Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact Review

Another bronzer is definitely something I don’t need. But I like them. A LOT. Maybe it’s because I’m so pale and I love how they add a bit of life to my skin. You know what I just realized? I’m a BRONZER FIEND. Every year when the summer collections start to roll out I tell myself: NO MORE BRONZERS. MO MORE.

But every year, they PULL ME BACK IN, no matter how hard I try to resist. I mean look at this new one from Clarins-I was a goner as soon as I saw it this past Saturday at the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Redemption Event. At least it was free! I LOVE FREE MAKEUP AS MUCH AS I LOVE CHOCOLATE.

Behold, the Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact($42 CDN):

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Even the outside of the Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact is AMAZING. That 3-D design in the plastic compact is kind of mesmerizing, like for a few minutes mesmerizing too… it’s splendiferous…

And the inside, is JUST AS splendiferous and mesmerizing:

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Has the Limited Edition embossed pattern inspired by the ruins of South America pulled you in yet? Let’s try one more beauty shot:

It’s got you now too, right? Right?

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Ok, maybe LUCKY YOU is immune to the pull of bronzers. But if you are indeed looking for a new one this year, then this one should totally be on your list to check out.

The outside sections of the Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact includes two shades of bronzer that are matte, while the little peachy gold centre adds some radiance. This is one big bronzer, so you can totally just dip your brush around the outside and avoid the gold centre if you wish.

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See? BIG. Almost the size of my hand big. I swear bronzers get bigger and bigger every year. Which also means that I have enough bronzer to last me until I’m 90. And yes, I’ll be still wearing bronzer in my 90s. Gotta look like I belong on the lido deck playing shuffleboard, ya’ know?

Swatchy Time!

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Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact swatches-left includes circle radiance section, right just the matte bronzers combined


This swatchy picture I took in bright sunlight:

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Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact is so smooth and finely milled, so silky to the touch it’s hard to describe even. It’s what all powders aspire to be like. I used to think that Guerlain powders were the pièce de résistance, but I think Clarins has been beating them lately. The radiance centre part doesn’t add any sparkles that I can see either, it just adds a glow.

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This blends so beautifully onto the skin, has excellent pigmentation and has no powdery kick-up at all-it’s just plain PERFECTION. It wears all day for me too-easily into the 12 hour mark before it fades. In the pic I’m wearing it all by itself-no blush at all. LOVE it.

If you’ve never tried anything from Clarins, this is the product to get. If you need a new bronzer, or if you’re just a bronzer fiend like myself, then Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact won’t disappoint at all.

Cross my Bronzer/Blush Fiend heart.

Are you a Bronzer Fiend too? 

  • Oh wow, I really love the embossed pattern! It looks very natural on you as well (and man, your LINER, Tracy!)! I’m not a bronzer fiend yet. I’m just getting into it with the bronzer half of Dior Coral Glow, but I might get there!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Thanks Sunny! It’s really nice. I think I even like it better than the Dior one actually! 🙂
      I was testing that liner today so I went all out LOL so thanks. I’ll be reviewing it soon!

  • You look so adorable and happy! Love that eyeliner look, too. 😀

    I swear to god, there’s subliminal messaging all over that bronzer design and it says, “BUY ME. BUY ME NOWWWWWW.”

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      RIGHTTT??? That thing has some kind of POWERS I swear! 🙂
      And thanks! 🙂 You are too sweet! I was pretty happy today for some reason…:P

  • Isn’t it gorgeous? I almost fell for it but had to be reasonable! Looks great on you!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Thanks! 🙂 I was so happy it was there to redeem for! Sometimes I feel like there’s nothing new to get, but this time I lucked out!

  • this color looks amazing on your skin, its subtle but instantly adds radiance to your amazing face and hair!!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Thank you! It’s such a great bronzer! I love it!

  • Bee

    wow You are so beautiful & the bronzer suits you so well!!!!
    even i’m so much into bronzers this season!!! I got one from victoria’s secret yesterday & i’m loving it

    btw- is it me or does this remind of the mayan calender thingy? LOL

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Awww, thanks so much! You are too sweet! xo
      IT DOES look like it haha! You are right!

  • grlnxdor

    Tracy, you look so healthy it’s ridiculous!! Once I use up my Nars Laguna I’m definitely going to check out Clarins bronzer.

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Hahaha thanks! 🙂 My cheeks are showing the ice cream scoops I’ve had over the last week LOL. 🙂
      Yes! Check Clarins out for sure!

  • You are so beautiful! Bronzer’s not bad either I guess. 😉

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      AWWWWWwwwww thanks Christa! 🙂 So are you! xo

  • I love free makeup MORE than I love chocolate. This bronzer is perfect for you. It adds just the right amount of warmth and glow. Loving it! Also loving the design

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      You too hey? 🙂
      Thanks Taylor! I really like it a lot too. It’s warmer than most I have so it’s perfect!

  • Ohhhh my goodness, Clarins powders are just getting better and better! PS Your hair looks AMAZING.

