The Body Shop Honey Bronze Summer Collection – review and swatches

As promised, here is a full review of the products got in my goodie bag from The Body Shop Honey Bronze event.

They were very generous and provided great goodie bags, containing almost everything in the range. I got the one with the Shimmering Dry Oil, Bronzing Gel for the face, Lip Nectar, Brilliance Powder and Big and Curvy Waterproof Mascara.



 Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

(25.95 euro/100ml)

I’ve used it all weekend, the weather was so hot and gorgeous so i could wear just t-shirts and sleeveless tops. I was too lazy to fake tan so i just used this to add a bit of shimmer to my pasty arms.


Here is a swatch of the oil and how it looks blended, the shimmer is barely there and instead it provides a very nice sheen.

I had to remove the nozzle, being in a glass bottle was hard to get the product out. Karim gave us this little tip at the BS event and it works a treat.

My skin felt moisturised and soft, not oily at all. The oil didn’t stained my clothes, but as a precaution, it shouldn’t be used with silk garments.

Don’t use it on the face, just on the neck, decolletage and arms. I will be using it on my legs as well just to get that Hollywood glow.

One thing i wasn’t really keen on, the scent is a bit too sweet for my liking and it kinda lingers too. Although i got compliments on it, i would’ve preferred something more subtle so it would not interfere with my perfume.

Honey Bronze  Bronzing  Gel for Face

(18.00 euro/30ml)

This is by far my favorite product from the bunch! It is fantastic!

At first when i read the description, i thought this is a classic self tanning product – the sort you would apply at night and have a tan in the morning.

No, Honey Bronze Bronzing Face Gel is more of cheek stain – it provides instant glow/tan. With a mousse type consistency, it can be applied on the cheeks, temples, hairline and anywhere else you need a bit of glow. You can use it on a bare face if you already have a tan (maybe on holidays), just to add contour and volume.

Here is a swatch of the gel and in the right side you can see it blended. There is a slight difference between my wrist and my hand, it is more noticeble in real life.

I used it on top of my foundation (no natural tan yet!), mainly on top of my cheeks. Although it is a stain, it didn’t dry to fast and it was very blendable (used my fingers). I’m always afraid that i will actually stain my face and i wont rub it properly. I applied my blusher on top and that was it. I loved how it lasted all day long, offered a bit of shimmer and a lovely color – not to dark, not to light.

Very impressed!

Honey Bronze Lip Nectar

(14.50 euro)

I got the Lip Nectar in the shade Honey Beige, there is another shade available slightly brighter – a orange/coral shade. My one has a slight gold shimmer, feels lovely on the lips and it last more then your usual gloss. I am a fan of lightly/sheer pigmented glosses, so this worked a treat.

And a little swatch:

 Honey Bronze Illuminating Powder Brush

(25,95 euro)

The Honey Bronze Illuminating Powder comes in a brush type, very similar to the Lancome Tropique Mineral one. The Body Shop cleverly got rid of the push-on button type and instead they made theirs with a shake-on mechanism. This will avoid the clogging of product that happened with previous bronzing brushes.

The powder can be used on the cheeks, neck, decoltage, arms, legs…you name it. Karim even used it on his mum’s hair, to add shimmer sun kissed looking tresses. Very clever!

Big and Curvy Waterproof Mascara

I’m not a fan of using waterproof mascaras on a daily basis, as i dont need it. I will definitely use the Big and Curvy mascara on my holiday, as i wanna add a bit of glamour to my look hehe

Karim said that the formula is really good, it will stay on rain or shine so make sure you use a waterproof eye makeup remover (the bi-phasic type). I used in the past the Lancome Bi-Facil, L’Oreal and Garnier, they are all good depends what brand you fancy and of course, the daily budget.

And there you have it! What do you think of the new Honey Bronze?

 NB. All products were part of a goodie bag received at The Body Shop Event for consideration only. Honest post as usual.

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  1. May 4, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    The more I see of the Dry Oil the more I want it, I think I might invest in that one.

    Great review.

  2. May 4, 2011 / 8:35 pm

    Great reviews hun, love your honesty! I only tried the face powder/bronzer & mascara so far :)!


  3. andreea
    May 4, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    It is nice and a little goes a long way. I’m still dying to try the nuxe one though.

  4. andreea
    May 4, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    @ArtDonatella would’ve loved to try the bronzer too. When I swatched it in the shop, felt lovely on the skin.

  5. Deefu
    May 5, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    Hey, i have used all these products too (seems you got the same goodie bag as me) i love them all except the mascara, i only found that ok, don’t like the brush on it but man when they say waterproof they mean it! The face bronze gel is my fave i am getting so many compliments when i wear it. really gives the face a fresh summer look

  6. andreea
    May 5, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Deefu, haven’t tried the mascara yet as I’m going to a beach holiday in 3 weeks and wanna do a proper test there. Not a major fan of waterproof formulas either, takes ages to take them off :). Suppose they are great for contact lenses wearers and swimers.

    Love everything else in the honey range and absolutely adore the tanning gel!

  7. andreea
    May 8, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    Thank you x

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