This Is the #1 Bronzer on the Internet (Plus, 4 Others We Rate)
Bronzer may have taken a backseat to contouring and strobing in recent years, but that tawny, entirely sun-kissed glow is well and truly back. Don’t believe us? Just look at the S/S 17 runways for proof, where bronzer was swathed under cheekbones at Tibi, worn in a dusty taupe shade at Bottega Veneta and teamed with an all-over glow at Julien Macdonald.
But you don’t need the catwalk to convince you of the perks of a good bronzer. Just sweep your perfect shade over tired skin, and you’ll see that a little fatigue is no match for a bronzing powder’s glow-boosting clout. Almost every makeup brand claims to offer the very best bronzer, so how do you narrow it down? Rank & Style has rounded up the top five for a touch of tan that’s entirely natural-looking.
Keep scrolling for the five best bronzers out there, and then head over to Rank & Style to see the rest.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (£29)
A bronzer can be both matte and radiant. Laura Mercier proves it with this shimmer-free powder, which imparts subtle, light-reflecting pigments to prevent your tan from looking flat. Available in five shades—with the lightest doubling as a warm highlighter—it appears to seamlessly melt into your skin, for a hyper-real finish that works year-round.
RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (£26)
Don’t judge this natural bronzer by its dinky pot—it’s small but undeniably mighty, veiling skin in a true golden hue with just a few precise dabs high on cheekbones. It’s a shimmer-free cream, but the balmy texture and a thwack of Buriti oil lend a dewy finish, so you end up with the same kind of glow you’d get from an afternoon on the beach.
Lancôme Star Bronzer Long Lasting Bronzing Powder (£36)
One of our biggest summer bugbears is makeup that vanishes by midday, so it’s no surprise that a lasting bronzer made it into this top five. Lancôme’s offering is sheer, subtle and beyond easy to blend, making it the perfect pick for those who like to custom-build their colour.
Matte? Tick. Velvety? Tick. Chocolate-scented? Tick, tick, tick. In true Too Faced style, Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer fuses whimsy touches with downright brilliant makeup. Promising “all the tan without the twinkle,” it warms complexions with a tone that’s deep and rich. Sweep it high on cheekbones for a dusty retro tan that fits the season’s seventies vibe.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (£30)
Coming up trumps is a bronzer from the brand synonymous with glowy complexions, and we think the impressive shade range might have something to do with its success. Where most bronzing powders boast a lineup of one to three shades, Bobbi Brown has eight—ranging from the soft, sandy hue of Elvis Duran, to the golden-brown tone of Deep.
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