Bronzers | 2020 Editor's Favorites

I was surprised to find that there were more bronzers reviewed in 2020 (43) than in 2019 (30), since the trend for 2020 has been a decrease in most product categories (at least for what I reviewed).

There were several notable releases this year, like NARS revamping the shade range and formulas for their bronzing powders along with both Charlotte Tilbury and Gucci releasing powder bronzers.  Fenty also released a new range of cream bronzers, which I really enjoyed as a formula and found it very easy to work with.

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2020, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2019 if you missed last year’s.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Bronzers | 2020

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Your Year in Review: Bronzer Edition

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • What was your most used bronzer? Least used?
  • Will you repurchase it or will you look for something new?
  • Was bronzer a big part of your routine in 2020?
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What was your most used bronzer? DEFINITELY UD Jawbone! Damnit, I wish it was permanent.

Least used? Everything else! LOL.

Will you repurchase it or will you look for something new? Cannot repurchase it as it is LE, but I will seek out a reasonably priced dupe of it.

Was bronzer a big part of your routine in 2020? Every look I did included some bronzer!

What was your most used bronzer? Least used? Most used — TheBalm Balm Desert. I used CP x Mulan Blush in Matchmaker as a rosy-toned bronzer similar to Balm Desert a lot last summer and loved it. Least used — I have NARS Laguna and Tarte Park AvePrincess 2 in palettes and I didn’t wear them at all. Laguna is a touch too dark, even with a light hand. Park Ave Princess 2 works fine, but I just have others I like better.

Will you repurchase it or will you look for something new? I don’t use bronzer often and have never used one up. I would absolutely buy Balm Desert again if I ran out. I’m kind of wishing I’d bought a backup of CP x Mulan Matchmaker.

Was bronzer a big part of your routine in 2020? No. I’m never big into bronzer. I wear a little in spring and summer, and not even every day then.

What was your most used bronzer? Least used? I get sample foundation cards from Sephora and I use the darker shades as bronzer the most, the least is HG Golden Bronze Bronzer.
Will you repurchase it or will you look for something new? the HG bronzer is in the Unlocked palette so I’ll have to look for something when I’m finished it.
Was bronzer a big part of your routine in 2020? I use bronzer every time I put a full face of makeup on it warms up my face and I use it to contour my round face a little too.

What was your most used bronzer? Least used? My most used bronzer is Benefit Hoola in the original shade. I got it in a mini from my first Ipsy Glam Bag and am planning on panning it in 2021. Least used are my bronzer from my Covergirl Trublend palette and a bronzer from The Beauty Crop. Technically the bronzers in my Physician’s Formula x Weylie palette count but only because I just bought the palette recently

Will you repurchase it or will you look for something new? As much as I want to support a brand based in my hometown of San Francisco I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing Benefit Hoola because their bronzer shade range is pretty lacking

Was bronzer a big part of your routine in 2020? Yes! Normally I tone down my bronzer in New York when there’s less sun but in sunny California full-on bronzer year-round feels pretty natural

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