REFY Tan Cream Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.29 oz) is a medium dark brown with moderate warm undertones and a semi-matte matte finish. It had a more opaque color coverage when first applied, which in practice tended to fade, so it resulted in a rather medium coverage in one coat.
The texture was moderately softening, light and thin with some stickiness, but it dried to a matte finish that no longer felt softening or sticky. It could have been easier to blend as I found it dried fast enough that it was prone to bumps as the color didn’t want to spread anymore (although keep in mind that there is some bumps coming through which is related to my actual skin). , which is uneven). This was made worse when applied over foundation so I would recommend using a brush with this formula overall and making sure to work very quickly. The bronzer lasted seven hours before fading on me.
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$26.00/0.29oz. – $89.66 per ounce
The formula is said to have a “dewy, velvety finish” with “buildable” coverage. It had a more traditional creamy feel; softening, light and thin with plenty of slip but didn’t feel sticky. It dried more than expected so it had a natural matte finish rather than an overall dewy/creamy.
The pigmentation in a single coat was more semi-opaque but tended to bleed out so the end result was more true to the marketing: buildable. I had trouble applying the product evenly, so it wasn’t the most foolproof formula to wear. Some of the transparency made the hyperpigmentation spots I have on my cheeks more prominent, so facial patterns may make the product appear more blotchy than it actually was, although there were definitely some bumps that were solely due to the product.
The formula played decently with bases like foundation, but there were times when it seemed more prone to wiggling around the bases, so layering the cream bronzers onto the foundation if desired took some learning and care.
They wore me between six and seven hours before noticeably fading.
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Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysilicone-11, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alumina, Synthetic Wax, Caprylyl Methicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cera Microcristallina, Paraffin, C10-18 Triglycerides, Tristearin, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Triisostearyl Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Myristate, Fragrance (Perfume), Laureth-12, Octyldodecanol, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax , Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Unsaponifiables, Polyglycerol-3, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Tocopherol. May contain: iron oxides – yellow, iron oxides – red, iron oxides – black.
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