Best Bronzers 2020 - Which Bronzer is Right For You?
By Ree

Best Bronzers 2020 – Which is the Right One For You?

19 May 2020 (Updated: 29 May 2020)

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2020 really does seem to be the year of the bronzer and I have had so many request for a roundup and comparisons. So here are the Best Bronzers 2020. This will be a work-in-progress as I discover more launches, so make sure you check back and be sure to ask any questions.

Best Bronzers for Contouring
Best Bronzers for Contouring

I am going to start off by listing all the recent bronzer launches and link to my individual reviews and swatches for your reference.

Then later in the post, I’ll make recommendations for different skin types and issues, and then move on to comparing shades and finishes in swatches for products have similarities.

I really hope this is helpful because I know there are so many of you that don’t know which bronzer to pick.

Best Bronzers 2020 Reviews So Far

As a huge bronzer fan, I have really been enjoying all these new launches. The one I am desperate to add to my list of reviews is the La Mer Bronzing Powder* for Summer 2020. I;m working on getting that in so I can review ASAP and will keep you updated.

I have had a little think about the kind of questions about bronzer that might help you choose. Please let me know if there is anything you want to ask.

Best Bronzers For Pale Skin

Bronzer for very pale skins can be a bit tricky. There are a few good choices from the newness we have seen this year so far.

Best Bronzers for Pale Skin
Best Bronzers for Pale Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No1 Fair

Light and Medium with Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Fair and Medium with Filmstar Bronze & Glow

The brand new Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No1 Fair (available here) is really light and will definitely be great for the super-pale. For reference, my match in this new formula is Medium.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No1 Fair  Review

NARS Bronzing Powder San Juan

Two more really good options for pale skin come from NARS. For Summer 2020, they have created a shade lighter than Laguna in the original formula. It is called San Juan. This one has the same supersoft gold that Laguna has, but in a lighter bronze shade.

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NARS Bronzing Powder Matte Vallarta

NARS has another new offering for paler skin, in the brand’s new Matte formula. It is called Vallarta and will be great on lighter skin tones that love a velvety finish.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder - Vallarta
NARS Matte Bronzing Powder – Vallarta

NARS San Juan & Matte Vallarta  Review

Guerlain Terracotta Nude

Finally I have to recommend the absolutely stunning Guerlain Terracotta Nude. This is a very special sheer bronzer with plenty of skin flattering glow. It uses special technology which means its tone-adapts to individual complexions. You can use it as a bronzer itself, or a skin perfector or a glowy blush. It is very versatile.

Best Bronzers 2020 Guerlain Terracotta Nude
Guerlain Terracotta Nude

It sells out every time it is restocked so you have to be quick with this one!

Guerlain Terracotta Nude Review

Swatch Comparisons

Here is Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in Fair, next to NARS San Juan, NARS Vallarta (matte) and Terracotta Nude:

Best Bronzer for Pale Skin Swatches
Best Bronzer for Pale Skin Swatches

Best Bronzers For Medium Skin

This is the easiest category to find a bronzer that suits you. Although I have fairly pale skin, I fit into the medium categeory when it comes to bronzer, so the shades I show you here are the ones that suit me the best.

Best Bronzers 2020 for Medium Skin
Best Bronzers for Medium Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No 2 Medium

The new CT Airbrush Bronzer in medium is a perfect match for me, and will most definitely suit light to medium skin tones. You can see this applied to my skin in the youtube video below:

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I absolutely love this bronzer – the velvety yet glowy finish, the smoothness on the skin, the hydrating properties of the ingredients. It completely ticks the boxes for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No2  Medium  Review

Here it is compared to Charlotte’s orginal bronzer, Filmstar Bronze and Glow:

Fair & Medium Airbrush on left - Filmstar on right
Fair & Medium Airbrush on left – Filmstar on right

Guerlain Terracotta Matte

Another beautiful alternative, and definitely one for the fans of Terracotta, is the brand new Terracotta Matte formula in shade Medium.

Guerlain Terracotta Matte Medium
Guerlain Terracotta Matte Medium

This one is really easy apply and blend, and it literally feels light as air on the skin. The formula uses Kaolin which is a white clay known for its mattifying ability. And of course it smells absolutely amazing in true Guerlain Terracotta style.

Guerlain Terracotta Nude & Matte Review

Guerlain Terracotta Nude

Again I have to recommend Terracotta Nude from Guerlain and this is also beautiful on light to medium skin tones. This is a very special sheer bronzer with plenty of skin flattering glow. It uses special technology which means its tone adapts to individual complexions. Read about it in my blog post.

