Well, it appears that I am officially on a bronzing rampage. Not so long ago, you’ll recall that I purchased my first “real”, high-end bronzer. It’s all been downhill since then. I just love how my face looks with a hint of bronzy-warmth to it–it really makes all the difference in the world! My passion for bronzing has become so serious that I’ve even been considering self-tanners!!! For those of you who don’t know me, this is huge as I’ve always been deathly afraid of self-tanners (for a long time, self-tanner equated to the words “orange” and “streaky” in my mind). But that’s for a different post…anyway, I am loving me some bronzer at the moment–but I noticed that all of mine were shimmery. So I decided I really wanted to try a matte one and, as luck would have it, the lovely people over at Jouer were kind enough to send me their Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan to try out!
*Please note: The very first picture at the top was taken with a DSLR while these next 3 photos were taken with a point-and-shoot. The ones taken with the point-and-shoot are much more color-accurate (on my screen at least. I just checked it on a different computer and it looks SO yellow/gold below. Don’t worry, it’s not like that in real life!)
According to Jouer:
“Truly perfect for all skin tones, this oil-free mineral rich powder bronzer promotes a healthy glowing complexion while protecting against free radicals with the powerful antioxidants of Japanese Green Tea Powder and Vitamins C & E.”
I love that it’s oil-free, though honestly I’ve never had a powdered cheek product break me out before–and I have very oily, acne-prone skin. Still, it’s a nice touch that I’m sure many will appreciate. I also love the inclusion of Japanese Green Tea powder and vit C and E. I am huge on antioxidants, and the more that I can pack in to my routine, the better–so it’s nice when there are antioxidants in my cosmetics too to supplement the ones in my skincare. Suntan is described as a “matte honey bronze”. It’s a beautiful shade of medium-dark golden tan with just enough ashiness to ensure that it doesn’t turn orange on the skin. Because of that slight ashiness and the lack of shimmer, this would serve as a great contour product for many.
I was a bit unsure about a matte bronzer because, though I have quite oily skin, I have only ever used shimmery bronzers. To me, it’s kind of a one-stop product. I don’t contour or anything like that, so a quick swipe of shimmery bronzer across my cheeks, forehead, and jaw-line adds some warmth with a touch subtle definition and luminosity. I was kind of scared that, with my propensity to over-apply cheek products, I would look like a bronzing mess with a matte powder. Not so with this bronzer.
Suntan has a very light, finely-milled texture that applies easily onto the face. It’s pigmented but not at all hard to apply. It’s a firmer textured powder but is still smooth and silky and isn’t hard or dry. It blended very easily into my skin and, though you could see a difference in my complexion, it seemed to really meld with my skin and become seamless. I couldn’t see where I applied it, but my skin looked very healthy and glowy like I had just come back from a day spent frolicking at the beach. Obviously if you want to go heavier with it, you can for a more obvious, bronzed-goddess look–but I’m happy that it’s very easy to achieve a subtle hint of color with this too.
What I also love about this bronzer is the natural finish. Yes it’s matte, but it’s not flat or heavy or cakey. It leaves a natural sheen to the skin, yet it contains no shimmer particles whatsoever. I tried to capture the beautiful finish in my swatch photos, so hopefully you can see it. It looks incredibly natural on my skin–more natural than any other bronzer I’ve ever tried. If you’re looking for something that really will give you skin a definite glow and natural-looking tan, this is definitely the bronzer for you. The nice thing about Suntan is you can use it year-round. It gives a kiss of color to your cheeks for Spring, enhances your tan come Summer, livens up your complexion for Fall/Winter, and can be used as a subtle contour all year long. I love my shimmery bronzers, but some can look unnatural during the non-Summer months and many people retire their pricey bronzers once it hits Fall. With Suntan, you’ll really be getting the most out of your money.
Before we get into the wear of the bronzer, let’s talk a little about the packaging. The bronzer comes housed in a sleek, dark-brown plastic compact. As you can see from the pictures above, Jouer’s packaging is quite unique and innovative in that it has interlocking sides–making it easy to mix and match to create your own perfect palette. Each item has slotted sides that make it easy to slide other items on and off of. You can also stack them back-to-back by aligning the indentations correctly. See the pics above to see the packaging in action! It’s so fun and I love it! I find that the idea of mixing and matching to create your own palettes as well as the different ways the compacts connect really goes along very well with Jouer’s philosophy of playing with makeup–after all, “jouer” does mean “play” in French!
Suntan lasted about 5 1/2 hours on my oily skin. That’s pretty damn good–especially for it being hot and so humid here lately, so I don’t foresee dry, normal, or combination skins having any kind of problems with this one. If matte bronzers aren’t your thing, Jouer has one more shade to choose from: Sunshine–a shimmery bronze with slight peachy tones in it. One thing is for sure though–if you don’t own a quality matte bronzer yet, then you need this. Sure, the presentation is quite simple compared to a lot of the embellished, embossed powders coming out lately, but in the end, it’s the quality that counts. I love love love this bronzer and am currently in the midst of a passionate love-affair with Jouer–I have a couple more goodies from them to share with you so definitely stay tuned!
Pros: flattering shade will suit many; matte finish and slightly ashy tones will make this bronzer great for contouring; silky, smooth texture; easy to blend; great wear-time; fun and useful packaging;
Cons: I find the lid a little difficult to open, but that’s a minor thing…or maybe it’s just me??
»»Pricing: $28/0.27 oz. (7.6 g.)
»»Availability: Jouer.com, Nordstrom.com, and Jouer counters *edit: Joyce from BronzerBunny.com has informed me the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzers are also available at beauty.com. When I went to check it out for myself, I discovered a shade that wasn’t listed on Jouer’s site–it’s called Perfect Tan and it’s another matte shade! It’s described as a “matte golden honey”, while Suntan is described as a “matte honey bronze”. Perfect Tan seems to be a bit lighter and more golden than Suntan–perfect for Fair to Light skin tones!
»»Recommended for: I think Suntan will show up the best on light-medium tones
»»Overall Rating: A
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