The Best Bronzers of 2021

Here are the best bronzers in 2021 for a sun-kissed glow

Now that SPF has finally claimed its right to the throne of healthy, supple skin, bronzer may as well be its secretary of state. Who doesn’t want to look bronzed with chiseled cheekbones while not damaging your skin with pesky UV rays?

Here are 10 of the best bronzers of 2021.


Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer

This bronzer contains mango butter and apricot oil that hydrates the skin while creating a soft look. Don’t worry about too much shine because the matte finish helps the skin look natural and sculpting. The product comes in two colors, a lighter called “Baked” and a darker one called “Blaze, Deep Bronze.” ($18 on Sephora)

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Nudies All Over Face Color Glow

This nudestix bronzer is the perfect way to brighten your skin and provide a dewy look and luminosity. The stick has two ends, one containing the color balm, and one end as the blending brush for non-streaky application. It comes in five different colors, three of which being nude bronzers, one a blush, and one a highlighter. ($34 on Revolve)

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

The Fenty Beauty cream bronzer is a light-as-air, non-greasy cream bronzer that gives a natural bronze or soft contour. The product is vegan and cruelty-free and comes in seven different shades for medium to tan skin tones. ($32 on Sephora)

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NARS Matte Bronzing Powder

This powder bronzer from NARS, a crowd-favorite make-up company, perfectly imitates a sun-given glow. This buttery, pigmented press powder comes in three different shades, Vallarta, Laguna, and Samoa. (£30 on Cult Beauty)


CHANEL’S lightweight cream-gel face bronzer has a velvet-matte finish and uses mineral waxes and powders to ensure effortless application. The product is non-comedogenic, which means it helps against clogged pores and breakouts. ($50 on Chanel)

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer

This powder bronzer is silky and luxurious. It’s oil-free, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, and won’t clog pores. ($45 on Estee Lauder)

Lawless Summer Skin Velvet Matte Bronzer

This bronzer is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, using a silky, soft-matte formula that blends seamlessly into the skin. It comes in two shades and has a built-in mirror for applying wherever you are. ($38 on Sephora)

Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder 

This lightweight, powder bronzer creates a natural-looking, sunkissed vibrance and is also free from parabens and phthalates. The product is allergy tested. ($33 on Sephora)

Glossier Haloscope Bronzer

Glossier’s cruelty-free, dew effect highlighter is formulated with crystal extracts for an all-day glow that’s not too glittery. The internal core is an oil-base rich with vitamins and moisturizers for a hydrated look. ($22 on Glossier)

Ilia Illuminator

Ilia’s formula is a cream highlighter that adds a dewy radiance. It uses avocado oil that helps protect the skin, orange peel wax that locks in moisture, and shea butter that hydrates the skin. ($34 on Sephora)

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