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Dior Aurora Bronzer Makeup Look

April 18, 2011

Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora ($46 #001), has been reviewed by Cafe Makeup here and here. As you’ll recall, this is a gorgeously textured Summer 2011 bronzer that has a touch of pinky peach.

We had many requests to see this bronzer applied, so this weekend Liz was kind enough to do a few pictures.  She applied Dior Aurora all over the face using the large, soft Chanel Flat Powder Brush (reviewed here).  She swept the brush in a downward motion, to mimic the way that the light hits the face from the sun.  She then took a small-headed MAC 165 brush, and applied Dior Aurora in a more concentrated way on her cheeks, parts of her forehead and a bit on her chin.  Liz is not wearing any blush or highlighter.  The only color you see over her foundation is Dior Aurora.

Liz is wearing Dior Aurora over Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation in Intensity 1.0 Ivoire, together with Chanel Rouge Coco Magnolia lipstick (reviewed here) topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imaginaire (reviewed here).  She’s wearing the white and pink shades from Chanel’s Ombres Perlees eyeshadow palette (reviewed here).  Just for fun, Liz added a touch of MAC Reflects Gold as a wash over the eyeshadow for a little added sparkle.

We both enjoy Dior Aurora for use on the face, because the little touch of pinky peach and glow.  Dior Aurora is a glowy bronzer–that is, the skin seems to pick up a luminous look where the light hits.  It eliminates the need to add a blush and/or highlighter, and so it’s a very convenient way to get a very natural summer look.  Particularly in the very top picture, you can see that the little bit of color gives the impression of lightly sun-touched skin, without the incurring any damage of actual sun exposure.

Here’s a quick comparison of Dior’s Aurora and Guerlain’s Terra Inca (reviewed here)–which do you prefer?

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  • Dain April 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Wow, wow, wow. Thank you for showing us how it behaves on the skin. I hope they release it here soon.

  • Musing on Beauty April 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    This is becoming an impossible choice. Yesterday I did like the Guerlain a lot, now I’m wowed by the Dior one, I just don’t know which one to get anymore!!

  • Nicolle April 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

    thanks so much for the comparison! I am getting my make-up done this weekend at Dior and the summer collection will be out. I ignored the bronzers cause I figured it would just make me look orange or too dark but Aurora is so pretty! I like it a lot better than the Guerlain one. I’m excited! 🙂

  • xiao April 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I totally understand why you prefer Dior Aurora. can’t wait for it to hit counters!

  • Ksenia M. April 19, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Dior looks much more natural! It’s an ideal bronzer for a light skin, I want it 🙂

  • Livia April 19, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thank you Liz! She is so pretty in every single bronzer it is hard to chose which one to buy:) I like the Dior more:)

  • Mar April 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Thank you! I love this powder on you, Liz. I want to try it because I also have fair skin. There are so many beautiful bronzers this year!

  • Nosinmymakeup April 19, 2011 at 1:50 am

    It´s more natural Dior ´s Aurora than Guerlain.

  • Eli April 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    A very healthy and glowing look 🙂 Really like it!

  • ziggy_medusa April 19, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Aurora looks gorgeous! Definitely the winner over the Guerlain, hands down. Any idea about how it compares to the new Chanel Bronzer (Summer 2011)? I am debating between the Dior and Chanel….decisions, decisions….

    • Amy April 19, 2011 at 4:53 am

      Not yet, sorry Ziggy. My Chanel just arrived!

  • Jennise April 19, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I can understand why you recommend Dior Aurora over the Guerlain Bronzer. The Dior adds so much more life to the face, gorgeous totally sold. Thanks Amy, I always find your reviews such a help when I can’t decide.

  • shusheshe April 19, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I think the Dior looks great on you~ I just wish I could afford it. Did you review the Chanel bronzer yet or did I miss it?

  • Sarah April 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Love the Dior!!

  • Michelle April 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

    So gorgeous and natural looking. The Dior makes Liz look like she’s glowing from within!

