when leopard gets a tan | nyx bronzer

A couple weeks ago, I finally made the effort to visit the NYX Cosmetic store on Queen Street. I hear wonderful things about NYX Cosmetics from readers and forums alike, so I felt that it was time to incorporate a couple products into my collection. The store was pretty amazing – I spent a ton of time roaming around and ultimately picked up two items – a jumbo lip pencil and the bronzer I will be talking about today, Tango with Bronzing Powder ($13cdn).

I chose the shade When Leopard Gets a Tan for two reasons: 1. the product itself is so ridiculously adorable and 2. I have nothing like this in my collection. The leopard print colours range from a shimmery peach to a hot pink to a deep tan, which made me worry that when blended, the product wouldn’t swatch too well. What I found was that it actually swatched similar to the Dallas Blush by Benefit (which I love for a natural look).

The NYX site describes this mosaic bronzer as a product that will “create a golden glow on the face and body – like you’ve just returned from a Caribbean getaway. Sun-kissed never looked this beautiful.

The packaging does a pretty good job. The case is made of hard plastic; I found that after awhile, I needed to be extra cautious when lifting the lid, as the hinge seemed unstable. There are two compartments to the package – one for the bronzer pan and the second compartment used as storage space with a vent to hold the small brush that comes with it. Personally, I never use the small brush and would have preferred to have a sleeker case.

I have been using this product on and off again for a few weeks now. I find the powder isn’t as finely milled as something like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but for the price, this does a great job applying without streaking. I use a light hand with this product as it seems to grab onto my bronzer brush with ease. The colour is lovely and gives a more pinky tone than I thought it initially would. I feel it will fade more in the summer months when I become a bit darker naturally. When used with a primer, I had no problem with lasting issues. After a full day of wear, I still came home to this product on my cheeks.

NYX When Leopard Gets a Tan, Tango Bronzer Swatch

If you’re looking for a shade similar to Dallas by Benefit but are on a budget, I recommend trying this bronzer out. It can work as a blush for lighter skin tones and a bronzer for medium to dark. The colours are undeniably beautiful and the outcome of all three shades mixed together is stunning.

Yes, although the powder isn’t as finely milled as other brands I like, the colour and price of this product will keep me coming back for more.


  1. Even though I haven't tried the Dallas bronzer by Benefit, this one sounds lovely and the swatch is beautiful!


  2. I really thought it was a blusher especially with all the pink spots! Hmm, this is definitely something that I need to swatch in store before purchasing. It's definitely freaking cute though!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. I've seen this bronzer around but I haven't picked it up unfortunately! It looks like a great powder on a budget <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  4. Just discovered your blog and its sooo beautiful!
    I am so into NYX, its my favourite brand :) and this bronzer looks gorgeous!

    Would be so happy if you could follow each other :)
    xoxo, Colli

  5. Wow! It looks nice!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  6. The packaging is SO incredibly cute, I can hardly stand it! xx adaatude.com

  7. I haven't tried this bronzer but sounds like a great budget-friendly product.

  8. I passed by the nyx store but didn't have time to wander! :( LOVE the packaging and the look; I would think more expensive brands would have something like this too, $13 is such a fair price and the colour is really pretty as well as natural! Not too bronzey, not too pink!

    Macarons and Mischief

  9. What a beautiful product! Like Anne said, I wouldn't want to destroy that pattern. I will definitely swatch it when I see it!

    Ela BellaWorld