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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


  • Reply
    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    April 11, 2023 at 4:48 am

    I can see why the Burberry one sold out so quickly. It is super pretty and Ive heard great things about it

  • Reply
    Shireen L. Platt
    April 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I hope I get my hands on the Burberry blusher this time, missed out big time last year. 🙁

  • Reply
    Linda Sutton
    April 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Spectacular colours. I love then all.

  • Reply
    April 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Obsessed with the the Dior nude air lumizer(actually the nature range) Definitely on the wishlist

  • Reply
    Kavita rani
    April 4, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Love all of them

  • Reply
    April 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder look adorable :O
    i wonder if its similar to their shimmer bricks in terms of sheen!


  • Reply
    April 2, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I love them all!!

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    Irina K
    April 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Burberry First Love Blush & Highlighter Palette this is the best! @dannysamie

  • Reply
    April 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio Palette,I love bronzers.Can’t be without it.

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    Brenda Elkins
    April 1, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Dave. These are going to help a lot of women look and feel beautiful this summer.

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    Mary Coder
    April 1, 2017 at 4:18 am

    What???!! Not coming to the US?????

  • Reply
    March 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I’m on love with the sneak peek

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    Bridget Spake
    March 30, 2017 at 5:46 am

    It’s between the Nars and Dior for me, hopefully both ????

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    Diane K.
    March 30, 2017 at 12:05 am

    What I love most is they’re all so beautiful yet they’re all so different so there’s something for everyone. All this imagination. Why did these companies wait so long to spill their secrets to the public. Every season you just get better and better.


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