If you’re anything like me, then you’ve spent a lot of time and money trying to find the perfect bronzer. I’ve regularly come across formulas that catch on the skin, looking patchy and mucky, rather than smooth, natural-looking and radiant like how I’d want. A couple of years ago I came across the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer, which did everything I needed: it’s smooth, blurring, buildable, and a flattering colour too. I loved the formula and shades so much that it made me very picky about the bronzers I’d add to my makeup collection since. Fast forward to when Victoria Beckham Beauty launched their Matte Bronzing Bricks – I’d loved everything that I’d tried from the brand so far, with their luxurious textures and finishes, so I knew I had to try it. With that said, here is my Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick review.
TEXTURE & FINISH
The Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Bricks are incredibly lightweight. The silky smooth pressed powder blends effortlessly across the skin, and blurs texture at the same time. It has a beautiful soft-matte soft-focus radiant finish that allows the skin to look bronzed in a very natural and gentle way. The pigment is buildable, and has a manageable formula that prevents any patchiness on the skin.
As the Matte Bronzing Bricks have quite a firmly pressed formula, make sure your makeup brushes are clean. Any oil from your brushes can transfer to the powder bronzer, and this can cause a fine layer of oil that prevents your brushes from being able to pick up the powder and, therefore, pigment. Don’t worry at all if this does happen – get a little bit of scotch tape and press it a few times in any areas necessary, and it will be fixed just like that.
SHADES, TONES & APPLICATION
The Matte Bronzing Brick comes in 5 colour ways. Each has two shades – one lighter bronzing tone, and one deeper more ‘sculpting’ tone.
I have the lightest colour way, 01, and I can’t express enough how beautifully the two tones work together. The lighter shade in 01 is a tad warmer than the darker shade, and I use this as my bronzer colour across my entire cheekbone area, across my temples and forehead, and a little on my nose, with a large cheek brush. Then, with a smaller and more precise cheek brush, I use the deeper shade as a sculpting tone, carefully placing pigment to emphasise bone structure and add extra depth where desired. I love the effect the two tones have together, and that they’re not too warm against my fair complexion.
PACKAGING & PRICE
Now, if there is any catch, it’s here: the price. With a huge £56 price tag, I’m sure a lot of people would question whether or not they should purchase such a luxury item. Given the likes of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer, which is a huge bronzer with 16g of product and which retails for £44, the Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick is much more expensive despite offering less product with 9.6g per pan. However, the VBB Matte Bronzing Bricks do offer two shades within one product, so there’s no need to purchase a lighter or deeper shade if that’s what you’d like.
So there are pros and cons. Personally, I don’t particularly need or want two shades on an everyday basis, but I do love the look the Matte Bronzing Brick provides. I do really believe that the decision comes down to what your makeup preferences are. All in all though, it’s a beautiful product that I’m thoroughly enjoying owning and regularly using.
Now that we’re at the end of my Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick review, if you’d like to see my other favourite bronzer formulas on the market, you can do so by clicking the link provided.