I am revolting…
…against the people and companies who want to make us white. This weekend, I was hit by the horrible truth that most Filipinos are suckered into wanting to be whiter. More on that on a previous post I wrote: A Cult(ure) of White.
Growing up, I wasn’t really ever into whitening my skin. I mean, I had other “problems” to worry about, like my underbite and braces or my uneven eyes or the overgrown forest on my legs, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Anyway. I never wanted to whiten my skin and I would rejoice every time I went to the beach because I would go home with a pretty tan and a golden glow. 🙂
For the times when I can’t go to the beach, though, there’s always bronzer.
I’ve discovered the wonders of bronzer quite recently, so I don’t have very many, but I really wanted to highlight the golden hues of summer so here are a few products to try if you want to fake a little tan before your big day at the beach.
bareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth
This? This is love. My friend Karen raved about Warmth and if I get curious enough, I pounce. I am so very, very glad that I did in this case. This is a beautiful loose powder bronzer from bareMinerals. It is a shimmery and mid-tone brown that leans a bit orange.
Warmth is buildable to a deeper, more opaque color, which is why it’s good for a bit of contouring, too. It’s just a little tricky to use if you’re not used to loose or mineral makeup. Because it’s so easy to overdo it (since it also has shimmer!), it’s a little bit intimidating to use. The trick with mineral makeup is blending out the harsh edges and buffing the product into the skin.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte & Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
This was my go-to bronzer before I got Warmth. I went for the Matte bronzer (Tarte also has one with shimmer) because shimmer is always a deterrent for me, though I’ve warmed up to it quite a bit already. I love Park Avenue Princess and I wear it a lot for an all-over punch of color and warmth. It’s a little too light for my skin tone for any discernible contouring, so I’ve given up on that.
It’s a little bit more neutral than bM’s Warmth, so I think this is a smidgen bit better for everyday wear, if you do not live in a year-round summer sauna like I do and can’t be tan in the middle of November. It’s a great choice for bronzer, from a cruelty-free company who uses great ingredients.
Although—let’s be honest—the packaging is hideous:
Wet n Wild Bronzer in Princess
Princess is my most recent acquisition, after feeling so bad that so many whitening products were being pushed to me like it was cocaine. I like this a lot because it’s deep enough that it actually appears on my skin tone. Princess has a bit of shimmer, less than Warmth’s, which is intended to mimic that kiss of summer glow that seems to be lost on most Filipinos, who instead want to look like they live inside a cave.
The powder is delightful and is rather finely-milled, which is impressive considering it is a drugstore product. I was too cheap to shell out money for NARS’ famed Laguna or Benefit’s Hoola, so I ended up with this. So far, no regrets. It’s a lovely bronzer and I’m quite happy with it.
All together now:
Swatched, L-R: bareMinerals All Over Face Color (Warmth), Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte & Waterproof Bronzer (Park Avenue Princess), Wet n Wild Bronzer (Princess)
- It’s strange how two out of the three bronzers I’ve featured here have “Princess” in their name. I haven’t really associated the bronzed look with princesses, especially with how princesses are often portrayed in popular culture. Save for Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Tiana (from The Princess and the Frog), most Disney Princesses are light-skinned and fair, even Mulan.
Is “Park Avenue Princess” from a multi-racial mogul family or did she just come back from a weekend at the Bahamas? Is “Princess” from an exotic locale? I know there are a lot of tan- and dark-skinned princesses in the entirety of human history, I’m just saying it is strange to me. Please don’t be mad.
- You could be saying, “Well, aren’t you perpetuating haterade for fair-skinned folk?” and to that I say, “Hell no.” The thing I’m battling is the need to be white when you are obviously not white. I like to think of bronzers as enhancers—they add glow or contour or warmth to your face, and they don’t aim to change your skin color. They just want to add depth, definition, and dimension (ooh, alliteration!) whereas whitening products are used to alter your current skin tone. I have no qualms about products used to even out the skin tone. In fact, I have a bar of Snoe Beauty’s Oatmeal Soap waiting to be used because I have a shit load of scars on my legs and I want to scrub them away to oblivion. I think I just found it sad that the prevalent mindset and culture here in the Philippines is “White is better.” And so—bronzer.
- My final word: Bronzer rocks.