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8 cream bronzers to try for a sun-kissed glow

Achieve a tanned complexion in a snap.

On the left: A person smiles and closes their eyes while holding the Saie cream bronzer in front of one of their eyes. On the right: Four Chanel cream bronzers sit in the sun on a tan surface. Credit: Saie / Chanel

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Cream bronzers aren’t a new phenomenon, but they're becoming increasingly popular because of the natural, sun-kissed finish they leave on the skin. Many flock to them as a way to achieve a tanned look without the dangerous UV exposure, or a natural contour when applied in the hollows of their cheeks without any harsh lines or a cakey powder finish. These eight creams are long-wearing, easy to blend, and won’t budge from sweat or heat.

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1. For beginners: Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream

On the left: The Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream in a dark colored brown shade sits with its lid off on a white background. On the right: A bunch of Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Creams lay like a checker board with their lids alternating between on and off on a pink background.
Credit: Huda Beauty

Go with the Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream if you're new to cream bronzer.

This bronzer from Huda Beauty helps achieve a beautiful contour and bronze in one and is both blendable and buildable for newly minted beginners or experienced bronzer users alike. Its cream-to-powder consistency allows you to create a healthy-looking bronzed complexion or a dramatic contour, depending on how much you layer on. Available in six shades, ranging from fair to rich, you'll find a stunning shade for most skin tones.

A Sephora reviewer says: “This is the best cream contouring product I have ever used and I’ve tried many. It’s so easy to blend, doesn’t dry too quickly, and doesn’t leave any patches on the skin when applying over foundation... A little goes a long way, this product will last me more than one to two years.”

Get the Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream from Sephora for $30

2. For a hint of sun: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

On the left: A Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream in a light brown shade sits on a white background with its lid off. On the right: Four Chanel cream bronzers lay sit out in the sun on a tan surface.
Credit: Chanel

Get a natural-looking bronze with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream.

Celebrities, makeup artists, and Tik Tok creators describe this cream bronzer as nothing short of incredible. Made with mineral waxes, silica, and light-reflecting pigments, its lightweight formula claims to ensure effortless application, an immediate smoothing effect, and a radiant finish. Apply the cream to your face where the sun would naturally hit, like your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, with your fingers or brush. You can use it to contour by applying it to the shadows on your face, like underneath your jawline or in the hollows of your cheeks. It’s available in two shades—tan bronze and tan deep bronze.

A Chanel reviewer writes: “My favorite bronzer ever! I love how it's universal and I don't have to shade-match. I apply with a Beauty Blender, and it goes on effortlessly. I cannot tell you how much I love it! Plus, ordering straight from Chanel is always the best experience! The packaging is top-notch!”

Get the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream from Chanel for $50

3. For a matte finish: Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer

On the left: A person in a pool closes their eyes and applies the Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer to their skin with a brush. On the right: Two Tarte bronzers of in light and dark brown shades float on water with a brush next to them.
Credit: Tarte

If your skin leans oily, try the Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer.

Just one swipe of this bronzer transforms your skin to a just-came-from-the-beach look without the glittery sheen you can get from other products. The water- and streak-proof formula blends evenly to contour, bronze, and impart gorgeous warmth. Its star ingredient, marine plant extract, claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines while smoothing out your makeup. The bronzer offers a natural-looking matte finish, making it a great choice for oily skin or those who prefer less shimmer.

A Sephora reviewer proclaims: “Blends easily. Looks flawless. Comfortable and effortless. One of the best cream bronzers on the market, if not the absolute best.”

Get the Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer from Sephora for $29

4. For a buildable bronze: Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

On the left: The Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer compact sits on a white background with the lid open to reveal a medium brown shade. On the right: Four arms of different skin tones lay next to each other with every shade of the Fenty cream bronzer swatched on them.
Credit: Fenty Beauty

Choose the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer for a subtle, healthy glow.

Rhianna’s Fenty Beauty never ceases to amaze fans with its show-stopping products, and this cream bronzer is no exception. According to more than 450 reviewers, it not only applies like a dream but also looks great on the skin whether you wear it solo or with a full face of makeup. Its light-as-air formula is available in seven shades, ranging from cool fair to very deep, and is both sweat- and water-resistant. Upon application with fingers or a brush, the bronzer melts into your skin and can used for a hint of depth or built up for a bold bronze.

