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21 of the Best Drugstore Bronzers.


There are just so many bronzers on the market, that sometimes I don't even know where to begin. The easiest place to start is perhaps right at your local drugstore. Last weekend I went bronzer browsing at my nearest CVS. 

I quickly noticed the display of bronzers from Lumene. These were almost in front of the door, at the end cap of the beauty section - great placement! The offerings include an Air-Light Bronzing Powder ($12.99), in a golden bronze shade, which is probably best for everyday light bronzing; Skin Couture Pearly Bronzer ($12.99) in Bronze Glow, which is more of a deep bronze to look a bit more naturally bronzed; and a large bronzer which is also an Air-Light Powder ($12.99), but this is in Dark Glow, and it best for a really bronzed goddess look.

Next, I noticed a section of bronzers from Milani Cosmetics. They offer a Powder Bronzer ($4.49) in three shades, which is oil-free, and perfect for any skin type; Tiger Bronzer ($6.49), which is a swirled gel-like soufflé that is swirled in two shades of gleamed gold; beautiful Powder Mosiacs ($7.99), which come in six color palettes; and my favorite, Glimmer Stripes ($6.99) which features a subtle range of five colors striped over one compact, which are fantastic to use on both the cheeks and eyes.

As I continued to browse, I think I found the largest selection of bronzers ever in one single line - Physicians Formula.They offer 40 unique bronzers for any bronzing need. And what I loved about these, is that most of them contained a bit of pink, for a more natural glow. First, there is Bronze Gems ($12.95) Matte & Bright Bronzer, Highlighter, and Eye Shadow Powder on one, and this one comes in four shades; Mineral Wear Talc-Free Bronzing Veil ($11.95), which comes in a flow-through brush dispenser and is available in Light Bronzer, Medium Bronzer, and Bronzer; Shimmer Strips ($11.95) Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow, which is similar to Milani's Glimmer Stripes, and is so silky smooth with really fine pearl particles for the most beautiful glimmer, and this palette comes in seven multiple shades; Powder Palette Multi-Colored Bronzer ($12.95), offers the right combo of colors in a pressed powder formula and comes in three shades; Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Bronzer ($11.95), which are beads of different bronzed colors that you brush over to get the perfect mix, and this comes in Bronzer and Light Bronzer; Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Custom Bronzer ($12.95), another one of the most popular bronzer compacts from so many different companies, this comes in two shade combinations; Jungle Fever Bronzer in Leopared & Tiger ($11.95), which are bi-colored bronzers in a cute safari print pattern; Retro-Glow Mosiac Bronzer ($12.95) which is a multi-colored bronzer in a really unique mosaic design with a hint of shimmer; Summer Eclipse Bronzer ($12.95), available in Sunlight, Moonlight, and Starlight; Les Botaniques Botanical Bronzer ($11.95) which are the cutest two tone compacts in SunnyBuddy and SunnyBunch; Solar Powder SPF20 Bronzer $12.95) is available in two shades and is formulated with an SPF fo 20 for an added bonus feature; Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder ($12.95) is best for acne-prone or sensitive skin with it's unique blend of ingredients coming in both Bronzer and Light Bronzer; Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder ($10.95) which is a very gentle formula in a loose powder form; and finally there is Baked Bronzer ($11.95) in Baked Bronze and Baked Tan and can be used wet or dry depending on the depth of color you wish.

In general, most of the drugstore bronzers are under $15 and offer the greatest selection of shades and formulas - I am so very impressed.

What is your favorite drugstore bronzer?

Reader Comments (6)

This report on Drugstore Bronzers is really cool. Thank you for your research on the Bronzers. Going out today to try a few. Had no clue where to start before, but now I do. Thanks again.
My fav bronzers from Estee lauder , but like from Lancome as well !
I already have three from Physicians Formula. Your article makes me want so many more now, heehee.
This really wasn't helpful, I could have figured all of this out by walking down the isle and looking at the products. I was hoping to find an actual review from someone who tried the bronzers. How do you know whether or not they are good? It seems like you just wrote what is on the packaging and make-up packages often make false promises.
I did buy and test all of these bronzers, that is why they were included in the round-up. If I did not like them then I would have not suggested them.
Just what I was looking for, thank you Teri Cosenzi. I use sunscreen year round, so I am in need of a little more color than blush alone can offer. I am a real fan of the talc free products and I want a natural look, so shimmer and sparkle products are out, and my skins tends to be oily. Your article is very enlightening and I think I have made up my mind which bronzer to buy, I will be sure when I can see it in the store. Listing prices is also very good of you as price is one reason I have opted to buy a drugstore brand product, in general, I believe they are just as good, just less expensive.

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