The best cream bronzers for a dewy, sun-kissed look


Summer is *the* best season because school is out and glowy, bronzed complexions are in. Since Hyram taught us the importance of wearing sunscreen at all times, bronzers are the best way to fake a tan and not look like you've just spent the past year getting pale inside your home because of a global pandemic. Cream products, unlike powder products, are better at giving you a dewy, natural finish, so these cream bronzers are sure to give you that summer radiance we're all looking for.

The Icon: Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

Sephora, $32

There's *no* going wrong with this Fenty bronzer; it's iconic for a reason. This bronzer plays well with virtually any other blush and foundation. Plus, the formula is buttery smooth and sheer, making it perfect for a subtle summer glow. 

The Drugstore Staple: e.l.f. Putty Bronzer 

e.l.f., $6

If you're a fan of the e.l.f. Putty Blush, you'll adore the Putty Bronzer they just dropped this summer. Like the blush, this bronzer has a cream-to-powder finish, so it's not the dewiest option here. But it still gives you a soft, sun-kissed glow that won't transfer onto your mask. 

Shimmer Galore!: Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

Sephora, $20

If you're looking for an ultra-dewy look, the Tower 28 bronzer was made for you. Not only does the creamy formula reflect light, but this bronzer also has shimmer particles. Don't worry, the shimmer particles won't look like obvious glitter on your face—just an effortless radiance.

The All-Over Bronzer: SOL Face & Body Bronzing Balm

ColourPop, $15

This bronzer is the best bang for your buck, with 31 grams of product in each container. It's meant for your face *and* body, so you can brush this over your collarbones and shoulders for a poolside tan without the sun damage. The formula has a slightly dewy, skin-like finish and even smells like a summer vacay. 

The Mixer: FLOWER Beauty Heatwave Bronzing Essence

Ulta, $16

While this isn't quite a cream bronzer, this bronzing essence with golden pigments is perf for a glow-from-within effect. Because it's a liquid product, it may break up the foundation or concealer you wear under it. This bronzer works best on bare skin for a no-makeup-makeup look, or it works great when mixed into a foundation or moisturizer for a full-face bronze.

For the On-The-Go Girl: Physicians Formula Sculpting Bronzer

Ulta, $12

This stick bronzer is the sister to the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, which is a powder bronzer classic. The organic jojoba oil and aloe vera in the formula give you a hydrated dew, and since it's in stick format, it's the ideal product for a quick makeup routine. You just need to swipe, tap and go.

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by Erin Jeon | 6/22/2021