There's something so satisfying about faking that fresh-from-vacation glow for less than the price of a sad desk lunch. We've said it once and we'll say it a thousand times more: 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 is no longer out of reach. A quick swirl of warm, buttery formula on your cheekbones, lids, cupid's bow, or forehead will make a world of difference on your skin.
The Marie Claire beauty team scoured the shelves of drugstores to bring your attention to the best formulas for all skin tones—and none will set you back more than $20. Drugstore bronzers give luxury counterparts a run for their money, imparting a long-lasting glow that won't fade throughout the day. From creamy glow sticks to powder highlighters, there's an assortment of affordable options that will be sure to brighten up even the most lackluster skin into a sun-kissed, beaming dream.
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.
Yes, you can bronze and contour your skin at the same time. This velvety, creamy formula that will give you a gilded, sunny glow.
The cheapest of the bunch, but 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.
This glowy bronzer is perfect for deep skin tones. Its velvety texture glides on seamlessly for the perfect natural highlight.
We love a gel stick, and this one glides right on for you to swipe, smooth, and spread all over your face for warmth—no mirror necessary.
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.
Use this bronzer to sculpt and chisel your cheekbones. It looks amazing on all skin tones, and will up your selfie game.
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.
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.
It might look like a powder, but this pigmented option settles on the skin like a cream thanks to hydrating squalene.
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.
This baked marble formula is comprised of micro-fine pigments that ensure you won't fall victim to unsightly bronzer lines.
Your best bet for tasteful shimmer, this lightweight baked formula also contains a slew of moisturizing active ingredients like rose, jojoba, and grape.
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.
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.