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Best Bronzers 2022 – Which Bronzer is Right For You?

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So many new bronzers have launched in the last few years, so I thought it would be help to keep a Best Bronzers for 2022 post up to date so you can all work out which ones are best for you! This will always 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

As a huge bronzer fan, I absolutely love checking out all these products. I am constantly on the hunt for my holy grail. Not sure if I have found it yet, but there are so many good ones out there.

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 which 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 Reviews So Far

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 2022 For Pale Skin

Bronzer for very pale skins can be a bit tricky. There are a few good choices from the newness we have over the last few years.

Best Bronzers for Pale Skin
Best Bronzers for Pale Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer No1 Fair

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

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

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer

This is CT’s latest bronzer launch and it is a cream product.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer - Fair
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer – Fair

Now it is important to note that the shade Fair in the new cream formula is quite a bit deeper than the Fair in the powder formula. Therefore, it may not be great if you are super fair, however it is much more cool toned so it could work well as a contour shade used lightly on pale skin.

Airbrush Bronzer Vs Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer - FAIR
Airbrush Bronzer Vs Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer – FAIR

Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick

Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick
Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick

The VB bronzers each have two shades, a lighter one and a deeper one, so pale skin should be able to make shade 1 work well.

Full shade range of the Victoria Beckham Bronzer
Full shade range of the Victoria Beckham Bronzer

It’s a really nice soft and smooth formula with skincare benefits and it has the most gorgeous, luxe packaging.

It’s pretty pricey, but if you’re a fan of the brand, you will be used to that.

NARS Bronzing Powder San Juan

Two more really good options for pale skin come from NARS. For Summer 2020, they 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.

nars bronzing san juan review 2

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

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

When is first launched, it sold out every time it was restocked so this one comes highly recommended.

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 2022 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 Airbrush Bronzer No 2 Medium

The CT Airbrush Bronzer in medium is a perfect match for me, and will most definitely suit light to medium skin tones. This is the one to go for from Charlotte Tilbury, as the cream bronzer medium is much deeper and doesn’t work quite so well for light to medium skin tones.

charlotte tilbury airbrush bronzer review medium

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.

Here it is compared to Charlotte’s original 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 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

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.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Trio

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

This is the the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio and it’s quite a versatile product. It was new format in 2020, with three different powders and remains part of the permanent Bronze Goddess collection.

You can use individual shades to sculpt, however I like to use a big fluffy brush all over the pan for all over bronziness.

Glossier Solar Paint Bronzer

This is one of the newer additions to the Glossier line up and it’s great if you like a glowy product.

Glossier Solar Paint Bronzer
Glossier Solar Paint Bronzer

The shade I like best in this is called Ray, which I think is great for light to medium skin tones. It’s nice and easy to use – you simply swipe it on from the doe-foot applicator and then blend out with a brush or fingers. My recommendation is to start lightly and build.

Chanel Les Beiges

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

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

It’s a nice easy to work formula that blends in really easily. If you worry about warmth and slightly orangey tones in your bronzers, you may want to stay away from this.

For the first time last year (2021), Chanel added a deeper shade in this bronzer.

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 beauty cheeks out freestyle cream bronzer review amber butta biscuit
Fenty Amber & Butta Biscuit

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 2022 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

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush in Tan and Deep

I can recommend the new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush in Tan and Deep which are great shades and give a lovely warmth to deeper skin tones.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Bronzer

If you want to go deeper, then the new cream bronzers from Tilbury may be more interesting to you.

Airbrush Bronzer Vs Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer - DEEP
Airbrush Bronzer Vs Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer – DEEP

They certainly go way deeper than their powder bronzer counterparts from the brand, so definitely worth checking out.

Guerlain Terracotta Nude

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

Swatch Comparisons

I have swatched some of these shades 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 2022 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

Last year Chanel 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.

Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer

If you want something 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.

Nudestix Nudies Matte

For ultimate convenience, I love the Nudestix Nudies Matte – and introduced two new shades. There’s Terracotta Tan, a warm bronze, and Beach Babe, a rosy bronze. Although the finish is matte, the creaminess of the product works well on drier skins.

best bronzers 2020 dry skin

Charlotte Tilbury Cream Bronzer and Airbrush Bronzer

Both CT bronzers are great for dry skins as the brand uses lots of hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid.

Glossier Solar Paints

These are great options for drier skins as they contain a micro-emulsion of plant oils and extracts like Jojoba and Aloe to condition. Across the four shades, they cover a fairly good range of skin tones.

Glossier Solar Paint Bronzer
Glossier Solar Paint Bronzer

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 2022 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

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.

NARS Bronzing Powder Matte

This formula is a newer 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.

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.

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 2022 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.

charlotte tilbury airbrush bronzer review medium

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.

The new Cream Bronzer from Charlotte Tilbury are also great for mature skins. See both formulas via the link below.

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

texture that glides on and doesn’t settle in pores or lines.

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.

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.

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 2022 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.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer

My first recommendation for a bronzer best suited to contouring has to be the new cream bronzer from Charlotte Tilbury.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer

All the shades from Fair to Deep have a much cooler tone than the powder versions which make them great for creating the look of a natural shadow on the skin.

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.

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.

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.

NARS Bronzing Powder Matte

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

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

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 2022 recommendations. Feel free to leave your comments and queries in the comments below.

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