26 Drunk Elephant bronzing drops dupes that glow hard
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By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / November 29 2023
Whenever we’re on the hunt for product dupes, it usually stems from a desire to purchase a product that won’t further alert our bank to the fact that we have a relentless spending problem.
However, every so often there comes along a product so good that it never lives on shelves for long. While we bide our time as the 67843rd person on an ever-growing waitlist, we have to resort to finding dupes out of sheer necessity.
The Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops ($60 at MECCA – waitlist only) fall into this category. The antioxidant and omega fatty acid-enriched liquid bronzer has attained viral status with the hashtag #drunkelephantbronzingdrops earning 44.2 million views in its short lifetime on TikTok. In turn, searches like #drunkelephantbronzingdropsdupe have garnered 1.1 million views with desperate customers searching for alternatives that deliver the same sunkissed glow as the original.
At the time of writing this article, Drunk Elephant’s bronzing drops are sold out at Mecca, and the only solution is to join a waitlist or to bribe a friend living overseas to ship some to Australia.
Alternatively, you could always shop for a Drunk Elephant dupe, and BEAUTYcrew is here to help.
Keep scrolling for 26 Drunk Elephant bronzing dupes that are indistinguishable from the original.
Flower Heatwave Bronzing Essence
This affordable option is a real multi-tasker. It can be added to foundation for an all-over glow, worn alone as a liquid bronzer or added to sunscreen to diminish white cast.
$8.39 at Chemist Warehouse
Sportsgirl Complexion Drops in 'Bronze'
This liquid gel bronzer has been enriched with moisturising and nourishing skin care ingredients such as niacinamide and jojoba seed oil, making it a go-to for no-makeup beach days.
$16.95 at Sportsgirl
Physicians Formula, Butter Glow
This creamy nourishing glow-inducer is made from a mix of ultra-hydrating butters (Murumuru, Cupuaçu and Tucuma) that leave your skin looking healthy, fresh and beautifully bronzed. This liquid uses paraben-free illuminating minerals to give you an enviable summer glow without any help (AKA harm) from the sun.
$24.25 at iHerb
Bondi Sands Everyday Skincare Be Bronze Instant Bronzing & Hydrating Serum
Bondi Sands are bronzing aficionados, but this skin care-infused bronzing serum is extra special. The lightweight formula has been enriched with plant-derived squalane, cupuaçu butter and bronzing particles that enhance the skin’s radiance.
$17.95 at Bondi Sands
MCoBeauty Super Glow Bronzing Drops
When MCoBeauty launched this Drunk Elephant bronzing drops dupe it caused quite a stir, because the formula is nearly identical in terms of finish and packaging.
$18.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Lottie London Hot Glaze Bronzing Drops
The water-like consistency of these bronzing drops and inclusion of hyaluronic acid, coconut extract, squalane and niacinamide makes this the perfect product for layering without looking cakey.
$23 at ASOS
NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator Gleam
If you’d prefer a glowier finish that emulates a cream highlighter, then this dupe from NYX is one to try. It can be blended into foundation for a glowy finish or applied to the high points of the face for a radiant, sunkissed look.
$23.99 at Priceline
KimChi Chic Beauty Glam Tears Liquid Highlight in ‘02 Silk’
This bronze liquid highlighter delivers the kind of blinding gleam that wards off haters, which is why we’d recommend using this in select areas of the face rather than as an all-over illuminator.
$24.95 at Cosmetic Capital
Bali Body Bronzing Serum
Aussie brand Bali Body went viral when they launched this bronzing serum because it goes toe-to-toe with Drunk Elephant’s bronzing drops. Some reviewers say they even prefer this formula over Drunk Elephant.
$29.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Saie Glowy Super Gel in 'Sunglow'
If you’ve never had the opportunity to sample Saie’s Glowy Super Gel we’d encourage you to do so. It melts into skin and leaves behind the kind of lit-from-within-glow that makes you look like you have glass skin. The shade ‘Sunglow’ specifically adds a warming bronzed lustre to the complexion that we would argue gives Drunk Elephant a run for its money.
