Known as “sunshine in a bottle” (sans the harm from UV rays), these bronzing drops have gained immense popularity on TikTok—actually, twice. I’m not entirely sure why they’ve made a resurgence apart from being Alix Earle’s favourite, but I’m not complaining. I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops for many years now (can we believe 2019 was so long ago!?), and I get the hype.
Praised by more than 700 online enthusiasts and backed by multiple five-star reviews on the brand’s website, this product is renowned for its ability to replace foundation, even out skin tone, and provide an immediate radiant glow. We’re all big fans, okay?
Moving through the seasons from spring to summer, you never know how much sunshine you’re going to get, or what colour you’ll be. So, what do you do? Who wants to keep buying new foundations? No one, and that’s how we all got hooked on these magic drops. But at $69 per bottle, they can quickly become an expensive habit, and a stressful one. They’re always sold out.
Luckily for you (and myself) I’ve found some dupes that will give you the same sun-kissed glow without breaking the bank. These are worth trying out and will leave your skin looking flawless and radiant.
Top 5 Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops Dupes
This Australian brand has created a formula that is almost identical to the Drunk Elephant drops. It provides an instant bronze glow that can be mixed in with foundation or applied directly to the skin for targeted areas. The formula is also enriched with Vitamin E and jojoba oil for added skincare benefits.
If you want to see if it truly compares you need to check out the reviews on TikTok. It’s crazy how similar the results are, and at only $32AUD it’s less than half the price of Drunk Elephant. Also, for now, easier to get your hands on. Don’t sleep on this though because you know it will sell out.
Bondi Sands Be Bronze Instant Bronzing Serum
Bondi Sands has really come through with skincare and beauty products lately. I’ve tried most of their skincare range and I can say it competes with some of the best. This bronzing serum is no exception. Are we surprised though? They’ve always been a world leader in bronzing products.
Enriched with a blend of Squalane, Cupuaçu Butter and Bronzing Particles for a radiant, bronzed complexion, this serum not only gives you that coveted sun-kissed glow but also hydrates your skin. The addition of Squalane helps to lock in moisture while Cupuaçu Butter provides nourishment and antioxidant benefits. Who can say no to that? Plus, it’s less than $16AUD.
Tan Luxe Super Gloss SPF 30
This is a true multi-purpose product. Not only does it provide SPF protection, but it also can bronze and hydrate your skin. The formula contains hyaluronic acid for ultimate hydration and nourishment. As with all Tan Luxe products, you have complete control over the level of bronze you want with their patented dropper system.
This product is definitely on the pricier side at $69, but considering it has SPF protection and can replace multiple products in your routine, it may be worth the investment. Plus, if you’re on social media you’ll know this brand is beloved by beauty influencers and celebrities alike because it does perform.
This liquid bronzer, boasting 90% natural ingredients, is known to be lightweight and versatile. It can be used for a tailored glow mixed in with other products or a gentle contour on its own. Rich in hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-packed mushroom extracts, and firming vegan collagen, it helps you get a gorgeous and healthy complexion.
I will say that I haven’t tried this product myself yet, but I do trust MILK products. It only takes a quick Google search to see the rave reviews on this liquid bronzer. The only issue I can see is some slight separation, so shake it well!
I had to add in a gradual tanner because I would live and die on the hill of Isle of Paradise. For those who prefer a gradual tanning option, these drops from Isle of Paradise are a game changer. I first discovered them years ago, and to this day, are my favourite tanning drops for my face. Just remember to pick the green shade–it will give you the perfect olive tone by morning.
Simply mix a few drops into your moisturiser or foundation for a gradual, customisable tan. The formula contains organic tanning actives, as well as avocado, chia seed, and coconut oils, providing added hydration.
Shop The Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops Dupes:
While the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops are a highly coveted product for their ability to provide an instant sun-kissed glow and skincare benefits, they may not be avaliable (thanks to Alix Earle) or affordable for everyone. Fortunately, several dupes on the market offer similar results at a fraction of the cost. WE LOVE DUPES (don’t deny it).
From MCoBeauty and Bondi Sands to Tan Luxe, MILK Makeup, and Isle of Paradise, these bronzing drops not only provide a radiant complexion but also hydrate and nourish the skin. So don’t stress about constantly buying new foundations or the frustration of sold-out products – give these dupes a try and enjoy that “sunshine in a bottle” all year round.