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6 bronzers to give you a summer glow year ’round

Words by Fashion Journal

Warm up.

While bronzer may have been a staple in your makeup kit growing up, it’s taken a bit of a back seat in recent years. But we’re here to sing its praises. When used correctly (and not like you did in Year 9) a bronzer is the perfect way to add dimension and warmth.

Here’s our round-up of the best on the market.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
From: benefitcosmetics.com/au
Price: $52

The Hoola Bronzer has been a staple on beauty shelves for years now, and its cult status is well deserved. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin for a natural-looking glow, without making your complexion appear muddy. It arrives in four powder shades, but still manages to cater for a wide range of skin tones. Best of all, the product arrives in a handy compact, complete with a built-in mirror and brush for bronzing on-the-go.

Rating: 5/5

Lilah B. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo
From: mecca.com.au
Price: $64

This bronzer duo features just the right amount of shimmer, and goes on sheer to create a soft contour. The price point is on the expensive side, but the super luxe packaging makes up for it. It’s made to feel like a skimming stone in the palm of your hand, and arrives in a smooth white compact. My one qualm with this product is that it only arrives in one shade, meaning it’s not the most inclusive bronzer on the market.

Rating: 4/5

The Body Shop Limited Edition Honey Bronze™ Universal Bronzing Balm
From: thebodyshop.com
Price: $25

The balm consistency of this formula gets a big tick from me. With a blendable and creamy texture, it glides on and delivers a natural and buildable shade. Bonus points awarded for The Body Shop’s commitment to Community Trade. This product is enriched with Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, beeswax from Cameroon, marula oil from Namibia and shea butter from Ghana. And the price is pretty nice, too.

Rating: 4/5

NARS Bronzing Powder
From: mecca.com.au
Price: $60

There’s a reason why this product is in the makeup bags of beauty junkies the world over. The formula delivers subtle hints of shimmer (but not too much) for the perfect summer glow year ‘round. Meanwhile, finely milled powders even your complexion and minimise the appearance of pores.

Rating: 4.5/5

Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer
From: mecca.com.au
Price: $46

For those of us whose skin errs on the side of ghostly white, wearing a bronzer is usually an experience that results in an orange-tinged stripe across the cheeks – no matter how light the shade appears to be. That’s not the case here however, with the product producing a warm tint that actually looks natural. Coverage is soft and can be built up, while the small amount of pink pigment gives off enough colour that you can go sans blush.

Rating: 4.5/5

MECCA MAX Sunlit skin bronzing powder
From: mecca.com.au
Price: $22

While this product wouldn’t be my first pick if I was in need of a new bronzer, it’s certainly a good option for anyone looking to get their hands on a vegan-friendly option at a wallet-friendly price. If you really want to get your glow on, however, you’ll need to work in quite a bit of product to get a good result as it’s not overly pigmented.

Rating: 3.5/5

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 189. You can read it here.

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