In Our Makeup Bag: Clarins Mosaique Bronzer


What It Is:
Clarins Mosaique Bronzer

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Bronzer is a summer necessity, as far as I’m concerned. Even if you’re a pale lady, like me, you can fake a golden glow with the right bronzer and application. Bronzer is also essential for contouring your face and making your gorgeous features just pop! I’ve been using bronzer since my first foray into makeup and consider myself to be somewhat of an expert.

Clarins is a great, high-end brand that pumps out quality products but sometimes flies under the radar. However, with their Mosaique Bronzer for Summer 2011, they are sure to hit center stage. I mean, look at it – stunning!

How To Use It:
Like I said, bronzer can be used to add overall warmth by gently buffing it over on your cheekbones, forehead and nose. I prefer to use a giant kabuki brush to ensure even application and a light touch. However, you can also use bronzer to contour. Begin with a contouring brush (available from almost every major cosmetics brand) and swipe the bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks. Can’t find them? Make a fish face and observe the hollows it creates – apply bronzer there! I also apply around my hairline and on the side of my nose (lightly!) to slim. Get another brush, preferably a fluffy one, and buff the bronzer so it’s not too obvious.

(almost too pretty to use!)

(maybe not too pretty…)

CC Rating: B+

I’m really enjoying the Clarins Mosaique Bronzer. It’s a great, almost-matte golden brown and gives me face a great glow. You get a whopping 20g of powder in this compact, so you can be sure that it will last you all summer and probably beyond. It’s also gorgeous. Despite being used quite often, the pattern is still very obvious, which is surprising. Usually beautiful designs like this are just overspray, so it’s nice to see the mosaic hanging around.

My only compaint may be the size. Obviously the bronzer is designed to be oversized to show off the beautiful design, but it’s a pain in the butt to toss in my purse. I like products that are travel-friendly, since I tend to do touch-ups throughout the day. Also, the bronzing powder itself isn’t really unique. I guess there isn’t much playing around to be done with bronzer, but with such a unique design I hoped for a unique formulation.

Overall, this is good bronzer option and you won’t be disappointed by the beautiful mosaic design!

[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

I love my little hometown and all that goes with living in the Great White North - snow, skiing, hot chocolate, bulky knit sweaters. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but you'll most often find me writing about books, makeup and fashion. As I like to put it, I've got beauty AND brains.
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