After what feels like forever, Glossier finally came out with bronzers and the internet has some pretty strong opinions about them. Glossier has been a topic of controversy for a while now so everything they do tends to stir up some feelings among the beauty community.
Some people love the new launch, some people hate it, and some people simply choose not to support Glossier or their products. I don’t fall into any of those categories.
When I saw the bronzer launch I wasn’t very excited by it, which surprised me. (#growth) And once I learned they were shimmery bronzers, I knew they weren’t for me. And, thanks to an Insta poll I did when these first launched, I know I’m not the only one that shares this sentiment.
This is why today, I bring you: four Glossier Solar Paint alternatives that can be loosely categorized as dupes. Remember, I haven’t tried Glossier’s bronzer yet, so these aren’t exact. But, from my research, I was able to gather key components on the formula and the look of the bronzer to be as precise with my product alternatives as possible.
So, if you’re not planning on buying Solar Paints any time soon but you still want some cream bronzer action, keep on reading!
Glossier Solar Paint – $20
On Glossier’s website, this is described as a weightless bronzer that mimics a suntan. It’s a gel-crème formula that’s meant to look natural on the skin and it’s supposed to blend and build up easily. This formula also contains light-reflecting pearl aka. shimmer, which is what turned me off. From the swatches and applications I’ve seen online, the shimmer particles are quite noticeable on the skin. And, I don’t know about you, but that’s a big no-no in my book.
One other thing I don’t love is the shade range. This comes in four shades ranging from light to deep but that’s not nearly enough shades to work on everyone’s skin tone.
I do believe that there are people who will love and use this because it’s not a bad product by any means. But I believe there are better bronzers out there, and if you’re not a Glossier supporter or aren’t feeling this formula let me present my alternatives!
Alternative number one is my current favorite bronzer, the Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer. While it is more expensive than Glossier’s, it’s significantly larger and of better quality. The formula is also a cream – without the gel part, but it isn’t greasy or slimy. It melts into the skin and stays put, no matter your skin type.
If you like the dimension that shimmer brings into a formula but you’re not crazy about a shimmery bronzer, this is the one for you. The formula has extremely subtle shimmers that don’t translate into the face but help the bronzer look natural and skin-like. You can also build the color up so you can customize how intense you want your bronzer to be. And the cherry on top is that this bronzer comes in seven shades with a range of undertones that can work on many different skin tones.
If you are in the market for a shimmery, glowy bronzer that doesn’t break the bank, I present the Burt’s Bees Bronzer Stick. This is a cream bronzer with a balm in the middle. It’s a very dewy formula that’s easy to apply and move around. Oilier skin humans beware!
This falls into the natural no-makeup makeup category because it’s a pretty sheer bronzer that you can build up a little. But it’s made to be natural so don’t expect much intensity. This formula has pretty big shimmer particles so it’s probably the one that resembles the look of the Solar Paints the most. If you’re into that and you love the shimmer, I bet you’ll love this.
The one downside to this is that it only comes in two shades, and they’re better suited for those with a more medium skin tone. Unfortunately, that is the case with a lot of drugstore brands but honestly, the shade range isn’t too far off from Glossier’s, so that’s something to think about.
Moving into non-shimmery bronzer territory! I’ve been using this Iconic London Sheer Bronzer for a while now and, I have to say, it’s amazing. The formula is a gel-liquid consistency that’s matte and oil-free. But, despite those claims, blends very easily into the skin and it looks natural.
If you’re looking for a natural, barely-there look; this is your best bet. Because the formula is sheer, it will always look like skin no matter how much you build it up. And it will always look sheer and like you got a nice suntan. This comes in six shades and because of the nature of the formula, I find that the shades can be flexible and work on a variety of different skin tones.
This is one of those products that you either love or hate. And I know some people aren’t into that sheer, barely-there look. But me? I’m all for it!
Elf Putty Bronzer – $6
Just like the Solar Paints, this is a newer bronzer in the market. But unlike the Solar Paints, this has no shimmer and it’s way less expensive. And out of the four alternatives, this has the most unique formula. Because it is a putty bronzer, the formula starts as a putty and as you work it into the skin it turns into a powder.
Despite that, this actually looks very natural on the skin. It’s very sheer upon first application but you can build the intensity up quite a bit without making the product feel heavy. Even though this has no shimmer, it still looks dimensional on the skin and it still gives you that healthy glow. This comes in six shades and it’s a quarter of the price of Glossier’s bronzer so, if you want to try one of the newer bronzers, I recommend going for this one.
And that, ladies and gents, is my roundup of bronzer alternatives for the Glossier Solar Paints.
Friendly reminder that I haven’t tried this formula and, for personal preference, I don’t want to. So my assumptions on these dupes could be way off. Let me know if you’ve tried the Solar Paints and you have a better bronzer alternative!
If you’re in the same boat as me and aren’t looking to purchase the Solar Paints, I hope this blog post was helpful.
Thank you so much for reading!