The best new bronzers on the block for spring and summer

Today is officially the start of summer, which means it’s time to start getting excited about this year’s bronzer launches.

Though blush is having a moment again, this year’s swathe of new bronzers are getting us in the mood for warm, sun-kissed complexions.

When Guerlain release their latest Terracotta range (which gets a reboot every summer), you know it’s time to bust out a bronzy powder, liquid, or cream once again.

These are some of the most exciting recent launches to add to your makeup bag.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick

Get it for £52 from Victoria Beckham Beauty.

VB Beauty can do no wrong it seems – each phased-in launch feels refined and well thought out.

This is the brand’s first bronzer and it comes in a weighty case that you can reuse once the powder has runout, as it’s refillable.

You get two tones, one warmer than the other, to help sculpt and revive the skin.

We like having two shades in one, as come August we anticipate we’ll need the added depth in tone.

The powder itself isn’t pressed too hard, which means a gentle brush will create lots of ‘kick back’ (when the powder suddenly looks dusty and loose).

This might annoy some, but the result is a soft wash of colour that feels very Posh Spice.

Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream

Get it for £30 from Cult Beauty.

Limited edition for the summer, the brand’s iconic Laguna powder bronzer has been updated to a cream.

So if you love the tone of Laguna (as many people do, owing to its bestselling status), but have a preference for cream textures, this’ll be worth snapping up before its gone for good.

There’s also a deeper tone which sold out, but is soon to be restocked – so keep your eyes peeled.

Huda Beauty GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder

Get it for £27 from Cult Beauty.

Huda has created a subcategory in her brand called ‘GloWish’ – the idea is its less pigmented and more glowy than her regular line of products, which are known for catering to a more flawless ‘Instagram’ style of makeup.

GloWish is meant to offer a less-is-more approach, and the bronzer from the new line fits this perfectly.

It’s hard to overdo it thanks to the sheer yet buildable formula, so adding natural and barely-there warmth to the face takes minimal effort.

Vieve Modern Bronzer

Get it for £31 from Cult Beauty.

Similar to the VB Beauty option in being a duo-brick format, the main difference here is in how much harder pressed the Vieve bronzer is.

Unlike its rival, there isn’t dusty kickback and the powder is much firmer.

The colours seem to run slightly deeper too, and the second shade is more obviously for contouring being considerably cooler than the left shade.

If you want a two-in-one to bronze and contour, this is a good choice especially for the price.

The latest launch from Vieve stacks up to the rest of the successful range.

Guerlain Terracotta The Bronzing Powder

Get it for £39 from Guerlain.

The famous bronzer has been revamped, naturally, for the summer.

This time it contains 96% naturally-derived ingredients and comes in six shades with cool and warm undertones.

Elsewhere in the terracotta line, there are other takes on the bronzer – some with glowy particles and others with dashes of colour – but this is the classic that made the line so well known to begin with.

Those adverse to fragrance should be wary though. As with all Terracotta products, this has the signature ylang-ylang, orange blossom and vanilla scent that screams summer.

Dolce&Gabbana Solar Glow Ultra-Light Bronzing Powder

Get it for £53 from Harrods.

This matte powder is back for the summer in its fun and vibrant packaging.

The shade range could certainly go deeper, though there are a mix of tones across the six options.

Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Cream

Get it for £43 from Chanel Beauty.

In 2020 Chanel relaunched this product, but people were disappointed to see it relaunched with only one shade still – despite the name, it was hard ‘universal’.

This year they’ve finally expanded the range and offered a second shade that’s much deeper.

Though premium in price, the large pot will likely last for years.

Hopefully in this future this cream bronzer can be enjoyed by even more complexions.

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