There’s nothing better than a swipe of bronzer for giving skin that warm, natural sun-kissed look.
But with so many products on the shelves of your favourite store, it can be tricky business making the best choice.
Fortunately, Australian beauty giant Mecca has made selecting the right formulation as simple as possible by highlighting their ‘bestsellers’ online.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the top seven bronzers on offer including one priced at a very affordable $22.
The perfect bronzer will give your skin a naturally sun-kissed look, here makeup artist Elena Rosca (pictured) shows how a Nars Bronzing Powder has given her a pretty glow
Nars Bronzing Powder – $58
Sitting at number one the list is the Nars Bronzing Powder, priced at $58.
While it’s not the cheapest, it’s considered a cult favourite among those who rate its ability to give their skin a golden, shimmery sweep.
The powder, which can be used as a contouring product, helps conceal the look of fine lines for a ‘porcelain smooth and even finish while the subtle shimmer adds glow and dimension’, product information reads.
Nars’ Bronzing Powder, priced at $58 (pictured left) tops the list of best sellers
YouTube makeup artist Yana Irbe (pictured) reveals how the Nars Bronzing Powder has given her skin a healthy glow
Some who’ve tried the bronzer and left reviews on Mecca’s website says its their ‘favourite bronzer of all time’.
‘It magically avoids the orange look that I attend to receive with other bronzers on my pale skin. It is great to layer for a contoured approach, or applied lightly for a sun-kissed look,’ wrote one reviewer.
The downside: The pigment is extremely weak, even on my light skin and it is very glittery which I do not love. It takes ages to build up pigment and even then I find that the shimmer and colour tone means that it looks unflattering, a reviewer wrote.
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – $44
Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, priced at $44 (pictured ) is the ideal bronzer for a lightly tanned appearance
If you’re looking for a bronzer that creates the appearance of a light tan, then Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is the product you need.
The $44 formulation offers a flattering glow, thanks to its ‘buildability’. This means it can be layered on the skin in a way that’s virtually undetectable.
Those who’ve tried it say its ‘the best bronzer ever’ with one reviewer writing: ‘Perfect colour. So amazing. Lasts forever! Buy this now if you don’t have it. It smells exactly like chocolate!’
The downside: ‘Really did not like this product I had to give it away. The smell is amazing but it looked very orange on my skin!’ Wrote one reviewer.
YouTube makeup artist Erin Scott reveals a before (pictured left) and after (pictured right) photo of herself showing the difference Too Faced’s product makes
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Serum – $52
This liquid bronzer by Drunk Elephant is created using a range of natural ingredients which also act as a serum to support skin health.
It comes enriched with virgin marula and black currant seed oil, as well as vitamin F with raw. Unrefined cocoa powder has also been added for an anti-oxidant boost.
‘Like a sun-tanned superhero, this bronzy serum delivers an effortless glow while protecting and defending your skin from any harmful pollutants throughout the day,’ product information reads.
YouTube star Elena Rosca (pictured left before and right after) demonstrates the effectiveness of the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Serum
This serum delivers an ‘effortless glow’
Those who’ve left reviews of the product on the Drunk Elephant site have called it ‘sun-kissed goodness’.
‘A drop or two of this bronzy serum to my facial smoothie gives me the perfect summertime glow,’ wrote one reviewer.
The downside: I’ve been trying this product for two weeks now and I expected more of a glow or some bronze tint. I usually do not wear makeup so I would be able to tell the difference yet I did not,’ a reviewer said.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – $73
Those who’ve tried the bronzer and left reviewers on Mecca’s website say it ‘adds a spark of healthy glow’
This offering by Hourglass, priced at $73, is one of the more expensive on the list.
However, the brand is known and loved for their highlighters – with their Ambient Lighting Powder a top-selling product worldwide.
This new formulation blends the illuminating effects of the aforementioned Ambient Lighting Powder with the warming effects of a bronzer in order to deliver a naturally glowing complexion.
Those who’ve tried the bronzer and left reviewers on Mecca’s website say it ‘adds a spark of healthy glow’.
‘I regularly use this highlighter for work and for weekends. This bronzer is subtle but very buildable. The touch of illuminator in the bronzer adds a subtle glow to your complexation,’ said one reviewer.
The downside: ‘I’ve had this for ages and I have never used it since the colour is so orange it doesn’t look natural at all. The shimmer is also very intense and I do not love the product at all,’ another reviewer said.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer delivers on all fronts as this before (left photo) and after (right photo) reveals
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer delivers a naturally glowing complexion, thanks to a touch of illuminator
Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer – $44
Making an appearance twice on the list is US-based beauty brand Too Faced with its Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer, priced at $44.
This multi-hued product, featuring both peach and bronze tones, is ideal for highlighting and sculpting the face to perfection.
If the ultra cute packaging doesn’t make you want to rush out and buy it, the fact it comes scented with peaches and cream makes this practically a must-have.
Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer, priced at $44 (pictured) not only comes in the prettiest of packaging but also smells like peaches and cream
Reviewers who’ve tried it say it ‘just beautiful’ and that it ‘smells amazing’.
‘In love with this product! I purchased this product a couple of days ago and I love it! Have had a lot of compliments as well about my glow,’ one reviewer wrote.
The downside: ‘The bronzer itself is nice with the mixture of the pink blush colour blended through it. However, when I use this over my foundation like I do with any other matte bronzer the pink colour comes up on my skin making my overall look reddish brown,’ a reviewer wrote.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder – $64
Coming in at number six on the list is a luxury product by US brand Kevyn Aucoin.
The Sculpting Powder, priced at $64, doesn’t just offer a summer glow but it also guarantees ‘your sharpest cheekbones yet’.
‘Sheer but buildable, this finely milled formulation glides on with ease and casts a subtle shadow for a seamless, natural-looking finish free from shimmer or unsightly orange hues,’ product information reads.
The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, priced at $64, guarantees ‘your sharpest cheekbones yet’ (pictured)
Those who’ve tried The Sculpting Powder say not only is it worth the $64 price tag but it’s also foolproof.
‘I have never been a contouring pro, not even someone who has successfully achieved a contour myself but this powder makes it so easy!’ Wrote one reviewer.
The downside: ‘A bit smaller than I imagined but the package was fabulous,’ wrote one reviewer.
Mecca Max Sunlit Skin Bronzing Powder – $22
Topping the list at seventh place is Mecca Max Sunlit Skin Bronzing Powder, priced at a very affordable $22.
Topping the list at seventh place is Mecca Max Sunlit Skin Bronzing Powder, priced at a very affordable $22 (pictured)
The powder not only creates a ‘sunkissed glow’ but the luminous and radiance boosting formulation can also help correct skin tone.
Those who’ve tried it say its ‘great value’ and ‘perfect for everyday contouring’.
‘Perfect for everyday and easy to build up for a more precise and definition. And with its price, definitely a bargain as well it coming with a mirror is always a bonus!’ Wrote one reviewer.
The downside: ‘I bought this bronzer after it swatched beautifully in store but when I came home it seemed like I had bought a completely different product!’ A reviewer wrote.