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The 13 Best Drugstore Bronzers for a Healthy, Sun-Kissed Glow

So you can score gorgeously bronzed skin on a budget.

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There's something so satisfying about faking that fresh-from-vacation glow for less than the price of lunch. Bless bronzer for making all our glowy skin dreams come true. If your skin is looking a little sad because your time in the sunlight has been scarce, a healthy glow isn't so out of reach thanks to bronzer. A quick swirl of bronzer on your cheekbones, lids, cupid's bow, or forehead will make a world of difference on your skin. Fortunately, the Marie Claire beauty team has scoured the shelves of drugstores to bring your attention to the best bronzers for all skin tones that will set you back less than $20. Drugstore bronzers give luxury counterparts a run for their money: Many of the high-performing formulas cater to all complexions and impart a long-lasting glow that won't fade throughout the day. From creamy glow sticks to powder highlighters, there's an assortment of options on the market that will be sure to brighten up even the most lackluster skin into a sun-kissed beaming dream. Here, find the 13 best drugstore bronzers that will warm up your complexion like no other.

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The Small-But-Mighty Palette
Bronzer Palette
e.l.f. Cosmetics ulta.com

Go ahead and get your glow on with this 4-in-1 palette for those who like options. If you really want to get creative, build a custom highlight for yourself by mixing the shades and cocktailing the colors to your liking. 

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The Skin-Like-Butter Bronzer
Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula amazon.com

This glowy bronzer is perfect for deep skin tones. Its velvety texture glides on seamlessly for the perfect natural highlight. 

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The Creamy Stick
100% Natural Origin All Aglow Bronzer Stick
Burt's Bees amazon.com

Switch up your textures and opt for a creamy bronzer. This one is infused with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, coconut oil, and cupuacu butter to ensure a smooth glow.  

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The Two-In-One
Bronzer and Contour Powder
Maybelline New York amazon.com

Yes, you can bronze and contour your skin at the same time. This velvety, creamy formula that will give you a gilded, sunny glow.

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The Selfie-Worthy One
True Match Lumi Bronze It
L'Oréal ulta.com

Use this bronzer to sculpt and chisel your cheekbones. It looks amazing on all skin tones, and will up your selfie game.

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The Glow-Getter
Baked Bronzer
Milani ulta.com

Want your skin to look like literal fairy dust that just dropped from the heavens above? Not a problem—just dust this bronzer all over for a delightful glow.

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The $4 Steal
Natural Bronzer
Rimmel London amazon.com

This richly pigmented, velvety golden bronzer is a tried-and-true favorite—it's waterproof, easy to apply, and blends like a dream. We can't believe it's still under $4 after all these years.

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The Radiance Booster
COVERGIRL TruBlend Bronzer, Golden Sunrise
COVERGIRL walmart.com

This baked marble formula is comprised of micro-fine pigments that ensure you won't fall victim to unsightly bronzer lines.

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The Wallet-Friendly Bronzer
Matte Bronzer
NYX amazon.com

The sun-kissed pigments in this wallet-friendly bronzer makes for a nice matte contour powder that never reads cakey and yields a magically hallowed cheek.

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The Glow-Inducing Shimmer
Baked Highlighter & Bronzer
e.l.f. Cosmetics ulta.com

Your best bet for tasteful shimmer, this lightweight baked formula also contains a slew of moisturizing active ingredients like rose, jojoba, and grape.

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The Two-Fer
Summer Eclipse Bronzing Powder
Physicians Formula amazon.com

The starburst housed in the center of this sheer, glow-yielding formula is a highlighter, making it a toss-it-in-your-bag worthy two-fer.

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The Universally-Flattering Payoff
Flower Glow Baby Glow Blush -Bronzer Duo BD2 Gloriously Golden
Voronajj amazon.com

This pressed-powder duo comes with a universally-flattering blush, as well as a buildable bronzer that smooths on nicely with an impressive color payoff.

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The One to Buy in Bulk
Color Icon Bronzer
Wet n Wild ulta.com

The cheapest of the bunch, you'd never know it thanks to the luminous golden glow it yields. The secret is the special nylon powders, which blend superbly and cling all day long.


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