  • Katie April 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hi Amy,

    I think I am the only one so far who prefers the Guerlain. Don’t get me wrong, they both look positively beautiful on her. It’s true that Dior’s looks more natural, which I guess is why I prefer the Guerlain. For me, I like my bronzer to be a little more noticeable (not Snooki noticeable, but a little more color than the Dior offered.) They are both lovely; they just offer different looks.

    This question is actually related to Magnolia….since it is no longer offered, are there any lipsticks that are dupes for Magnolia? That lip combo is a knockout! I am literally ready to order Imaginaire right now!

    Great modeling from Liz! I love the looks you guys do – it is so helpful and the pictures are such great quality!


    • Amy April 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

      Perhaps look at Chanel Rouge Coco in Camelia?

    • Jennifer April 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I like Guerlain better also. I guess we can share it all!

  • jeanie April 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Thanks so much for this post- this was so helpful! I think the Dior will be better on my complexion. It’s really gorgeous!

  • Julia April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Amy- do you think Aurora would work on cool-toned skin? I have been content using Edward Bess Daydream, but would like a little more glow. Thanks!

    • Amy April 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Julia–bronzers on cool toned skin are tough! Honestly, Edward Bess is one of the most neutral–I’d stick with it. You might want to stop by a Dior counter to swatch Aurora, but I wouldn’t commit through online ordering without that. Aurora does have a golden tone, there is no question about it, that you might find too warm on you. Having said all that, adding a touch of sheer highlighter over Bess’ would work brilliantly. I’ve enjoyed his cream highlighters, as well as other brands powder versions. If you check the “highlighter” category of Cafe Makeup, you’ll see numerous comparisons.

      • Zuzu's Petals April 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        I have been wearing Chantecaille Les Pétales Lumière de Rose Highlight lightly dusted over my cheekbones over Edward Bess Bronzer in Daydream, and it looks really glowy. And I am very fair and very cool. The Chante highligher is a golden pink, so it blends perfectly with the golden brown of the Bess bronzer.

  • Lakshmi April 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Both these look gorgeous on Liz, but what the Dior has working for it is that it’s one product with effect of three (blush, bronzer, highlighter) and is portable. These are definitely important points but the *overall* look I prefer the Guerlain one– even though it is the effect of Pink Explosion + bronzer! Lovely pictures, they really bring out the beauty of both products.

  • luvelle April 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    They are both lovely and both on my list to try! The Dior bronzer will make a good transition bronzer.. the effect on Liz’s skin is very beautiful. The Guerlain gave her a “just-back-from-the-tropical-island” glow. Thank you for this helpful review.

  • Pam April 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Both look beautiful on Liz. Being from Florida, I would have to say I really like the Dior for Spring and the Guerlain for Summer…I think it would look like a gradual lovely tan.

  • lazeny April 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for the reviews it’s been extremely helpful. They are both stunning on you, Guerlain gives you a tanned look while Dior imparts a glow from within. I’m not a huge fan of Dior I admit, I only have one item of them and it was also a gift, but I just know I’m going to purchase the Dior summer powder and first thing tomorrow I’m gonna have it reserved.

  • Modesty Brown April 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I think the Dior looks amazing and so natural. That touch of pink peach in it really appeals to me as I think it would prevent a slightly muddy look that I sometimes get if I’m too heavy handed. Thank you both for this! *adds new item to the list*
    Jane x

  • Lisa B. April 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Definitely prefer the Dior Aurora. Much more natural.

  • Kara April 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I always love your blog and you and your daughter are beautiful! Since you asked, I think the Dior is super on her. In all honesty, I often feel like she has on way too much bronzer in many of her looks. This color is just FAB on her. Keep up the good work! Kara

  • Nazia @ Mascara Magic April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous – both the bronzer and Liz! I don’t actually own a single bronzer but I think this may be my first foray into the bronzing world!

    I just have to add that I love the relationship you seem to have with your daughter. I’m kind of envious – you guys share a passion for makeup and not only that, you seem to dote on each other. It’s just lovely.

