Who wouldn't love Italian baked goods? From biscotti to lasagna and now there's The Body Shop Nomadic Goddess Collection. Their Baked Bronze Powder and Baked Eye Color claim to be handmade and slow-baked for up to 8 hours -- in Italy!
Are these baked goods delicious too? Figuratively speaking, of course. There's a mini-tutorial on how to create a look with these products after the review.
Baked Bronze Powder (RM69/9g)
It does look like a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, doesn't it? Warm Glow is a golden medium brown with peachy pink and beige swirls. Despite the color in the pan, it's actually more of a nude glow on skin than bronze. That said, I wouldn't really classify this as a bronzer but a glow powder. It has very little pigmentation thus, it'd be best to use this over blush or you can even use it on the entire face. I wouldn't call it a highlight either since it's sufficient only to bring out the high points of your facial features such as your cheekbones.
The powder's finely milled and the glitters are not chunky so you'd get a pretty decent glow that looks natural. Packaging wise, it's a tad boring with the dome-shaped transparent plastic casing. Kinda reminds me of the elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder. In fact, so does the effect...
Comparison with a one-dollar-product aside, I do like this "Bronze Powder". The effect is subtle but pretty and the powder doesn't fly all over the place when swirled. Even the price's not too bad compared to MAC (RM115).
Also comes in shade 01 Golden Bronze, which I believe is darker and warmer but I'm not sure. Haven't swatched it yet.
Baked Eye Color (RM52/2g)
Another MAC look-a-like (from the Magic, Mirth and Mischief Collection), it appears to be. Shimmery but not gritty, pigmented but not intense. The texture is not too bad considering that it goes on somewhat creamy rather than powdery. It's also easy to blend. I'm not doing cartwheels over Copper but the color combination is workable for a neutral day look. Staying power is decent when applied over an eyeshadow primer.
Comes in 7 other colors; Moonstone, Jade, Quartz, Sage, Starlight, Sapphire, Amethyst. I quite like Jade though.
Let's move on to the tutorial. It involves only one brush! Stila #7.
Pack the light color onto the lid and blend upwards pass the crease. Pat the dark color into the outer corner and blend it inwards and into the crease.
Apply the dark color onto the lower lash line and smudge it. Place the light color into the inner corners. Apply highlight (Warm Glow) beneath the brows. Define the eyes with black pencil eyeliner (The Body Shop Black Eye Definer) lined thinly and tightly. Complete the eye makeup with several coats of mascara.
Fill in eyebrows with eyebrow powder or pencil. Use Warm Glow Bronze Powder over blush (The Body Shop Mineral Blush in 03 Warm Copper).
For the lips, I used The Body Shop Delipscious Sheer Lip Color in 03 (to be reviewed).
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*The products featured in this post were provided by The Body Shop Malaysia for review on Skin Deco