Alright, people, before we load up the Land Rover and head out on this safari, let’s run through a quick cosmetics checklist.
Shimmery golden bronzer decorated like a spotted big cat?
I repeat, shimmery golden bronzer decorated like a spotted big cat?
No?! Well, that’s not right. Don’t worry though. We’ll fix that.
Locals refer to these wildcats as Dolce & Gabbana’s Animalier Bronzers. They’re $57, part of the new Animalier holiday collection, and recognizable by their distinctive spotted patterns.
A similar cat was sighted prowling makeup counters back in the summer of 2011. That one was also called Animalier.
This specimen’s spots, just like last year’s, are an overspray.
When we find one for you, I want you to mix the colors together. That should give you a cool-toned bronzy brown perfect for chiseled ’80s music video cheekbones.
Now, I have some experience with this cat, so I should warn you — it can be dangerous, especially while it’s still an overspray. I wore it around the house this week and felt very Flashdance, without the high-cut leotard and leg warmers, of course.
The overspray doesn’t deliver the most natural look, so I wouldn’t wear it every day, but luckily, I don’t have to. The overspray wears off, revealing a velvety soft, finely-milled powder beneath it.
How soft is it? Well, to put it in perspective, it’s softer than a tabby’s low-hanging tum.
Once you get through that overspray, this cat will lavish your skin with warm, golden orangey brown kisses.
I think this year’s kitten is more pigmented than the Animalier Bronzer we saw last year, which was pretty sheer. I think it’s also a little more golden than orange.
From what I’ve seen, this year’s specimen seems more wearable than last year’s (it’s also more expensive; last year’s was $50), thanks to its downy powder fur — I mean formula.
For bronzing and contouring, Animalia is one heck of a good cat.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at saksfifthavenue.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (it’s awfully expensive)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Get hump day out of the way? ✓
It should be smooth sailing from here till the weekend, which I can’t wait for, because we’re getting our Christmas tree!!
Hopefully Tabs doesn’t knock it down… Every year he thinks we get these trees strictly for his amusement.