It was an extremely sad day when I read that Dior were discontinuing their Original Tan range, as 002 Honey was my absolute favourite bronzer of all time. It was an even sadder day when my last Original Tan compact hit pan and split into about a million tiny pieces. And so, off I went to the Fraser's beauty hall to try and find a replacement. I had thought about repurchasing NARS Laguna, but it never really wowed me as it seemed to others, and although intrigued by Chanel's tan de soleil, I know that I always end up hating cream products. I took one look at the Guerlain Terracotta bronzers and ran in the other direction (I know so many people swear by these but they looked so dark, and personally the name terracotta frightens me, I don't want my face to look like a plant pot). I finally returned to the Dior counter and asked what the Original Tan range had been replaced with and was presented with one of the most beautiful compacts I have ever seen.
The compact is sleek, sophisticated and extremely well made, although keeping it fingerprint free is a headache! The powders come in a range of shades and after swatching them side by side I felt that 003 Cinnamon was perfect for me (I love the shade name cinnamon!). It's quite a warm shade but, when applied, despite looking dark in the pan, does not apply orange or muddy. The powder manages to give a beautiful sunkissed look whilst looking quite sheer and natural.
As you can see above, the bronzer has tiny light reflecting particles however these don't translate to a shimmer on the face. Instead, they give a similar 'halo' effect to that of my Chanel Translucent powder. It leaves a beautiful, polished effect on the skin.
The compact also comes with a mini kabuki brush which I was actually pleasantly surprised by. Although I prefer a large brush for bronzing, this kabuki is very soft and quite dense, perfect for on the go touch ups!
I can't believe how quickly I have forgotten about Honey Tan after finding this Sun Powder. Although it is more expensive (£34), the packaging is much more luxurious and you get the additional kabuki brush. I also prefer the powder to the original, it gives a much more natural look whilst adding a beautiful radiance to the skin. I was having a quick look at reviews of these powders online and the fact that they have an average rating of 5/5 on the Sephora website speaks volumes. My love affair with Dior continues to develop!
What are your bronzer recommendations? And have you tried any Dior products? What are your favourites?