Splurge or Steal: Bronzer

Over time, my taste in beauty products has rather fortunately and organically shifted to the drugstore variety rather than the high-end designer brand names. I find (and have reiterated this in countless beauty posts and vlogs) that drugstore brands such as Revlon, Maybelline, Rimmel, and heck, even Wet N Wild, have really amped up their game and are putting out quality beauty products that are easily becoming cult favorites. Over lots of time and research I have put together a list of drugstore products that knock their high-end version off the throne. Each of these products that I write about (in posts entitled Splurge vs. Steal – so original, I know) have been personally vetted. I hope you will enjoy these posts as I have quite a long list to get through! Let’s get started.


Starting with bronzer, there is no better-known bronzer out there than NARS’ cult hit in the shade Laguna (they have a darker version called Casino as well). It’s mostly matte with a hint of shimmer and stays far away from orange overtones, and it isn’t so potent that you have to be super careful about how much you apply–it blends splendidly. NYC’s bronzer in “Sunny” is similar in the same way, although it’s more matte (which is desirable for contouring the cheekbones) and it’s so smooth and blendable, I find myself reaching for it more than my Laguna, even though I own and love both. I think the reason I love NYC’s bronzer more, besides the price ($34 for NARS Laguna and only $3 for NYC’s Bronzer!), is that I find that it has even less orange tones than Laguna. Before being introduced to NYC’s Sunny, I wouldn’t have thought that possible! This is definitely a huge knockout in my book, because you can purchase 10 NYC Sunny bronzers for the price of one Laguna. Insane!

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