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8 Must-See Summer Palettes

8 Must-See Summer Palettes


When it comes to seasonal makeup collections, summer is my favourite. I’m constantly amazed at how beauty companies create bronzing palettes that look like works of art. I have a collection of Guerlain and YSL palettes from the last 20 years that I still find so inspiring. Holiday may be when we see the gold bling, but summer is when we really get to play with joyful colour. Here is a look at eight palettes that I think are really well done. A few aren’t launching until May but I wanted you to get a sneak peek.

burberry first love palette

burberry first love palette

Burberry First Love Blush & Highlighter Palette


The star product of Burberry’s “First Love” Summer collection, this palette allows you to highlight and add a pop of colour to cheeks. Last year’s palette with the Burberry hearts sold out in days which is why we are seeing it return for 2017. It is almost too pretty to use. Beautifully designed.

clarins summer look

clarins blush & bronzing compactSneak Peek: Clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact

This multi-use summer palette doesn’t arrive on counters until May 1st, but I wanted you to see it first. It contains three matte shades of bronzer so you can customize the colour to fit your complexion. The orange blush can also double as an eyeshadow. We saw this same colour on the Mugler catwalk during Paris Fashion Week. What I like about this particular compact is soft-focus pigments and pearls optically minimize lines and imperfections.


bobbi brown bronzerbobbi brown bronzing powderBobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi’s “Follow the Sun” collection arrives on counters in the coming weeks and these three bronzers are standouts. They really do combine the radiance of a blush with the illumination of a bronzer. Available in Antigua, Maui & Santa Barbara


nars sun wash diffusing bronzerNARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Francois Nars is a master of bronzing. He spends hours in the labs working with his chemists to create formulas that flatter all skin tones. This is his latest powdered bronzer launch that ranges from Seaside (light) through to Falaises (dark). I love the graphic design on the powder.

giorgio armani sunrise palette

Giorgio Armani Sunrise Face Palette

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is taking inspiration from a cruise through the Mediterranean aboard a private yacht for his limited edition summer makeup collection. It’s called “Life is a Cruise” and this Sunrise Face Palette is the star product.


guerlain terracotta sun trioGuerlain Terracotta Sun Trio Palette

Guerlain is known around the world for its wonderful bronzing products. They are some of the very best you can buy. This month, we see a new sun-contouring palette that takes the iconic Terracotta classic formula but offers it in a matte finish. You’ll find a bronzer, a highlighter and a shadow palette along with a solar addictive fragrance that smells like a summer vacation.

lily collins for lancome

lancome summer bronzing paletteSneak Peek: Lancome Belle de Teint Palette in Patio Mediterranean

This spectacular bronzing palette launches in early May with the entire Lancome summer collection. But I expect it will sell out quickly. So you may want to add it to your shopping list. You’ll find two blush shades and two bronzers to create a custom look.

Dior diorskin nude air luminizerDiorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Peter Philips, Dior’s Creative & Image Director for Dior Makeup has created a truly iconic highlighter. A simple dusting over your cheeks, top of the nose, forehead and jaw line adds a soft radiance. It makes you look more awake and healthy.


Each of these palettes will be available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com

  • Diane K
    March 30, 2017 at 12:01 am


    Lancome. The past few years, you are rocking it baby. Keep it coming. I ADORE YOU.


  • Cynthia Chambers
    March 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful pallets of colors!

  • Deb Hanes
    March 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is sheer opulence. The Lancome Belle de Teint Palette is absolute fun!!

  • Darla Peduzzi
    March 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I love Spring and all the new colors! I think the Clarins is my fav.

  • Shirlee White
    March 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Love them all but especially Dior and Clarins. Bring on the signs of spring!

  • Denise
    March 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    perfect for spring


  • Sharon E.
    March 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Wow!! These are all sooooo beautiful!!💮❤😺💞😸💜🌈💖😻💙🌻🐾🐈
    Thanks for the preview!!!!


  • Danielle
    March 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The Burberry is way way cute

  • Kristin Smith
    March 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Dave, love the Burberry, Bobbi Brown and,of course, Dior. Great palettes for this summer.

  • Ginger Henderson
    March 29, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I’m loving the looks and colors of these palettes. They’re beautiful. @ghenderson1013

  • September Dee
    March 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Oh my gosh are these ever stunning. The Clarins will have me at the makeup counter as well as the Lancome… and the Dior…well that’s just a given!

  • Gonny Aarts
    March 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

    They all look beautiful as does the photo with palmtrees

  • Elizabeth Friesen
    March 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Can’t wait for summer! This gorgeous palettes will make it even more fun! 😀

  • natalia
    March 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

    They are so beautiful that some even pity the brush!

  • Trisha
    March 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Wow! Dave, I love the Clairins, they are all so awesome! Thanks for sharing your favourites 😍

  • Linda L
    March 29, 2017 at 8:51 am

    These palettes have such beautiful graphic designs. Love them all! ❤ @linlett60

  • Belinda
    March 29, 2017 at 8:49 am

    The Bobbi brown bronzing illuminating powder is EXACTLY what I’ve been waiting for in my makeup life!!!

    That is by far this is the release I’m most excited for right now. So happy I could dance haha.

    Are these currently available or are they still slated for release next month.

  • Grieta Allison
    March 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Stunning! Love the Clarins and Lancome one a lot 👌

  • Emily Mitton
    March 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love how fun all of these Summer Palettes are!! @MittonEmily

  • Cat Forsley
    March 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    beautiful edit … xo

  • Lynn Nolan
    March 29, 2017 at 7:47 am

    stunning @lynn_nolan

  • Lauren
    March 29, 2017 at 7:29 am

    So beautiful! I see I am going to need another Guerlain bronzer! So addicted to them haha. The Dior looks beautiful too, and the Nars…and the Clarins!

  • Barbara Wallace
    March 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Absolutely lovely. I’m really anxious to try the Dior Luminizer!

  • Hilda Whincup
    March 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    all are gorgeous

  • Thom Anderson
    March 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Great products. Maybe will have to get one of each.

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