Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba

Above: The Bobbi Brown Illuminating Powder comes in a round compact, thin enough to simply house the pan of product.

I recently had the chance to try the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba and was delighted to discover that this finely-milled powder is suitable for both light contouring and adding warmth to the face!

Kindly scroll on for additional details, swatches and images of it on a human face…

Above: Aruba is a light golden bronze.

Retailing for $36, this bronzer comes in a sturdy black compact with a generous mirror.  I use my retractable blush brush from Sephora to apply this along my cheekbones and the edges of my face.  This is a perfect bronzer for fair and light skin tones because it provides buildable color at a restrained pace…amongst the bronzers that I own, it is most similar in depth to Rouge Bunny Rouge At Goldcombe Bay and (which I consider a very pale bronzer) and the shimmer, although evident in the pan, is wonderfully imperceptible on the skin.

Here’s what Bobbi Brown has to say about this…

This ultra-soft and smooth pressed powder is formulated with a unique and innovative blend of sheer powder and micro pearls. Powder glides on evenly and gives skin a seamless and sheer natural-looking glow. 

Based on my experiences thus far, I would agree with this assessment!

Above: Aruba in direct sunlight…the gold shimmer is definitely evident, but since it is finely milled, it translates as a glow, rather than a glitter fest.  

The next three images reflect Aruba on the face (over a base of Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Golden)…I have applied it with a blush brush along my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, upper forehead and jawline to create a warm glow and barely-there contour…

Above: Swatches of Rouge Bunny Rouge At Goldcombe Bay (which is a bit more opaque, less shimmery and a touch more yellow than Aruba), and light and heavy swatches of Bobbi Brown Aruba in direct sunlight. 
Bottom Line: Aruba is a beautiful, complex golden bronze that doesn’t degrade to an unflattering orange with wear.  It is finely-milled, great for subtle contouring and wonderful for those with light skin tones that desire a restrained wash of warm color.  It can be purchased in the UK HERE and in the States HERE ; )
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 

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Comments (6)

  • Anonymous Reply

    i cant wait for serge lutens teint sin fin swatches very interested also can you do swatches on thier blusher especially #2 its a peachy pink thanks

    May 12, 2013 at 12:31 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Anon! I am working on putting labels on my SL powder swatches this weekend ; ) Will try to swatch the blushes soon!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 12, 2013 at 12:47 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful! I'm so picking this up as soon as I can. It looks flawless on you by the way, such a pretty summer bronzer!

    May 12, 2013 at 5:58 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Paintedladybeauty!

      Thank you so much! I totally recommend this bronzer for fair skin! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts when you get it….


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 13, 2013 at 12:31 am
  • LipstickBoulevards Reply

    What do you on your lips ?
    I have been on a major bronzer kick and just got my hands on the TF and LM bronzers .
    I may need this one as well lol

    May 14, 2013 at 12:06 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Lipstick Boulevards!

      I am wearing the Tom Ford lip lacquer for Summer 2013 in Pink Lust…thanks for asking! When juxtaposed with the damaging sun, one simply cannot have too many bronzers ; ) I am also loving the Guerlain Four Seasons in Nude 00 and Natural Blondes!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

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