I don’t know about you, but I have no luck finding drugstore bronzers. It seems like they always either have an ingredient I can’t use due to sensitivities or they don’t have a shade that would work. I’ve heard a lot of praise for this L’oreal bronzer and since I do like a satin finish over matte for bronzer, I decided to check it out. Most of the reviews I either read or watched mentioned that the product had shimmer running through it but that it wasn’t really noticeable once applied. The problem I ran into was finding a review of the shade 03 Deep on someone who actually had a deep skin tone. Seeing the bronzer in person, I was really worried about the amount of shimmer it has, so I wanted to know if anyone had tried the darkest shade. I could never find one, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
L’oreal Lumi Bronze It, $11.52 at Walmart, $11.97 at Amazon, $14.00 at Ulta
To be fair, the product description from Ulta claims that the L’oreal Lumi Bronze It has a “barely there shimmer.” The Amazon description calls it a “shimmer bronzer,” but also states that it has a “sublte, barely there shimmer”. So the fact that there is shimmer isn’t something that is hidden or surprising. The downside for me is the fact that the shimmer is only subtle or barely there in low light conditions.
To its credit, this bronzer blends very easily. It is pretty loosely pressed and does kick up some powder. I found it necessary to tap excess product off my brush before applying. It does also show up nicely on my skin tone (NARS Tahoe, Estee Lauder Double Wear 4W4, MAC C8), but I have trouble understanding how this would work for someone who is actually “deep.” I consider myself to be in the medium deep/dark range of a good shade range.
I find that you absolutely can see the shimmer on my face in direct sunlight and even in my bathroom lighting (4 – 40 watt soft white LEDs). My first time using this bronzer, I checked it outside and I was excited that I didn’t see any sparkles, but it was an overcast day. When I’m just sitting in my office, I also can’t detect the shimmer. But the amount of shimmer that is detectable it is unpredictable as the lighting situation changes.
I even tried wiping off an entire layer of product to see if it was just an over spray. I don’t know about the other shades in this range, but for this shade, the shimmer seems to run through the entire pan.
The closest shade comparison I have in a similar finish is the NARS Bronzing Powder in Punta Cana. I do not consider these to be dupes, but they do have a similar finish on the skin. If it wasn’t for the shimmer particles being so noticeable, this L’oreal Lumi Bronzer would have been a nice alternative for those not wanting to pay $38.00 for the NARS Bronzing Powder.
I think the big issue will come into play if you are someone that has light shining down directly on you. When I am in my office all of the lighting is either more in front of me or behind me, and I suspect that is why the shimmer isn’t as noticeable then. So while I am disappointed, at least I was able to share my thoughts about the L’oreal Lumi Bronzer for those curious about the shade 03 Deep.
If you’ve tried a different shade in this line, is the shimmer an issue for you? Do you have any fragrance-free drugstore bronzers you can recommend? Let me know in the comments section below.
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