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer

The new Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer in Solar Pop is a perfect bronzer for light to medium skins. The texture is beautiful – just like the brand’s iconic Cheek Pops, and it layers on beautifully for a natural looking glow and radiance. It has a matte satin finish that I love.

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer
Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer & Highlighter Review

NARS Paradise Found Limited Edition Bronzer

From this year’s launches I must recommend the NARS Paradise Found. This isn’t technically new as the actual shade is Laguna which is great on medium skintones.

NARS Paradise Found
NARS Paradise Found

However, this is a limited edition for Summer that smells of NARS’ gorgeous Monoi body oils and has sand-wave design and gold over-spray.

NARS Paradise Found Review

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddes Matte & Glow Trio

The new addition to Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection has really impressed me.

Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio
Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio

It is called the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio and it’s quite a versatile product. You can use individual shades to sculpt, however I like to use a big fluffy brush all over the pan for all over bronziness.

Bronze Goddess 2020 Review

Chanel Les Beiges 2020

If you like a cream product then both the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream is a gorgeous luxury option.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

It’s a nice easy to work with tone that blends in really easily.

Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Cream Review

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Butta Biscuit

The cream bronzer from Fenty is a brilliant, more affordable alternative and delivers a slightly glossier finish than the Chanel.

Fenty Amber & Butta Biscuit

Fenty Butta Biscuit Review

Swatch Comparisons

Here is Charlotte Tilbury AirbrushBronzer in Medium, next to Terracotta Matte, Terracotta Nude, Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer, NARS Paradise Found (Laguna), Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio, Chanel Les Beiges & Fenty Butta Biscuit:

Best Bronzers for Medium Skin
Best Bronzers for Medium Skin

Best Bronzers 2020 For Dark Skin

I don’t have lots of Bronzer recommendations for Deeper skin tones as I rarely get sent them but I have a few suggestions for you.

Best Bronzers 2020 for Dark Skin
Best Bronzers for Dark Skin

I can recommend the new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush in Tan and Deep which are  great shades and have already been getting great feedback.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer No 4 Deep Review

Also, Terracotta Nude is a beautiful on all skin tones (as I keep saying!!).

Guerlain Terracotta Nude Review

Swatch Comparisons

I have swatched them together, although it seemed a bit silly as Terracotta Nude is adaptive and I am pale. But I was sticking to my format!!

Best Bronzers for Dark Skin Swatches
Best Bronzers for Dark Skin Swatches

Fenty have a brilliant range of deeper tones in their Cheeks Out Collection* although I’m afraid I don’t have access to swatches.

Best Bronzers For Dry Skin

Drier or dehydrated skins need special attention when it comes to bronzer to ensure you get a soft and smooth finish.

Best Bronzers for Dry Skin
Best Bronzers for Dry Skin

Chanel Les Beiges

Chanel recently reformulated their iconic Soleil de Tan, which is now called Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream. The formula has had a tweak, and I really like it. It uses a blend of wax and powders for easy application and a light mattifying effect, but there are also light reflecting pigments for radiance.

Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Cream Review

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer

If you want some a bit glossier and glowier (and quite a lot cheaper!) then the Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Butta Biscuit is a very good match tone-wise. I absolutely love this formula, and there’s a chance that I might even prefer it to the Chanel! Especially considering how much more affordable it is.

Fenty Butta Biscuit Review

Nudestix Nudies Matte

For ultimate convenience, I love the Nudestix Nudies Matte – and they have two new shades for Summer 2020. There’s Terracotta Tan, a warm bronze, and Beach Babe, a rosy bronze.

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

Also, the new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is a great shout for drier skins as it contains a dose of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer Review

Swatch Comparisons

I have selected medium shades as these match Chanel’s only shade.

Chanel Les Beiges, Fenty Butta Biscuit, Nudies Matte in Terracotta Tan, Nudies Matte in Beach Babe, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in Medium:

Best Bronzers for Dry Skin Swatches
Best Bronzers for Dry Skin Swatches

Best Bronzers 2020 For Oily Skin

It is often best to go for a matte powder formula when it comes to oily skins.

Best Bronzers for Oily Skin
Best Bronzers for Oily Skin

Guerlain Terracotta Matte

My top recommendation in this category is the Guerlain Terracotta Matte bronzer as it contains Kaolin Clay to gently absorb excess sebum. It comes in three shades, Light, Medium and Deep.

Guerlain Terracotta Matte
Guerlain Terracotta Matte

Guerlain Terracotta Matte Review

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer has a matte finish making it also suitable for oilier complexions. There are four shades to choose from – see them in my swatch post.

Clinique Powder Pop

The Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer is a good option for oily skin as it has a matte formula, with no shine, but instead a flattering sheen. It is long lasting too so will stay in place.

