Since I have been on a Bobbi Brown kick lately, I decided to try her Illuminating Bronzing Powder in the shade "Bali Brown 5". I was not really in the market for a new bronzing powder but since my local Nordy's only had one left, I figured I better get it before it's gone for good. I am hardly ever that lucky to get the last one, LOL. I think Bobbi came out with this last summer (2011). I know, I'm always kinda late on the newest things -- it's hard to keep up sometimes, LOL.
I was in a silly mood that day at Nordy's and I told the OTC girl that "Bali Brown" sounds so much like "Bobbi Brown". I think she did that on purpose, hehee.
Every girl who loves bronzing powder (I use bronzing powder all year 'round); knows how incredibly difficult it is to find the right bronzing powder, with the right formula and shade for their skin tone; and Bobbi Brown has some of the best bronzing powders on the planet!
After reading several other reviews online and seeing swatches, I decided that the shade "Bali Brown" would work best for my skin tone. It is a nice golden brown and it almost reminds me of MAC's "Golden Refined" bronzing powder. "Bali Brown" seems a tad bit rosy, but not too much that it would make me look orange-y-red. Personally, I like bronzing powders that are a true golden-brown.
I love how sheer this bronzing powder applies; not cakey at all and it does not have too much shimmer in it that you end up looking like a mirror ball :P It does make your skin "illuminate" and "glow" -- very natural looking.
I love BB's packaging also; a very nice shiny black compact and very well-made, I might add. My husband is a plastic engineer and I always show him my make-up when I am impressed with the packaging and design and he loves to see how things are made too; LOL.
|Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, "Bali Brown 5" (with flash)|
|Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, "Bali Brown 5" (close-up w/flash) -- you can see the subtle sparkle in the formula and a wee-tiny bit of rose, but not too much.|
|Me, wearing Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder "Bali Brown 5"|
|Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, "Bali Brown 5" (close-up w/no flash) -- you can see how true the brown and gold is without flash -- very natural looking.|
|Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, "Bali Brown 5" (swatch on my finger); you can see the "illuminating" shimmer (very subtle and not glittery)|