Summer lovin’ (or, Rae’s bronzer beau of 2012.) | Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder review, photos, swatches

The product: Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder

Of the entire Lise Watier Summer Sunset collection, the one product that’s really won my heart has been this bronzing palette. I haven’t tried out all of the products yet, but the tones in this one are just right — it gives a very clear, effortless bronze, which is exactly what I’ve been loving this season.

I have a tendency to fall in love with one bronzer at a time, one for every year, and I have a feeling this is going to be my bronzer of 2012 — last year was  FaceFront Third Kiss Rocket Bronzer; the year before that, Annabelle Haute Gold Zebra Bronzing Powder. (True to form, I wore them more or less religiously for a few months, and… haven’t really touched either since.)

The shade: Reminiscent of Chanel’s Soliel Tan de Chanel bronzers (limited edition this summer and last – Beauty Look Book has a great post on both years’ bronzers, here), Lise Watier’s Summer Sunset compact contains five different shades, which blend together to create a lovely glow (minus the $60 price tag).

The brand recommends using the strips of colour in two separate swipes: a focus on the brown shades to add a bronze glow to the high points of the face, and a focus on the pink shades (the two on the left) to add colour on the apples of the cheek. I would have liked to see a bit more pigmentation out of the pink and peach shades–I had to go over each a good ten times for this intensity–but I think the shades themselves were all very well-chosen.

Swatched alone, the compact houses a pinky peach; a clear, bright pink; a rich golden-brown; an ivory-gold hilighter; and a light gold-bronze. The two bronze shades pack the most shimmer and the softest textures, while the ivory is more glow than shimmer, and the pink and peach are translucent mattes. Blended together, you get a soft, rosy-bronze shade; best for lighter skintones, but good for darker ones as well, if you want a  glow and a bit of colour but don’t expect it to fake a tan.

Summer Sunset‘s texture was hard enough to irritate me at first (I prefer my bronzers on the soft side), but it layers flawlessly and without a hint of chalkiness. What really makes this product worth a second look, though, is how finely-milled it is — the gold shimmer gives a gorgeous luminescence to the skin, but it’s smaller and less overtly noticeable than the shimmer in any of my other bronzers.

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder swatches

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder swatch, blended

The packaging: Okay, so I’m not crazy about the aesthetic of this packaging – fuchsia and orange stripes don’t really do it for me. If you love brights, though, these clutches (all of the Summer Sunset palettes come in the same packaging) are a bit brilliant, not to mention quite on-trend for Summer 2012.

In a move that I think was very cool, Lise Watier has made this packaging (in a way) reusable: once you’ve hit pan and finished up your products, both the mirror and pans can be removed, to use the case as a small clutch, card case, or clutch/mirror combination.

(The brush is a nice addition, too; I don’t usually like in-compact applicators, but I’ll make an exception for bronzers. Thin, flat brushes are great for layering on bronzers sheerly — sort of like a fan brush, but more compact and with more control. And, alright, I’ll admit that the black-and-fuchsia bristles are rather charming.)

The verdict?

At $35CAD for 11g, Lise Watier’s Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder is on the pricey side for a mid-range buy. It delivers a gorgeous colour, though, more summery glow than autumn fake-tan, and I can’t find anything even vaguely resembling a dupe for it in my collection. (For shade, yes. For shimmer and finish, no.)

If you’re looking for a natural, luminous summer bronzer, give this one a try. Lise Watier has gotten the peachy-bronze shade just right, and while sheer, the quality is definitely there: it layers without a hint of a powdery finish, and the golden shimmer is more finely-milled than any other bronzer I’ve found.

Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isopropyl Lanolate, Lauroyl Lysine, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Acetate, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, P-Anisic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Oleyl Oleate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, +/- Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7).

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder swatches: blended, unblended. 

Indirect sunlight; swatched heavily.

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder bronzer and brush

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Bronzing Powder label

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  • So pretty! I've swatched this a few times, but something's always kept me from getting it. Perhaps because I've fallen in love with a bronzer already and want to keep the stash from getting away from me again? :p

    Nevertheless, I remember you using this for a look and it looks so beautiful on you. Perfect for your lovely, pale skin. :)
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    • Ha! Nope, that's actually a terrific reason to not-buy other items :p Helps keep the size of your stash under control!

      And also: thank you, lovely ^.^

  • toyarosie

    I know this wouldn't give me the look I'm aiming for (just like the Chanel's didn't), but you make it sound so enticing nonetheless!! I don't love the packaging either, but I am a fan of striped cheek products – just one of those things :)
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    • I'm not partial to striped bronzers, myself (OCD + products that mess themselves up when you pull a brush over them = disaster), but I know what you mean ;)

  • I love the packaging! It looks so pretty! :D

    Also, I love how it looks on your fair skin, really nice and decent for a bronzer :)
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  • The re-usable packaging is a great idea. I do not mind the stripes on the outside, I like the pop of colors on black.
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    • It's kinda growing on me, to be honest! I like the way the stripes are sort of mirrored in the product itself, too. ;)

  • Dovey

    I was thinking how Chanel it looked too :) The pop of bright pink seems to make it quite different though~!

    • Hey, great minds think alike, after all!

      & ugh, yes. The pop of pink was a brilliant addition on Lise's part.

  • Want!!! I wonder if it will truly satisfy my Chanel Sable Rose cravings though…I'm afraid that if I get Summer Sunset, it will only peak my interest for how it compares to Sable Rose.
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    • Haha, it just might! And even if it doesn't, it's worth owning on its own right ;)

  • mostlysunnybunny

    I like this! It is reminiscent of some Chanel powders, and I think it looks very natural on you!
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  • (Thank you so much for telling me what this reminded me of right away! I would have agonized forever.) These shades are probably too pale for me though.

    • Haha, you're welcome! I have to agree with you on the shades, though — might make a nice luminizer-type bronzer, but definitely no actual bronzing. For a pale girl, though, bronzer finds like this one are a godsend!

  • I do like the reusable packaging, although to be honest, I probably wouldn't be using this as a clutch. The bronzer itself is perfect and gorgeous and perfect a couple more times. Love that little bit of pink in there, and the finish is just beautiful. Good choice for a summer love :)
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    • It's a liiiittle bit too small for me to use as a clutch… if by a "little bit," you mean "a ton." What can I say; I need to be prepared for all scenarios! :p

  • torince

    These look really nice – I love neutrals but this is the first basic palette I've really liked. I think we have a pretty similar skin tone, so your swatches are super-helpful!
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    • I'm glad they're helpful to you, Tor! It's always nice to find another skin twin out there ^.^

  • Oh my this is very pretty! I think this suits me a lot but do you know where I can buy this and ship internationally?

    • It might depend on where you live, but the Lise Watier site has a store (and e-shop) location page here! Hope that helps :)

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