I have a real love for bronzing powders. You wouldn't know it from the way I treat them, dropping them onto hard or tiled surfaces to smash to smithereens at any opportunity, of course, but I use them pretty much year round for contouring and to make me look a bit more alive.
I've always had a soft spot for pricier offerings - Guerlain do my absolute fave bronzers EVA - but I've just come to the bottom of a budget bronzer that's rivaling the big G for a place in my affections.
Essence Matte bronzing powder comes in an unassuming clear plastic casing; this isn't a piece of beauty real estate like a Paul and Joe number that you'll want out on display at all times. The packaging is the only low point, though, and can be forgiven seeing as it comes with a very pocket-friendly price point - it's just €3.49.
Unlike other budget versions, this bronzer doesn't have any glittery or sparkly lumps of crap in it. It doesn't disappear five minutes after application. Nor did it make me itchy; I've had Rimmel and Soltan powders bring me out in the most awful rashes in the past.
Nope, this does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a no-nonsense, no-frills way of faking a bit of a glow, and is definitely worth a punt next time you're in the market for a nice flat bronzing powder.