8 silky cream bronzers for a seamless sun-kissed glow
Less harsh lines, more all-over radiance
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 17 2021
If your glow goals require flooding the face with natural-looking warmth, sharp powder lines can sometimes be a little much.
Your choice of bronzer texture depends on the result you’re after – powders may offer more control and longer-lasting colour, but nothing melts into skin and creates a believable just-back-from-the-beach radiance like a dreamy cream.
Don’t think they’re not as versatile as powder formulas, either – by no means are you confined to a single finish within the cream arena; in fact, it offers everything from subtly shimmer-spiked options to chic, clean mattes.
Cream bronzers come in an array of clever forms too; from sticks you can swipe on anywhere to pots to pat in with fingers and compacts that allow for a little extra precision when paired with a brush.
So if you’re down to add dewy depth and definition to your face, here are our seven favourite cream contour colours, bound to make bronzing a breeze.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Cream Bronzer
The satisfaction you’re going to feel when you apply this bronzer is unmatched in our opinion. We’re talking a truly buttery blend that effortlessly melts into skin, giving you that lived-in sunkissed tan we’re all after regardless of the time of year. The flexible hold formula means you can enjoy a streak, patch and oxidation-free finish all damn day. Plus, this pick plays well with others; meaning it won’t sabotage your other base products.
$54 at Sephora
Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer
After a hydrating matte? Look no further than this waterproof, buildable bronzing cream. Powered by coconut and marine plant extracts, it leaves skin smooth, soft and sun-kissed – the dream trio.
$41 at Tarte Cosmetics
Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick
Don't let an oily skin type keep you from living out your cream dreams – this luxurious contour stick contains balancing China clay to help absorb excess oil, while imparting subtle yet sculpting colour.
$68 at Mecca
RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer
Sitting somewhere between a highlighter and a bronzer, this creamy colour pot delivers a shimmery (yet surprisingly subtle) sun-kissed glow, with a hydrating buriti and coconut oil combo built in for added gloss.
$40 at Mecca
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream
Love a lightweight finish? This heavenly cream-gel hybrid is so delicate you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all; until you catch a glimpse of your slightly sheeny bronze radiance in the mirror that is.
$91 at MYER
Mecca Max Off Duty Contour Stick
Meet the silky stick that’ll change your bronzing game forever – it promises to make your angles work overtime while still keeping your natural vibe in tact thanks to the practically undetectable velvety texture.
$18 at Mecca
Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream
After a cream colour that packs a little more pigment? This buildable, blendable cream-to-powder formula offers the perfect mix of warmth and shadow, and allows you to create every kind of contour from subtle to striking.
$46 at Sephora
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Dewy but non-greasy, these sheer shades all feature a specific undertone (either neutral, warm or cool) to allow you to pick your perfect contour colour instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all bronze hue.
$50 at Sephora