$34.85 at Cult Beauty
Iconic London Sheer Bronze in ‘Spiced Tan’
The beauty of Iconic London Sheer Bronze is that there are a myriad of shades to choose from that emulate sun-kissed skin regardless of your skin tone. However, ‘Spiced Tan’ looks the most similar to Drunk Elephant’s liquid bronzer.
$36 at ASOS
L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Lumi Glotion
If you wore makeup in the mid ‘00s then you probably recognise this one. The L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Lumi range was an unsung hero for beauty lovers on a budget, but was discontinued in Australia in 2017. You can still find the Drunk Elephant dupe stocked on Amazon but for a much higher price than we remember.
$39.58 at Amazon Australia
Ciaté London Brazilian Glow Bronzing Serum
Ciaté London’s bronzing serum is more like facial tanning water than a traditional bronzer, but it’s for this reason that we love it. Once it’s been applied to the skin it’s not going anywhere, which makes it a no-brainer for days lounging by the pool.
$40 at MECCA
Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint
Dr Hauschka’s gel-based bronzing tint has been formulated with the intention to bridge the gap between skin care and makeup routines. It can be applied into moisturiser or over moisturiser to prep the skin for makeup, or even added to matte foundation to add a glowy finish.
$41 at Adore Beauty
By Terry Tea To Tan Face And Body
While this option from By Terry may be on the more expensive side, we think it’s worth it when you consider that it can be used on the face and body to add a touch of bronzed radiance to the skin.
$41 at Mecca
Lük Beautifood Luminizer Drops in ‘Bronzer’
Lük Beautifood creates clean, credible and conscious makeup products that are great options if you prioritise ingredient, sustainability and ethical transparency in your beauty routine. The brand’s Luminizer Drops come in a range of illuminating shades, but the ‘Bronzer’ shade best resembles Drunk Elephant.
$45 at Lük Beautifood
Naked Sundays CabanaGlow™ SPF50 Mineral Glow Serum Drops in ‘Bronze’
In terms of competitors, none have battled for bronzing drops supremacy with Drunk Elephant quite as successfully as Naked Sundays. The brand has managed to integrate world-first suncare benefits into this glow serum formula and as a result has experienced sell-out success.
$45 at Naked Sundays
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Bronzer in ‘Sunstone’
Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser will forever be one of our favourite makeup products, which is why we love that the brand extended the range to include a collection of bronzer shades.
$48 at MECCA
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess All-Over Face & Body Gloss
This face and body gloss adds a sunkissed gleam to the skin that one can typically only achieve after a summer in Europe and an everything shower.
$48 at Myer
Milk Makeup Bionic Liquid Bronzer in 'Shape Shift'
Unlike Drunk Elephant, Milk Makeup’s liquid bronzer is the kind of makeup product that can be seamlessly layered over the top of other makeup products. However the finish and shade is comparable.
$52 at Sephora
Pai The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops
Infused with hyaluronic acid and sea kelp extract, Pai’s bronzing drops are incredibly hydrating. They also contain a bronze shimmer that packs a punch — apply cautiously, a little goes a long way.
$59 at Adore Beauty
Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face in 'Spectrum Bronze'
Kevyn Aucoin creates some of our favourite luxury makeup products, drawing on the makeup artist’s history working some of the biggest runways of the ‘90s. This bronzing serum imparts a glass skin glow to skin that’ll make you look like Naomi Campbell herself.
$59.96 at Revolve
Indeed Labs Nanobronze Bronzing Drops
Any Google search for Drunk Elephant bronzing dupes will lead you to this offering from Indeed Labs, their most notorious rival. The only issue? Indeed Labs is hard to find in Australia, which means stockists can hike the price up to heights that make our eyes water.
$60.62 at Amazon Australia
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.