The Cream Bronzers Which Get Our Vote

The Cream Bronzers Which Get Our Vote

A good cream bronzer can do more than just warm up your complexion – unlike their powder counterparts they add a healthy sheen, fake a plumper, sun-kissed glow and lend your skin some much-needed extra hydration. Here are some of the best…

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Chanel Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream, £43

Why It’s Popular: Experts and make-up artists swear by this cream bronzer. Not only is the shade suitable for all skin tones, the lightweight texture sculpts and contours the face without looking overdone. Plus, it’s easy to build up, thanks to its smooth and silky formula. Use a little down the bridge of the nose and on the lids, too, to bring everything together.Available at

Iconic London Sheer Bronze, £18

Why It’s Popular: Just like the brand’s cult blushers, these have a gel-like consistency that melts into the skin for a dewy finish. Providing a warm, healthy flush of colour, they’re easy to build up and mix together if you’re after more of a sculpted effect. Sweep a little onto your eyelids and nose to bring the look together.

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Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, £23

Why It’s Popular: Yes, the stick format is handy, but it’s the creamy formula that really caught our attention. It blends into skin almost instantly and comes in two, wearable sun-kissed hues. Don’t limit this one just to your face, either – with its large, rounded head, sweep it over your collarbones, legs, arms or wherever you want an extra hint of warmth. We love that it’s brimming with mango butter and avocado oil, too, for extra hydration and nourishment. 

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Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer, £28 

Why It’s Popular: Despite its budge-proof benefits, this never feels cakey or sticky on the skin. It’s sheer and buildable with a creamy texture that’s easy to blend and build. Apply it with your fingers if you wish, but for a seamless, more even blend, we recommend buffing it in with a brush, focusing on the highest points of your face for soft definition. Unlike some bronzers, there are plenty of shades available, too, so there’s something for everyone to try. 

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Saie Dew Balm Bronze Nectar, £16

Why It’s Popular: If you prefer bronzers with minimal to zero shimmer, check out this one from SAIE. Its buttery texture skims the skin beautifully, providing extra depth and structure with a universally-flattering tone. It’s brimming with hyaluronic acid too, which gives the appearance of plumper-looking skin. Tap it on with your fingers for the best results, focusing on the cheekbones, but also your cupid’s bow, brow bone and eyelids, too. It looks great worn on its own or on top of foundation for a vacation-like glow.

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Nudestix Nudies Bronze, £28

Why It’s Popular: The sophisticated neutral shades on offer from Nudestix are pretty unbeatable and ‘Bondi Bae’ is no exception. Wear it on its own, or layer it up with several other shades from the range for a multi-dimensional look. They’re easy to toss into your bag for on-the-go, while the double-ended applicator allows you to buff in the colour for an even and well-blended finishAvailable at

Tower 28 Beauty Illuminating Bronzer, $20 

Why It’s Popular: Hard to get hold of, this silky bronzer often sells out, and we know why. With a balm-like texture, it lends skin a healthy, dewy sheen and never leaves behind a chalky or muddy finish. It’s easy to work with (added rosehip oil inside gives it good slip), while other ingredients like rice bran and chamomile extras help to lock in hydration. Make-up artists like Katie Jane Hughes swear by it and recommend applying it to your forehead and the hollows of your cheeks before blending foundation on top.  Available at

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