#BeautyFrenzyBlogSwatches Part 2: Highlighters, Bronzers, Blushes and Contours 

Wait, is “contours” grammatically correct? It feels off somehow. Anyway, hello and welcome to another episode of #BeautyFrenzyBlogSwatches. Today, we’re focusing on brown-girl friendly cheek products.

I already reviewed everything mentioned here, so this post will focus on swatches and I will link the reviews where necessary.

Best Highlighters For Dark Skin

Best Highlighters For Dark Skin

Colourpop Happy Camper is a medium toned copper shade. It is quite intense and easy to overdo but if you like a blinding glow I think you’ll love it.

NYX Synthetica is an orange highlighter with a gold sheen. It reminds me a lot of Nars Taj Mahal and it looks bomb AF on dark skin.

If you live in the UK you can buy it here, and if you live in the US, it is available at Ulta.

Makeup Geek Ablaze is my favourite highlighter of all time. It is a copper shade with a gold sheen. It is very finely milled. There is no chunky glitter. It can be worn in one layer for a natural glow or built up for an intense highlight. The packaging and quality are also really amazing. This looks fantastic on dark skin. It is duochrome shade so it is unique but somehow still manages to be completely wearable. You can buy Makeup Geek Ablaze from the brand website. They ship worldwide, even to Africa and they offer really affordable shipping options.

Elf Bronzed Glow is a subtle bronze shade. It’s really pretty and reminds me a lot of Becca Topaz. You can buy this from Ulta, or the global Elf Website (they ship worldwide from their website)  If you live in the UK, you can buy this from the Elf UK website.

Becca Bronzed Amber is an incredibly subtle everyday peachy gold. I really like it for when I want a subtle glow but I don’t want to draw attention to my makeup. It is available for purchase from Ulta and Sephora.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters

If you’re more of a liquid highlighter person, I really like these ones from Makeup Revolution.

Liquid Rose Gold is my jam!

Where to buy:

These are available from:

Ulta in the US,

Superdrug In the UK, and

TamBeauty for the rest of the world. Tam Beauty ships worldwide.

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold

I really like that this comes with 5 shades. I use the shades as shimmer shadows too.

Moving on to contours, bronzers and blushes, here are my top picks!

Best Blush For Dark Skin

Best Blush for Dark Skin

The first three products are Makeup Geek blushes, which I have reviewed here.

Covet is a shimmery brown pink.

Desire is a deep purple wine shade.

Chivarly is a gorgeous warm reddish brown.

Makeup Geek Blushes are available for purchase from the Makeup Geek website.

The 4th swatch is of NYX Ombre Blush in Feel The Heat.

This is actually an ombre blush with a matte side and a shimmer side. I love the matte orange part of it. If you’re looking for a good affordable orange blush for dark skin, this is a great one.

Elf Blush Palette Dark Swatches

Elf Blush Palette in Dark Swatches on dark skin

I love this berry-toned palette from Elf. It is a great option if you are on a budget.

Best Bronzer For Dark Skin 

The next swatch down is of Colourpop’s brand new powder  bronzer in the shade Bits and Pieces.

Now that I’m looking at the swatches it looks an awful lot like Makeup Geek’s Chivarly. Hmm….

I really like Bits and Pieces for bronzing. But be warned, it has strong red undertones, and now I’m thinking it could work as a blush on skin darker than mine.

Best Contour Powder Products for Dark Skin


Best Contour Powders For Dark Skin

The last 2 swatches are of Makeup Geek contour powders.  As far as I know, Makeup Geek is one of the few companies that make contour powders that cater to darker skin. There are 4 dark shades but I only got two, and I wear Half Hearted because Scandal is a little too deep for me.

These are available from the Makeup Geek Website.

Swatches of the @makeupgeekcosmetics contour powders in the shade Scandal (top) and Half Hearted (bottom). These powders are VERY pigmented and easy to blend and they last all day. Scandal is for deep skin with cool undertones, while Half Hearted is for medium skin with warm undertones. I love that there are shades with warm undertones because even though the general rule is that contour powders "should" be cool, I feel like a lot of them look really ashy on me, so I was happy to see warmer options offered by @makeupgeekcosmetics I consider myself to be in the medium-deep range and I wear the shade Half-hearted. Scandal is far too deep for me, but this means that it will work great for people with skintones deeper than mine. So if you're having trouble finding a contour powder that's deep enough for your skintone, try Makeup Geek. #makeupgeekcosmetics #swatches #cocoaswatches #bfbmgswatches

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Last but certainly not least is the Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette Volume 1

This palette costs only $18 and contains 6 shades that can be used as blush, highlighter, contour, bronzer, eyeshadows, whatever you like, really!

I love it!
And that’s all I have for this post. What are some of your favourite cheek products for dark skin? I’m excited about Fenty Beauty and I ordered the Espresso Match Stick. I am also seriously considering picking up the Chilli Mango Match Stick and the Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule duo.



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2 Replies to “#BeautyFrenzyBlogSwatches Part 2: Highlighters, Bronzers, Blushes and Contours ”

  1. Makeup Geek Ablaze is awesome. I think black Up Sublime Powder 04 is my favourite highlighter. It’s a gorgeous, finely milled, coppery gold. I’ve got my eye on Becca Topaz.

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