Shimmering Loose Mineral Bronzer
This loose-powder bronzer has a subtle shimmering effect to give skin a healthy glow. The color is a natural-looking, medium bronze shade that will show up well on light to medium skin tones. The downside is that the lightweight, fluffy texture of the powder has a tendency to cling more prominently to normal areas of skin (not too oily or too dry), which can lead to uneven results.
- Finely milled, loose-powder texture feels lightweight on skin.
- Natural, medium bronze shade that works well on light to medium skin tones.
- Subtle shimmering finish gives skin a healthy, radiant glow.
- Can be messy to apply.
- Can cling unevenly to skin.
Including “mineral” in the name of this product is merely a marketing ploy to lead consumers to believe that all things mineral are something special. Mineral makeup generally includes the same cosmetic ingredients that companies have been using in products for years. There is nothing more natural or preferred about powders labeled mineral than other powders without that designation.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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