The Sample: Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan (Review, Swatches & Photos)

25 Aug

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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.

Notice the raised slit and groove in the side…

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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.

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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:, and Jouer counters *edit: Joyce from has informed me the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzers are also available at 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


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

39 Responses to “The Sample: Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Tracy@Beauty Reflections August 26, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    Wow! This looks amazing! I’d love to try it, alas no counters up here! Better for my wallet haha since I have enough bronzers for two lifetimes!

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 2:22 am #

      lol–see I have nowhere near that amount so I can keep on acquiring new bronzers guilt-free for quite some time. Muahahahaha!!! :P

  2. Larie August 26, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    It’s pretty! I also love that it’s matte and paraben-free :D I’ve never tried anything from Jouer, mostly because I’ve never seen a counter, but some of their things look really pretty!

    And you are totally on a bronzer kick, huh? :D Slippery slope!

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 4:45 am #

      I most certainly am! :P And don’t worry, I never even knew that Jouer had counters until I went to write this review. I thought it was an online exclusive to Nordstrom, but apparently they have 5 counter locations

  3. Emi at Project Swatch August 26, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Neat packaging! I tend to go for matte bronzers (and blushes) – I have no idea how to wear shimmery ones! This one is pretty.

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 4:45 am #

      Oh it’s so gorgeous and wearable Emi–you must check it out! I am definitely a matte bronzer-convert. It looks so darn natural on me!! :D

  4. Sunny August 26, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Oh wow this sounds like a good one! I do systematically contour with a matte bronzer (at the moment Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess), but this one looks a bit lighter and not orange at all! Yet another brand you lucky people should look into!

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 7:08 am #

      Aww, no Jouer there, huh?! :/ I haven’t tried Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess but now that I tried Suntan and love it so much, I’ll definitely swatch that one next time I’m at counters (tomorrow perhaps? :P)

  5. Joyce August 26, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    The jouer counters at nordstrom only just came out :) like… mid july maybe? I have one of the jouer lip balm things from a birchbox ages ago and it’s quite nice. I’ve wanted to try more of the brand ever since, but since they never had counters, i never got around to it!

    Also, I suck at opening packaging lol. If you see my videos sometimes i take a while trying to open stuff haha, and i’m often too lazy to cut that out. Anyway I’m glad you’re enjoying bronzers. They are obviously one of my favorite things haha. Be happy while you can indulge in bronzers guilt free! I will live vicariously through you lol. Now go get some Guerlain! ;)

    • Joyce August 26, 2012 at 6:51 am #

      oh, and i meant to say you can get jouer at and a few other online retailers like and :) Also, if you’re in the market for self tanners, I like the comodynes tanning wipes and the Clarins self tanning gel. I forget the exact name but sephora has a kit with that in it! :)

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      LOL, I keep telling myself it’s ok, but realistically, I can probably only get away with acquiring one more new bronzer in the next month before it gets to be a bit overkill…and I’ve already surpassed that limit with 4. At least 2 of them were from the drugstore! :D

      • becca August 26, 2012 at 7:24 am #

        …and thanks for the tip! I didn’t know Birchbox had it’s own online store :P They unfortunately don’t have the bronzer on their site, but does–as well as a shade that Jouer does not list on their website! Going to update my post now. Thanks Joyce!!

  6. Amelia (La Femme Éclectique) August 26, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Awesome review – any bronzers I’ve purchased are shimmery and I’d never really considered investing in a matte one, but the quality of this one is so enticing. Thank you so much for sharing ♥ :)

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      Thanks Amelia! I know, I never was really interested in trying a matte bronzer until now…and now, I can’t believe I waited so long! It’s perfect on days where you really don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard or when you already have a lot of shimmer going on with your eyes. I am in love! Do check this one out if you can, it’s great!

  7. Coco August 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    The texture seems very nice and has no orange undertone. Isn’t the package a bit bulky?

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Coco–

      No it isn’t bulky in the slightest! It’s about as thin or thinner than most bronzer compacts out there. Maybe you were looking at the picture where I attached the bronzer to the highlighter, back-to-back?? No worries, it’s slim and very easy to tote around :)

  8. Liz August 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    It looks beautiful! LOL @ bronzing rampage – so true. I never cared about bronzers a few years ago but once you’ve been bitten by the bug, there’s no going back.

    I love the interlocking palette idea. I’d really like to see Jouer products in person at stores because I almost never purchase products online w/o testing physically – but from what I’ve read on the blogs, Jouer is a great brand.

