The 13 Best Cream Bronzers for the Ultimate Blended Finish

Like you've just returned from vacation.

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There are generally two types of bronzer wearers: Those who swear by their favorite powder formulas, and those who love the look and feel of a perfectly blended cream bronzer. If you’re looking to make the switch from powder to cream, keep reading: Our beauty team spoke to the experts to find out which ones are the very best cream bronzers on the market in 2022, and our picks are next-level good. Creamy yet long-lasting, these cream bronzers might just earn the top spot on your personal best bronzers list.

Not to be confused with cream contours, cream bronzers should do a few things: They should warm up the skin without looking too orange or red-toned; they should blend easily without leaving patches or uneven color behind; and they should last for hours without needing to be set down with a powder bronzer on top. And, no, they don’t need to be expensive (see: Marie Claire’s guide to the best drugstore bronzers.)

Cream bronzers can be applied with a beauty sponge, a brush, or your fingers to give the skin an all-over glow. Better yet, some of the best cream bronzers can be applied to the eyelids as an eyeshadow if you’re in a pinch, which is great news considering that many of the makeup looks at New York Fashion Week featured monochromatic makeup.

To make sense of all of the different options available right now, we spoke to Taylor Frankel, co-founder of makeup brand NUDESTIX. Frankel built her brand around makeup that looks natural and goes on smooth, so she knows a thing or two about applying bronzer that looks like you just stepped off a beach. Ahead, shop all of the very best cream bronzers on the market, including a few editor favorites and, of course, Frankel’s favorite too.

Best Cream Bronzers

Meet The Experts

Taylor Frankel
Taylor Frankel

Taylor Frankel is one of the savvy, female founders of NUDESTIX and NUDESKIN. Embodying the easy-going ideals of the millennial generation, Taylor was the natural inspiration to her mother, Jenny Frankel,who developed the brand. Growing up surrounded by beauty, Taylor believes beauty is a lifestyle. She was always drawn to the industry and created NUDESTIX for a minimalist,natural and no-fuss look and most recently, she launched NUDESKIN to provide a simple, multi-tasking vegan powered skincare regimen for confident, nude-faced look.  

Taylor actively serves as the Chief Brand Officer and brand spokesperson for the brand. She oversees the overall brand vision and creative for both the NUDESTIX and NUDESKIN teams and continues to inspire through her efforts to advocate for Love Is Louder, a movement by The Jed Foundation in support of Mental Health Awareness, The Canopy Project and WWF in support of the environment and wildlife, and BeautyBe Change in support of spotlighting under-represented artists and content creators in the beauty industry.

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.