Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronze Powder

31 January 2013





I wont lie to you - I am partial to a bronzer. My DNA says that I'm more of a bronzer woman than a blush woman, and sometimes it bugs me that I don't get excited by blush, but in all honesty, I love the warm tones of bronzer and the feeling of having a glow. The curse of bronzer however is the possible orange look if you're too heavy in application. Fortunately for me, I have quite olive toned skin so I can get away with bronzer more than some fairer people could, which means a very happy Tamsin. Near me, there's an independent department store which does some great deals in the sale - this is one of my fav things about independent stores - you can get makeup items in the sale, unlike bigger department stores. I picked up this particular bronzer in the sale the other day - unfortunately as it was released last Summer, it may be difficult to get your paws on, but it may sway you to a similar bronzer in the long run.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronze Powder in Warm Radiance was part of the Rose Aurora collection. With the popular Rose Gold packaging, it made people stop at the Elizabeth Arden counter who may not have been regular customers, so gold star to them for a good merchandising game. I, too am a sucker for nice packaging and aesthetics do feature a lot for me. The compact is solid and pretty, and added mirror is always a bonus if you're on the move. The bronzer itself is a mix of shimmer and glow - don't be put off by the shimmer - there's not a lot there to speak of and it just gives a bit of a shine if the sun catches your face. Silky smooth to apply too and pigmentation is great - my only blip is that the powder can be a little wayward when applying and can get over the compact, but it's deal-able. Warm Radiance is the middle shade and if you have olive skin, this would be perfect for you - it's not subtle but not over the top.

A good dupe for this bronzer may be the classic Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder, so if you can't get your hands on this lovely Elizabeth Arden one, maybe that is your calling? However, you can still pick it up from Feel Unique for £21.25 which isn't bad as it did retail for £25. As a bronze bambino, the Pure Finish Bronze Powder ticks all the boxes for me, with a few extra points for the seriously hot packaging. If you love a bit of a glow, maybe this is one for you to try and get your hands on why you still can!

-Tamsin xxx


  1. I'd buy this for the packaging alone, regardless of the product inside!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  2. I love a good bronzer, ever since I started using them I haven't looked back. So easy to give a healthy glow! This one looks lovely although probably out of my price range :(



  3. I am the opposite, I am a total blush lover! I am quite pale so I have never really bothered with bronzer instead just sticking to rosy pink cheeks but it is something I would like to start using. I looked at this product when they were released but decided against it in the end, I was completely drawn in by the packaging, it is just so pretty. Lovely blog :)

    Elle xx

  4. this looks pretty on you.
    i love your pictures, such good quality!

    BreezeyBee Blog

  5. This is so pretty! Depending on the season and if I have a tan or not, I can either be a blusher or bronzer girl. I prefer bronzer to add an extra touch when I have a tan but I'm naturally very pale so prefer a subtle blush to be honest! This packaging is absolutely gorgeous, I'd buy it just for that alone! I also shop in independent stores as the deals are generally better than big stores!

    Christina from Passion Obsession x

  6. Its super pretty, I cant pull off a bronzer in weather like this but as soon as summer rolls round PING its out! I usually use NARS. xx

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  9. I just discovered your blog and I have stop reading so thank you!
    I actually use this Elizabeth Arden Bronze Powder as I got it in my stocking :)
    Would love for you to stop by my blog


    Leggy xx

    1. I meant havent stop reading! sorry typo!

  10. that looks gorgeous!

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