Why Not Swap Your Powder Bronzer For A Liquid This Spring?

Here are three ways to do just that--on any budget.
Kaleigh F.
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Here are three ways to do just that--on any budget.

Bronzer is my desert island product. Perhaps SPF is more practical, but if I had to choose, I’d pick a bronzer that delivers the sun-kissed complexion of my dreams in one swipe.  

A longtime powder bronzer fan, I was wary of liquid bronzer but soon fell passionately in love with its gorgeous effects. Since falling head over heels, I’ve tested three picks at three very different price points.  

liquid bronzer swatches

L-R: Revlon Skinlights Bronze, Giorgio Armani Liquid Summer, Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer

As you can see, when swatched and blended, they look extremely alike. While it’s hard to tell, the Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 and Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer both contain fine amounts of sparkle, but this doesn’t translate once it melts into the skin. Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator Bronze, however, just offers subtle illumination.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15 

giorgio armani bronzer

I like to dot the liquid wherever I want to add warmth for a contour effect.

Here I am with Giorgio Armani dabbed onto the areas of my visage where I’d like to add glow and definition. I’ve tried using a brush and my beautyblender and have found that I prefer the beautyblender for its second-skin finish, while the brush would sometimes pack on too much product and appear a tad muddy.

giorgio armani bronzer after

Do I look like I just came back from Barbados? I hope so.

The overall effects of this bronzer are incredible, but it's super expensive. If it were $25 cheaper, I’d most likely never buy another bronzer. But, because it weighs in at a cool $64 for 1 ounce, I treat it like it’s the last one to be created, ever. 

The lightweight, gorgeous formula applies seamlessly, leaving behind your most radiant, just-spent-the-day-in-the-sun skin. Although it’s only available in one shade, I’ve found that this product is oddly versatile and suits myriad skin tones. All I’ve got left to say is that if you’ve got money to blow, go buy this stuff. And if you don’t, go buy it anyway and then read this article.

Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer

perricone md bronzer

Prior to blending, this one appears more orange-toned on the skin.

After reading Kelly’s amazing review on Perricone MD’s makeup line, I knew I had to get my hands on the No Bronzer Bronzer ASAP. If you’ve been on the hunt for a stunning bronzer that serves up skin care benefits, then look no further. At $35 for .3 ounces, this serum-like, ultra breathable bronzer is essentially healthy skin in a bottle. 

perricone md bronzer after

I love the peachy undertones in this one as it eliminates the need for blush.

Delivering a bronze-peach hue, this product is universally flattering and fades imperfections all at once. It’s also enriched with vitamin C to brighten and counteract sun damage, and it contains a healthy dose of SPF 30. I love using this on days when I’m not rocking any other makeup; it gives my skin a boost and makes my flaws appear less visible.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator Bronze

revlon face illuminator

As I mentioned above, my favorite, fail-safe way to apply this liquid-y goodness is with a damp beautyblender.

To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to be a fan of this drugstore option. I don’t really have any reasoning behind that statement except for the fact that I was extremely partial to my high-end ones. 

revlon face illuminator after

At $14 for 1 ounce, my only thoughts were WOW.

That said, I should have known Revlon would kill it, considering they’re an incredible brand with a luxury feel at affordable prices (sorry if I sound like an infomercial). Offering a radiant glow and the perfect touch of warmth to the skin, this budget buy is an amazing choice for anyone not looking to get too spendy.


Considering how similar they are, it's a struggle to choose a winner. While the Armani is practically liquid gold, but the Perricone offers near identical results for a fraction of the cost. Revlon is a lovely drugstore buy, but I found it to be heavier and a bit more difficult to blend than the other two.  

  • Are you team liquid bronzer or team powder bronzer? 
  • What other liquid bronzers should I try?