Looking sick? Use some honey! – The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

There are people out there, blessed with a porcelain skin.
They have fair, delicate, glow-in-the-dark faces with a rosy sheen to their cheeks.

There are people out there, blessed with deeper skin all year round.
They have warm, tanned, bronze-goddess faces with a golden sheen to the skin.

And then there are people like me.
I have light skin, but I lack the rosy sheen.
I have a warm undertone, but I lack the tan.
So I end up looking pale yellow, which in most cases is used sinonymously with looking sick.

The Body Shop Honey bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 Fair Matte

Getting a tan is the one thing that makes me look healthy, but with age spots lurking around the corner (I just turned 36, the struggle is real!) and the fact that I burn instead of tanning most of the time, I had to find an alternative.

In the days before You Tube and Blogging (See how old I am?), my local drugstore and my limited experience were all I could rely on.
I ventured into Bronzer-Territory, but needless to say, the orange tones and my way to heavy hand made me retreat very quickly, relying on self-tanner and blush for the next couple of years.

But You Tube had my back. After watching Ruth Crilly from amodelrecommends and Estée from essiebutton talk about The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 fair matte, I decided I was ready to give bronzer another chance.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 Fair Matte

What The Body Shop claims:
This honey enriched pressed powder gives skin an even, bronze matte finish.

One compact contains 11g and retails for 16 € here.
At the moment, there are three shades available: 01 – Light Matte, 02 – Fair Matte and 03 – Medium Matte. All three are matte shades, as the names would suggest.
There is a pretty honeycomb pattern embossed into the powder and a handy little mirror hidden inside the lid.
Pigmentation is good, below you see one swipe using my finger on my NC 20 skin. When using a brush, the color payoff isn’t as strong, but you could build it up to a solid stripe of bronze, if desired. Each to their own.

One swipe of TBS Honey Bronze in 02 on NC 20 skin

Favorable ingredients:
It is a bronzer, so I didn’t expect to find skincare benefits, and rightly so. Honey, Vitamin E, Marula Oil and Shea Butter are listed, but make their appearance pretty late on the ingredient list.

Unfavorable Ingredients:
Not really.
Talc may break some people out, as well as Shea Butter, but I had no issues.

Does it live up to its claims?
It is a matte, even bronze in a practical compact.

Will I rebuy?
If I ever manage to finish this one, that is. 11 g are quite a lot of product, compared to what you need for one application.

Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone with fair to light medium skin tone, looking for a matte bronzer.
I would skip 01 Light Matte, as it failed to even show up on me, and maybe look at 03 Medium Matte if you have a darker complexion, but from swatching I don’t think any of these colors suits deeper complexions.

Apart from using it as a bronzer, I put it in my crease as a transitional color when wearing peach or rosé shadows. It is all about multi functionality these days.

What is your favorite bronzer?
And have you been a Oompa-Loompa once, too?

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  • I bought this last summer and I love it 🙂 It is a gorgeous matte bronzer that doesn't make me look washed out or orange or muddy! xx

    Brenda BusyBee

  • Looks and sounds great! I love that it's fully matte.

  • Dominica

    I'm back again lol lovely posts and amazing photos.
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    Loads of love !
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  • Yay for bronzers. I have a similar problem, I avoid sun but my first tan of the season is always red (which I already got this year in Vegas, but I do love the look of my tanned skin). I used to use bronzer more often, my favorite one is Milani XL Bronzer and I do love Too Faced bronzers. But since I'd rather contour, I just stick to my Mac blush in Taupe. But if I am ever by the Body Shop, I will look for that bronzer!

  • Hahah. In the wrong lighting when taking a picture even I can look like an Oompa-Loompa 😛 but it's just the weird lighting.. xD I don't really wear bronzers as a bronzer.. just as a blush 😀 I'm glad this works for you, though! Yay for honey ^^

  • I really like this bronzer. I find it so subtle… great for days we just want to look a little healthier and more sun kissed. Also perfect for those with really light skin as I don't find it too dark or orangey at all. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  • Great post!

