Annabelle SkinTrue: keeping a bronze through the winter months

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What it is: Annabelle’s SkinTrue Duo Bronzing Pressed Powder

The basics: before finding Annabelle’s Zebra bronzer, this was definitely the best solution I had found out of the drugstore. It leans more red than it does orange, resulting in a much more natural glow than most drugstore options. The two sides give you the choice of a shimmery bronzer, a matte one, or a mix of the two. I tend to choose something with a bit of shimmer for a tanned application (ie on the high points of your face,) but go with something matte for a contouring application, so I guess this was made just for people like me: that’s exactly why they made it a duo!



matte / blended / shimmer
(Please note that the above have been swatched fairly lightly, and that the product does get even stronger in terms of pigmentation, if desired! The following photo is horrid for colour balance, but shows off the depth of pigment a touch better.)

Good to know: like many Annabelle products, this is unexpectedly pigmented, especially for a drugstore product. Which is great, at least if you ask me, because that means that a) a little goes a long way, and b) it will suit a broader range of skintones! For darker-skinned ladies, just opt for a bronzer or blush brush, and for lighter-skinned gals, try a fan or powder brush for a lighter application.

Depending on your skintone, some ladies may find it too orange — but honestly, you’d have to be applying quite a lot, and you’d need to be even cooler-toned than I. Most of you (like, in the 98% range) would likely find the shade just fine in terms of orange-ness.

The ingredients:

Ascorbyl palmitate, Boron nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Imidazolidinyl urea, Lauroyl lysine, Methicone, Methylparaben, Mica, Polymethyl methacrylate, Propylparaben, Silica, Squalane, Talc, Tocopheryl acetate, Zinc stearate. May contain: Iron oxides, Titanium dioxide.

Skintrue vs Zebra: I know you’ll ask, so I may as well tell you now! Out of the two, Zebra is my favourite — but they’re honestly so different they practically fall into different product categories. Clearly, this means only one thing: it’s table time. 
The verdict? If you’re looking for a drugstore bronzer (or a bronzer at all, actually,) this is absolutely the one that I’d choose. Now, I don’t personally use it, but that’s because I just don’t care for the bronzed look on myself – crazy, I know, but that’s me! For this reason, Zebra is my favourite, but if you’re looking for something to boost (or just plain-out create) that summery glow, trust me: this is it.


It’s cheap, it’s sleek, and it does its job well. So keep your eyes peeled for…
…that box there.
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