I cannot say enough great things about this, really, the ONLY downside is the messy application. The perfect product for faking a caught-by-the sun look or enhancing a tan. It's looks completely natural and this is largely due to the flawless texture that is undetectable on the skin. You need a light hand and a good buffing brush (I like the large Ecotools Bronzing Brush or Mac 109 w/ it) as it very pigmented and a little goes a long way, but once buffed in you literally cannot tell it's there on the skin. Never looks powdery, patchy,dull, or cakey. It's a matte bronzer but still gives a radiant glow without sheen or shimmer. It's a beautiful pick-me-up product and suits everyone from tanned to pale.
The reddish tones in this mimic the pinkish hue of skin that's just been caught by the sun, so it gives a really natural looking tanned look to the face and the body. I wish it were easier to use liberally as I love using this with a big bronzing brush over the body. It's beautiful run over the chest, arms and legs, and lasts forever on the skin.
It's a gorgeous contouring bronzer, warming and sculpting the face. You can even skip blush with Faux Tan, it's so pretty. If you're into cool or neutral bronzers like Benefit Hoola you may not like this, but I urge you to at least have the BE sales peeps to try it on you. Once you try it and get the hang of it of applying Faux Tan, I think you'll love it as much as me.
I hate to bring down the rating... but this looks horrible on NC20 skin! It turned red on my face. Not a flattering shade of "I've just been out in the sun exercising" red, but the 1997 brick red that everyone was wearing on their lips kind of red. And that's really gross. I can't contour with it and I can't put that kind of color on my eyes either. Maybe my skin is just too yellow for it? I don't know. I wanted to love this product but it looks TERRIBLE.
The only pro about this is how smoothly it goes on the face. It has great texture and color payoff... just wish it had less red in it. Urgh.
So the first time that I used this, I did not like it at all. Now that I am using it with the BE original foundation, I am in love. I am NC30 but perhaps not as yellow as MAC categorizes my skin. I wear BE original in Medium Beige, which is a neutral shade. This on top makes my skin glow... Not too shiny or greasy looking. It looks like I got a great tan and my face is golden versus appearing muddy or dirty. It does not cast an ugly orange on my face either. I have tried a lot of bronzers and my favorite had always been NYC Sunny but this beats Sunny. Highly recommended, especially if you are wearing BE foundations.
Love love love this product!!! I'm very fair and warmth just didn't ever do it for me! The faux tan has more of a brown undertone where as warmth was orange. It looks extremely natural and gives a sun kissed look and not orange cheeks!! I use this in the hollows of my cheeks, jaw line, temples, chine and dust it across my nose and it looks fantastic! I was recently at BE and a sales associate told me it was being discontinued but she had to have been mistaken because way too many people are in love with this product! Just a heads up!
I never thought I'd end up using a "bronzer." I hate most bronzers because of all the glitter that seems to be in almost all of them. I am naturally olive, and tend to get very dark in the summers since I'm lazy about using sunscreen. But now at my age, almost 60, I am trying to start taking better care of my skin, and have been using products that lighten age spots and even skin tone. So when I go out unshielded I end up undoing all that I've been striving for. But then I had this problem- sort of the reverse of a Farmer's Tan. My arms, legs, neck, shoulders, chest are all brown, but my face is several shades lighter. I was leery about trying this product, because many of the Bare Escentuals have a shimmer that seems magnetically attracted to my wrinkles. I usually use a very light consistency cream foundation or BB. But I decided to give this a try one day while at the Bare Escentuals counter.
It is great stuff! More matte than most of their original products, but not quite as matte as the new line. For me, the color is great- not too orange, not too dirty, not too shimmery-- just right. It made my skin look lovely when very lightly dusted over my foundation. I smoodged it down below my jawline and into my neck so as to diminish the difference in color between the two areas.Yea! It worked! So I bought it, and have been happy with it.
I found accidentally that it is also wonderful for making skin-tone look very even, and blends in areas where you have tan lines. When I wore a strapless dress the other day, I had strap marks from my tank tops. I fluffed on the Faux Tan, gave it a couple of coats, and voila, tan lines virtually gone.
I have now begun to use it routinely on my legs when wearing skirts this summer because even though I am dark, my legs have age-spots and uneven coloration. Faux Tan evens me out and gives a very faint healthy glow with NO shimmer.
The only drawback is the usual one with mineral products- it makes a mess. Can't keep that powder off the bathroom counter. But at least with this product, if some gets on my arms or neck, that's just fine. I just buff it in and look even better.
I love Bare Minerals, and I had always used Warmth since it is the standard bronzer. However, I switched to Faux Tan about a year ago and will never go back! It is much more natural than Warmth, less orangey. It lasts forever, especially when set with the Mineral Veil.
The best part is obviously the contouring effect. This product makes it look like I have amazing cheek bones, which I love.
Overall, a PERFECT product! And remember, you only need a tiny bit.
I use this product instead of the warmth to contour my face. Warmth is too orangey tan but Faux Tan is bronzey looking and more natural on my Asian skin. It doesn't break me out, a little goes a long way, and its not too shimmery or too matte.
Great bronzer that does not oxidize. I use a flat top brush to apply and it blends super well. It comes off tan, not orangey and does not wear off. I really appreciate the new BM packaging with a rotating plastic cover for the holes so I can travel with it without worrying about all the powder being on top of the sifter.
As a way to decrease bacterial buildup in the packaging, tap the powder onto a Kleenex and then use your brush to pick up the powder from the tissue.
love love love this product. i seriously an obsessed with it. this is my go to bronzer. the powder is sheer which enables you to build it up. you barely even feel it on your face. a lot of other bronzers have made me look cakey and break out, but Bare Escentuals is very light. i've never gotten a pimple from this product once. you don't come out looking orange either, you get a deep dark tan. i can't say enough good things about this product.
because it's a loose powder i tend to run out very quickly :( be careful not to knock it over or tap the brush too hard because it can get messy!
this has been my go to bronzer for about a year and a half now. at first i loved it.i thought it was very natural looking.for reference im an nw30 in mac.i no longer use this bronzer.like i said i have had it over a year and still have a lot of product left,so thats great.BUT,i hate the packaging.its annoying,messy and theres no mirror.i now think the color always looks dark and dirty on me,and is near next to impossible to blend or even buff out. it does not wear well at all either.by the end of the day its nearly gone and if im going out and want to reapply it,thers a dark muddy mess left to deal with.like i said at first i loved this bronzer and it was my first high quality bronzer,but i have come to discover there are better bronzers with better colors for my skin tone,that wear ALOT better. i will keep it in my make up drawer tho and revisit it in august when im very tan.until then it justs sits there.