Get That Glow: The Best Bronzing Drops

A year ago, the hottest product on TikTok was the Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops. You’d go to your local Sephora and they’d be sold out for months. People were selling their spare bottles for double the price. It was that serious.

Although Drunk Elephant is predominantly a skincare brand, they hit the mark with these drops. Everyone who's anyone on TikTok in the makeup community used these drops at one point or another.

You’d see people of all ages (literally from elementary school and up) combining the Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops with their moisturizer of choice for a nice all-day glow. Others use it as a base for their makeup before applying foundation or a tinted moisturizer.

If you’re someone who uses SPF on their face, you may lament how your body never matches your face. However, this product has been the saving grace for those who want to add a hint of melanin to their visage.

One of my friends even uses the bronzing drops on top of their makeup to add a tint of bronze to their finished look. My point — and I do have one — is that these drops have many uses.

At first, I didn’t get the hype, but recently I’ve resurrected my hastily purchased Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops from the back of a drawer…and I love them. Especially for the days when I don’t want to wear real foundation…these drops are perfect with a little bit of concealer and some blush.

I recently noticed that these drops have been replicated by just about every brand out there. No longer is Drunk Elephant the only fine option for that bronzy, sunkissed glow we all strive to attain. There are countless copycats on the market.

So, if you’re ready to try the viral product of the summer, we know the best options. Here are our picks for best bronzing drops:

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Drops with Peptides

@helinndoski First impression of the @Drunk Elephant bronzing drops 👀 #drunkelephant #bronzingdrops ♬ original sound - Helin Doski

Who doesn’t love a makeup product infused with skincare ingredients…and of course, I had to start with the bronzing drops that started it all. Now that there are more bronzing drop dupes on the market, Drunk Elephant’s Drops are that more accessible.

Dior Forever Glow Star Filter Multi-Use Complexion Enhancement Booster

@daniellemarcan AD. meet the new addition to the @Dior Beauty Forever family: Forever Glow Maximizer. It’s a multi use liquid highlighter that can be used as blush, bronzer and highlighter. I love them and I think these will become a staple in my spring-summer looks 🎀 #makeup #beauty #diorforever #dior #foreverglowmaximizer ♬ original sound - DANIELLE

The main thing you want in a bronzing drop dupe is a highlighting quality that makes your skin look absolutely radiant. You want to mimic the effect of sitting in the sun all summer - a supple, hydrated glow. Dior, of course, delivers just that.

e.l.f. Bronzing Drops

@daus_mendoza Replying to @tori.is.heree Finally reviewing the Elf bronzing bronzing drops🤎💧 #makeup #beauty #elfbro ♬ original sound - Daus Mendoza

e.l.f. has become a go-to source for premium quality makeup dupes. They’ve already replicated terrific products like Milk’s Hydrogrip Primer and Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lip line. Although their bronzing drops have the highest ratings, they’re half the price of Drunk Elephant.

caliray Sundrip Luminous Liquid Bronzer

@caliray get ready to experience these multi-tasking drops of sunshine ✨ sundrip features a lightweight formula that leaves behind a universal golden hour glowy finish, we like to say it’s the california coastline in a bottle ☀️ ✨ launching online @sephora on 5/20 & in-store beginning 6/3 #caliraybronzer #bronzingdrops #summerskin #sunkissedskin #caliray #performanceclean #beauty #newatsephora ♬ original sound - caliray beauty

If you want close to an exact duplicate of Drunk Elephant, clean beauty brand caliray offers these bronzing drops with peptides. They’re both hydrating and blurring, so you get that easy filtered look with one product.

Makeup by Mario Softsculpt Multi-Use Bronzing and Shaping Serum

@allierosss Replying to @Kira | Circus Performer WAITTT A MINUTE…. @makeupbymario LIQUID BRONZER AS BRONZING DROPS… #sephora #sephorahaul #sephorahauls ♬ original sound - Allie | Beauty & stuff

This is the most versatile option for bronzing drops. You can use it as a bronzer, allover bronzing drops, or a glowy highlighter. With the applicator and pump duo, you can also choose your control over the product.

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