When is a bronzer, not a bronzer? Answer–> When it is a Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder! Both Maui and Antigua ($33 each) are two “bronzers” in Bobbi Brown’s bronzer line that are indisputably more like a highlighter/blush than anything that will give a tan effect. Nonetheless, I find that I’ve fallen hard for one of them, and can’t wait to dig into the other.
The typical bronzer comes in shades from beige, gold, dusty browns and pink-tans that usually darken the skin. Both Maui and Antigua are lighter colors that add a pop of natural blush that can be worn over a bronzer to keep you looking alive and pretty. Sometimes wearing a bronzer can deaden the skin, adding a veil of tan-brown. You can add a touch of blush for a pop of color, then a highlighter for added illumination. Bobbi Brown’s Maui and Antigua combine the last two steps–pop of color and highlighter–into one. And both colors are beautiful choices that seem to work well with bronzers. Also, you get a good size pan of color for $33–this is about the diameter of a Cargo blush, which is certainly very reasonable for the quality and look.
As you can see, my Antigua pan has that “well-loved” look. If you looked very close you’d see the concentric circles that signify that I’m getting close to hitting the pan on this one. I absolutely love this pink on my MAC NC15 skintone. I’ll be replacing that soon. The coral-pink Maui is new and unused in this picture:
If you are considering Antigua keep in mind that Bobbi Brown is releasing an Antigua palette this summer at Bloomingdale’s. You can see reviews and swatches of the palette at The Beauty Look Book at this link.
I’m going to pass on getting the Antigua palette, although it’s probably time for me to think about replacing my Antigua. First, I do not enjoy palettes with lip products exposed to powder products. Second, I’m not sure Antigua is pigmented enough to wear as a stand-alone blush unless heavily applied. So I’m not sure that the Antigua palette will work as a go-to travel palette for me.