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When it comes to summer, though, I am extra big into bronzer. I use bronzer to not only warm up my face as I do year round I layer it with blush and dust it all over my face. I mix bronzer and highlighter shades, and mix bronzer shades themselves. Yes, I am all about the bronze and glow for summer and I cannot live with a great bronzer palette.
I have searched for (and use) the best bronzer and best drugstore bronzer for years! In the summertime, the bronzer palettes come out and I am not afraid to tell you that my makeup drawer is filled with some great bronzer palettes.
These are the best bronzer palettes you need to know about for 2019 and buy for the summer season.
1. BECCA x Khloé Kardashian & Malika Haqq Bronze, Blush & Glow Palette - $44
This four pan palette features two shades of blush, bronzer, and highlighter that are designed to give skin a beautiful glow. There are two color families to choose from. The formulas are super sheer and are some of the very best; I have been using the Made with Love By Khloé non-stop this spring. The formulas are inspired by the skin-smoothing effects of photo filters. To get a lot of color, you need to build them, which I like. They are infused with soft-focus pearl and blurring pigments to scatter and reflect light on the skin.
2. Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette - $75
This four pan face palette also features light-diffusing shades that bronzer, blush and highlighter; it reminds me of the BECCA Bronze, Blush & Glow Palette above, though it is much more pigmented. There are also two color stories to choose from, making it easily wearable by all skin tones. I love the soft-focus finish and how the shades work together to give skin a beautiful bronzed, lit-from-within glow. The formula includes a brightening glow gel to give skin a a glowing translucency that plays with light.
3. Too Faced Tutti Frutti - Pineapple Paradise Strobing Bronzer Highlighting Duo - $30
This super silky bronzer and highlighting duo features the basics but everything you need in the perfect shades for summer. This palette contains the prettiest velvet bronzer and glimmer highlighter that can be used alone, layered or of course, mixed together to create a custom, lit-from-within bronze. I like the subtle pineapple scent, too.
4. Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio Bronzing Contour Palette - $54
This is a classic and one of my very favorites! My first luxury bronzer was a Guerlain bronzer and I believe that they do bronzers best; they give skin a true bronzed look. I love this trio palette, which comes in a Light, Natural or Deep shade, and how it looks so natural on the skin. The three shades are so natural on the face as they sculpt, bronze, and highlight.
5. Benefit Cheekleaders Bronze Squad Cheek Palette - $60
This five-pan palette is another blush, bronzer and highlighter palette with some iconic products and new beauties rolled into one palette. It features a golden pearl highlighter in the new shade Cookie plus the brand's iconic Hoola Matte Bronzer in a new medium-deep shade Caramel. Of course, they included the original shade as well. You can see everything in the palette here. All products are full-size, so it’s a great value if you normally buy the Benefit cheek products.
6. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - $15
This must-have palette has three universally-flattering shades in both blendable and buildable shimmer or matte finishes. If you haven’t tried a Physicians Formula Bronzer, then you are missing out; they are some of the softest and most beautiful ever. This palette features a bronzer plus two beautiful highlighters. They are designed to give skin a soft focus, radiant glow. There are two color families to choose from.
7. Bobbi Brown Take It To Glow Highlight & Bronzing Powder Palette - $59
This new four pan palette features all-wearable shades of softly-shimmering shades of bronzer and blush. The brand says they are all bronzers, but two are tinted pink and peach so they lean toward blush shades. The actual bronzing powder is matte, while the rest give a soft, beautiful radiant finish to the skin. The formula is super silky as it glides onto skin, and when layered or blended together, gives skin a soft focus, lit-from-within bronzed glow.
8. Smashbox The Cali Contour Kit - $39
Don’t let the name “contour” fool you; this six pan palette features California-inspired highlighter, bronzer and blush powders. These shades are all super blendable and very pigmented. The pigmentation is what sets this palette apart from most of the others in this post, and that is why it is as great for contouring as it is for bronzing. The shades are on the warm side and do give skin a bronzed look that is perfect for summer.
9. Clarins Bronzing Palette - $42
This limited edition summer collection palette contains a trio of matte tones that warm the skin with a gorgeous sun-kissed look of summer. The powders are pigmented, but are designed in a way so that you can control your bronzed glow — from a touch of tan to a look that's totally bronze. Clarins' uses their very own exclusive Light-Optimizing + Complex which blurs lines and imperfections so skin looks perfected while wearing.
You can use bronzer on your face, neck and décolletage. I often use a fluffy eyeshadow or eye blender brush and apply a light dusting of eyeshadow to my eyes with a bit of highlighter on my brow bone for a beautiful summer, bronzed glow eye look. I just love that bronzer palettes offer a range of bronzer shades and products so I can get my summer bronzed look on quickly, easily and effortlessly.