I always get drawn in by the Mineral Fusion makeup display at my Whole Foods, but sadly, a large part of the line contains phenoxyethanol which I make a point of avoiding. I love that they make pressed products (still something of a rarity in natural makeup), but as far as I can tell, there's phenoxyethanol in every single pressed item EXCEPT this bronzer duo. So, while I usually go for lighter highlighters, I figured I'd chance it with the Bronzer Duo in Luster.
I'm glad I did.
The bronzer side is a light/medium warm brown, but it's not orangey, so all is well. It's also on the sheer side (a plus in my bronzer-shy book) and very blendable. And, it's matte, making it super versatile since it works as both a contour and an all over bronzer.
I'm slightly less taken with the highlight, but it's just a matter of color preference. It's golden and has a lovely sheen (no sparkle!), which I like, but as I feared, the color is too dark for my pale complexion and just ends up looking unnatural. I will say, even though it's also a little sheer, with a good, sticky primer underneath, it works nicely as an eye shadow. (Pop the bronzer in the crease and you've got an effortless neutral eye.)
The Bottom Line
I'm a little confused as to who this duo is intended for, since while the bronzer is fantastic for fair skin, the highlight seems like it would be much better suited to darker complexions. All the same, I really like the bronzer side, so I'm happy to have it in my collection. I hope it'll be the start of more phenoxyethanol-free products from Mineral Fusion!
Ingredients: Mica, zinc stearate, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (rooibos red tea) leaf extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), sambucus nigra fruit extract, lauroyl lysine. May contain (+/-): iron oxide (ci 77491, 77492, 77499).
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