I like this bronzer, I personally use it more to contour my cheeks (I'm a nc35) it can make me look a tad muddy but I've learned to only apply a little at a time so I don't have to struggle taking some off if i applied too much. Love the fact that it's matte, and the packaging only thing I don't like is that the powder has a lot of fallout allover the place. It hasn't made me break out, i think lol than again i break out when trying new products but now that my skin is adjusted to anything after i use it a couple of times it has not made me break out at all.
I would whole heartedly agree with most of the reviews here.
I am a medium/tan skin tone (italian and american indian with a dash of polish/swedish) so I have a very hard time with bronzer. The ones that I have tried (Cargo, Nars, MUFE and the like) are either too light or too orange.
I think this bronzer is indeed a true BRONZE-BROWN. There is no pink (ala Benefit Dallas) and no shimmer (THANK GOD!!).
I use this product two ways first in the summer I use it as a regular bronzer to brighten/deepen my tan. In the winer I use it as a countour powder. The color works wonders on my cheek hollow, crease and nose contour.
I too had oily residue.... no idea why. Package is eh. But all in all a keeper.
I absolutely love this bronzer - the best I've ever used. I've been a devoted Bobbi Brown brozer user for years; I've moved back and forth between BB Light, Medium, and Natural. I have to say that Bahama Mama has absolutely no orage pigment whatsoever. It's a beautiful, natural light brown shade with no shimmer or sparkle (a problem I run into with most other bronzers except for BB). I've tried NARS, Cargo, Calvin Klein, Makeup Forever, and numerous others, but this will definitely be my HG.
I did find the same problem as other reviewers, though. The mirror side (by the way, the mirror is useless) had a bizarre oil all over it that soaked into a small part of the paper-based packaging; luckily the bronzer was untouched. It's really strange because the bronzer is a powder with no trace of oil.
UPDATE: After using this bronzer for just a little while, it broke in to pieces, streaked, and generally made a mess in my makeup bag and bathroom counter. I do still like the color, but had to end up tossing it after it essentially fell apart everytime I used it. I'm back to Bobbi Brown's Light Powder Bronzer. The difference in quality is amazing. I'll be sticking with Bobbi.
Mine also came with an oily residue on the inside of the package which BUMS me out because the packaging is paper/ cardboard. It soaked into the corners so mine is practically falling apart now and looks really gross in places. Strangely enough and thankfully the powder is untouched. No idea where that oily stuff came from--I'm suspecting the plastic strip they place on the mirror to protect it, because it was only there the first time I opened it up.
So. . . I'm deducting some lippies for Packaging quality and moving on because apart from this, I love this bronzer! At first I was peeved by how small it looks, especially in a world of big bronzers to choose from. I calmed down though once I realized it is *nearly* the same gram/ oz weight as NARS bronzers--just missing that big, nice, non-oily packaging. The girl on the front is cute, but I would really rather have something substantial here. I said I was over the packaging. Guess I lied.
The powder looks very dark, but it is sheer. If I were to compare it to anything I would say it is like a matte version of NARS Casino. Applied with a skunk brush I get a very believable brown tan. No orangey tones at all! I have fair skin w/ yellow undertones. I thought it would be too dark at first but it's not if you apply with discretion. No fragrance, no sparkle. Very realistic with a nice texture. Despite my frustrations over the packaging I would probably repurchase as I love the effect on my skin.
I love this item...
for reference, i'm a "DDD" or at least a very dark/medium skin tone. I have hispanic (mexican!) skin....and it gets dark in a flash in the sun.
However: i still needed something to warm me up, and provide a sun-bronzed look...without glitter or having to layer 100 times. This is that product.
Packaging: it's adorable, but kitschy. If BeneFit bugs you, this will probably bug you too. Also, not a huge fan of cardboard because it gets dirty and roughed up, and can't be made to look brand new again. That said: i love the look of it, and actually, mine came with a weird oily residue that was on the mirror (i have NO idea why - the outer package wasn't oily)....i had to use alcohol on a cotton ball to clean it up, and it left a tiny "oil" mark on the rim of the cardboard around the mirror (about the size of 1/2 a pea, nothing major and certainly not affecting the powder at all). Still, i felt like it was still near perfect, so i didn't need to return.
Product: there's plenty, but not as much as NARS Laguna or these other huge bronzers. For $18, you get a lot of product. It's quite powdery, so be prepared to shake off your brush and waste a teeny bit of powder...still, you have plenty, and you won't really miss the lost granules. I apply with a lot of caution: i swipe my brush sideways and barely graze the powder. I am not sure how this works for most people, but it does fine for me, and i waste almost no product. yay!
The pigment? it's amazing - very strong, but not at all anything to fear, particularly if you are darker and need more impact. Note to fair girls: probably not the ideal product for you! Stick to NARS Laguna or Sonia Kashuk bronzing powder....
This powder left me very "tan" looking on the face and yet, not orangey (not even remotely possible, even after a long day when most other products turn way orange on me).
If you want to golden-up your skin, you need to touch a little luminizer on, because this powder has no gold or shimmer. It's just a tan-brown.
Price: $18 - for the quality, it's a bargain IMHO.
LE? I am not sure if this is LE or not, but if it is, that's a bummer. I hope other bronzers can live up to this! It's so awesome. I want to buy a backup but that would be silly...since i likely won't hit pan on this for a long while. But i do plan to use it all summer!! :D
This is a very dark bronzer. For now I need to use a skunk brush ( Flirt feather dust-her) to apply it all over my face. If I apply too much it looks muddy. that being said I love the packaging and I think this will be great in the summer when I am deeply tanned. I love this combined with Hot Mama blush!
This is a decent bronzer...I am actually pretty suprised to be the first one to review it! I adore the classic pin-up advertising this brand uses. The bronzer comes in a hard, flip-open magnetic cardboard case with a cute bahama girl on the front. it also has a nice mirror inside, which is a plus. The only complaint I have about this powder is that it is a tad too soft, so it makes a bit of a mess when I use it and I feel like I am wasting more than I need to. (keep in mind I use one of the bare escentuals kabuki brushes to apply, which is pretty stiff, so you might have better luck with a softer brush) Other than that, I really like it! It has a lovely true tan color....not at all orange-y like so many other bronzers. I have very light skin (NC 20 in mac) and it gives me just enough color. Not muddy at all, just darkens the skin a bit. no shimmers in this bronzer, which I like as I use it alllllll over my face (yes, neck and chest sometimes too) and with the shimmerier bronzers I look like a disco ball. This bronzer can be easily layered, so if you want to highlight you can just brush whatever product right over this, or layer the bahama mama for a darker tan effect. I really like that this bronzer applies very evenly - no streaks or blotches at all. At $18 US a pop, it is a bit pricey but I would say to give it a try. I would purchase this again, but I am still on my search for HG :)