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      I KNOW. Their stuff is SO GOOD lately! 🙂
      And thanks! I am loving it grey too. I should show you all how CURLY it’s become now. Not dyeing it for over 7 months has really healed it a lot and my natural texture is coming back in a fierce way. It so curly now that my kid started singing It’s A Hard Knock Life today at me after my hair air-dried after my shower HAHAHA. She’s MEAN.

  • Tracy, you look lovely. I can understand why you fell for this one, it is gorgeous. Tell me, did it hurt to tap in your brush the first time? I’m trying to use up some of blush/bronzer collection before buying more. Also, I’m kind of not blogging full time so that saves me a lot of indulgences but this is super pretty hopefully I can resist 😛

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Awww, thanks Shivani!
      I hear ya. 🙂

  • OMG. This bronzer is GORGEOUS on you! I really need to venture into the world of Clarins makeup more.

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Thanks Tiffany!! The brand is really AMAZING me lately. SO GOOD!

  • I really love what brands like Clarins are doing with adding beautiful designs to their powder products. The swatches look great but the bronzer looks incredible on you! As a fellow bronzer fiend, I think this might need to be added to my already humongous collection 😉

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      I agree! Their products are looking SO PRETTY lately. Yay! Let me know how you like it fellow bronzer fiend! xo

  • Angela

    LOVING your liner look – really makes your eyes pop!!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Thanks Angela!! I don’t often wear liner like that, but I kind of liked it! 🙂 I was testing one out for a review coming up.

  • Please, stop writing posts about bronzing powders, I can’t afford all of them!! LOL I got my Dior Coral Glow (Sephora still doesn’t have the one you have, Pink Glow), but haven’t tried it yet. It’s so pretty!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Hahaha I’m sorry hahahaha!
      I’m glad you got the Dior one! It’s great too!

  • Clarins makeup did it again!! UGH, I don’t even. That’s it. I should set up a petition for Clarins to bring their makeup back here. LOL!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      They took it away? Wow that’s too bad! They’re getting SO GOOD!

  • telle

    Why oh why when i pass up a clarins piece it shows up as a favorite in your blog?! LOL! I don’t think i will haul this, since i plan on mac’s temperature rising pro-longwear bronzer since its a longwear which is great for a greaser like me! *lol*
    I DO love how it looks on you, it doesn’t look fakey or i love to hang out in a fake n bake machine! It does add lovely warmth and i like that the gold radiance center isn’t glittery….*UGH* i just may have to purchase this too…. :p 😀

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Hahaha Telle! I have a Prolongwear from last year actually and love it too. I use it more as a contour though since it’s so matte. It’s a good choice!

      • Telle

        Oh! Good to know…sort of…! I may need to get this bronzer now too 🙁
        Coverfx has three new matte bronzers (on line only so far) and i want to try those too!

      • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

        Ugggh don’t tell me that LOL. You are talking to a bronzer fiend, REMEMBER? 🙂

      • telle

        *hee heee heee* we will just call that payback for all the clarins…. 😉

  • Tracy the bronzer is gorgeous but you look stunning! Your grey hair really suit you. Not many people could pull it off without it ageing them but it doesn’t age you at all! Hope that makes sense lol

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Awwww, thanks Claire! 🙂 It does lol. I’ve been growing it out for about 7 months now actually! I can hardly wait to chop off the red. 🙂

  • This is beautiful and I gotta say, the bigger the better when it comes to bronzers! Sephora has some that are the size of sandwich plates and I end up looking at them every time I go in. They have a tractor beam effect! This Clarins one is SO PRETTY! Love what one of your other commenters said about the subliminal message stamped onto the powder reading BUY ME NOW!

    • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

      Hahaha sandwich plates LOL hahaha! Love that. I know right-it probably does say BUY ME in Mayan I bet. 🙂
      I’ve been wearing it everyday and LOVE it. Honestly I think it’s better than that Pink Dior one I bought a few weeks ago.

  • This looks amazing on you and it’s such an lovely color! I adore bronzer myself, I have way too many but I can always justify getting another one! I love how warm toned this is without being orange, and that gold sheen is just stunning! This is so going in my makeup bag for summer!

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  • BooBooNinja

    Ahhhhh — This is so pretty!

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  • shelynx

    Thank you for your review and these wonderful images. The bronzer is lovely on your skin! You seem absolutely ageless and beautiful. – If you don’t mind I’d link to this article in my own – always helpful to read of different perspectives and experiences.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Awww, thank you so very much! 🙂 So sweet of you! Of course, go right ahead!

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  • Eugenia

    It’s partly YOUR fault, Lil Sis, that I also picked up this bronzer – but the lion’s share of the blame goes to my ever-growing obsession with these sunshine-in-a-compact type products, lol! It began a few years ago, and now I can’t resist bronzers either — and I tan so easily too! Still, who can say no to something as stunning as this, right?!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      LOL LOL Big SIs, you crack me up! BUt I bet this one is amazing on you because you can build up when you get darker!