If my makeup drawer were a high school cafeteria, bronzer would sit at the head of the popular kids' table. In simpler terms, I'm terrified of it. I have naturally pale pink skin, and my limited experience with warm-toned products usually leaves me feeling like an overgrown version of the peanut butter baby (sorry for that visual). Even in the summer, my version of a tan is nothing more than a smattering of freckles.
So when Undone Beauty invited me to test its Water Bronzer contour stick, I have no idea what possessed me to say yes. Maybe I was intrigued by its promise of a natural-looking glow, or maybe I just wanted the serotonin boost of getting a freebie in the mail. Either way, I couldn't be happier that I did — the $10 product flips the script on everything I hate about bronzer.
Undone uses a water-based formula to create a bronzer that looks and feels like a second skin. Not only is it cruelty free and vegan, but the product is non-comedogenic, meaning I can put it on my bare face without worrying about clogged pores. It's also infused with coconut extract, which gives my complexion an extra glow.
I apply the Water Bronzer in the shade Baked after completing my usual skincare routine. The process is foolproof: I simply pop off the cap and swipe it along the shadowy areas of my face, spending extra time on my cheekbones and the sides of my nose. If I notice any visible lines, I'll buff them out with my fingers, but the whole production takes no longer than five minutes. The result is a subtly warmed, chiseled version of my own face, and it's a look I've grown to love.
Those in search of a dramatic contour should know that this bronzer is incredibly buildable. With a few quick swipes, I can go from a sheer warm effect to having Hadid-level cheekbones. Even then, I use so little product that I know one stick will last me ages.
You can shop the Undone Water Bronzer in four colors that cater toward a variety of skin tones and undertones. Consider it a metaphor for standing up to the cool girls of your childhood.