I’m sure you’ve seen these cute little domes popping up around the blogosphere, and I was lucky enough to try them, too! Just in time for Summer, The Body Shop released new Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes as part of the updated Honey Bronze collection.
Highlight cheeks with a natural looking flush of warm shimmer with Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome, whatever your skin tone. The creamy, lightweight texture glides onto skin for a soft finish with a delicious honey fragrance.
There are currently three shades available: Shade 01 [peachy champagne shimmer], Shade 02 [melon coral with gold shimmer], Shade 03 [shimmering bronze], and I received two of them to try.
Ingredients: Silica (Absorbent), Octyldodecanol (Emollient), Triethylhexanoin (Fragrance Ingredient), Mica (Opacifying Agent), Isononyl Isononanoate (Emollient), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla (Stabiliser), Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire microcristalline (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (Emollient), Polyethylene (Binder/Stabiliser), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Synthetic Wax (Binder/Emollient), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Tin Oxide (Opacifying Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (Emollient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Mel/Honey/Miel (Humectant). [+/- CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake (Colorant), CI 15850/Red 7 Lake (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour)].
The first one, Shade 02, is a gorgeous warm coral meets melon color, loaded with fine peachy and golden shimmer [think NARS Orgasm]. On my NC15 skin this highlighter looks best when used as a blush, and the formula couldn’t be more perfect: it offers buildable pigmentation, glides on like butter, and blends like a dream!
I love a good bronzer, but all of mine are either loose powder or powder compacts, so Shade 03 ended up being that missing link in my stash. This warm bronzey color contains loads of gold and iridescent shimmers that do a wonderful job at warming up any complexion. I know my ghostly skin needs some definition, and a couple swipes of this bronzer totally made it look like contouring [which by the way I am very bad at].
I also attempted to be creative and used Shade 03 on my lips, but unfortunately it emphasized every little existing and non-existent crack and dry patch. I still kept it on for the pictures just so you could see how it worked out, but it’s not something I’ll repeat again, that’s for sure. However, if you’re good about exfoliating and moisturizing your lips – give it a go! After all, going matchy-matchy with cheeks and lips is kind of fun, and will save you lots of space in the cosmetic bag.
Both of these Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes feel a little wet at first, but it doesn’t last long, as the oils and butters will eventually get absorbed by the skin, leaving it dewy and naturally flushed. Since neither of them are intensely pigmented, I’d say they’re probably better suited for people with fair and light complexions, but if you like a bolder look, the opacity can be built up with several strokes, although I’m not a fan of heavy layering in the Summer, because that kind of defeats the purpose of these sheer natural-looking pretties. Like most sheer cream blushes, both of these lasted about 4 hours on my skin before they started fading a little; and I think I could have squeezed in another hour or two before the touchup. Next day I tried applying them over primer and dusted a little bit of setting powder on top – this trick helped increase the wear time by another 3 hours. By the way, they also smell like a honey cake – yum! 🙂
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with yellowish hue and neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
Do you need this? Yes and no. Overall, I enjoyed the compact size of these domes, and the lightweight feel on my skin. I personally like that they’re sheer because I have fair complexion, and very often super-pigmented products can easily make me look like a clown, but for someone who prefers intense colors, this might be a negative trait. I also loved the fragrance – everything honey-scented is a winner in my book 🙂 There isn’t much product in each dome – since they don’t twist up, what you see is what you get, so keep that in mind, in case that’s a deal-breaker.
WHERE TO BUY: $16 USD for 0.22 oz. Available at The Body Shop.
Have you tried any products from Honey Bronze line – new or old? What do you think about The Body Shop makeup? Let me know in the comments below!
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