Friday, July 5, 2013

Budget Bronze

Models Prefer isn't a brand I commonly associate with trusty products as some generic house-brands can be a little dubious but when I spotted the Beauty To Go Cream and Compact Bronzer set for $4 I couldn't pass it up. This set contains the compact bronzer in the shade glowing and the cream bronzer in sunkissed. Models Prefer also offer a blush version, with the popular Desk To Date blush from the permanent Models Prefer line and a cream blush stick in Tickled but I have enough blush to keep me going for years. The set normally retails for $5, which is a bargain and may require sensitive skins to act with a bit of caution lest it break you out from questionable ingredients. You get what you pay for ingredients-wise.





The compact are smaller than regular Models Prefer blushers and bronzers, and the teeny cream bronzer stick is cutely travel-friendly. The packaging reminds me of NYX powder blushers.

The bronzer in glowing is a warm matte brown. Pigmentation is alright and good value for money. The powder looks natural applied sheerly on the cheekbones but it's too warm to use as a contour in the way people use Benefit Hoola. NYC Sunny is similar but less reddish, while the Bourjois Delice de Poudre in 52 is more golden. The powder isn't the finest I'm come across- I think the Bourjois Delice de Poudre is a better product overall and I reach for it three or four times a week, which is saying something.

The cream bronzer in sunkissed is reddish brown with golden shimmer and non-sticky. I was complaining to a friend (who objected to me buying the set on the premise that it was dodgy but if I want to play with products they might as well be cheap) about the shimmer and she suggested using it as an eyeshadow. On green eyes it would work better than it does on me, as I find eyeshadows with any red undertones don't suit me whatsoever. Striped onto the cheekbone like a sculpting blush and blended out with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, it adds subtle warmth while the shimmer can add some sheen and highlight instead of being a nuisance if it were used as a contour.


I don't foresee myself using it as much as my other bronzers, but I do appreciate the effort Models Prefer is putting into making these sets affordable. For $4-5, it's a good way to try out bronzer or blush in both powder and cream form in wearable, natural shades, or to simply have smaller handbag-sized products to tote around daily.

8 comments:

  1. The pigmentation doesn't seem too bad, the blush looks like a very natural color!

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  2. i tried looking for this in stores the other day but i couldnt find it!
    im not huge on cream bonzers or any cheek products in general but for the price that its offering; it looks a good bang for your buck :D

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    1. It's not near the Models Prefer stand- I found mine on a display near the door. It's a good way to try out novel products. :) I thought if I was keen on the cream bronzer I might buy the Bourjois version from ASOS.

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  3. Ohh I haven't seen those in my local Priceline but I'll have to keep my eye out! I've found a few Models Prefer things to be great :)

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    1. I like how similar the Models Prefer highlighter is to the Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc! Very tempting. :)

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  4. I think $4 is fine, I mean I spend that much on a cup of coffee LOL. It's cool to have some cheapie products to play around with that are still functional. So long as you don't get a bad reaction to them and you can find some use to them (even if just for the original novelty), you might as well take a punt and see if they even exceed (relatively low) expectations :p

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    1. It's so cheap it's questionable but alright to play around with. Funnily enough I don't question the quality of Bourjois or Soap and Glory. It's the Made in PRC factor, I think.

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