I might give it another go. I'm very pale, so I think using it on my cheeks would work well, rather than on my whole face as a primer. Lovely review, love your photos :) xx

  2. Oooh this sounds good. I'll have to make sure I have a little play with this when I'm next out!



  3. this looks like my next purchase fo sho! xx

  4. I love using this on hot days to make me look tanned, I have quite pale skin so I only use a little bit (like you said) otherwise I'm orange! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. I've heard this is a great dupe for the imfamous Chanel soleil de tan or bronze universal, and for a fraction of the price. This sounds lovely for popping under foundation, I must give it a go :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  6. This more like a cream bronzer than a primer! x

  7. Ive read lots of people are using this as a cream bronzer, brill if it works but maybe thats what Bourjois shouldve called it haha. I dont really understand it as a primer if I'm honest, doesnt it just make your face darker than your neck? x


  8. Ooh!! I need this!! I have a pale complexion, so anything thing will help is on my wish list!
    I've never tried a bronzing primer...that seems like the perfect solution - especially when we lose our little bit of color every time we exfoliate our face.

    Thanks for posting this!!
    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries


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