Stila’s newest product for the summer is their One Step Bronze Illuminating Serum. They say that it is “A serum that instantly bronzes, illuminates, primes and nourishes, and gives skin a sun-kissed glow.”
The bottle is so impressive, because you can see a matte tan, a shimmery bronze, and their signature kitten coloured pigmented swirled throughout a clear base. I imagined that the colours mixing together would form a pretty tinted moisturizer like serum that made my skin look flawless.
I was disappointed.
While the clear base of this serum is great – it is light, refreshing, yet highly moisturizing – I did not like the pigments that it contained. Though there is a matte tan colour in there, unfortunately, the overall effect is too shimmery to use alone on bare skin. This may make a lovely illuminating primer, but to use it as a bronzer come primer just won’t work because it doesn’t have enough pigment and the pigment that it does have is the shimmery kind. I would have liked a matte with a touch of shimmer effect, but that’s not present here either.
That said, I did find one great use for this: as an body shimmer lotion. Because the base is so hydrating it works so well on my arms, and the formula is so light that it absorbs in a flash. This product is perfect for highlighting the shoulders and chest area without much muss or fuss.
Pick it up wherever Stila products are sold.