At the beginning of the year I bought the Bourjois Bronzing Primer on a bit of a whim after swatching it a couple of times on previous Boots visits. I didn't really know what to expect from it, nor what I would use it for, but as it was being talked about as a dupe for the highly hyped about Soleil Tan De Chanel I had high hopes for it. The formula has a very silky soft, mouse like texture and on first appearance seems like it will feel extremely light on the skin, and it does in face have the barely there feel. It glides on like a dream. I cannot fault the formula at all. It's really lovely and so, so pigmented. You literally need to dab your finger on top to get a good covering of the product. As it's matte it's the perfect shade for contour, especially since it's quite an ashy toned brown rather than being red toned. I have pretty pale skin and once blended out don't at all find it too dark.
When I first bought this product I wasn't really sure what I was going to use it for. Maybe an overall bronzed effect for a nice summer glow, or as a cream contour for a more natural contoured look. However, I was really excited to try it out and have a play to find out the best ways to use it. I photographed it literally as soon as some good lighting came about so I could get to work with testing it. The first time I tried the Bourjous Bronzing Primer I instantly regretted buying it. I attempted to blend it in as a cream contour, under my foundation, but it just seemed to blend out for ever and ever. I then applied my foundation over the top and it again shifted as I blended my foundation it. When finished my face didn't appear contoured and my cheeks were darker than the rest of my face. Fabulous. After a week or two I decided to give the primer another go as I reckoned the issue was down to me applying far too much, and this time I used it for an overall bronzed effect, but again it just seemed to blend out forever and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't prevent the dreaded foundation line one my neck. After two failed attempted with the product it got put to the back of my muji drawers never to be used again...
That was until I saw it mentioned it a recent YouTube video and thought I should really find a way to use it, instead of it going to waste at the back of the draw. I again used it as a contour, applying a primer to my face first, and applying the smallest amount of Bourjois Bronzing Primer to the contour area. I blended it out with my finger and all appeared to be going well, hooray! To apply my foundation I used my blending sponge to avoid shifting the primer and... the primer stayed in place, my cheeks weren't darker than my face and most importantly of all, my contour looked natural. As previously said the formula is lovely. It's silky smooth and a dream to apply, it's just so pigmented that it needs to be applied really sparingly. A little really does go along way!
Have you tried this bronzing primer?