It’s that time again – another beauty product from my mahoosive international beauty swap that I did with my lovely instabuddy @2vidasindalls.
Covergirl – we dont get that range in the UK and more importantly for me – we don’t get Covergirl Queen. So I see Queen Latifa, Janelle Monae Paula Patton and Sofia Vergera looking amazing in their adverts …and I cant get none of that. Except now I can.
Do black women need a bronzer? Well… for women of all races, emphasising the structure of the face is one of the ways that we enhance our beauty with make up. We put a dark colour in the crease of the eye and a light colour under the eyebrow. We define the mouth with a lip liner and we define the face using blusher, highlighter and contour powder. For me with my face that is as round as a plate, contouring is important, especially as I love to have medium to heavy coverage foundation to conceal my scars from spots.
Cover Girl Queen Natural Hue Bronze in Ebony Bronze is the deepest shade in the range. It is a dark brown (not as darks as Coconut Grove from NARS which I have used as a contour) with a red undertone and a light sprinkling of gold shimmer. It is not as shimmery as the Fashion Fair Illuminating Powders . The packaging is not at all inspiring – even for a mass market brand and it is not that robust but you get eleven grams of product for approximately seven dollars so I’ll let that go.
The clever thing about this product is that when I get a tan, I do get more ‘red’ in terms of my undertone which this product picks up very well. I love the fact that it is not too sparkly and one of my favourite no make up make up looks using this over a light application of liquid moisturiser with this bronzer on both my eyes and cheeks. The colour is quite close to my skintone so it has a very subtle effect on my skin and I get lots of complements when I wear it. If you have a fairer complexion then mine, the red undertone might be problematic for you if you are wearing this product around the perimeter of your face.
I don’t think that we have a UK equivalent product. Sleek do bronzers but in smaller and nicer (sorry Covergirl but it is true) packaging and they have a separate countour palette. Revlon, L’Oreal and Maybelline may well do a colour that is appropriate but it is not stocked in Superdrug or Boots. If you can get hold of it -it is worth it.