  • Bella April 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Aurora is extremely flattering on Liz! I really like the Guerlain bronzer for a more “tan” look but the Dior one would probably suit me better for most of the year (NC30/light olive skin tone). I hope you get a chance to do a look with at least one of the new Chanel bronzers. It would be so helpful! I bought Edward Bess Daydream last summer, but I must admit that I don’t love it :- / I am hoping one of these new bronzers will work better for me.

    This is a little off topic but I’m not sure where else to ask. I loved Liz’s feature on what was in her makeup bag a few months ago. Would it be possible for her to do one on her skincare? I had to ask because I always notice what lovely, glowing skin she has!

    • Amy April 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Liz–what do you think?

  • Chynna April 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    That Dior is absolutely perfect.

  • brittany April 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    see, this is the way girls her age should fix their makeup! its so fresh and pretty
    Dior is far prettier. My favorite bronzer is korres monoi bronzer. Monoi bronzer is just right and doesn’t look over done its kinda like dior’s.
    what foundation does liz wear?

  • Zuzu's Petals April 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I actually like both looks a lot, since the can serve different purposes. The Dior is more natural and gorgeous for spring,while Guerlain would be a great look on a hot summer evening in August. Liz looks beautiful both ways. I only slightly prefer Dior, but that’s probably because I have Miss Piggy pink skin.

  • Katya April 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Definitely the Dior! The other one is too dark for her…. She looks so much fresher with the dior

  • Lori Jenkins April 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I love your blog! I just shattered my beloved Chanel bronzer in toundra that was discontinued, so I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your bronzer posts! Liz is so lovely and I’m amazed at how beautiful the Dior is on her. It’s exactly how a bronzer should love on fair skin. So much more natural than the Guerlain, as well as the others I’ve seen of her in other posts. I was ready to go to Nordstrom and head straight to Chanel but now I think I need to check out Dior!

    Thanks for your amazing work in sharing products with your readers!

  • M.E. April 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

    After reading this post, I dashed out and bought the Dior Aurora. I’m very pale — Chanel LIft Lumiere 05 Faience, MAC NC15 — so bronzer can be near-impossibly dirty on me. Not this Dior. The Aurora is bliss.
    By the way, your blog is bliss, too. Thanks for taking such care with the photographs.

    • AGA April 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Where did you buy it? I can’t find it anywhere

      • Amy April 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        I bought this in Paris at the Dior Boutique–it’s due in the U.S. on or before May 1st everywhere. I understand the Sephora is putting the product up now and it should be for sale soon there.

  • M.E. April 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    To AGA: Sorry, I should have said in my earlier post — I live in Belgium, and the Dior collection arrived this week.

  • Nina April 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Hi Amy,

    Aurora looks lovely! Do you know how it compares to Guerlain Terracotta Light in Blondes 01? Thanks 🙂

  • Delyteful Speaks April 25, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I NEED to get my hands on this NOW! It looks absolutely stunning on you hun! I like it much better than the Gurelain one.. Gives you a more believable bronzey look.. Love it

  • nawi April 25, 2011 at 2:48 am

    thank you so very much for your review it was very helpful. I rushed to the store to get the aurora bronzer and got the last one alreay i love it!

  • Panda April 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for these pictures and latest bronzer reviews! I bought my own Aurora bronzer today and I’m also already totally in love with it. I wouldn’t have bought and found it with out you two 🙂

  • resham May 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Aurora looks beautiful and warm. Very natural and lovely glow. The other one makes you look dirty…sorry!

  • Shiksa May 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I just wanted to stop by and say that your review inspired me to check out Aurora, I was totally wowed. The SA tested it out on me and when I stepped outside to check it in the sunlight I was so impressed with how it made my light skin look naturally sun kissed. I suppose it goes without saying that I rushed back into Macys and purchased it. 🙂

    • Amy May 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Shiksa! I’m glad you found it! 🙂 I love it too….

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