I have been using Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer for years and to be honest, because I am so happy with it I rarely browse for other bronzing products. I was in our local drugstore for other necessities when I spotted this beautiful new addition from Essence. The Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder was launched a little while ago as part of their new spring/summer collection. I think the rosegold lettering and the beautiful embossing of the product are utterly gorgeous and I really couldn’t resist. Is the product as good as it is beautiful? Let’s find out.
Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder
Packaging: As mentioned in the intro I was drawn to the rosegold lettering on the transparent packaging and paired with the incredible embossing of the actual product it is set up to be a best-seller on packaging and appearance alone. The quality of the plastic casing is not too bad, but I do not expect it to last forever.
Product: The Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder has a darker matte outer ring and a lovely luminous inner circle that is a lighter shade. I can put your mind at ease that the lighter shade only has a luminosity and no actual sparkles or glitter. When swirled together you get a gorgeous sun-kissed glow that looks natural and healthy when applied to the skin. I am also happy to report that this product has a very neutral undertone and doesn’t look ashy, muddy or orange on the skin. The product itself is not overly powdery or messy to work with.
Pigmentation: I was a little shook (am I too old to use that word…?) by the amazing pigmentation of the Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder. It certainly packs a punch in terms of pigmentation but it is easy to blend to get a natural-looking finish.
Wear: I absolutely love how this bronzer looks on my skin! It is just the right amount of bronzing to still make it look natural and can fool others to think you just came back from an amazing holiday. I find it to wear quite well during the day and I do not often feel the need to reapply.
Shades: Eureka! Finally there is a lighter shade bronzer available for fairer skin girls! The lovely people at Essence graced us with two shades in this magnificent product: one for fairer skin and a deeper shade for darker skin.
What did I think? I absolutely loved the Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder! I am so happy with the shade and undertone and how it caters for lighter skintones too. In addition to this, the bronzer also wears well, is easy to blend and super affordable. I think this is going to be a best-seller for good reason! Well done, Essence!
Will I buy this product again? Absolutely!