Solar Pop Bronzer
Solar Pop Bronzer

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer & Highlighter Review

NARS Bronzing Powder Mattte

This formula is a new addition to the brand’s collection. The formula contains zero shimmer so won’t add shine to the skin, yet is enriched with botanical oils to care and comfort. I have shade Vallarta which is good for paler skins.

NARS Bronzing Powder Matte Review

Nudestix Nudies Matte

The Nudestix Nudies Matte have a matte finish (as the name would suggest) and also a long lasting formula making them a good option for oilier skin tones.

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Swatch Comparisons

I have swatched the medium shades as that’s the only colour I have in the Guerlain.

Guerlain Terracotta Matte Medium, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer Medium, Clinique Powder Pop, NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Vallarta & Nudies Matte in Terracotta Tan:

Best Bronzers for Oily Skin Swatches
Best Bronzers for Oily Skin Swatches

Best Bronzers For Older Skin

This category really comes down to what kind of finish you want because you can wear any bronzer you like, no matter your age.

Best Bronzers for Older Skin
Best Bronzers for Older Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

Charlotte Tilbury is always a good place to start because Charlotte really understands mature skin and I find that all her products are very smoothing and flattering.

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The Airbrush Bronzer is certainly an excellent option for older skins as it contains Hyaluronic Acid to plump, soft focus silica to reflect the light and give a soft-focused effect, and fine perfecting powder to smooth out texture.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer Review

Guerlain Terracotta Nude

I also think that Guerlain’s Terracotta Nude is gorgeous for older skin tones. I find it very smoothing on the skin, so much so that I can pretty much apply it anywhere on my face, without it emphasising texture of pores.

Guerlain Terracotta Nude
Guerlain Terracotta Nude

Stay tuned to my Terracotta blog post for stock updates. It sells out constantly.

Clinique Powder Pop

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer is really flattering on my skin so it’s a great candidate for more mature complexions. It has a very smoothing texture that glides on and doesn’t settle in pores or lines.

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer and Highlighter
Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer and Highlighter

Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer & Highlighter Review

Chanel Les Beiges

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

Creams are also great for mature skin and I’d suggest non-matte textures for an even more skin-flattering finish. Although Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream has mattifying properties, it still gives a lovely glow, so is a great option.

Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Cream Review

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer

This is also one of my strong recommendations for mature skin because it gives a beautiful dewy yet smooth finish.

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer Review

Swatch Comparisons

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in Medium, Guerlain Terracotta Nude, Clinique Powder Pop Flower Bronzer,  Chanel Les Beige, Fenty Butta Biscuit:

Best Bronzers for Older Skin Swatches
Best Bronzers for Older Skin Swatches

Best Bronzers For Contour

I sometimes don’t really worry too much about where contouring ends and bronzing starts but if you are looking for contour shades, it is best to stick to cooler tones, and completely matte formulas that are free from shimmer or sparkle.

Best Bronzers for Contouring
Best Bronzers for Contouring

The shades recommendation I am making are for light to medium skintones as contouring for deeper skintones is a whole different ball game and I am in no way qualified to make those recommendations.

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Amber

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer - Amber & Butta Biscuit
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer – Amber & Butta Biscuit

I absolutely love the Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Amber as the perfect cool-toned shadow for my skin tone. It also comes in a stick formula if you prefer that method. Both textures are super easy to blend and looks really natural on the skin.

Fenty Amber Review

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

The new Airbrush Bronzer from CT has the right finish for contouring as they are shimmer free, so it would come down to picking the right shade.

I think I could get away with Fair and Medium in the CT.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer Review

Guerlain Terracotta Matte

I have only tried the Medium in the Terracotta Matte and I think it works as contour on light to medium skins.

Guerlain Terracotta Matte Review

NARS Bronzing Powder Matte

Also NARS Vallarta makes a nice gentle contour on light to medium skins.

NARS Bronzing Powder Matte Review

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio

This is a natural choicc for contouring as it has two dark shades and a light shade for highlighting. It is great for sculpting when you use the colours separately.

Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio
Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio

Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio Review

Swatch Comparisons

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Amber, Charlotte Tilbury Airbursh Bronzer in Light, then Medium, Terracotta Matte in Medium, NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Vallarta, Bronze Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio (shades separated):

Best Bronzer for Contouring Swatches
Best Bronzers for Contouring Swatches

I think that’s about it for now for my Best Bronzers 2020 recommendations. Feel free to leave your comments and queries in the comments below.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and stay tuned to the homepage and Instagram for news on all the latest launches and products. The Facebook page is here and make sure you also find me on YouTube.

Ree

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