Tarte’s Amazonian clay bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (available at Sephora) is a pearlized golden tan bronzer. While it’s certainly not matte, nor does anything about the finish make me think of the words “sparkle” or “glitter.” It just gives me a nice luminous sheen.
Color and finish
The color is slightly warm, but it didn’t look anything like orange on me, and I have a lot of redness on my face which tends to tint bronzers. I have light skin – Mac NW20-25 – and this is not a lot darker than my normal skin tone. I can’t use it for contouring, for example (scroll down for swatch). Park Avenue Princess is great for an overall blusher on pale skin, when you just want a little boost. It would actually be hard to go overboard with application, too – it’s very blendable and applies sheerly but with definite pigment.
While this might be deep enough for contouring on very fair skin, it still wouldn’t be my first recommendation. I think contouring looks better with more cool-toned bronzers, but your mileage may vary. It could provide a very subtle highlight on darker skin tones.
It wears very comfortably and stays on for a long time. If you don’t normally use much powder (I have dry skin, so I use just enough to set my foundation, and with drier foundations, not even that), you may be able to use a light dusting of this in place of powder. I feel like it does set my foundation and enhance its wear time in the way a good powder should.
I swatched this one pretty heavily, even though that’s not how you’d likely wear it. It looks so natural that it’s hard to show you a before and after picture where you could really see how it looks. This swatch shows how fine the pearly particles are – nothing resembling glitter or sparkle, just a little bit of light reflection to create a nice sheen. The tones in this one really stay true to gold, so both the finish and the color actually do resemble how I used to look when I still tanned – a nice, healthy-looking golden glow.
I really love this bronzer for overall bronzing. I consider it a high quality product with a terrific feel and finish, a great color and a beautiful look. My go to bronzer used to be Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil, which I would use primarily for contouring (and it ROCKS for that!) and then lightly for overall bronzing, but now I find myself going to the trouble of reaching for Park Avenue Princess for the bronzing instead – it’s that good. I admit I haven’t tried a lot of drugstore foundations (just because you can’t test them in the store, and I’ve gotten some disastrously wrong colors that way), so I can’t say there’s nothing cheaper out there that comes close to this – there may be! But I’m impressed enough with this that I do feel I would repurchase it.