There are certain beauty products with a cult status so impressive that the mere mention of a potential dupe for them elicits a reaction of pure joy from their fans.
One such famous find? Chanel Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream ($91 at Myer).
Coined as literal sunshine in an exxy piece of packaging, this stuff is the key to a healthy swathe of sun-kissed colour minus the UV exposure. It also lasts for a ridiculously long time. For many, this is what makes the steep price tag worth it.
But for others (ourselves included), parting with almost $100 of our hard-earned cash just to get our mitts on a cream bronzer is just plain crazy talk.
And that’s where these dupes come in. Perhaps it’s the popularity of Chanel’s whipped, creamy formula but there are a slew of strikingly similar bronzers that offer a near identical finish. Let us formally introduce you…
#1 SOL Body Face & Body Bronzing Balm
First up, SOL Body Face & Body Bronzing Balm (was $22.34 now $13.41 at ColourPop). Yep, you read the right, this sun-kissed, balmy, glow-giver is less than $15 a pop (unsurprisingly) at ColourPop.
This budget-friendly pick came to our attention as a viable dupe for Chanel’s bronzer while browsing TikTok’s For You page. It has a hoard of loyal fans lauding its ability to replicate the luxury bronzer’s natural-looking glow.
#2 REFY Cream Bronzer in ‘Sand’
You’ve probably come across REFY’s brow products on TikTok as well, but did you know they also have a host of cream bronzers in their collection that are an uncanny dupe for Chanel’s?
In particular, REFY Cream Bronzer in ‘Sand’ ($33.33 at NET-A-PORTER) is a near-perfect match for Chanel’s original Soleil Tan Bronze shade.
This unique formula simultaneously hydrates the skin and absorbs excess oil while you stress less looking like a sun-kissed goddess. Naturally.
#3 FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Trust the bad gal of beauty to bring out a bronzer that rivals one of the biggest in the game thanks to her signature extension of shade ranges.
Match Soleil Tan perfectly with FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer in ‘Butta Biscuit’ ($52 at Sephora) or dip into one of the other six shades in the range that cater to everyone from fair to deeper complexions. Either way you’re going to look like you just returned from the sunny shores of Barbados with this cream bonzer in your kit.
#4 ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Cream Bronzer
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Cream Bronzer ($54 at Sephora) may be an exxier option as far as dupes go, but we promise it’s worth it. Creamy, buildable and never cakey, this formula has a special place in our hearts and serves as a keen reminder of summers well-spent.
The reason we love it so much? Its dewy, glowy finish will give you the healthiest looking skin you’ve ever had in your life. So even if you’ve spent winter hiding indoors, no one will know you’ve barely seen the sun once you’ve swiped this stuff over your cheekbones, temples and nose.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.