Whenever Glossier launch something new, it always generates a lot of excitement, and this particular launch was particularly hyped up, and people couldn’t wait to give it a try.
The Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme is Glossier’s first ever bronzer, although they do have a bronze shade of their Haloscope Highlighter Stick. This particular launch piqued my interest as it had ‘Paint’ in the name, and I’m a big fan of the Glossier Cloud Paint Blushers.
Glossier’s brand new bronzer is £17 / $21, and contains 13ml / 0.43 fl.oz. of product within a white, plastic tube. It’s a squeezy plastic tube, which I definitely appreciate, as when you’re nearing the end of the tube, you’d be able to squeeze from the base of the tube, to use up as much product as possible.
The Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme is described as being a weightless bronzer designed to capture the warm glow you get from spending a day in the sunshine.
Glossier have created the cream bronzers as offering a touch of luminosity from light-reflecting pearls and a thoughtful balance of warmth and dimension (so your bronzer looks just as natural in broad daylight as it does in your bathroom mirror).
“The almost-whipped gel crème is infused with Desert Milk™ (a micro-emulsion of plant oils and extracts like Jojoba and Aloe) to condition and nourish, and has a natural-effect finish that blends seamlessly with the heat of your fingers.“
The Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme features a doefoot applicator for precise application, and Glossier recommend starting with a ‘few dots’, and then blending them out, and building up the colour, which suggested the formula is super pigmented.
The Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme is available in just four shades;
- Flare – a light, neutral bronze with gold pearl for fair-light skin tones
- Ray – a medium, warm bronze with gold pearl for light-medium skin tones
- Heat – a rich, brown bronze with gold pearl for tan-deep skin tones
- Volt – a deep, red bronze with copper pearl for deep-rich skin tones
I saw lots of TikTok videos of the bronzer with swatches, and the four shades all looked pretty dark, so I chose the lightest shade, and hoped I’d be able to make it work for me. However, now I’ve tried the lightest shade; Flare, I’m really surprised by how much lighter it is in real life.
I don’t use filters on my photos, but this is Flare unblended/blended on my super pale skintone, and it’s a really great shade for super fair skintones. I thought it would be too deep for me, but if you have skin slightly deeper than mine, you might be off choosing one of the deeper shades.
The formula is slightly whipped, and smooth, but it dries and sets very quickly, so you really do need to blend as soon as you’ve applied it, otherwise it’s impossible to blend. If I had to give a comparison for the formula, it would be their Cloud Paint Blusher formula crossed with their Lid Stars Cream Eyeshadows.
It’s smooth, and easy to blend, and feels like there’s perhaps silicones within the formula, but I can’t see any on the ingredients list. It has the slip of a silicone-infused blush/bronzer, but it’s quite sheer, yet buildable too.
Flare is a very warm toned light bronze, and the formula is loaded with glitter. I didn’t expect to see glitter, as there’s no mention of any on the Glossier website, but it’s noticeably sparkly, so it might not be for everyone.
Ignoring the glitter, the formula of the Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme is quite luminous, and imparts a pretty, natural glow and a hint of colour.
I have also tried it on the lids as a cream eyeshadow, and it looks beautiful on the eyes too, which I didn’t expect, but it doubles up as a really pretty quick-t0-apply cream shadow. If you love the Glossier Cloud Paints, you’ll love the new Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Creme, and it’s available right now.
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