5 Drugstore Bronzers That I Swear By

Even though the Welsh skies are a grim grey tone rn, and the rain hasn’t stopped pouring, I have been all over the fake-it trend this summer. I have never really been into self tanning or bronzers, but this year has seen a change in this lil kitty and I’ve been delving into the world of bronzers more than ever before. Due to the fact that I’ve never before been a bronzer fanatic, I haven’t managed to part with a considerable amount of dosh over a pan of shimmery glow. So here are my top 5 fave drugstore (affordable) bronzers that have totally stolen my heart.


You guys know that I’m all about this bronzer. It’s the first bronzer that I genuinely fell in love with, and I’m still completely infatuated with it. It smells like pina coladas, and girl, that’s never a bad thing. I also love the fact that it has some delicate shimmer to it, that isn’t chunky at all, and glides on for an effortless sun-kissed glow. This also lasts all day for me, even with my dead difficult oily skin, ahem winner much?

I did buy this in Los Angeles, but if you’re from the UK you can pick it up on Amazon or Ebay!

CIATE X OLIVIA PALERMO DUO in Bluff Point (£25.00 – SALE for £9.99)

I picked this up in TK Maxx purely because I loved the packaging, little did I know that I was picking up a real gem. The bronze shade is a perfect warm toned matte, which blends in like butter and warms the face in an instant. It’s definitely more of a sophisticated glow, so I enjoy wearing this for nights out. Plus, the blush included in this duo is a perfect evening blush to accompany any bronzed look.


This palette has 3 illuminating shades, and the shade Glow is perfect to layer over foundation or even on top of a bronzer for added radiance and glow. The coverage is very delicate and sheer, so it’s perfect for someone who’s a little bronzer shy. It’s also great to add a quick pick me up to a tinted moisturiser or BB/CC cream, for a natural glow.


As soon as I saw these bronzing rocks, I was won over instantly. I love the whole idea of swirling your brush over rocks of bronzy-goodness to warm up your complexion, and thats exactly what this baby does. I love that there’s some rosey rocks in there too, to get that “just caught the sun” look with only one quick application.


This is supposed to be a dupe of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and you can definitely tell from the similar name, and similar pan designs. However, I can’t speak for the CT original as I don’t have the good fortune to own one m’self. However, for around £6.00, you really can’t go wrong with this. For me, this shade is way too shimmery to contour my cheekbones etc, however it’s the perfect in between warm-cool shade that adds a very attractive warmth to the face. It is a tiny bit on the chalky side, but with a good bronzer brush and a little blending it’s certainly no problem.

Which bronzers are you loving for SS16?


  1. Gemma Louise
    July 10, 2016 / 5:20 PM

    I need to get myself a good bronzer for the summer, those bronzing rocks look interesting! xJust Little Things

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:13 PM

      Thank you for reading lovely! xo

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:14 PM

      Thank you for reading, Shannon! xo

  2. Toni Clarke
    July 11, 2016 / 9:51 AM

    I've never tried any of these bronzers before but the W7 one looks lovely! My personal favourites from the drugstore are the Rimmel natural bronze and the Maybelline master sculpt!Toni xwww.clarkecouture.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:15 PM

      I love the Master Sculpt! xo

  3. Tamzin Swann
    July 11, 2016 / 12:59 PM

    I still regret not grabbing the Ciate bronzer in TK Maxx, it's so so pretty! I really like the look of the Seventeen Rocks too, they look so easy to use without getting too much on your brush! I do love the MUR highlighting one though xxTamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:19 PM

      It's so cute right?! Thank you Tamz <3

  4. alittlekiran
    July 11, 2016 / 1:35 PM

    I definitely want to try the rocks from Seventeen, such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing! XxALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:20 PM

      Thank you so much for reading, lovely! <3

  5. Charlotte
    July 11, 2016 / 5:03 PM

    I've heard so much about the butter bronzers, I'm kind of glad you mentioned it as I was 99% sure I can't buy it but now you've said it's on amazon I need to check it out!!Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:21 PM

      I hope you can find one online lovely! <3

  6. Nicole Merza
    July 12, 2016 / 12:07 AM

    I really need that Charlotte Tilbury palette. It's been on my wishlist for the longest time!! Nicole | In The Life of NM // Enter My Giveaway!

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:26 PM

      This is the dupe! Not the real one!

  7. Dany Queen
    July 12, 2016 / 2:14 AM

    I love the look of the bronzing rocks, I've never seen anything like them before!xx Danyhttp://the-queens-empire.blogspot.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:26 PM

      I know right, they're so unique! xo

    July 12, 2016 / 10:42 AM

    The butter bronzer is top of my list! I love the cream bronzer from Bourjois, never fails me!www.whynotblog.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:28 PM

      I'm definitely going to have to check that out, thank you! <3

  9. Leanne Page
    July 12, 2016 / 3:45 PM

    I love the bronze shade out the MUR palette, i literally use it everyday! Its amazing! The physicians formula one sounds brilliant and looks so pretty. I've good things about the W7 one I must order it 🙂 xxLPage Beauty

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 12, 2016 / 7:31 PM

      Thanks so much, Leanne! <3

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