The Sample: Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in 222 Simmer (Review, Swatches & Photos)

27 Oct

««Press Sample»»

I remember reading somewhere once that you aren’t supposed to wear bronzer during the Fall/Winter months–what a bunch of baloney. Why not add some warmth and life back into your skin when it’s looking its drabbest? After all, isn’t that what makeup is for?! So on a particularly cold night a few days ago when I was snuggled up in bed pining away for sunny beaches and bronzed limbs, I decided that despite it being fall, sexy bronzed skin was entirely in my grasp–all I needed was a little help from my good friend bronzer. So I rifled around in my stash and came up with the yet-untested Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in 222 Simmer.

According to Vapour:

“Solar is no ordinary bronzer. Get sexy sun–free color with environmental anti-oxidant protection! Never streaky, orange, or fake. It’s another Vapour stand–out for fresh-from-the-beach glamour.

Made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments & vitamins. Solar is infused with Sun-specific super antioxidants: Pomegranate, Green Tea and Acai berry. Norishes with a soothing organic calendula flower and vitamin rich organic shea butter.”

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Sounds impressive, huh? I’m really digging the fact that it’s organic, first of all, but also that it contains so many great antioxidants. I know I mentioned this before, but I am an absolute antioxidant-nut. I will buy anything that claims to contain antioxidants–serums, moisturizers, body creams, lip balms, juice…preventative skincare rather than anti-aging skincare is key and antioxidants do just that. I know this is not a skincare product, but it does stay on your skin for hours and I like the idea of supplementing the antioxidants in my serums and creams with ones in my makeup.

Simmer is a gorgeous rich, medium golden-bronze hue. It is matte but has a very fine glow to it. If you look in the ingredients, you’ll see there is mica, though it’s in a very small amount (it’s the last ingredient). There are absolutely zero shimmer particles visible–it looks matte but in a very natural, dewy way. If the color looks to be too dark for you, don’t be alarmed–though it’s quite pigmented, the emollient texture makes for very easy blending and sheering-out of the color, if necessary. It’ll work on most skin tones, but those with very dark skin might have trouble getting this to show up (fear not, there is a darker shade).

The packaging of this cream bronzer is a large, plastic tube not unlike the packaging for the Nars Multiples, except this one is a lovely shimmering cornflower-blue (I’m really wishing I had a nail polish in this shade right now :P). Though they’re about the same size, the Vapour bronzing stick contains only 0.35 oz. of product while the Multiples contain 0.50. It feels a bit flimsier than the Nars packaging, but the color is pretty and it works well, so I’m fine with that.

There is a slight scent to this. I’m not quite sure how to describe it, but it’s beautiful. It’s a light and sweet, slightly fruity scent. They list “essential oils & fruit essences” as “one” of their ingredients, so I’m not quite sure what exactly it is, but I do know that it’s really lovely. All their products (or at least the ones I’ve tried, which includes a gloss, blush, and primer–reviews to come) have this same beautiful scent.

Being a relative bronzer-noob, I hadn’t yet had a chance to try out a cream bronzer, so I was really excited about this one. Thankfully, it was really easy to work with. It glides easily across the skin–it’s really balmy without being greasy or sticky in the slightest. It also leaves a satiny sheen and a velvety feel to the skin. I can also really appreciate the formula–I find that a cream-to-powder formula just doesn’t look or feel as nice (in my opinion) as a true-cream does. This one is so silky and smooth and moisturizing–it’s lovely all-around. It hardly takes any effort at all to blend this bronzer out and once you do, it looks so seamless–it really melts into the skin. Despite the balmy formula, I am also able to build up the color quite well, if I want to.

The only real downside for me is that because it’s so emollient, it doesn’t last for very long on my oily skin–almost 3 hours. I recommend setting it with a powder bronzer or finishing powder. Still, I can see this also being a great product for summer. You can just grab it, swipe it haphazardly across the cheeks, blend quickly, and toss it back into your beach bag. Boom!–instant radiant bronzed goddess. Plus, the color is just right. It isn’t orange or muddy and it blends wonderfully into a natural-looking tan. It really does seem to enhance any color you might already have really, really well and if you’re super pale, no worries because no one will be the wiser when you’re wearing this.

Direct sunlight


*Isn’t the color so natural-looking?!

Indirect sunlight

Taken with flash


Despite its short shelf-life on my face, I’m still loving this bronzer. I think it’s great and really fool-proof. I was a little apprehensive that cream bronzers might be tricky to use–hard to blend out or streaky or what-have-you, but this one is really simple and lovely. I love the color, love the texture, love the packaging, and love the brand’s philosophy. There are 2 other shades available if Simmer doesn’t quite suite you: 221 Mirage (pale golden-tan for fair skin) and 223 Spicy (a sheer dark brown).

