| Review | Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Java Sun Bronzer

Review | Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Java Sun Bronzer 

After hearing quite a bit of hype over this collection, I caved and bought a significant amount of the previously released products, including this bronzer. I had heard that this was one of the best products from the collection and as someone who loves bronzer. uses it daily, and has actually finished several bronzers, I knew I had to have it. 

The Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Java Sun Bronzer retails for $65.00 USD for .42oz and is available at Sephora and other retailers. Like the majority of the collection, this product is packaged in a pebbled leather casing with a gold trim. It is very chic and luxurious and embraces the Victoria Beckham luxury style. The compact has a very good weight to it and feels sturdy. The compact reminds me of a chic leather clutch especially with the gold clasp that closes it. It comes with a large mirror, which I always appreciate in a compact. 

The bronzers come in two shades Saffron Sun and Java Sun. From what I can tell, the difference between the two is that Saffron Sun is lighter and slightly cooler but not by a lot. I chose the Java Sun because I felt it would suite my medium-tan skin tone better. The shade is almost neutral because it doesn't lean too warm but not cool either. Both shades seem quite light and will probably only suit fair to medium skin tones, it will probably be too light for me in the summer. The bronzer is matte and doesn't contain any shimmer.  

The swatch is done with several layers.

The powder is very smooth and soft but doesn't have a lot of "kick-up" or excess powder when you dip the brush in. I find that I need to layer this bronzer to get more intensity but it builds up very nicely. The shade is very natural on my skin tone but I feel like I need to use a significant amount of product to build up the color on my skin tone. I also feel that with this formula, I need to use a pressing motion to apply the product into my skin over a sweeping motion, to ensure the depositing of pigment and an even application. 

I really enjoy the color and tone of this product but I wish it was darker. The two bronzers don't reach a very large skin tone range and for me, this doesn't give me much room to work with when I get a tan. I love the look of the bronzer on my skin, especially when paired with the rest of the collection. It really creates a very "expensive" look to the skin and a pretty natural tan. While I do like the bonzer, I don't feel there is anything particularly unique about the formula and therefore isn't worth the high price. I have many bronzers and many of them offer a similar effect. The texture of this powder is very beautifully and it blends into the skin very nicely but it really needs to suit your skin tone and be the perfect bronzer for you, for it to be worth the price. I have seen many people rave about how this is their favorite bronzer and even claim it to be back-up worthy. I personally feel there are bronzers of equivalent quality that costs significantly less. 

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