  • I was hoping you'll post a review on this so YAY! This will be my next bronzer purchase, thank you for a very detailed review, Linda, honestly appreciate it. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Love how you broke down the review. Really want to try this bronzer!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Oh K.

    I love how this doesn't have any shimmer to it. I may check it out because I'm pale and this would make a great contour!

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com / creative + lifestyle blog

  • Maybe it is a little warm for contour, I tend to use really ashy shades for that.
    Do you use bronzer everyday or just during summer time?

  • Thank you.
    What have you been using so far? And did you ever finish a bronzer?

  • Thank you Shireen.
    If you happen to have any other request, feel free to ask. I have a multitude of makeup gems hoarded that are just waiting to be reviewed.

  • Thanks Cat.

  • It really is subtle, which may concern people with darker complexions. I had to double check if 02 was really the right color for me.
    What skin tone are you in MAC?

  • After rummaging through my stash the other day I discovered I own more brown/bronze toned blushes than any other color, so this might be my thing.
    Do you wear bronzer-blush often or do you settle for coral or pink most of the time?

  • I burnt in new Zealand, too, even though I was wearing sunscreen and a hat…
    That Milani bronzer gets great reviews, but I have never seen it in person.
    Why not wear contour and bronzer? I do that a lot. MAC Harmony, which I use for contouring, is a lot more ashy than this bronzer, so I think I can get away with wearing both. I´d skip the blush then, otherwise it might be too much, but it gives a great sun kissed look.
    Have you tried self-tanners?

  • Thank you Dominica.

  • Yes, somehow a true matte bronzer is hard to find. Everyone seems to go for the sparkle when tanned…

  • This looks like a beautiful bronzer, I really want to try it out!


  • Absolutely.
    Have you managed to put a dent in it yet? I have been using it almost every day, and so far not even the honey comb is gone…

  • It is, and it isn't that expensive.
    What bronzers have you been using so far?

  • I've been using a bronzer by Bobbi Brown and another by Smashbox. I've never finished a bronzer – I've tossed out a few that are close to breaking though, that I didn't love.

  • I love the BB bronzer by Physicians Formula, The Balms bahama mama and Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer. Can't hurt to add the Body Shop one to the list 🙂

  • Honestly, I have never tried contouring and bronzing at the same time. Maybe because I can't live without a blush but next time I do my makeup I will give it a try.

    I have only tried Jergens self tanners but maybe I will invest in a more expensive one this summer. I wish sun wasn't so dangerous! :-/

  • I have never used bronzer, I always feel like I'd end up using way too much of it.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

  • I'm NW20 and I actually have the bronzer in shade 01 and it does show up on me, but it's subtle, which I like. 🙂 What shade are you in Mac? You're not darker than me, are you?

  • Alison Hutchinson

    Lol, I think I have the same skin type as you! And yes — bronzer is definitely my savior. I'm also really loving Body Shop makeup lately so I'll have to give this one a try!

    xoxo Alison

  • No, i am not. NC20 is perfect in summer and a little too dark during winter times.
    Maybe it is the brush I am using, it is very fluffy. If I´d use something more dense, I could probably build it up more.

  • I keep telling myself that a little sun is actually very healthy. It is just hard not to overdo it…
    I tan my legs during summertime, but have yet to find a face tan I am happy with. One of my beauty missions for summer!

  • Quite a bronzer wardrobe! Did you take a look at TF "Little Book of bronzers"? Quite a variety if you are a bronzer lover.

  • I tossed out one by Catrice because my daughter broke it and it was getting everywhere when trying to use it, but this is the closest i have come, too.
    Did Bobby Brown and Smashbox differ a lot in texture?

  • Yes, but like you say, I obviously don't need more right now lol

  • I've seen this around and always eye it a little when I'm in The Body Shop so it was nice reading this review, anything with honey will draw me in 🙂 But I'm generally for a bit of shimmer and actually haven't tried a matte bronzer before!

  • Haha, problems of a makeup addict.

