Bronzer plays a role in every make up look that I do. Basically, if I’m wearing wake up, whether it’s a 5 minute school run jobbie or a full face of slap, bronzer in some shape or form will be on my face. Because how else would I warm up my ghostly features and create shape where there’s none on my great big melon head?!  I’d noticed recently that I’d fallen into a bit of a rut though and was reaching for my Charlotte Tilbury and Hourglass powders over others in my bronzer collection; don’t get me wrong they’re both beautiful bronzers, but at $97 and $72 respectively they’re an expensive habit to have so it got me thinking about budget friendly options and have since been searching for cheaper alternatives that still perform but are easier on the wallet.

And I think I’ve nailed it.  After having a good old look instore and online I’ve found – and been trialling – these 3 beauties and they’re corkers; all work well on my pale (redhead) skin, have pigmentation and good payoff and even better come in under the $25 mark!

Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

Starting off with the fairest option  – and the most expensive at a mere $25  – is the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing powder.  Now I don’t know why I haven’t had a play with this before because Ruth Crilly AKA A Model Recommends has raved about it on a fair few occasions and I rate her highly.  Late to the party I may be, but I’m on board now! It’s matte, so delightfully shimmer free, enriched with community trade honey so glides straight on to unpowdered skin and has 5 shades, so will satisfy the palest to the deepest complexions.  Housed in a lightweight, pretty compact which is reminiscent of Guerlain’s cult Terracotta bronzing powders, it looks luxier (I’m making up words now) than it is and is a hell of a lot classier than its drugstore, more expensive counterparts.  I bought the fairest shade (01) which is a pretty cool tone that you can build, and which reminds me of Hoola Lite and the Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzers; I own and love both so that’s praise indeed!

Mecca Max Sunlight Bronzing Powder

This bad boy is the newcomer of the picks in that Mecca’s in-house range only hit the shelves last year.  And like everything else that I’ve tried in the range, I think it’s great quality at a really affordable price.  At $22 you can’t go wrong with this. I chose the Bronzing Light shade; it’s the most golden of the three here which I enjoy, and although it isn’t matte and has an imperceptible shimmer, it gives a nice, natural, radiant glow that you can build.  As with the rest of the range, the compact is cute and colourful and as with the Body Shop offering, is surprising weighty and classy for the price.  My only critique here would be that there are only 3 shades but am sure given the success of the brand that they’ll extend the shades across the various categories.

Natio Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sun Swept

This is the first product that I’ve bought from Natio and if the rest of the range performs like this, then I’ll be going back for more!  The Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer comes in a universal bronze shade that is the warmest and darkest of the three here (but I can still make it work with a light hand) and I particularly enjoy it when I’m doing a bronze eye and want to pull the look together.  It’s the cheapest of the bunch coming in at $19.95, and although not my fave packaging – matte black is always fingerprintastic but hey ho – it has an oversized mirror in the compact which is a huge plus.  I came across this steal of a bronzer from Gemma Watts’ Instagram feed where she gives it a bit of love and has been a fan of it for years – if you love your make up, then definitely check her out – and if it’s good enough for Gemma, it’s good enough for me and what can I say, she was spot on?!

I’m really chuffed with my new finds and recommend them highly.  Yes, there are some beautiful alternatives out there and my luxe faves still have a place in my heart, but it’s nice to find cheaper alternatives that really deliver for those times when you need to watch those pennies and don’t want to be splurging on your make up essentials.

Have you tried any of these?  What do you think?








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