Gucci Beauty Medium (03) Soleil Bronzing Powder ($62.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a brighter, medium brown with strong, warm undertones (that leaned more yellow-orange) paired with fine, golden pearl woven through a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation in a single layer, though the brand described the formula as buildable coverage, so you’ll need to use a lighter hand to achieve that type of application if desired.
For reference, this shade is warmer and lighter than Light (02) despite the name. The texture was silky-smooth, soft, and had some glide to it, where it was almost velvety but lacked the density that I’d normally associate with a truly velvety feel. There was a smidgen of powderiness in the pan when used with a larger, bronzer brush. The product applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges, and as I blended the powder out, it had a subtle sheen. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$62.00/0.42 oz. – $147.62 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have a “creamy” texture that is “buildable and feels comfortable all day” that “blends effortlessly” with a “healthy-looking glow.” They disclosed that it is a scented powder–it has a floral scent to my nose, noticeable enough when the compact is open and for a couple of hours after initial application.
There are five shades in the range, though the first two shades are rosier, while the next three are warmer/more golden; while they may seem like they go in order from light to dark, 02 is darker than 03 (the rest are in order). The texture was very soft, finely-milled, and silky to the touch with a bit of a glide to it, without being overly dense nor too powdery in the pan. This resulted in an easy product to apply as the powder went on evenly and diffused well along the edges with minimal effort.
I wouldn’t describe the pigmentation was buildable, though. I think you can use a lighter hand and pick up less product for a more buildable application of color, but the product itself was more semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation. They seemed to have very, very fine pearl through most of the shades (one had more noticeable micro-sparkle, which gave them a more semi-matte to satin finish when applied and blended out on the skin. The formula lasted eight to nine hours on me before showing signs of wear.
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Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Isostearate, C20-24 Alkyl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C20-24 Olefin, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alumina, Limonene, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Linalool, Glycerin, Zinc Stearate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Mica, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891)].