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The thought of using liquid bronzer never really entered my mind. I always thought it was a hassle, a highway to disaster, and plainly speaking, it just has to be really difficult to use. Of course, this was all before I met the new Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer! This thing literally changed my whole perspective of liquid bronzer, and let's just say, it's going to be hard for me to go back to powder now. :)
Note about the packaging: do be extra careful when you open the bottle for the first time! The liquidy product was literally filled to the brim of the glass bottle and if you are not careful, things can get really messy! :) I'm not too crazy about this style of packaging to be honest. It's quite unhygienic and non-user/travel-friendly. The dropper dispenser is nice since it allows you to gauge the exact amount to use each time but you can achieve the same result with a pump bottle. Ugh, I'm so picky about packaging sometimes! ;D
Liquid Summer (don't you just love the name? How very fitting!) is a highly saturated, warm-toned, medium brown liquid bronzer that contains enormous amount of gold shimmer. The shimmer, luckily, is ultra fine and doesn't translate to anything but a healthy radiance and flattering sun-kissed glow on your complexion. To me, Its texture feels more oily than liquidy, making it easier to apply on the face. It may look a little dark in the bottle but it actually sheers out a lot once blended and spread out. The first time I used it I was so afraid it would make me look too dark so I only used just a touch of it (not even a full drop), only to find out that it sheered out into almost nothing! I'd say a few drops is a good start to see a difference.
There are several ways you can use this multi-purpose liquid gold. ;D
- Mix a few drops with your usual moisturizer to add a subtle, healthy glow to your overall complexion. Increase the amount for a more dramatic effect!
- Mix with your current foundation to darken the color as well as illuminating the complexion. I have actually been doing this everyday since right now most of my foundations are too light for my summer tan.
- Apply directly on your bare skin or over foundation to the high points of the face (where the sun normally hits), or around the perimeter of the face to subtly sculpt or to add warmth to your complexion.
For all over the face application, fingers work well and are the easiest way. For precision placement, however, I like to use a small blush brush or stippling blush to apply. :)
Liquid Summer leaves a flattering, skin-like finish with a smooth satiny feel that is extremely long-lasting. It wears comfortably throughout the work day without causing excess oil production in the skin. It also blends like a dream and the more you blend, the sheerer the coverage becomes. I like how the solution is so pigmented but at the same time it can be sheered out so much that it's hard to overdo. There is enough play time from when you apply to before it sets, so you have plenty of room to adjust the intensity as you go.
It also provides a sun protection factor but I wouldn't rely on it to keep my skin fully protected. Always apply your usual sunscreen underneath! :)
One last aspect I'd like to touch on is the shade availability. This magical liquid only comes in one shade! Luckily it shows up on my medium skin tone but for darker skin, I'm not too confident it will show up. Here's to hoping that the brand will release more shades in the future! :)
Liquid Summer is a limited edition product that comes with a steep price, although the cost is easily justifiable based on the amount of product you receive. With continued use, I have a feeling it will still last you a lifetime (OK, not quite, but close). I'm actually thinking of making small aliquots of this and give them to my girl friends; there is no way I'm going to use it all up before it expires. After all, sharing is caring, right? :D
Have you picked up your Liquid Summer? Or do you already have a similar product that you swear by? Do share in the comments below! :)