Bronzers For Pale Skin

Monday, August 10, 2015
Bronzers For Pale Skin
Bronzers are dangerous products for those of us blessed (or cursed, whichever way you look at it) with ghostly pale skin. The dreaded orange face is one of the reasons I've put of buying and using bronzers for years and I still worry that I will look like a patchy fake tan disaster if I'm not careful with the bronzer! #PalePeopleProblems 

Over the past year or two I've found quite a selection of bronzers, from numerous price points and brands, that actually work on my almost transparent skin tone. Here are the bronzers that I would highly recommend for super fair/pale people like myself:

I received this bronzer/blush/highlight hybrid product last year and I've broke it out again this summer as not only does it give such a pretty, highlighted bronzy look to the skin (that isn't orange or too glittery) but it is also great as a highlight on it's own or as eyeshadows! The pigmentation isn't amazing but that is a good thing when you have such fair skin; it just gives a healthy subtle glow to the skin.

I am fairly new to the brand MeMeMe, I have a few products of theirs and so far they have all impressed me. This bronzer comes in such a cute box, it has a mirror inside as well as a brush and even though it looks dark, it works perfectly with my pale skin tone. The pigmentation is great but if you tap off your brush then even with a heavy hand you won't go over the top with this bronzer. I apply with a fluffy brush from Fancy Witch and it looks so natural on the skin. 

Essence is one of my favourite cheaper brands and their products constantly impress me - this one is no exception. Firstly, the marbling of the bronzer and highlighter is so pretty and secondly the compact is so handy although I wish it had a mirror in the lid. The highlight isn't glittery but it has a gorgeous iridescent sheen  and the bronzer is similar to the MeMeMe blush but it is more glowy. The price point is fantastic as with all Essence products. 

It has to be said, to me this bronzer doesn't smell like chocolate, it smells like shea butter but it still cute! Even though there is visible glitter in the pan, it doesn't really show on the skin. It also looks quite warm toned in the pan/packaging but it isn't orange or muddy on the skin. It is a good cheaper bronzer but there are others that I tend to reach for more. 

Makeup Revolution is another one of my favourite cheaper brands, their blushes and palettes are fantastic! I was able to try all of their blush sticks last year and they are all great but I especially love their cream bronzer stick. It looks scary when first applied but it blends out well and it doesn't contain any shimmer! I draw a thin line of it where I would use a contour powder and it really sculpts the face, while looking natural and light on the skin. You definitely need a dense brush for buffing this out, a fluffy bronzer brush won't work!

*RMK Matte Shiny Cheeks (01)

I love multi-use compacts, they are so handy for travelling! The blush in this cute RMK compact is such a pretty pinky coral shade and works perfectly with the bronzer. Getting just the bronzer on a brush is quite difficult as the Blush takes up most of the pan but it is a lovely shimmery bronzer. Sadly, I think this product is now discontinued/out of stock. 

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder (Golden Rinse)

This collection has now passed but it was the amazing Wash and Dry collection - the packaging is gorgeous! A lot of people complained about the pigmentation of this bronzer saying that it didn't show up and I do know where that is coming from as I do need to stick my brush in the bronzer well to get a good amount of product but it's worth it as it looks so gorgeous and fresh and on my fair skin it gives a natural sunkissed look! 

Here is my break down of the bronzers depending on what you want out of them:

Glitter/Shimmer: Smashbox, Essence, RMK

Matte or very little visible shimmer: Makeup Revolution, MeMeMe, Bourjois

Multi-Use: RMK, Essence, Smashbox 

Cheapest: Essence, Makeup Revolution  

Most expensive: RMK

Most pigmented: MeMeMe, Essence 

Least pigmented: Mac

Best packaging: Mac, RMK, MeMeMe 

Most natural looking: MeMeMe, Mac

Most assessable: Bourjois, Makeup Revolution

Have you tried any of these bronzers? If so which were your favourite/least favourite? 


  1. Fab choices for pale skin, one of my favourites is the honey bronzer from TBS, it's the perfect shade.

    alice x // beautybyalicee

  2. I feel the pain of bronzers on pale skin and as a general rule I tend to stick to blush. Although I have really been enjoying one from Stila called 'wink'. I don't think they sell it in the singular form but I discovered it in one of their dare to bare palettes and it's gorgeous. Very cool toned with the tiniest hint of shimmer (not noticeable on the skin) . If your able to find it I recommend you give it a go x

    Fi |

  3. This is such a good post! I know the pain of trying to find a bronzer for a pasty pale face, but The Body Shop also do a fab one - and the pan is huge!

  4. Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer is really lovely, bought it when I was in London on holiday :-)

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  5. This was a very helpful post as I have very pale skin and am forever looking for a new bronzer x


  6. I have pretty pale skin & agree it can be tricky to find a bronzer that doesn't make me resemble a clown.. I love Makeup Revolution's The One Blush Stick though - despite needing to buff this product I find it blends beautifully & isn't too dark for the likes of us pale folk.


    Small&Blonde ♥

  7. i like the essence products but sometimes you can see that they are not the best quality and yeah, although i use essence foundation, powder and a bronzer. :)

  8. I always use the chocolate bronzer but I think I am supremely pale as I need it for contouring or it's too dark haha! xxx

  9. Thanks for this post, this is so handy. I am so pale but I'd like to highlight and contour, however, I always give up because I look like I've smeared gravy power on my face. There are a few on here that I haven't tried that I will look out for.

  10. Lovely post! I can never find one that matches so I will keep my eye out for these!
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  11. The Boujois Chocolate bronzer is definitely a favorite of mine, looks lovely on my pale skin.

  12. Great post and lovely to have found your blog!

    Makeup Monster

  13. I love this most, like you I have pale skin so I need to ensure I don't use a bronzer that makes me go orange! I love the bourjois one though! Abi |

  14. I am typically a MAC NW10-15 and use Benefit's Hoola Bronzer with a light hand x
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  15. It's good to know there are some Bronzers out there for us girls with pale skin :)


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