Summer 2011 Bronzer Swatches/Comparison: Dior Aurora, Chanel Bronze Rose, Edward Bess Daydream

Being very fair I have shied away from bronzers for quite a while now. It used to be a regular part of my look but a couple years ago I embraced my pale skin and hadn’t looked back. Well the rave reviews of the Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer on Cafe Makeup and The Beauty Look Book had me reconsider my aversion to bronzers. Well I love the Edward Bess bronzer. It is very natural on my fair skin and does not turn muddy or orange at all and has converted my into a bronzer lover! Now in prior years the Summer Collections were always ones that I didn’t show as much interest in as they typically focus on the Bronze Goddess sort of theme. Well this year several companies have come out with beautiful bronzers that work well for even us fair skinned gals. I have, and am loving, both the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel in Rose Bronze and the Dior Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in 001 Aurora. They both offer a very natural look with a subtle luminous glow. They can also both be used as a blush which is not something I would advise with the Edward Bess Daydream bronzer. Now I’m sure there are many of you wondering…do I need all of these. Well, none of us really “need” them of course but in the world of us make-up addicts…YES you do need all three. The are all very different from each other and result in a totally unique look. The Edward Bess Daydream is a very neutral bronzer. Not too warm or muddy. Chanel Bronze Rose is of course, more rose toned. Dior Aurora is decidedly peachy.
Here are some swatches to show the difference. I did notice that to the naked eye Dior appeared more peachy on my skin than what is reflected in this picture. It will still give you an idea of the different tones of these bronzers which was even more noticeable to me IRL than in this picture.

Edward Bess Daydream, Chanel Bronze Rose, Dior Aurora

Top to bottom: Dior Aurora, Chanel Bronze Rose, Edward Bess Daydream:

Edward Bess Daydream, Chanel Bronze Rose, Dior Aurora

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  • bis
    May 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Thanks for the comparison, I think from that comparison I am glad I did not get the Dior bronzer and am looking forward to the Rose Bronze from Chanel :)

    Love your blog btw, even though you make me crave LMdB 😉

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 3, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Thanks bis! You will be very happy with Bronze Rose. And making you crave LMdB was precisely my motivation behind starting this blog LOL

  • DRTVrMoi
    May 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I’ve been in a Chanel vs Dior bronzer query for some time. For us light complexion girls, bronzers are a challenge. Add in oily skin oxidation and one can be headed for Palm Beach 80+ overkill. I would have loved to seen these two shades on your face (lovely though your arm is)to get a ‘real’ impression of them.

    I just found your blog and subscribed because I am delighted to find someone blogging with pale/fair skin tone. I look forward to your future posts.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Hi DRTVrMoi! I have posted looks with me wearing these bronzers! There are also more on the way. Just took pics of my look this morning wearing Dior Aurora. I’m so happy you found my blog. I found it hard finding other bloggers out there offering looks/swatches on really fair skin so I though maybe there would be someone out there that could appreciate my blog.
    I do find since I lean a bit cool toned that Aurore is a little too peachy on me so I would suggest the Bronze Rose for you!

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    May 4, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    I subscribe to your blog because I too am perilously pale and finding a bronzer that works is hard work. So far the one I’m using is the lightest one from Le Metier. It gives me just a touch of bronze. I guess it’s time for me to review it so that others like us can consider that one too.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Thanks MarciaF! I’ll have to check that one out as well.

  • Replica
    May 4, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Thats really helpful, being very pale myself its great to hear your thoughts, I think I’ll go with the Chanel Bronze Rose when it comes out here :)

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 4, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I hope you like it Replica!

  • Bluebell
    May 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    I’m following you now :). I’m also fair skinned (NC 10) and it’s really a challenge with bronzers.
    I just ordered Dior Aurora and I cannot wait.

    Greetings from Germany.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I hope you like Aurore! It really is the most subtle I’ve come across which is great for the super pale. If they had a less peachy version I’d be in heaven!

  • Zuzu's Petals
    May 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Another paleface here! I have been enjoying EB Daydream Bronzer, but my first love is and will always be Armani Bronzer #1, as very sheer rosy brown. I passed on Aurora (peaches aren’t best on my cool skin), but I received Chanel Bronze Rose this past Saturday and am waiting for better weather for photos. Thanks much for the comparison swatches.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 11, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    I will have to check out the Armani Bronzer! That sounds fabulous! Aurora is too peachy for my fair cool skin too but I think my red hair allows me to pull it off. She’s not my fav of the bunch but I think I’ll keep her 😉

  • snactres
    May 16, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    Thank you for this great review and comparison of the three! I think I am going to get the Edward Bess bronzer, as it is more matte even though the Dior Aurora seems luminously beautiful.

  • PerilouslyPale
    May 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Your welcome snactres! I hope you like it although I think you would be happy with any of them. I’m a glitter phobe and was really happy with all of them. The Dior looks the most sparkly in the pan but it is very subtle on.


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