Glossier truly has nailed it when it comes to base products. Cloudpaint, Stretch Concealer, and Futuredew have all become firm favourites, but there was always one product that us (and fans around the world) wanted next from the brand — a bronzer, and that time has finally come. Introducing: Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Crème (£17), which in typical Glossier fashion, isn’t like many bronzers we’ve tried before.
Solar Paint is described by the brand as a “luminous gel-crème bronzer that captures the look and feeling of spending a day in the sunshine”, and right off the bat, it achieves that. The creamy lightweight formula goes onto the skin smoothly and evenly, and also has a doe-foot applicator to make application even easier. After blending whichever way you choose (I like to use a fluffy brush), it dries down to a matte consistency with a luminous shimmer. The formula is pigmented enough to get that obvious warmth to your skin, but not too much that it’s overpowering. It also has enough slip to blend before drying down, adding to its ease of use.
The Solar Paint comes in four shades — Flare (a light, neutral bronze with gold pearl), Ray (a medium, warm bronze with gold pearl), Heat (a rich, brown bronzer with gold pearl), and Volt (a deep, red bronze with copper pearl) — and contains three key ingredients that Glossier attributes to its unique bronzing abilities. The first is “light-reflecting pearls”, which is an ultrafine shimmer designed to give the most realistic bronzed glow possible; the inclusion of both gold and copper hues make sure that it complements different skin tones. The second is “desert milk”, a combination of plant oils and extracts including jojoba and aloe to help give the formula hydrating properties as well as blendability. And lastly, there’s “ayursense”, a botanical extract blend, which is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to give skin a luminous glow. The formula is also cruelty-free, vegan, and fragrance-free.
Personally, when it comes to makeup, I prefer less glittery flecks as I find them a little difficult to work with, because I’m pretty lazy when it comes to makeup application. Don’t get me wrong: I love a bit of shimmer, which this formula nails, but the amount of glitter in Solar Paint as it dries down is a little too much for me. Having said that, I think this new bronzer does achieve what Glossier set out to create: a bronzer that makes you look and feel like you’re a shimmering, luminous goddess on holiday.
When I’m wearing a full face of makeup (for me, this is foundation, concealer, eyebrows, blush, and mascara), I apply a few dots to my cheekbones and forehead and using a brush, blend it all together, dotting a little on my nose, too. I was also curious how it would work as an overall base, so I mixed a small amount of the Solar Paint with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Light, and it was a perfect combination to create warmth across my entire face before applying concealer to brighten up a few areas with some blush to finish.
The other POPSUGAR UK editors echoed my thoughts about Solar Paint being perfect for summer holidays, which is just what Glossier promised.”Heat felt a little dark for me, but is probably one I’d use on holiday, and Ray is a really nice everyday colour,” said assistant editor Navi Ahluwalia.
All in all, it’s not the type of bronzer I’d usually go for if I’m slapping it on quickly before running out of the house. But it is fun to play around with, and it absolutely gives a sun-kissed holiday vibe so for the summer months, so I’m into it.
Check out all of the POPSUGAR UK editors’ photos wearing the new Glossier Solar Paint Luminous Bronzer Crème.