For summer, I’m taking a look at Edward Bess’ Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream ($48 for 0.3 oz.)), a soft, natural bronzer. This bronzer has an understated elegance that I can easily and confidently wear.
It’s impossible to over-do it. Unlike some bronzers I’ve tried (I’m looking at you, Giorgio Armani!), Daydream does not give the faintest hint of orange or cakey build-up when densely applied. Yet, Daydream is not too subtle. Unlike Guerlain Blondes, which can sometimes look a little beige even on my pale skin, Edward Bess’ Daydream is soft and easily picked up by the brush. Daydream is an easy bronzer, even for those normally reluctant to add a little glow.
Daydream is sold in a large round compact with a mirrored lid. The compact is very slim and easy to pack for travel.
This bronzer is very soft and natural—arm swatches simply do not do this product justice. I asked my daughter Liz to pose for one picture without bronzer (on the left), then to add Daydream for a second picture (on the right):
Liz applied this product with a Sephora Bronzer Brush, added the color nearly everywhere, but more heavily on the chin, cheeks and forehead. As you can see, Liz’s picture on the left is her normal pale NC15/20 (Chanel Cameo in Tient Innocence Fluid) skin tone. Adding Daydream for the picture on the right, Daydream’s almost-matte texture gives Liz a “your skin but better” glow. The powder is very easy to work with, and seems to take away any oil-glow from being outdoors in summer.
- Tutorial: Bronzers can be used to sculpt and contour by focusing on the forehead, chin and cheeks. Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has done a lovely bronzer tutorial at her site.
Liz finished her makeup by adding a blush, here Nars Lovejoy, to finish her look:
Overall, I like Edward Bess’ Daydream bronzer for an everyday, subtle and sophisticated look. It’s very appropriate for work or for a formal outdoor event where I want a bit of glow. For example, if I were attending a wedding, business meeting or a formal lunch, this is the bronzer that I would reach for. I can see myself purchasing Desert Sun, Edward Bess’ darker bronzer, for a more dramatic look and to add variety.
Stay tuned–this week, I am hoping to post a review for the newly reformulated Guerlain Blondes bronzer for a comparison.