bronze(r) beauties.

As the temperatures slowly start to creep up this spring, getting a little color becomes a big priority. Thankfully, we can now get that color without hitting the tanning bed. Being sun savvy is incredibly important to me as a skin cancer survivor. Last spring, I pulled together a massive list of self tanners {or for the full-length pin here}. This year, I went a similar route and compiled 29 different facial bronzers in a variety of formulas and budgets. If you don't see your favorite below, be sure to leave it in the comments! I would also love your feedback on bronzers you love and loathe...


My favorite bronzer {as of late} is this one from Bobbi Brown. In my earlier days, I loved this very cost-effective one from Bonne Bell. One thing I've learned over the years is that the brush you use really does matter. I treated myself to this one with a giftcard this Christmas--and love it!


first rowBobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer - Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Baked Starburst  //  second row: Rimmel Natural Bronzer - Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer - Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer // third rowper-fékt Cheek Perfection Gel in Bronzed - Tarte Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer & Cheek Tint  //  fourth rowClinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer - NARS Bronzing Powder - Stila Sun Bronzing Powder  //  fifth rowJosie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil - Stila One Step Bronze - Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning for Face & Decollete - Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer - Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Body Bronzer  //  sixth rowUrban Decay Baked Bronzer - Clarins Bronzing Powder Duo SPF 15 - Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer  //  seventh rowBonne Bell Bronzing Gel - Lancôme Star Bronzer Magic Bronzing Brush - Mai Couture 2-1 Blotting & Bronzing Paper - Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Bronzing Talc-Free Veil  //  eighth rowLaura Mercier Bronzed Pressed Powder - Cargo blu-ray High Definition Bronzer - Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer  //  ninth rowStila Set & Bronze Baked Powder Trio - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact - Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder

The biggest takeaway is that getting a faux glow doesn't have to be expensive. Being healthy is the most important. Using a bronzer with an SPF is the best plan. Your face will thank you when you're 60, I promise. I can't wait to hear your feedback on this bronzer debate :) xoxo {av}

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23 comments:

  1. I love using Sephora bronzer. But it can get expensive really quick. lol

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  3. I don't really faux tan or tan in the sun. For me, it is not important to look tan. I do like having a bit of a warm glow. I use the Sephora highlighting compact powder in golden for that. You should have a look at it!
    xoxo
    Suzanne from

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  5. All about NARS! It seems to be on a different level in terms of going on smoothly and looking totally natural. Love it!

    xxoo,
    Mary
    The Classy Cubicle

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  6. I love my MAC bronzer! Looking at all these makes me want to branch out a little though :)

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  7. I love the Clinique bronzer! It's one of my makeup staples :)

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  8. I like the Jergens or Neutrogena gradual tan lotions. They give you a little bit of color without turning you orange. I usually don't use much, though, because the color doesn't look right on me. Red heads and tans don't mix! :D

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  9. My dad is a skin cancer survivor, so I always am an advocate for self-tanners as well! My favorite is the Loreal Sublime Bronze gel!

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  10. This is just what I need. My skin is pretty fair and I like to have a tan - but usually I can't get one and I don't like being too exposed to the sun anyway.

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  11. my girls and I swear by the MAI Couture blotting papers - both the bronzer and the highlighter papers are fool proof and are great for travel. I've used the Guerlain Terracotta bronzer for YEARS and love it.

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  12. I love Benefit's Hoola bronzing powder that can be found at Sephora. It's smooth & light! But this makes me want to try others ones now... :)

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  13. i have the bobbi brown one you featured on the very bottom- absolutely my favorite bronzer!

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  14. I've been bronzer crazy lately because I'm SO pale! I love the Bobbi Brown bronzer, it's my favorite too! Great picks all around!

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  15. Wow! Great list! I love the Bobbi Brown bronzer but always want to try something different. I thought about you when I talked my girlfriend out of going to a tanning bed for an upcoming wedding! I told her to go get a spray tan! Not worth it!!

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  16. Bobbi Brown bronzer is my favorite, too! And I love the shimmer brick as well! :)

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  17. this is fabulous!! i have used the bobbi brown style in the past-- and lately have switched to a BB cream with SPF AND bronzer!! :) love that you have been sharing your experiences-- so inspiring!

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  18. I've been looking for a new bronzer! Such great suggestions, thank you, thank you! Do you have a special way of sweeping it on?

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  19. My favorite bronzer is the Bare Essentials bronzer in Warmth. It's really dark, so it's best for people with medium-dark skin tone. It gives such a beautiful sun-kissed color!

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  20. Definitely check out Rodan and Fields Foaming Sunless Tanner :) Must have!!
    https://csmith4.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/ESST125

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  21. Thanks! I've officially banned myself from the sun this summer, so I'm looking for new products to get my tan on. I would absolutely agree with Chelsea above - I just tried the Rodan and Fields Foaming Sunless Tanner for my sister's wedding and it was amazing!! Everyone thought it was a real tan!

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