Beach Bunny Bronzer
This wonderfully silky pressed-powder bronzer, with a truly clever name, combines four stripes of color in one compact. There aren't dividers between the shades, so it's difficult for a standard brush to pick up only one color at a time, but no worries: Blending the colors together creates an attractive, multidimensional, rosy bronze shade that is workable for all skin tones.
That said, we don't recommend this product for use as an all-over bronzer because the combination of the rosy color and the shiny finish does not equal a natural-looking tan. Instead, we recommend using it on the cheeks instead of blush. If you normally apply blush and then bronzer, this is a convenient way to skip a step but still achieve a similar, more subtle look.
- Smooth, finely milled pressed powder applies easily and blends well.
- Rosy bronze tone is great for all skin tones, but best used on the cheeks, not all over.
- Appropriate for all skin types except very oily.
- The rosy hue isn't suitable for creating a tanned look over large areas.
Too Faced At-A-Glance
Too Faced is the brainchild of Jerrod Blandino, who got his start in the cosmetics industry as a department store makeup artist in the '90s. According to brand lore, Blandino's clients sought him out for his lighthearted, playful approach to beauty, which led him to create his own line. Soon he teamed up with business partner Jeremy Johnson, and launched Too Faced. The brand caught on quickly, getting distribution in stores like Nordstorm and Sephora.
Too Faced's biggest hook is its emphasis on a feminine persona that seeks to make beauty seem fun. There are several food- and scent-themed palettes, and many products bear trendy or cheeky monikers. The brand offers some top-notch performers, including some great powder products and its top-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, though there are some mis-steps as well (see our individual reviews for more information).
Note: In November 2016, cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought Too Faced for $1.45 billion. Despite the fact that Estee Lauder sells products in China, where animal testing is in some cases required by law, Too Faced's founders say they maintain their commitment to no animal testing (and there are no plans so far to sell Too Faced products in China).
For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics call (949) 553-4431 or visit the Web site at www.toofaced.com.
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