We all want to look like we have a healthy glow when Summer comes around and since Summer in Ireland usually consists of rain and cold we have to create that "natural" glow ourselves. I have posted before about my love for Estee Lauder's Illuminating Powder Gelee (read about it here) Shimmering Sands is part of the new Bronze Goddess Collection (Lauder release a variation of the Bronze Goddess Collection every summer). I love the liquid/powder/cream hybrid formula. The consistency of the product makes it easily bendable and a joy to apply, you can use it on your eyes and face. I love that this product colours and illuminates (don't you love it when products make life easy)
In the pan the product doesn't look amazing (although it is) but it does look like Shimmering Sands.
On the Left (of both pictures) Topaz Chameleon and Shimmering Sands on the right (of both pictures)
As you can see Shimmering Sands is a more wearable colour and instead of being an orangey bronze it's a more flattering shade. I definitely think this colour will suit a lot of people better than Topaz Chameleon.
Generally I use a small fluffy brush to apply Shimmering Sands (this is what MAC were using to apply the Extra Dimension highlighters that were made of the same consistency as Lauder's Gelee's - the makeup artist told me to hold the end of the brush and let the brush do the work). I suppose this stops you from piling on the product and I for one tend to be a bit heavy handed with bronzer.
My favourite places to bronze are along my hairline and on the tip of my nose, this creates a very natural look cause it's where the sun naturally hits. I love that this product almost creates that sunflushed glow as if you're just in from the sun.
After I apply using the fluffy brush I blend out using a big soft kabuki (I use MAC 185 that I picked up in a CCO years ago) and Ta Da you're left with a natural Bronze Goddess look.
Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess Collection has been exclusively available in House of Fraser since April where the Illuminating Gelee cost €37.00. The collection is now at all Estee Lauder counters where it costs €34.00 (whats with that extra few Euro HOF?).