Friday, June 11, 2010

Review: CK Calvin Klien Summer Affair Bronzing Powder and Sheer Plumping Lip Gloss

Again, I'd really like to applolgize for being gone for so long. I've just been so busy with everything else that I lost track, but I'll tell you about that later. Anyhow, I stopped by Marshalls again a few days ago and found a Calvin Klein duo for FIVE DOLLARS!!! It came with a bronzer and a lipgloss. Unbelievable!!! And they had other sets on clearance too. If you live near a Marshalls you have to check these out!!! I'm not certain if Sephora still carries CK cosmetics. I haven't seen them on the website in quite a while, but I'm not entirely sure if they phased them out. Lemme know if you know!

Ok, so bronzer first.

It's the Summer Affair Bronzing Powder in 302, Sun Dance.

The compact:

I actually really like the compact. I don't normally like large, bulky ones, but this one has a nice feel to it. And it looks very sophisticated with the white lettering.

The inside:

In the store it looked a lot darker than in this picture so I was a bit worried. But really, it's a nice medium shade, not too dark, not too light. And it's not very orange either.

The powder pan lifts up and there's a little compartment for the brush.

The applicator:

I actually quite like this brush. It's flat but full, if that makes sense. The bristles are very soft, not scratchy like others you get with a powder. I actually use this one!

The bottom of the case has some holes to let the powder and brush "breath."

A swatch:

On the right it's unblended. On the left, I rubbed it in a bit.

I really like this bronzer. The powder is very soft and blends like a dream. A lot of times with bronzers they blend out splotchy, but not this one. I goes on very smooth and gives me the perfect sunkissed look. For $2.50 that's amazing. It goes on better than my Guerlain bronzer, which says a lot! And for all intents and purposes, it's matte. I know that you can see a slight sheen in the swatch, but you can barely notice it when you apply it on the face. I really hate chunky, glitzy, glittery bronzers as they make me look oilier. But no such problem with this one. I highly recommend!!!

The gloss:

First off, I love the packaging! It doesn't have any lettering on the actual tube, which is good imo. I really hate it when the writing starts to rub off and it looks old. Not a problem with this one!

I love the simplicity of CK stuff. This reminds me a lot of Chanel's packaging only a bit more modern.

The shade it came in was 203, Sugar Spun. It looks like melted brown sugar, haha! The label also says that it is a plumping gloss, which I didn't know. I don't really think it is plumping. I think that like all glosses it gives the illusion of fuller lips. I don't think there are any ingredients in it that actually plump the lips.

The applicator:

I am actually happy with this brush. Usually when I see a brush instead of a regular doe foot, I groan cause I hate having goopy lips. But this one is smaller, so it doesn't deposit too much product.

A swatch:

It's a shimmery warm tan shade that applies almost clear but with this glazed sorta glitzy look.

A swatch:

A better swatch:

It gives a bit of color, almost a caramel tint to the lips kinda like my Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Kirk. It's very understated. I love the shine, though. It gives a really nice lacquer finish, very glossy. I didn't notice any plumping however, but it did make my lips look larger (because of the glossyness, not any actual plumping ingredients). And there isn't a strong smell or taste either, which is good. Overall, for five dollars, you can't beat both of these. Heck, five dollars is less than many drugstore lip glosses alone!!! Definitely a value, so check them out if you can at Marshalls!


Price: $5 (clearanced at Marshall's)


Gloss: Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica Silylate, Menthol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Capsicum Frutescens Resin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen +/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir) Mica, Ci 15850/Red 6, Red 6 Lake, Red 7, Red 7 Lake, Ci 15985/Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 42090/Blue 1 Lake, Ci 45410/Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Ci 73360/Red 30 Lake, Ci 75470/Carmine, Ci 77491, 77492, 77499/Iron Oxides, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide.

Bronzer: (not listed on packaging, so I'll post if I find them online).

Disclosure:The products featured in this post were bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.


  1. hi.. i'm thinking of buying the bronzing powder online but i'm not sure which shade to buy. im a NC30. would u suggest buying the same shade like the one u bought?

  2. Yes. The good thing about this bronzer is that you can layer. I use a big fluffy brush and tap most of the product off before applying, but you can do without if you've got darker skin. If you're looking for a contour shade, then probably not the best choice if you're medium skin toned.

  3. hi:) have u ever found the ingredients for CK brozner?

  4. Sorry, no :( They aren't listed on the product and I can't find them listed ANYWHERE online. Wish I could help :(