Hi, everyone! As a fairly pale gal who likes to stay out of the sun, using a bronzer in the summertime is a must. That said, anything that leaves me blotchy or orange is completely out of the question. So when Nudestix offered to send along their brand new Bronzing Pencil** my way, I was definitely interested! Nudestix's wheelhouse is creating soft, wearable, sheer nude products, so I was hopeful that their bronzer would leave me looking like a naturally sunkissed summer goddess. Too much to ask for? ;)
Nudestix promises that their Bronzing Pencils** offer a natural, lightweight, and waterproof formula that creates a warm, beachy glow effortlessly.
The Bronzing Pencils**, like all other goodies from the brand, come housed in lightweight metal containers along with a handy mirror, full instructions, and a sharpener that's a perfect fit for Nudestix pencils.
The pencils are dual-ended, with one side offering a deeper shimmer shade and the other, a lighter matte option. Nudestix suggests that the shimmery end can be used as a complexion highlighter as well as an eye shadow, while the matte shade is designed to both contour and bronze the skin.
There are two Bronzing Pencil shade options and I was sent the darker of the two. The shimmery shade in this duo is called Brown Sugar. It's a warm, mid-tone luminous coppery bronzy brown. The matte shade of the duo is Terra, a creamy, warm golden brown.
Here is the Bronzing Pencil duo swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone), with Terra on the left and Brown Sugar on the right. As you can see, both are quite pigmented and there is a noticeable difference between the matte and shimmery finishes:
Now to see the Bronzing Pencil in action! Here are how things looked before blending- like a work of abstract art! I applied Terra, the matte shade, along my cheekbones and up towards my temples, as well as along my jawline, as a contour, while I swept Brown Sugar, the shimmery shade, on the apples of my cheeks and on my lids for some warm and glow.
And here are a couple shots of things all blended out! As you can see, they give definite warmth and definition to my complexion.
And here is the Terra/Brown Sugar Bronzing Pencil in the context of a completed makeup look! I've applied just a touch of the Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss in Free Ride on the apples of my cheeks. Otherwise, all other colour on my complexion is from the Bronzing Pencil!
And finally, a full breakdown of the ups and downs of this unique product:
- The inclusion of both matte and shimmery shades makes this extremely versatile and allows you to customize your look
- Creamy, easy to apply texture that blends like a dream!
- These can be worn quite sheerly or built up for more intensity
- I have not tested the waterproof claim, but these wear well without fading or creasing for at least 7-8 hours!
- Packaging is incredibly handy, compact, and lightweight- perfect for carrying in your handbag!
- At $28 CAD, I find this to be a great value, especially given that 2 shades are included!
- I find the matte shade here (Terra) to be much too warm to be used as a contour shade, but it works wonderfully as a matte bronzer!
- As both shades in this duo are quite warm, they might not look natural on very fair or cool-toned complexions
Overall, this product is a real winner! Due to my oily skin, I rarely reach for creamy bronzers and contour products, but I have been using this duo on the regular because it's just so handy! While the tones from the Terra/Brown Sugar duo are slightly deep for my complexion, the blendability of the formula makes them incredibly wearable and flattering. And the wear time really is great! This product has truly rendered me a cream bronzer convert and has lived up to my naturally bronzed goddess hopes :)
To read more about the Nudestix Bronzing Pencils**, check out the brand's site, here!
Have you tried anything from Nudestix? Are you a cream or powder bronzer type of gal?
Thanks for dropping by! xo
** This product was sent to me from Nudestix for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are authentic and 100% my own.