Body Shop Honey Bronze Collection Review

Now that summer is well on its way here in the UK, I feel this is the right time for a bronze and sun kissed look even if you are not going anywhere exciting for Summer. I have always moved away from anything with the word "glow"  but honey bronze sounds more appealing because I think it will suit my complexion better. The first thing I noticed about the Body Shop Honey Bronze Collection was the rich combination of colours of the packaging- Gold and Dark Brown is very eye catching . I think it really suits the range and embodies Summer.  I was kindly gifted three lovely products from the range when I attended a Body Shop event in London early last month I tested it out during the event and I knew we would get on well. I received the Honey Bronze Tinted Face Gel*, Honey Bronze Leg Mist* and Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome*. I believe the Honey Bronze range may have been around since last year but these are the new additions to the range and I can tell you that they are lovely.





Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Face Gel// £13 //Link
First off, I was very curious to see how this product will fare on my skin tone seeing that I am dark skinned. I have actually never used anything tinted, tan-inducing or bronzey to make my skin darker. It has a lovely honey-like fragrance which I quite like although I am not sure everyone would like it. I know the colour looks slightly scary but there is nothing to be alarmed about as it looks really good once it is blended into the skin. I just apply a pea sized amount all over my face after my skincare routine just before I apply my foundation. The first thing I noticed after I applied it was how sun kissed  my skin looked instantly which is all so new to me. I looked like I had been out in Nigeria's sun and most of all, it just gave me a healthy glow. My biggest fear was that I would look orange (read: oompa loompa glow) but that was the not the case at all rather it enhanced my complexion. The good thing about it is that it seems to work well with any complexion (including paler skin) which I am quite surprised about but I guess it adapts to various skin tones. I have seen a few reviews of people who have paler skin who looked amazing like they had a natural tan. As the name suggests, it has a gel like texture but it is one that gets absorbed after you have blended/massaged it in. The texture feels ever so slightly sticky but you barely notice it once it is blended in.  The colour does not transfer which I am thankful for. I find that my usual foundation appeared a little darker underneath this face gel so it is something you should be mindful of.  However, I find it amazing for those beigey or unmatched foundations I have in my collection as it helps them blend better with my skin tone. I really like the Honey Bronze Tinted Face Gel more than I thought I would. In the tube, you get 25 ml of product which may not sound like a lot but you really need a little as it goes a long way. If you are after a glowing complexion, this is one I recommend.





Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist// £15 //Link
 As mentioned earlier, I have never tried any tanning products including mists so the idea of this was really appealing. As the name implies, the Honey Bronze Leg Mist comes in a spray bottle which is supposed to be dispensed as a mist. Just like the Tinted Face Gel, it has a deep brown colour which is aimed at enhancing the legs/arms with a glow/bronze/tan. Although it is named Leg Mist, it can be used on the hands and arms as well which is always good to know. I particularly prefer using it on my arms because I don't usually have my legs out on show. Anyway, all you need to do is spray it directly on your arms/legs and work it in or massage it until it is well absorbed and distributed. The texture feels slightly sticky which may be down to the honey texture but it does not linger for too long. The stickiness disappears after a little while but it's not immediately. I really love the results I get with this nifty little mist. My arms and legs look much healthier and you can definitely tell the difference. I also like the subtle fragrance it has which I think is very summer appropriate. It's not strong or unpleasant at all but it's really lovely. The only down side for me is the way it sprays from the bottle. It does not feel like a mist at all; it sprays rather unevenly and if you are not careful, it can get your clothing or beddings stained which happened the first few times I tried it. I recommend spraying carefully or away from anything that can get easily stained. Having said that, the stain was not difficult or impossible to remove in fact I just ran my bedding under water and the stain was gone but I think it's important to let you know that. Once it's on your legs or arms, it does not stain or transfer at all which I was super pleased about. I still like it a lot because it gives my arms and legs such a healthy glow. It washes off once you have a bath/shower so it's not like a regular tan that lasts for days. I am quite pleased that it is more of a daily application product because it's not every day I want a glow or "tan" :-)






Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome (#2)// £8 //Link
Have you ever seen anything so cute? Nah, me neither. This was the first product that caught my attention and I may have let out a little squeal when I saw it in the goody bag I received. I believe these highlighting domes may have been around last year as well. It's a highlighting product which I feel is also dual purposes because it adds both a lovely glow and tinge of colour.. There are three shades in this range and they are named: 1,2,3. The shade I received is 2 which I absolutely love. I feel this shade is very versatile for a variety of complexions. This highlighting dome is incredibly pigmented and I love everything about it including the dainty packaging. It has a Rose Gold colour which reminds me of Sleek's Rose Gold Blush although they are very different products. The unique dome shape makes it really easy to use as it can be applied directly from the packaging or you can use a brush. I prefer to apply it directly from the jar and them blend out with my fingers or a brush depending on how I am feeling. It is ideal for days when you don't have time but you want to look like you made an effort. On my skin tone, it gives me such a lovely highlighting glow especially when I apply it to the high points of my cheeks. 


Overall Thoughts

I am really pleased I got a chance to try these lovely Body Shop products. I would never have thought of trying the Face Gel and Leg Mist because I would have assumed it would not be suitable for my complexion. Now that I  have tried it for a little over a month, I know it is indeed suitable for many complexions including darker skinned gals like me. That's it folks.  Have you tried any products from the Body Shop Honey Bronze range?

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    1. It really is and I just sometimes stare at it...it's very cute...xx

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  2. hmmmm Tinted Face Gel looks interesting I've never tried tried anything tint/tan before, looks like I will be giving this a try and the highlighting dome maybe but that face gel.. I'm so curious!! haha! :D

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    1. This was also my first time trying anything like this and I was surprised I actually like it. The Face Gel is definitely one of those products I would throw in my bag for a holiday in the Sun. It does not have any SPF though but I think it's a really interesting one to try especially for darker skinned ladies who don't tan....xx

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  3. These sound gorgeous, especially that blush!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. It really is and the cute packaging makes it even more appealing. The actual product is really beautiful and it's one that will suit anyone really. I tried the other shades in-store but I think this is best (In my opinion)..thanks for popping over...xx

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  4. love the look of the dome, looks like a gorgeous product for summer

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    1. I know right!! It looks so cute and it's a lovely product to use for Summer because it gives a nice glow to the face...xx

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  5. great blog, have a nice week!

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  6. I cant take my eyes from the Highlighting Dome - it's so cute! And I'm so pleased to read it not only look nice but also works well ;) I have a little tripp to The Body Shop planned soon and this product certainly made it to my wishlist ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Best wishes,
    Arabesque

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    1. It absolutely is!! I was the same hoping it was not just a cute package but it actually works well and the shade I received (no 2) works well with any skin tone and I love it. It's definitely one to check out especially for Summer...xx

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