I turned 31 this year, and decided that I really need to get my act together when it comes to skincare and makeup. I tend to go for quantity over quality and end up with lots of stupid novelty things that I never use - never copping on that for the 6 daft things I buy "just to see", I could have one nice basic that I'll use regularly. I'm really trying to build up a small collection of things that I'll get good use from and that will last a long time. Bronzer isn't something I buy very often - my previous one was a He-Shi one that I won on beaut.ie years ago, but when I saw this on Grace's blog in July, the want grew and grew. Lads, I DREAMED about this. I had a dream that I was in a shop and I bought it. I said I'd leave it a few weeks, then see - and yep, I still really wanted it quite badly.
So I bought it.
Part of Lancome's Summer French Riviera Collection, this is a massive compact containing 30g of product. As always with Lancome, the packaging is sturdy and beautiful. This next photo is just to give an idea of how enormous this is - here it is next to a tealight.
The bronzer originally contains a big gold overspray. I don't like overspray on products, I think it's gimmicky and I always use a big brush to get rid of it before first use. I didn't take a picture of the gold (I forgot) but you can see it on Grace's post. Here's what mine looks like now:
You can just about see tiny particles of gold left in it after removing the spray (apart from that massive lump that hasn't come off yet):
It's not a scary bronzer at all - it definitely won't leave pale peeps with bisto stripes on your face and neck. Observe:
I'm wearing it with the only other Lancome product I own at the minute - my HG foundation Teint Idole Ultra 24hr. The bronzer looks fab on my chest too, but nobody needs to see pictures of that.
The French Riviera Collection is Limited Edition, so when it's gone, it's gone - the bronzer has already sold out on the Debenhams website. At the time of writing, it's still available from Arnotts (hurry!) and may be still available on some Lancome counters.