LORAC has a new TANtalizer bronzer palette out for Spring/Summer 2012 and it's enormous. The size of this bronzer makes all my other blush compacts look so tiny in comparison! It's so big I could practically eat my dinner off of it. But the size is not important, really... I care most about the performance of the product. I absolutely adore the baked marbled TANtalizer that LORAC released a while back, so I had high hopes for this new one.
The LORAC TANtalizer Highlighter and Matte Bronzer Duo comes in a large mirrored bronze compact. I wish I had included something in the photo for scale, but it's the largest blush compact in my drawer. It's four inches across, larger even than a Milani baked bronzer. Inside the compact is a full mirror and two large pans of product; highlighter on the left, bronzer on the right.
- The bronzer seems intimidatingly dark, but it actually looks light and natural on my skin. It doesn't look orange or muddy, either. Just a nice, neutral brown.
- The highlighter isn't excessively frosty/silvery. Blends nicely.
- Very pretty packaging that stands out among my other bronzers.
- Tons of product.
- Very smooth, velvety, creamy powder texture on both the highlighter and the bronzer.
- Can be used on face and body.
- Didn't make me break out.
- Both the highlighter and the bronzer make good eyeshadow colors, especially used together.
- Reasonable price considering how huge this product is. For comparison, my favorite Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer is 0.33 oz and costs $29, this is 0.4oz and $32. Not bad at all.
- The large mirror in this is great. The size of the mirror should really help with on-the-go application since you can see your entire face in it.
What I didn't like:
- Reflective mirror-like compact collects scratches and fingerprints easily.
- Very large compact can be awkward to carry in a makeup bag or fit into a small drawer for storage.
- The highlighter looks too shiny if not blended carefully. When I use it to highlight my cheekbones, I need to use an extremely small amount of it and blend well for it not to look shiny/dewy.
I'm happy to say that this new TANtalizer didn't disappoint me! I was kind of intimidated by the deep color of the bronzer, but once I tried it on, my fears dissipated. It is a little darker of a bronzer color than I'm used to, but it blends beautifully and doesn't look orange. I apply it lightly (with a small, dense brush) on and under my cheekbones and a little tiny bit up toward my temples and it looks very natural on my fair, cool skintone. I'm not a fan of the highlighter powder on my face (looks too shiny for me, accentuates rough skin areas) but it works great on the inner corners of my eyes, a little on my browbones, and a touch on my collarbone when I'm feeling fancy. The texture of both is nice, they blend smoothly and they stay on without fading for a good long time.
The LORAC TANtalizer Highlighter and Matte Bronzer duo is available now at Sephora. $32 for 0.4oz.
(This was sent for review.)