Name: Brilliant Bronze in Dawn and Sunset
From Senna’s website:
This featherweight baked mineral powder kisses skin with the sheerest touch of radiant warmth and illumination. The shimmering bronzer can be worn very sheer or layered on for a deep sunny tan while remaining totally natural looking. The brightening highlighter makes skin look luminous.
What I liked:
– they give a luminous and natural warmth to the complexion
– can be used separately to contour or highlight, all over for a sunkissed glow, or together as a blush
– texture is soft to the touch and easy to blend
– buildable colour payoff
– elegant packaging comes with a big mirror so you can see what you’re doing
– good staying power
What I didn’t like:
– Dawn is very shimmery so it can make you look like a discoball if you apply too much
– if you have oily skin, you may have to reapply it throughout the day
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I’m not a big fan of bronzer. The glowing sunkissed look isn’t for me. My skin’s pale and that’s how I like it. On those rare occasions when I use bronzer, I stick only to matte ones. I apply bronzer only on my cheekbones and nose to contour them, so a shimmery one wouldn’t do. Or would it?
When the Senna Brilliant Baked Mineral Bronzer & Highlighter in Dawn and Sunset landed on my desk, the instructions said to apply the bronzer part on the cheekbones to contour and the highlighter part above it to highlight. So, I hesitatingly grabbed the Senna Powder Point 33 Brush (it has a pointed tip that easily fits into the cheekbones to contour them, and applies highlighter really lightly as well – review will be coming soon), picked up Dawn (which I thought would be my favourite of the two), and starting sweeping it on.
Dawn, which features a light bronze bronzer and a pale pink highlighter, is perfect for pale skin. The pink highlighter really makes your cheeks glow. And when I say really, I mean really. The shimmers in this highlighter are quite noticeable and, if you apply too much, will easily turn your face into a disco ball. This is definitely best applied with either a fan or pointed-tip brush, and even then you’ll have to pay close attention at what you’re doing.
The bronzer, although shimmery, works well at contouring the cheekbones, while also giving your skin a naturally tanned look. You could also use it all over the face if you wanted to, but again be careful not too use too much product. Or, if you prefer, you can mix the two shades together and use it as a shimmering rosy gold blush (this is actually my favourite way of using this bronzer and highlighter duo).
At first glance, I had dismissed Sunset as way too dark for my skintone, but I went ahead and tried it anyway. Sunset features a deep bronze bronzer and a golden highlighter and, although it’s more suitable for ladies with darker and tanned complexions, it also works well for pale princesses, provided they apply it with a light hand. The bronzer is quite dark and works well both at giving your skin a sunkissed glow and contouring, while the highlighter makes your skin look luminous. The shimmers weren’t as obvious, so the overall result is more natural. Again, you can use the two shades separately or mix them together.
Although chockfull of shimmers, neither Dawn nor Sunset feel gritty to the touch. They are actually quite soft and blend easily on the skin, staying put on my dry cheeks for about 8 hours, before beginning to fade (if you have oily skin, they may fade even faster). They are neither too sheer nor too pigmented, but easy to build up to get the desired intensity. I wouldn’t recommend you build up Dawn too much because of the shimmers, though.
Available at: sennacosmetics.com
Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn (perfect for pale skin) and Sunset (more suitable for darker and tanned complexions) contain a bronzer and a highlighter that give a natural and luminous warmth to the complexion. Soft to the touch, easy to build up and apply, they can be used to contour and highlight, to give an allover sunkissed glow to the complexion or, mixing the shades together, as a blush. However, Dawn can make your face look like a disco ball if you apply too much. In addition, if you have oily skin, you may have to reapply both bronzers throughout the day.