I've been pretty unsuccessful with bronzers; love the idea as my face contours are quite flat and unremarkable. Blushes were the first step into defining my face shape and for some reason I was never really into it. Must have been the whole clownish look thing I always ended up with; it's a working progress, blush. So, now I'm venturing into bronzed goddess territory yet the major problem here is that I don't have a beautiful tan and neither did I get Mum's dewy skinned genes, I've tried Benefit's Hoola which just straight out looked too much like brown ash; Physicians Formula bronzers where all just orange dust for me; my love for theBalm products does not apply to their way too dark Bahama Mama; and my current usage of Bourjois's chocolate bronzing thing in 51 is somewhat working, but it does seem a little too warm for my skin hence I'll save it for summer days. I have a few other bronzers I haven't tried out yet but we'll get to that later.
One item I found during my winter beauty purge is Topshop's bronzer in Sandcastle which fortunately came at the right time because I was thisclose to shelling out $40+ for a Honey Bronzer from The Body Shop. Sandcastle is a pretty sand brown colour which I believe works so well with my yellow/olive skin as it neither turns orange nor to ash during its moderate 5-6 hour stay. At first glance, the matte finish of the compact looks very unremarkable, but upon gently touching it, I was so surprised at the silky smoothness, the wonderful colour payoff and obvious lack of shimmer.
Finely milled and blending like a dream, Sandcastle definitely tugs at my heartstrings and not so much at my purse strings. I found that even if I did use too much, it was pretty easy to sheer out by buffing well. I would definitely recommend this for anyone with light to light medium skin tones and is looking for a nice, subtle contouring powder.
Of course, the packaging is quite attractive too with a rubberised and sturdy casing, which I have to say is not resistant to dusty fingerprints. But I like anything plastic and rubbery so its pretty awesome to me.
Rating: I'm hesitant to give this a full 5 as I've only used this twice so for now 4.9/5. Well done again, Topshop. xx