Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Shade change

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess
I have been a fan of Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder since it was first launched decades ago. I even bought the iconic Guerlain Météorites Pearls, little multicoloured balls of shimmering powder. They were far too glowy for me and the strong parma violet fragrance made me gag so I never used it. I only threw it away recently, the fragrance was as strong as ever.

Everyone I knew had these two products, in the 80s we all used the same make-up, word of mouth back then, was today’s TikTok.

I was loyal to Terracotta Bronzer for many years until I picked up Bronze Goddess at an airport. I love airport shopping even though I know it’s a bit of a rip-off.


Sweep it on and the smooth, oil-free powder gives the face, shoulders and décolletage a seductive bronze look.

The unique oil-control complex helps keep skin shine-free.

  • Gives the face and body a natural-looking bronze tan with a subtle tint
  • Creates the illusion of a beautiful tan on your face, shoulders and décolleté
  • Has mattifying effects, eliminates unwanted shine, absorbs oil
  • Silky texture
  • Can be used for contouring
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested


The larger-sized compact makes it easy to apply a sweep of colour with a good kabuki brush. It doesn’t kick up dust and the top layer doesn’t go dark. The best one is from Lily Lilo, the Super Kabuki Brush £17.50.

I used the lightest shade, Fair, which was perfect for my pale complexion and gave my face a hint of natural healthy colour. If you were too heavy-handed with Guerlain’s Terracotta it could veer towards orange.

Even though it states it is a matte formula there is a slight hint of sheen. If you look closely at the compact you can detect a few delicate specks of bronze sparkle. Whatever they’re doing though, it’s working for me.

Bronze Goddess Bronzer is also a must-have come spring when you need to pep up deathly pale arms and legs in a hurry. It sits nicely and evenly on the skin and doesn’t transfer onto clothes or white sandals.

Unfortunately, like a lot of powder compacts, once you ‘hit pan’ the powder becomes more delicate and is prone to shattering if dropped which is exactly what happened to me. But, you try to limp on with a thousand little pieces until you buy a new one.

I purchased my perfect shade 01 Fair through AllBeauty for a good price. When I first used it though, there was barely any colour, it didn’t show up on my skin at all.

This reminded me of when I was in Fenwick swatching a blusher at the Chanel counter, but there was nothing on my finger. When I said, I think this colour’s a bit weak, the sales assistant very sweetly said that’s the plastic display one.

The same thing happened a few weeks ago at Bicester Shopping Village. I was at the Ladurée stand and selected three flavours of macarons. I’m a new member of Bicester Village (join, it’s so worth it) and one of the perks on tier one was two free macarons.

Now, I’m the sort of person who would die of shame rather than ask for two free biscuits. So I went into this big thing of selecting one for each of us and would pretend to be surprised when she only charged me for one at the till. At least I hoped that would happen as they are £2.70 EACH!

When she went to get them from behind the counter I said no, no these, please, pointing at the – you’ve guessed it, plastic display dummies.

They were delicious though. Mark and my mum gobbled them down in one go – Pistachio and Rose and I slowly (10 seconds) nibbled my Salted Caramel one in the car on the way home. They are indeed very small.


Looking closely, the shade looked a bit too light so I brought out my shattered one and saw they were two completely different colours.

I placed a piece of my broken bronzer over the ‘new’ 01 Fair shade compact. It’s not the best image in the world, but it’s clear the ‘old’ one is darker. I sent it to AllBeauty.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Shade change

I love AllBeauty, they are easily the cheapest place online to buy make-up and skincare but they’ve ruined shops for me as I can’t bear paying the full price knowing I can pay less. I’m also an affiliate and probably their best customer, but I still had to kick off and demand an exchange. It’s always tricky to return make-up you’ve used, however lightly.

Of course, I did get my refund (and passed the compact to a grateful milky-skinned redhead). I purchased shade 02 Medium, which is EXACTLY the same as the previous 01 Fair.


I’ve read lots of reviews from disappointed people saying the product’s changed and there’s no colour payoff, but, hear it now from the horse’s mouth. They did change it, and shade 02 Medium is the new 01 Fair.

This is the best and most natural-looking bronzer I’ve ever used.


Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer 02 Medium £33.95 AllBeauty * £45.00 everywhere else!

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