  • Oh lala! I also have similar skin to you. It's hard to find a bronzer that looks good with my skin tone- so I'll definitely look into this one. Thank you for sharing!

    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  • No, I don't think so. I was really really impressed by the Smashbox one – it's really pigmented and applies so smoothly. The Bobbi one I bought is slightly lighter, though, so I can use it just about year-round. Besides the Body Shop one do you have any other favourites? I'm debating trying NARS. 🙂

  • I've got that rosy complexion you mentioned, so warm bronzers make me look like I've been doing cardio. I love the NYX Taupe Blush. It's really neutral and looks like a legit shadow!

  • To be honest, this one and the Catrice one were the only ones I have tried, so sadly no other recommendations.
    But I will put the BobbyBrown one on my list.

  • Euhm, I have two bronzers. The rest are all red, pink, orange, some even in brown. Not that I have a lot of cheek products though… what about you? Got a lot of products for your cheeks?

  • Jaa

    I love your opening paragraph! Girl, you are one funny lady! 😀

    I don't use bronzer too much at all but I don't know why I keep buying them! I like the ones that are matte, just like this one. My favorites are probably the Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze and Tom Ford Bronzing Powder. The NARS Contour Blush (I use Paloma) is nice, too!

  • Yes. A lot! I
    will do a post on them soon. Expect to see Fifty Shades of neutral.

  • Maybe it is the brush you´re using? I switched to a very fluffy one by Zoeva and it works very well.
    What have you been using?

  • It is well worth it.
    What makeup products from TBS do you recommend?

  • It really is.
    What bronzer have you been loving so far?

  • I prefer that I can use it as a crease color or contour, too, but I don't go for much shimmer or highlighter anyway. My shine comes all natural 😉
    Which shimmery bronzers are out there for us to try?

  • You are welcome.
    Bronzers you have tried so far I should avoid?

  • I guess there is a downside to every complexion.
    I have heard about MACs Taupe as a contour before, but not about the NYX one. Does it work as a contour, too?

  • Thank you!

    Same with me and red lipsticks, I guess. I don't wear them on a day to day basis, but I keep buying more…
    Tom Ford gets some serious love around the blogs, maybe it is time I finally visit a counter.

  • I've heard great things about this bronzer, and I'm glad it works for you! I prefer matte-r bronzers as well, since my T-zone already produces enough sheen as it is!

  • Yes, mine too.
    What is your most used bronzer?

  • In summer, Dior Matte Cinnamon. In winter, Guerlain Crazy Terracotta! Crazy Terracotta was limited edition, but I think one of the new Joli Teints might be similar. I'll have to keep you posted.

  • This is such a lovely shade!

    P.s have you entered my #geekgirl giveaway?

  • This look great!
    I need a matte bronzer like this, it is very natural for contour.

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  • It is.
    Do you use bronzer?

  • It is, although I prefer MAC "Harmony" for contouring, and Agata from http://www.herandmakeup.com swears by MAC "Taupe".
    You should check them to, too, her contour is always on point.
    What do you use?

  • No! Mine looks practically brand new still lol

  • Janelly L

    I'm gonna be needing a new bronzer soon since I am almost done with my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer. I'd probably have to get the lightest one just to avoid over doing it.


  • Make sure to swatch them first. I was afraid of the shade 02 being to dark, but 01 didn't show up on me.

  • Janelly L

    That's good to know. I guess if I do pick this up then I shouldn't buy it online just so I can test it out in store. Thanks for the tip!

  • You´re welcome.

  • I've been wanting to buy this for so long now, but I just never get round to it. I've put it back on my wish list now, thanks for a good review!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Don't wait to long, I got confirmed yesterday that they are discontinuing it.
    Apparently they want to reformulate them and bring back new shades in the third quarter of 2015.

  • I am always looks for a good bronzer, but a big number of them are orange. This one looks nice 😀

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  • It sure is. If you are interested though, please swatch it first, because they reformulated it or are going to reformulate it this summer. Things may have changed since I wrote this post.