The Stila Sun Bronzing Powder has been out for a while on Sephora’s shelves now, we hope it is still not too late in reviewing this product. This Stila sun bronzer comes in 2 shades, namely< Shade 01 (featured here), a warm brick, terracotta color, and Shade 02, a cool taupe, dustier version of Shade 01.
Stila Sun Bronzer Review (in Shade 01)
We know the Stila Sun bronzer has gone through a change in the design of the embossing of the compact cover; it used to come with a design with sun rays. This one comes in a swirl of stars….not gonna lie, for a moment we were confused if it should be named “star” bronzer instead. The package otherwise remains the same light-weight coppery-peach case with a handy good-sized mirror inside. You pry to open it, and clamp to shut it.
Fragrance – there is no fragrance or any scent to it. Who sniffs in bronzing powder anyways?
Size/ Weight/ Price
The Stila Sun Bronzing Powder retails at over SGD$30 if we remember correctly (sorry, we lost the record of the price) at Sephora stores for the standard 8 grams (0.28 oz) net weight.
Color and Consistency
We’ve always felt all bronzers, especially in powder form, are always chalky because most of them contain talc and the powder has to be finely milled with the shimmery specks in order to give your skin that natural seamless luminosity and glow. The Stila Sun Bronzer feels exactly the same way which is expected, but denser than other bronzing powder. It feels almost like chilled flour that is just out from the refrigerator if that makes sense. The particles tend to be densely compacted more easily as you can see from our swatches on the fingers as shown below. They are chalky, yes, but they do not fly over the place, which makes them adhere to the skin better when it comes to application.
The shade is more of an orange than any colour. The degree of iridescence to it is just nice enough to give your skin that healthy glow, however the color is not really flattering enough to do contouring.
How to Apply the Stila Sun Bronzer
Notice Stila indicates on the packaging to apply the product on the cheeks and forehead as well as the nose, instead of on your hollows.
How it Works: The Bronzer Ingredients
Talc – a mineral that gives the product its powdery, silky feel. Talc prevents the bronzing powder from caking up.
Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride – The presence of Mica and Bismuth Oxychloride gives the bronzer its shimmery and pearly effect on the skin that reflects glow.
Titanium Dioxide – a common ingredient found in sunscreens, it helps to block UV rays and other harmful effects from the sun
Because this shade does not fall into most family of skin colours, we cannot even dust it over areas like the forehead, nose or the décolletage; or you’ll just look really jaundiced and fake. The bronzer powder has a tone that is so warm they are unable to cast shadows for areas you want them to sink in, much less help in contouring. So, yes, we may as well call it a blush and not a bronzer because when you swipe the powder on the apples of your cheeks, it instantly gives them that sun-kissed glow. Shade 01 bears a warm terracotta color which only compliment olive or yellow skin tones that most Asians have. If you like something that doubles up as a coral blusher and highlighter for cheeks, then you may like this product. Now at least you can fake those few minutes you’d been out in the hot sun.
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