Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder: Europe's Answer to NYC's Sunny Bronzer


I've said it before and I'll say it again but bronzer isn't a "must have" beauty product for me on an everyday basis. If I'm in a rush or I'm just not feeling it, I'll pass on bronzer and just apply some blush. But other times I get into the habit of wearing bronzer for weeks at a time and it's hard to put it down. The Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder was a surprising gem and one that I reached for days on end while I was testing it out. I've never tried NYC's Sunny Bronzer, the American drugstore cult favorite, but I like Catrice's bronzer so much that I don't really feel inclined to give Sunny a go.


The Catrice bronzer retails for about €5 (~$7) which is very reasonable for the quality of the product. The plastic case is sturdy and simple with a clear lid to help you quickly identify what shade you're reaching for. I appreciate the clear labeling on the back of the packaging with English translations. You get a good amount of product as well, 9.5 grams or .33 ounces. For comparison purposes, a Nars bronzer is only .28 ounces. 

Catrice offers their bronzer in two shades, 020 Deep Bronze and 030 Medium Bronze. Despite the numbering, 020 is actually the darker color and I chose it because 030 looked like it would have only suited me for a very brief window of time when my skin is very pale during the winter. I suppose 030 would suit fair skinned people in Europe a lot more since Catrice is a German brand and sold mostly in drugstores in Europe.


I mostly use bronzer to sculpt my cheekbones and nose to create more depth to my face rather than trying to make myself look darker. For this purpose, a matte bronzer is ideal because it creates a more natural illusion. Like the name suggests, the Catrice bronzer is indeed matte but not flat or dusty. The color is quite warm, almost veering into orange, but not so much that I look like an oompa loompa.


The powder is very finely milled and pigmented but not powdery or chalky. The consistency feels very high quality. A little goes a long way so you can really stretch out that €5. I like to swirl a fluffy brush into the compact and tap off excess product before buffing it into the hollows of my cheekbones.


Here you can see a full swipe of product on the left and how it looks sheered out on the right. Clearly the bronzer looks very stark against the inside of my arm (because who gets tan there?) but doesn't look too obvious once blended. In the summer time when I'm a bit tanner, this bronzer adds just enough color to make my face look more naturally contoured. It makes the slightest difference but one that I can see and really like.

For the lucky ones in the EU who have access to Catrice, I highly recommend the Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder. It's an affordable bronzer that is great for contouring and adding some warmth to your complexion. I almost wish I had started using this earlier in the summer so that I could have worn it more when I was a tad darker. What are your favorite drugstore bronzers? How do you like to apply your bronzing products?

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