[By Alli Ro]


Anastasia ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Bronzer USD$29

A hydrating bronzer powder that addresses aging concerns that gives skin an instant sunkissed glow without the sun. This clinically and consumer-tested bronzing powder hydrates the skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Youthful Synergy™ Complex features: brown algae, a key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin; diamond core powder, which diffuses shadows and minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles; sea whip extract that soothes skin; macadamia derivative, a natural hydrator capable of holding up to 300% more water; and vitamins A, B, C, E, and F. Balkan Botanical® Infusion, exclusive to Anastasia Beverly Hills, is an antioxidant-rich complex containing marshmallow leaf extract, lemon balm, bilberry extract, and green tea to soothe, soften, and hydrate skin.

Tester feedback: “A nice matte shade that gave skin a healthy glow!”



Guerlain Terra Soleia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer Face and Décolleté USD$69

A limited-edition bronzing powder that’s a must-have for achieving sunkissed skin.

 This complexion-enhancing bronzing powder comes in a universal shade, suitable for all skin colours. Mixed with iridescent golden particles, the formula delivers a naturally luminous tan–sans sun! Apply Terra Soleia to face, shoulders, neck and décolleté to enhance any tan with a subtle golden shimmery effect.

Tester feedback: “Works wonders on even the palest complexions to impart iridescent pop of colour and a sexy sheen.”



Lancome STAR BRONZER NATURAL MATTE Long Lasting Bronzing Powder USD$35

A lightweight, long-lasting, matte bronzing powder.

 What it does: 
This sheer and silky powder delivers a natural sun-kissed matte complexion for any season. The unique blend of mineral pigments and absorbent microspheres ensures a long-lasting smoothness and a perfect matte finish for your skin. Its smooth and comfortable texture blends effortlessly and evenly into the skin. The result is a perfectly matte yet natural-looking bronzed complexion that stays fresh and color-true throughout the day.

Tester Feedback: “This is great for applying along cheekbones, temples and jawline with an angled brush to accentuate your features.”



Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer USD$39

A revolutionary formula that imparts a gorgeous, universally flattering sunkissed glow. This advanced formulation of gold, 48 minerals, and a powerful peptide work together to perfect skin and get you glowing! And unlike most powders that are dry and cakey, Halo Bronzer’s patented hydration system delivers all-day moisture for a radiant, healthy complexion. Twist the shaver to get perfect amount of powder you need for a single application and apply to the cheekbones, forehead, and to the bridge of nose and chin for a radiant bronze glow.

Tester Feedback: “Looks great even with little or no makeup on—just a swipe of mascara and lip gloss.”



Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer USD$45

An extended-wear, waterproof bronzer that withstands high humidity and extreme moisture. 
It seamlessly blends onto skin to create a natural bronze color. Oil free and long wearing, Superficial is the go-to bronzer for swimming, outdoor activities, and the summer heat.

Tester feedback: “Skin looks sun-kissed, never muddgy or dull even after a day of fun at the beach!”



RIMMEL LONDON Natural Bronzer USD$7.25

A no-nonsense matte finish multi purpose bronzer that glides onto skin. Simpy perfect for adding a bronzy hue onto the face or body. Non-oily formula ensures that skin looks healthy without shine.

Tester feedback: “Great as an all over powder for a sunkissed look or use on cheeks as a bronzy blusher.”


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20 thoughts on “BEST Bronzers in the House”

  1. I think bronzers are the way to go. They give the face a fresh natural glow without the artificiality of a pinkish hue some blushers impart in daylight. Kudos!

  2. I use a modelco spray on bronzer. It works great on my skin and it is fast if you want to bronze large areas like the legs and body.

  3. bronzers work great on dull sallow complexions. I think that matte ones are best during the day so you don’t twinkle like a christmas star but shimmery ones can lend a sparkle after sunset. Hope this tip helps.

  4. RIMMEL LONDON Natural Bronzer works pretty well for how cheap it is. I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but it surprised me. I am very fair and alot of bronzers can look muddy or too orange on my skin but this one works. One of the shades does have some shimmer, but the two that I have are pretty matte and work well for contouring. When you first buy them, it may look like there is some shimmer in it, but once you get through the top layer of product, the rest is matte.

  5. I love bronzers like a crazy wierdo, and Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer is really unique. The color is great for contouring and for all over tanning. Though the bronzer is matte, it gives a nice luminosity to the complexion. The texture is very buttery and goes on like a dream. Also, I’m not for someone who uses brushes that come with kits, but I like the brush included in this bronzer. It’s great for contouring under the cheekbones. I love the cool packaging also. It’s great and really well worth the money.

  6. I’ve tried a few different things that were not quite as expensive – even ones that said they were waterproof…not as good as Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer.

  7. I really Like RIMMEL LONDON Natural Bronzer, there is no shimmer so it looks really natural, also it is very pigmented and one of the only bronzers that I can find that actually show up on my tan skin. The only thing I don’t like about this bronzer is that the packaging is very poor and the lid constantly comes off. Overall, I really like this bronzer, it is natural looking, pigmented, long wearing and inexpensive.

  8. Anastasia ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Bronzer has a very nice texture and color (Sunkissed). I have light-medium skin. Bronzer is not sparkly and is good for a touch of color, but still office appropriate. Packaging isn’t as good as my Sisley bronzer…but $29 is a far better option than ~$100 Sisley! I have found that Anastasia’s powders are high quality and fairly priced.