A Sephora reviewer raves: “This looks gorgeous and glowy, and makes me appear actually tan... The sheer quality of the product is what makes it extra natural. It's also beautiful to blend and never looks patchy, which always happens to me with other bronzers. It is also the first bronzer to look natural on my forehead.”

Get Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer from Sephora for $32

5. For a sculpted face: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand

On the left: The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand stands on a white background with the cap off of it to reveal the sponge applicator. On the right: A person wearing makeup stares at the camera with swatches fo the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand formula on their face where you should apply contour.
Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

Use the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand to contour your face.

Looking to achieve facial definition? Try this contour wand from Charlotte Tilbury. The lightweight formula—which comes in two shades, fair-medium and medium-dark—is easy to apply. By controlling the amount you dispense from its cushion applicator, you can add some subtle definition in the hollows of the cheeks or create a full sculpted contour by applying it on the jawline, cheekbones, and perimeter of the forehead. The brand recommends dabbing the applicator directly onto the skin and tapping it in with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge.

One Sephora reviewer exclaims: “This lives up to the hype. While it initially applies dark, it blends out like a dream with little effort. Definitely a great product for contour beginners! I completely understand why it’s [often] sold out. Will most definitely repurchase.”

Get Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand from Charlotte Tilbury for $38

6. For dry skin: E.L.F Cosmetics Putty Bronzers

On the left: The entire range of E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Bronzers lay on a yellow surface with a makeup brush laying across the open containers. On the right: Three arms of different skin tones lay across a white surface with all of the E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Bronzer shades swatched on them.
Credit: E.L.F. Cosmetics

If you have dry skin, opt for the E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Bronzer.

If you’re looking for a bronzer that’s designed for dry skin, this E.L.F. one is your best bet. Although its formula is non-oily, it will keep you hydrated, thanks to ingredients like argan oil and vitamin E. Its eight shades of pigmented formula can create an instant, natural-looking glow or a sculpted contour, while remaining both blendable and buildable.

An E.L.F. Cosmetics reviewer writes: “I just got this and, OMG, the videos and reviews I saw prior were not joking. This product is amazing! It feels so high end and the cream-to-powder finish is so pretty and light. In the pot, it looks way too dark but it blends like a dream.”

Get the E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Bonzer from E.L.F. Cosmetics for $6

7. For a dewy bronze: Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

On the left: A dark shimmery shade of the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzers sits on a pink background in its clear packaging. On the right: The swatches from every shade of the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer are smeared onto a pink surface.
Credit: Tower 28

For a shimmery bronze, look no further than the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzers.

This bronzer can help you achieve an effortless summer glow all year round with its five shimmery hues ranging from light to deep. It claims to soothe, condition, and nourish your skin with ingredients like mango butter and green tea. If you love a dewy, shimmery complexion, look no further than Tower 28.

A Sephora reviewer raves: “Absolute dream! So blendable and creamy, dewy and fresh! My cheeks are illuminating with joy! A definite must need! So in love.”

Get the Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer from Sephora for $20

8. For sensitive skin: Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer

On the left: A person holds the Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer in front of their eye while smiling and closing the other eye. On the right: Three arms of different skin tones lay across a white surface with swatches from all of the Saie bronzers on their arms.
Credit: Saie

Try the Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer if you have sensitive skin.

With a balmy texture and velvety finish, this Saie cream bronzer applies without any cakiness or patchiness. With ingredients like organic colloidal oatmeal, silica, grapeseed oil, and elderberry extract, it claims to moisturize and balance the skin with each wear. Its lightweight formula comes in four shades from light bronze to dark bronze and provides great, subtle color payoff. To apply, swirl your brush into the compact and buff into the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits.

A Sephora reviewer exclaims: “I am completely obsessed with this bronzer because it’s foolproof and gives the most natural finish! It is super creamy, blendable, natural-looking, and gives a perfectly sun-kissed finish! I use it all over and double up where I want more definition!”

Get the Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer from Sephora for $28

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