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Although I love a full face of makeup as much as the next girl, one of my favorite things about summer is summer makeup looks. Usually, the summer beauty trends are bright colors, dewy skin, and minimal makeup. In fact, one of my favorite summer beauty looks is a nice (spray) tan, cream bronzer, a little blush, and a splash of mascara. Of course if you read my Huda Beauty Cream Bronzer Review, you know I love a great cream bronzer. However, they’re notoriously hard to find. So I was very excited to try the new Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer.
The SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer comes in 3 shades and is $29. The shades are Seychelles (light), Grace Bay (medium), and Sunset Beach (deep). However, my local Sephora and Sephora.com both only have the light and medium shades as of time of publishing. Although TarteCosmetics.com does have the deepest shade. Another thing to note is that Seychelles (the lightest shade) also comes in a mini for $14! Hopefully the darkest shade will be at Sephora soon and the two darker shades will also be available in minis as well.
As for the formula, the Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer is so shockingly silky smooth and light. At first, I was very concerned about the bronzer only coming in three shades. People come in a lot more than three shades, and just like shoes, makeup is not one size fits all. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the shade Seychelles looked really great on my skin. And oh my goodness, it blended like a breeze. Almost like a SEA Breeze. I didn’t have any issues with skipping, smudging, foundation moving around, or even using a powder blush on top.
Plus, all 3 shades are matte bronzers. And if you know me, you know I have a major issue with sparkle bronzers. Makeup is used to manipulate shadows and light – especially highlighters and bronzer/contour. Bronzing and contouring products are here to create and enhance shadows on your face. And shadows don’t sparkle, people!
Not only did Tarte just launch a new cream bronzer, but they also created a new SEA Breezy Blender Cream Bronzer Brush ($29). The brush is designed to buff in your cream bronzer for an easy, natural look. Plus, it’s just really stinking cute. In fact, it’s about half the height (length?) of an eyeshadow brush and about 2.5 inches wide. Honestly, the brush part itself is the exact right shape to create a perfect contour. I really enjoyed it. It’s super soft and easy to use and is great to train your hand to use proper contour/bronzing motions and not just swirl powder all over your face.
My only complaint is that I wish it had a little cover or something for storage. It stands up nicely, but I feel like it would easily get smushed in a makeup bag (or really anywhere other than nicely sitting on a vanity).
To be sure, you can use the cream bronzer without the special brush. It will work just fine with your fingers, a sponge, or another kind of brush. But I have to admit I really enjoyed this combination. Plus, the two products were designed with each other in mind because the brush fits the oval shape of the bronzer packaging just perfectly.
As for the packaging, the color is a lot more of a light sky blue/aqua in person. Given that the products are quite expensive, I wish the packaging was a bit more substantial. It’s quite light weight and yet doesn’t really feel cheap or expensive. But rather somewhere in the middle. However, the smooth oval shapes remind me of river rocks which makes me wish I was at a spa right now. Overall, the aesthetic is quite soothing. Although I’m more of a “classic black packaging” kind of gal (think MAC or Chanel), the pastel packaging is growing on me. However, just like the Pat McGrath Labs under eye setting powder, I wish the mirror was bigger.
Overall Rankings (out of 5) –
Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer – 4 – I really want to give this a 4.25 or even a 4.5, but it’s a bit expensive and I’m interested to see it on other skin tones (since it’s such a small shade range). Plus the packaging feels a little on the cheap side for the cost.
Tarte SEA Breezy Blender Cream Bronzer Brush – 4 – Not completely necessary, but it’s a great brush. I just wish it came with a protective lid or something.
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