Last week, I purchased Dior Nude Glow Aurora Healthy Glow Summer Powder ($46 /#001), the lighter bronzing powder from Dior’s Summer 2011 Electric Tropics Collection. I’ve had the chance to play with this bronzer which confirm that this is exactly what I want to use in Summer 2011.
As you might recall, Aurora is the lighter toned bronzer of Dior’s Summer 2011 collection, suitable for my NC15/Chanel Cameo Intensity 1.0 complexion. I believe if you are deeper than MAC NC 30, you should look into the deeper version, Sunset (#002). As you can see, Aurora is an elaborately textured pressed powder that his a mix of light pink with a whisper of peach, a golden bronze and a tan. If pressed, I would say that this bronzer leans warm with a touch of pink (and a tiny dab of peach).
Application tips: My favorite way to wear this was to use a very soft wash of color, then adding a more concentrated dose on the upper cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. I started by applying very light layers using a large brush with very soft, pliable bristles. I used this Chanel Euro powder brush, keep in mind that Burberry will be selling a version that is similar soon. A Shu 18R or other very soft powder brush would work well too. Avoid using a blush or bronzer brush for this stage, or you might get too much color. I used the sweeping downward motion suggested by the House of Dior, where I swept the brush over the face lightly in a direction that mimics how the sun touches the skin in daylight. The key is to go very lightly at this step, you just want a faint bit of color. Also, do not fill in areas where the light would not hit (eye sockets, under the nose, etc.) to avoid flattening out the face.
Then, I used a small-headed brush (in my case, a MAC 165 brush, but others will work too) and blush brush, to more precisely place the bronzer. Here’s a nice bronzer tutorial by Lisa Eldridge:
Thoughts: Aurora is going to be one of my very favorite bronzers, based on its versatility and the touch of pink. It looks very natural, as your skin might look as a tan with a faint touch of pink. The warmth and pink cast remind of how skin actually looks when its been in the sun, rather than a powder bronzer. The powder is extremely finely milled, and it gives just a touch of glow. I just loved it. Fortunately, the compact is very large, (.35 ounces), so there is plenty of product to get me all of the way through September.
As a comparison with other bronzers, both Edward Bess Daydream and Nars Laguna are more neutral (less warm and no pink) and deeper in tone. When applied on the face, Soleil de Chanel Terre Epice is only slightly deeper, and lacks the pink tone of Dior Aurora. I really love Dior Aurora, and I’m glad to have it as part of my collection. Highly recommended.