Never underestimate the power of a good bronzer. Those glow-giving heroes can take your complexion from lacklustre to luminous, giving you a sunkissed finish that leaves people wondering whether you’ve just come back from the Caribbean.
However, with so many options, finding the best bronzer to add to your makeup stash can be a minefield of Oompa Loompa realness and muddy finishes (yikes).
To avoid the above, we asked BEAUTY BAY staff to share their all-time favourite bronzers. Scroll down for a list of our tried and tested must-haves for achieving a natural-looking, golden glow.
“The main thing I look for in a bronzer is a natural glow – nothing too shimmery but something that can be worn day to day, giving me that sun-kissed look. Gimme Sun Matte Bronzer is a relatively new product from Doll Beauty but has quickly become a staple part of my makeup bag. It’s a matte bronzer with a warm tone to it, so whether I’m getting ready for work and want to make myself look a bit less zombified or I’m glamming myself up for a big night out with a decent contour, you can guarantee I’ll be using Gimme Sun.” – Carys, Account Manager
“Kevyn Aucoin’s The Neo Bronzer in shade Capri is my ultimate go-to for many reasons. I’m all about streamlining my makeup routine when it means I get an extra ten minutes in bed, so a 3-in-1 blusher, bronzer and highlight is right up my street. It applies like a dream, instantly warming my entire face within a few sweeps of my bronzer brush. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’m a firm believer in the notion that sometimes you really do ‘get what you pay for’ and honestly, this multi-purpose compact is 100% worth splashing out on.” – Francesca, Marketing Executive
“Finding a bronzer that gives me definition and warmth at the same time is a huge must for me, and when I found the Revolution Ultra Bronze not only did I get both, but I got a bargain too. It’s a rich matte bronzer, so I only need a light hand and a big fluffy brush like the BEAUTY BAY Rose Gold Glam Blusher Brush to have cheekbones again within seconds, and a gorgeous warm glow. It’s a fantastic everyday bronzer and you get so much product in the pan.” – Ailsa, Operations Assistant
“I think it was seeing all the positive reviews for the Misslyn Beach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder that made me decide to give it a go. The price point too made it well worth a try. It’s sooo pigmented and makes my flat pancake face appear to have some kind of dimension again. I’ve hit pan over and over and just keep rebuying. Having said that, it lasts me three or four months with daily wear, so it’s 100% value for money.” – Rhiannon, Senior Ecommerce Executive
“Honestly, I’m not being dramatic or anything, but the Ofra Versatile Matte Bronzer is definitely my favorite bronzer I’ve ever used in my life (trust me, I’ve tried many). Ofra can’t do much wrong in my eyes, especially when it comes to highlighters, lips and more importantly, this absolute babe of a bronzer. Versatile to say the least, I use this bad boy everywhere – face, neck, and even to contour my collarbone area when wearing a cheeky Bardot top. The colour is amaaaazing, not too orange or ashy, just lovely and warm. It is a tad bit pricey but honestly, it’s worth every penny – I’ll never go back!” – Rochelle, Social Media Assistant
“I am an official highlight and bronze addict and believe me, that’s no bad thing. I am always looking for a product that will give me some colour, some pigment, and some glow for a bank balance-friendly price point. Ever since YouTube went wild for the Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Milani to see what else they would come up with. Fast forward a good few months and their Baked Bronzer is now one of my daily essentials. Glow gives you a bronzed/sunkissed/straight-from-Ibiza glow… Oh, I get the name now, and the price is amazing. Once you fall in love with this, check out their Baked Blush too, you won’t be disappointed!” – Paul, Customer Services