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Jun 22 2012

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Bronzer

I’m not really a bronzer fanatic, and because of that, I’ve never “mastered” application. I’m fair, and I tend to look like I threw a bunch of dark foundation on my face when I attempt to wear bronzer. I have used it, but I would rather shy away and stick to my happy peachy-pink blushes.

I have found a couple bronzing products I enjoy – like my Lorac Bronzer in Glow. I focus these products on my cheeks as blushes, and complements to my blushes, instead of dragging the brush all over my face.

Recently, I tried It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Bronzer, and I attempted to “apply outside of the box” and dust my face in the hopes of giving myself a glow!

First up, here’s the ingredients:

This bronzer is designed as a lightweight micro-bronzer that not only provides a sun-kissed glow, but also absorbs oil and shine, and blurs away pores without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the key ingredients in this effort are hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, E and K, which provide anti-aging benefits. It Cosmetics develops its cosmetics with plastic surgeons.

Notably missing from the ingredients is talc, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and phthalates.

The packaging is what I would think of as a typical mineral makeup container, but this has a powder puff included:

I dig the safety seal over the makeup, because those little tabs are easier to get off than just a dot over the holes. I ruin my manis EVERY TIME with those dots!

Here’s a swatch of the bronzer on the back of my hand:

First, I noticed how silky this formula is. It feels amazing.

Second, this scared the hell out of me. I’ve worked in beauty retail, and I’ve seen girls who don’t seem to realize that their faces look completely ridiculous caked with bronzer that is a completely different shade than their neck. I’ve seen young girls with their eyes blinking at me as I ring them up, looking a bit like an alien.

But, I love It Cosmetics, and I wanted to give this a fair shake. So I grabbed one of my fluffiest brushes, and I gave it a go. Here’s a before pic:

And an after pic:

Ok. So I feel like I was heavy-handed on my forehead, but overall, I think I like myself with bronzer better than without. I look like I have a bit of sun-kissed color, right? And it is a nice, warm tone for my cheeks. Now, if only I could have woken up a bit more before I decided to take these photos, haha.

The bronzer felt good on my skin. I learned that a little bit of product goes a long way. The container is 6.8 g and I am wondering if the container will last me all summer, possibly, because of how little I need (in order not to look like a fake tanorexic, that is). I love how it looked on my cheeks. I felt … enhanced while wearing this.

I’m a big fan of BareMinerals/id BareEscentuals, and this reminds me of that brand’s Warmth All-Over Face Color. Which I used, again, primarily as a blush color, lightly. But this Bye Bye Pores Bronzer definitely feels silkier than I ever remember Warmth feeling. I checked to see if I still had a container of Warmth, wishing I could compare colors, but I either used it up or tossed the one I had gotten years ago in a foundation starter kit.

Anyway, here’s all the ways you can purchase It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Bronzer:

  • Through the It site here for $24.
  • You can also purchase it on QVC with a companion Heavenly Luxe Brush for $38.18 here.
  • You can also purchase it by itself on QVC here for $24.
  • You can get it at Beauty.com here for $24.
  • If you’re in Canada, you can get it at The Shopping Channel and theshoppingchannel.com here for $29.

What do you think of this bronzer? Tried it yet? Do you use bronzer? Share your experience below!

Disclaimer: The It Cosmetics bronzer was provided to me for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • Denise

    Great post! I’ve been curious about bronzers, and like you, I’m fair-skinned. I think I might hit up Ulta and explore!