Sandals, sunglasses and bronzers: these are the things I prefer about my least favourite season of the year. I like the idea that I can be barefoot within seconds, I like being able to wear sunglasses without justifying it, and when it comes to bronzers, I love being quite generous with them. After all, summer is all about saying goodbye to the natural, invisible bronzing powders and reaching for the dramatic ones instead. The following selection is full of drama, yet nothing which would disrupt the overall simplicity of the summer skin.


Shimmery on the pot but shiny on the skin, the Jouer Mattifying Powder Bronzer in Sunswept is a confusing bronzer. If the shimmers disappear, the finish is everything but matte, except perhaps for its lasting power on the cheeks. The drama is all in the sheen which mimics the finish of a liquid highlighter and remains flattering thanks to a shade which doesn’t go too deep into the golden or orange tones. It is pale skin friendly and the powder is so finely milled that it seems difficult to make a mistake out of it.


Lots of shimmers, lots of warmth and lots of pigments. On the paper, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light shouldn’t work on my fair skin, yet it does because it truly becomes one with the skin. It doesn’t mean that it looks natural or invisible on the skin, but it never looks cakey or overdone. Half highlighter, half bronzer, it works really well as a bronzer topper as well!


Not as dramatic as the others, the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed still feels like a summery pick to me, it’s the packaging, but also the shade and finish which truly mimic the way I used to tan when I was younger: it is a satin to matte finish paired with some warm and cool tones. As the name will suggest, it is a beach holiday in a pan.


The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Bronzer in Poolside is a powder which looks like a cream once on the skin: a satin, shiny cream with a lovely blend or orange and brown tones to it. Once again, this one shouldn’t work for me, but it does because it is extremely easy to blend and its silky consistency completely blurs the skin. Because of the huge amount of brown tones in it, it is the perfect bronzer to use as a cheek and eye duo.


This time a bronzing cream which becomes more powdery once on the skin, the Bronze Universel Soleil Tan de Chanel definitely belongs to the slightly orange and very intense bronzer category. In fact, it often sounds and looks scary on reviews, but with a light-hand and a little bit of precision, the muddy look is definitely avoidable. Once it is evenly applied, it offers the most beautiful warm sheen to the cheeks and melts into the skin to become as invisible as makeup can be. The huge pan will last ages, as well as the famous Chanel scent which comes with it!


  • Shelise Saddul

    Sandals sunglasses and bronzer makes me so excited for my holiday! I only ever really wear bronzer on holiday or when I’ve come back and I’m tanned, I love the sound of the hourglass x

    S x

    • The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer is truly amazing, it is definitely the most daring one of this selection, but it is beautiful! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • I adore the Hourglass bronzer! I must repurchase the Chanel one and I’ve had the Urban Decay on my wishlist for a while but can’t justify buying another bronzer at the moment! xx


    • I’m glad you like it as well, it’s such a unique one! Ha, ha, I’m the same, bronzers are my biggest weakness, so I decided to not purchase any this summer, and as you can see, I have more than enough already!

  • That Hourglass bronzer looks incredible! I would love to treat myself to one of their products one day xxx

    • It is! Yes, it is definitely on the expensive side of things, and it is actually the only product I own from them, but I really want to try more as well! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • I have been thinking about purchasing the Chanel bronzer, it’s such a classic and I am tempted to discover what is the fuss all about.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes, it was such an intriguing product for me too! I have to warn you, though, a lot of people don’t like it, but it works really well on my skin, despite how pale I am, maybe it is because I don’t have a lot of pink undertones, I’m not sure, but I’m glad it works!

  • I’ve been using the Estee Edit bronzer and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll have to keep these in mind.

  • I’ve only tried the Urban Decay bronzer out of these and they were good. Thanks for letting us know about these.

    • You’re welcome 🙂 The Urban Decay one is my favourite when I want a more natural look 🙂

  • The CP bronzer sounds fantastic, I swatched the Hourglass bronzer and found it didn’t really show up on my skin but it would be pretty as a bronzer topper, that is a great idea! The UD bronzer looks so gorgeous, I love the packaging, need to try it in store. Great post, I love the Bare Minerals bronzer and NYX have great shades too xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Oh, I really want to try the BareMinerals one! If the Hourglass Bronzer didn’t show up on your skin, I would advise to go one shade darker with the Urban Decay bronzer! Thank you 🙂

  • I’m not a massive bronzer fan but these are certainly some much talked about products, especially the Chanel x

    • Yes, it is, I think it’s a very intriguing and unique one, and people either love or hate it! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Yiotou_La

    The Colourpop one sounds great, I would love to try a creamy/silky formula.


    • Yes, it is such a lovely formula, it is so easy to blend and it never looks cakey!

  • I recently fell for the Guerlain Terracotta bronzer, which is totally a summer bronzer as it is pretty intense on me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Oh, I’ve seen that, it looks so beautiful, and don’t worry about the intensity, it never looks over the top in the summer!

  • I’m loving bronzers all year round but I’m quite generous with them during Summer 🙂

    The Hourglass one is one of my favourites too! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I’m glad you like it as well 🙂 Yes, I never truly stop wearing bronzers as well, but I tend to use more natural ones in the fall and winter!

  • I would like to try the Urban Decay bronzer. I’m currently using the Estee Edit bronzer, and really like it.

    • I really want to try the Estée Edit one so I’m glad you enjoy it! I highly recommend the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, it truly mimics the way we naturally tan!

  • Wow you have so many bronzers!! I’ve got just one from l’Oréal but it works amazing and I like to be very glowy and bronzy during summer too 😀
    And inside my house I can only walk barefoot, it’s one of my favorite things about this season (that I’m hating right now. 39 degrees here…….. whaaaaatttttt) 🙂

    Caterina |

    • I agree: walking barefoot is the best thing about summer! 39 degrees sounds horrible, hope it will cool down very soon!

  • clare⭐

    So many pretty bronzers! I really want to try some from hourglass 🙂