Product Review: Maybelline City Bronzer and Contour Powder


It’s winter which means having bronzer and contour as part of our makeup routine to make you look more alive is an absolute necessity. I’ve been a tried and true lover of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer for a long time now – it is the perfect amount of warmth, doesn’t have glitter or sheen to it, and lasts forever. But I am always willing to find another tried and true bronzer to help make my sun-deprived skin look healthier in the winter. Luckily, Maybelline released a new bronzer this past month – the City Bronzer. It’s a bronzing powder designed to give you a sun-kissed look while also sculpting your face. It’s actually their first bronzing and contouring powder, too. Who knew!? Let’s see how the City Bronzer stacks up.

First and foremost, the cost is pretty good – around $8-10. That’s generally what you should expect from a drugstore brand. It’s actually a few dollars cheaper than my Butter Bronzer so I’m on board so far! The shade selection isn’t stellar with only 3 shades – light, medium, and deep. Generally, you can get by with a range of different skin tones with these so it’s not too bad but Maybelline could definitely expand the color range in the future. I picked up the shade Light because…..your girl is pale! The shade looks to be fairly cool toned but has just a touch of warmth.

New drugstore beauty Maybelline city bronzer product review

When it comes to application, the Maybelline City Bronzer glides smoothly on the skin. It’s super soft thanks to the addition of cocoa butter in the ingredients and you can tell when applying. And not only does it go on like a dream, it stays all day long. I found that it started to noticeably fade about 7-8 hours in aka you can easily get through a full work day with a bomb contour. Nice! Below is my skin before and after applying the City Bronzer. It’s pretty subtle but it makes your face look more warm and sculpted naturally. Based on the color tone, this bronzer would also be perfect for a soft nose contour.

New drugstore beauty Maybelline city bronzer product review

Overall, I am a big fan of this bronzer. The deeper shades will definitely be purchased in the near future once it starts to warm up and as I get a tan. It definitely gives my Butter Bronzer, and even high-end bronzers, a run for their money! If you give the Maybelline City Bronzer a try, let me know how it goes and if you love it to!

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New drugstore beauty Maybelline city bronzer product review

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