 Pros: color is absolutely stunning; adds a natural dewy sheen to the skin without glitter or shimmer; easy to blend; creates a very natural-looking tan or enhances a real one beautifully; super comfortable on the skin; great ingredients; leaves skin smooth, moisturized, and velvety soft; the stick form makes this product easy to travel with and a cinch to apply; doesn’t break me out despite oil content

Cons: the balmy texture doesn’t make for great wear-time; I wish it contained just a bit more product

»»Pricing: $34/0.35 oz. (9.92 g.)

»»Availability: Vapour and select stockists (email for more info)

»»Recommended for: best on dry to normal skin; light-medium skin tones

»»Overall Rating: A-


So what about you–do you like to rock bronzer during the fall and winter months?


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.

18 Responses to “The Sample: Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in 222 Simmer (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Memoiselle October 27, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Currently I am in search for my HG bronzer. Lately I have been wearing bronzer everyday because I love how it sculpts my face. I have never tried cream bronzer before but there are few brands that attracts me.
    I like the idea of the stick packaging that Vapour offer, I think it might be easy to apply this on certain parts of the face :)

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 2:37 am #

      This was my first cream bronzer and I really, really like it–it’s SO unbelievably easy to use and SO natural-looking! The stick packaging really does make it that much easier too, but you could always run your brush along the surface to pick up some product–this bronzer certainly is creamy enough to do so. I love it!

  2. Liz October 27, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    I’ve never tried a non-powder bronzer either! SO MUCH TO LEARN. It’s too bad about the lasting power but since it’s so conveniently packaged, you can carry it around for touch-ups, yeah? Because it’s PRETTY. *runs away whimpering*

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      LOL! Do it do it! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!! :D

  3. Joyce (bronzerbunny) October 27, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    oh i like the look of this! :) as you know, i love cream everything lol. Glad you are enjoying it so much! :)

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      I know you do–I was totally thinking that you would love this one. It’s GORGEOUS!

  4. Rocaille October 27, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    It sounds rather lovely but it’s a shame about wear time! I’ve never tried anything from this brand before :)

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 6:44 am #

      It’s an awesome brand! It’s unfortunate about the wear time, but I DO have oily skin and it wore almost 3 hours WITHOUT setting powder or anything, so that’s pretty average for a cream product I think. And plus, the gorgeous color more than makes up for it! :D

  5. Emi at Project Swatch October 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    This is SO pretty – I love the finish. You’re totally right – it’s matte but not flat.

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      I know–isn’t is just lovely?! I mean really, it always blows me away when a brand can create such a luminous matte shade–it’s quite rare that they’re done this beautifully :)

  6. Larie October 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Sad face for the wear time, but it is really pretty! I also agree that some of the makeup rules are silly. Especially if you live in a sunny place – why wouldn’t you wear bronzer if you want to? Pft. You go Becca, you rebel, you. ;)

    • becca October 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Hahaha thanks Larie :D

      As for the wear-time, I think that on someone with dry-normal-combination skin, it would be pretty average for a cream product. It’s always hard for me to gauge though as someone with quite oily skin :/ But I do think the gorgeous color and finish are more than worth it!

  7. Tina @ My Highest Self October 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I definitely love my bronzer all year round! Long-time fav: Physicians Formula Bamboo Powder Bronzer. I’ve never tried a cream bronzer, love the antioxidants in this one too. Worth a try for me!

    • becca October 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      I’ve tried the Physician’s Formula Bamboo bronzer but I actually didn’t like that one–but I did like the other 2 I’ve tried from them (can’t think of the names right now). They were the only 2 bronzers I actually owned and used for the longest time! I love Physicians Formula!

      This one is really great though–I think it’s such a fool-proof option for those who are new to cream bronzers. And it’s got the most beautiful, natural-looking color I’ve seen!

  8. Mary November 11, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    I hate beauty rules, who is anyone to say that no one should wear bronzer in the fall and winter?! I wear bronzer year round to give my face some color. In fact, this is one of my favorites. Vapour is a really amazing natural company that packs their products full of great ingredients!

    • becca November 11, 2012 at 2:41 am #

      I hate beauty rules too! I don’t see why you shouldn’t give your face a little warmth and color when you need it most! I also like to rock bright nails during the fall/winter too. I find that it cheers me up a bit every time I look down at my fingers :)

  9. Claire November 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I don’t care for beauty rules most of the time, I mean, there can’t be only one rule for so many different people out there D: I do what I like. I am into organic, natural, mineral makeup lately and am very happy to have the choice between so many nice brands nowadays. I can’t wait for more reviews of Vapour. The bronzer looks less warm than I thought and it seems to translate very nice and transulent on the skin.

    • becca November 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      That’s really cool that you’ve been into more natural makeup! You HAVE to try Vapour then. I will be sure to post my review of the Aura Multi-Use Blush soon, then! You will LOVE it!

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