Between the shiny, millennial-centric brands delivering fresh drops through your letterbox, the more established, cult buys and the indie outfits selling a fine line in 'natural and organic' products, the beauty landscape has never felt more cluttered.
To help you to navigate this brave new world of retinol, AHAs, jade rollers and double cleansing, WH beauty editor, Perdita Nouril, is here to try and test the new drops that are making their way into her (very full) bathroom, via her new column, Beauty Dispatch.
Here, she'll share the freshly released heroes that she loves: ready to let you know where to spend your skin and hair care cash.
This time around, it's Glossier's debut bronzer, Solar Paint, up for trial. Oh, and she's roped in two other Glossier fans so you can see how the new drop fares on different skin tones.
For some, it will only ever be Nars Laguna. For others, it's Benefit Hoola Matte that has their heart. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that you don't have to be a tanning enthusiast to appreciate the brilliance of a good bronzer.
A few swipes can hide a hangover, impart a healthy sun-kissed glow or create the illusion of modelesque cheekbones and a jawline that differentiates between your face and neck. Come to think of it, given its importance as a make-up staple, it's somewhat surprising that cult brand Glossier is so late to the bronzing party, with the new 'Solar Paint' their first foray into the 'just bac from the beach' world.
So, has it been worth the wait? and is it deserving of a very *warm* welcome? Here's the tea on 'no make-up make up' pros latest launch.
What is Glossier Solar Paint?
Solar paint is a cream-based bronzer with a slightly whipped texture that fans of the brand's blusher, Cloud Paint, will be familiar with. The idea here is that this consistency makes it easy to blend with your fingers or a brush, so your face looks naturally luminous. To that end, the product comes complete with a doe-foot applicator so you can dab the bronzer in all the places the sun would hit, before working it into your skin.
Each shade has been formulated with different colour pearls and pigments to mimic how the sun warms each range of skin tones, for a realistic finish. Speaking of shades, there are four in total, which Glossier say were tested extensively until they landed on a range that was flattering and true to life.
Finally, no Glossier product is complete without a dose of skincare ingredients. In this instance, there is a mix of plant oils and extracts like jojoba, aloe and watermelon, for a nourishing hit each time you apply.
Can you wear Glossier Solar Paint by itself?
The great thing about this bronzer is that it's buildable. This means that if you only want a sheer wash of colour on your bare skin, then it's totally achievable. Equally, if you want to layer over foundation or concealer, the formula is lightweight enough so that it doesn't interfere with anything underneath.
So, is Glossier Solar Paint any good?
Below, three women with different skin tones reveal what they really thought, after trialing the new product.
Perdita Nouril, Beauty Editor
I'll admit that when it comes to bronzers, powders have always been my go-to thanks to their luxury-looking compacts and those big, fluffy brushes that make them an utter joy to use.
Yet, this cream has its benefits. For starters, it's much quicker to apply (making it a busy gal's best friend) and it's also more forgiving if your approach is slapdash, because it blends so seamlessly. Where powders are about precision, solar paint proves that creams are about comfort and a laid-back approach, which is Glossier in a nutshell isn't it?
Pleasingly, the formula doesn't settle into my fine lines and the shimmer is minimal, so you're not in danger of highlighting any unsightly spots with a big swipe of glitter. Has it earned a permanent place in my make-up bag? For occasions when I want my make-up to coexist peacefully alongside a comfy midi dress rather than an LBD and heels, then yes, absolutely.
Morgan Fargo, Senior Fitness Writer
As a lifelong devotee to liquid, cream and otherwise non-powder bronzers, Glossier's newest product had me hooked from the jump. In particular, the shade Heat did not disappoint when I tested it out.
A slightly thicker emulsion, the doe foot applicator originally stumped me. Was it with this I would attempt to go from 'sat inside on my laptop all day' to 'fell asleep in the Med'? Surely not. Instead, I used it much the same as I would my fingers with any other non-solid product. Then, taking a medium size, short-haired brush I buffed it into (in my humblest of opinions) perfection.
Originally, I thought it would be too pigmented, but a small amount blended easily into my skin for a ten-day holiday glow. A smaller tube than other bronzers on the market, I needed far less than I normally would in order to achieve the same effect. The fact that it's non-glittery (a must), plus that it actually showed up on my mixed race skin instead of disappearing, makes it a must-have, in my book. Play on, Glossier. Play on.
Victoria Joy, Deputy Editor
There’s a running joke among my friends that I spent my 20s with the make-up equivalent of two Snickers bars smeared across my cheekbones. That is to say, I didn’t approach bronzer with the lightest of hands, nor the most natural of shades.
Thankfully, my obsession with a golden glow has mellowed and these days I’m looking for a more natural look to help me gloss over a dull pallor and – often – to fake a sprightly energy. Enter Glossier’s new Solar Paint.
I’m more used to a heavier cream-based bronzer so to apply this tint-like colour with my fingertips felt a bit daunting, but I will forever love Glossier’s Boy Brow so I owed it to the brand to give it a go.
It was easy to build the colour – I actually ended up layering two shades as I found the Flare a little pale and the Ray a little too pigmented, but the combo of both was perfect for my relatively fair skin – and I was happy to see ‘luminous’ doesn’t equal super shimmery or sparkly. I’m a matte kinda gal.
I’ll still turn to my old favourite – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream – most days, as I’m comfortable with applying with a foundation brush. But on days where I have a bit more time on my hands to buff, or if I need a bronzer that I can throw in a small clutch when I’m out, it’s Solar Paint for the win.
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