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Oh I’m the save way Liz–I know some people are all over online shopping but I VERY rarely purchase anything online unless it’s something I’ve used before. For one thing, I don’t like purchasing sight unseen and for another, I am VERY impatient :P I AM really liking Jouer so far though. Awesome stuff, cool packaging

  9. Lily August 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    A very detailed review :-) I only tried its tinted moisturizer once (sample) but it was too oily for me. Too bad it is not available in my country. Would be nice to check out what they have…

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Aw that’s too bad Lily. Any friends living in the U.S that can hook you up?? :D

      I did also get the Luminizing tinted moisturizer to try out and I’m scared that, despite being oil-free, it won’t work well with my oily skin either :/ But I am still excited to try it.

  10. Kai August 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Becca I think you’re teasing me with all these amazing products that I can’t get here in Hong Kong!!

    lol I’m joking, but I’m definitely jealous since this looks amazing!!!

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      I’m sorry Kai!!! I promise I don’t mean to :P

      It is really a good brand so far though–if you ever get the opportunity to try it out, definitely do!

  11. Dovey August 27, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    How fun is the flip/fold packaging? This looks like a beautiful product and the colors seem so useful!

    • becca August 27, 2012 at 6:29 am #

      I love the packaging–it’s so fun but not at all gimmicky! And the color is so natural on the skin! I LOVE this bronzer. You have to check it out if you can Dovey! :)

  12. trishie August 27, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    I look how people look with bronzers on, so healthy and warm and glowy but on myself, I look orange and weird!

    • becca August 27, 2012 at 6:30 am #

      Oh no–maybe you haven’t tried the right one? This one is really great. I have light-medium skin tone with warm/yellow undertones and it looks fantastic on my skin! I felt just like you did for a long time…but that’s because all the bronzers I tried really were a bit orange. This one isn’t in the slightest–I promise! :)

  13. Sukie August 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I really like the fact that you can customise your own palette with those interlockable bits! I have only tried one item from Jouer – their tinted moisturiser but I personally prefer Becca’s but this bronzer looks really wearable. Becca in no time you’re gonna get me hooked onto bronzers methinks! :s

    • becca August 28, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      I know–the packaging is super-fun to play with! I haven’t tried Becca’s tinted moisturizer, but I’ve been really curious for some time. Do you think it would be good for oily skin? I’m not quite finished testing the Jouer TM yet, but I’m not sure it’s best suited for my skin type. It feels lovely, but the shimmer in it accentuates my natural shine and I turn into a disco ball :/

  14. Kumiko Mae August 28, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    WOW THAT PACKAGING IS SO FUTURISTIC! I have to agree that wearing bronzer’s amazing. its only that its a bit hard to find bronzers that are not shimmery or orangey.

    • becca August 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      LOL isn’t it cool?! :)

      And you’re not a fan of shimmery bronzers huh? I think Jouer’s is the perfect one for you! It’s in NO way orange and it’s not shimmery but it’s definitely not flat…you should check it out if you can!

  15. Toya August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I’ve heard a fair bit about Jouer products but have never seen any in person. That doesn’t *always* stop me, but I’d need to do some major research beforehand! I can tell from the swatch pics that this is absolutely lovely, Becca! And I think both you and I are on bronzer kicks – funny, isnt’ it? :P

    • becca August 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      I know what you mean Toya! I can’t really jump into a purchase blind–especially if I’ve never tried anything from the brand–without doing research first. But you really must try SOMETHING from Jouer–I’ve tried a few products from them now and I swear, each and every one is just amazing!

  16. Kelly August 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Lovely Bronzer, I don’t think they sell Jouer in The Netherlands, too bad.

    • becca September 1, 2012 at 12:12 am #

      Aw that’s too bad Kelly. Any friends that can help you out with that?? :) It’s worth it, trust me!

  17. Jacqueline September 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I love a good matte bronzer, this looks so nice.

    • becca September 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      It’s the first one I’ve tried and I actually really love it! What’s your favorite matte bronzer, Jacqueline! You have such good taste in makeup, I’m curious :P

  18. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty October 11, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    Wow, cool and cute packaging! I LOVE your review. So informative and fun xxx

    • becca October 12, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      Thanks hon! I really love the packaging for Jouer’s stuff–it makes it really nice to create your own palettes and put all your favorite products together. I can’t wait to collect more of the blushes, bronzers, and highlighters so my giant cheek palette will be complete! :P

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