  9. If you are looking for a bronzer that goes on easily & looks completely natural, then Anastasia is the one for you. It’s luminous without being too sparkly & it blends perfectly into my medium skintone. Even when I lift my hair off my forehead, I can not tell where the bronzer is. It just looks like I have a real sunkissed tan. It’s funny because when I opened the bronzer to view the color, it just looked ordinary. However, when I applied it to my skin, I was astonished about how good & natural it looked. I have tried a lot of bronzers & the color usually is too gold or too unnatural, & many other bronzers do not go on evenly. This one goes on with seemless lines & is not matte & not sparkly but mimicks a natural luminous tan. I could care less about the anti-aging ingredients. I am pleased enough with this bronzer to buy another one as a back-up. I plan to wear this year round. It’s too early to tell if there are any other benefits. I can not say enough good things about this bronzer!

  10. Finally, a bronzer that goes on smoothly & the color looks natural (i.e. sunKissed look). I got the Anastasia sun-bronzed color which is perfect for my medium complexion & the bronzing powder does not settle in the lines. I have tried many bronzers & this is the one for me. I could not be more pleased.

  11. I love Anastasia ILLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy Complex Bronzer. My skin is very fair and most bronzers that i used end up looking very dark on me. But Anastasia looks natural and sun kissed like it is advertised. I can control the amount very easily and it doesn’t cake up. I like the natural ingredients. 😀

  12. Anastasia bronzer is lite with touch of beauty enhancing glow. I truly love this product, easy to wear whether on a night having blast or simply taking a stroll to the Reservoir!

  13. Anastasia Complex Bronzer gives u a very nice natural glow and doesn’t settle into fine lines. I like to add a pop of blush or highlighter after I apply. I love this. The texture of the powder is amazing and it makes my skin look good.

  14. I love Anastasia bronzer out of several in my cache 🙂 It’s natural, not orangey, a breeze to apply, contours beautifully and feels great on my skin. I get compliments on my complexion all the time now since using this bronzer. It’s not overdone. Just right. 😀

  15. I truly think Lancome Star Bronzer is a great bronzer. Its easy to apply, and its quite durable. This product is perfect for contouring and providing a nice healthy complexion. I’ve been using this for about six months and I’ve never had any problems with it.

  16. Lancome Star Bronzer has got to be the best bronzer I have ever used! I have a touch of red in my skin that I like to eliminate with my foundation. This makes the look complete, gives me just the right amount of warmth without looking “fake” on my pale skin. Will be my go to bronzer from now on!

  17. I am impressed with the beautiful precision and easy application of Anastasia complex bronzer product, it can be easily brushed and dusted across the cheekbones; or add a bright pink for pop and use a highlighter for an amazing haute couture look!!! It does everything for your face!!!
    This product is not a waste of money it is an investment that goes beyond your summer beauty routine and its a not so bad price!

  18. I’ve been searching for a new bronzer, one that is light and sheer yet gives my skin a boost. I was using Josie Maran’s dark spot correcting bronzer, but it was super super dark and I had to apply it extremely light-handed if I didn’t want to end up looking like an oompa-loompa. Lancome Bronzer is exactly what I was looking for. It goes on sheer, yet doesn’t look invisible on skin. And it says matte, but it almost gives a dewey appearance. It’s super light-weight, and sits on my skin very nicely. Also, it doesn’t make me oily and better yet doesn’t break me out! I also love the compact…it’s super sleek and slim which I love because I always feel like I’m toting around tons and tons of makeup, so it sits in my bag nicely! Overall thumbs up for this bronzer!

  19. I can’t count how many bronzers I’ve bought over the years looking for the one that’s just right for my coloring (NW 20) Some are too orange, some are too shimmery, some are just too muddy looking. BUT, this one, is just perfect for my complexion! I’m am thrilled tho have found it. It is matte, with SPF 15, it’s buildable. It is a bit powdery, as in there is definitely some fallout with application, But it’s worth the trade off, for me. It is the only one I use now.

  20. I received Lancome STAR BRONZER NATURAL MATTE Long Lasting Bronzing Powder compact in sun kissed. I have light skin and don’t have a tan yet, so I’ve been using Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil as my day time moisturizer. I purchased this with the hopes of achieving subtle color and combating shine at the same time. I must say, it does both, wonderfully! I applied this morning and worked all day with no touch-ups for shine.
    It goes on seamlessly and unlike some bronzer compacts, it doesn’t overload your brush. So you don’t have to worry about uneven application. And speaking of the compact, the mirror is huge, and it locks in the open position. Also, it doesn’t have a push button, which is great because they ALWAYS break. This one is fool proof. And, I know it doesn’t really matter because is disposable, but the compact itself is drop-dead gorgeous!
    I can’t imagine anyone looking for a matte bronzer being anything less than thrilled with this. It gives you amazing color without looking like you have cake frosting on your face. And it didn’t settle into the fine lines on my forehead or accentuate my pores, like some of the shimmery bronzers tend to do.

    This bronzer has SPF 15! This info is not included in the product description on the Sephora website. I happened to notice it on the outer packaging.
    I just spent a week at the beach and used this as my sole face protection. It worked really well and I can say this for sure, because I got a nasty sunburn in my hairline the first day, but my face was completely fine.
    I didn’t think it was possible, but I love this product even more now!
    All in all, this is a fabulous product! I will buy it again and again.

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