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You don't have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. While some cosmetics are absolutely splurge-worthy -- like that pricey, impossible-to-replicate shade of lip gloss that lights up your whole face -- others from the drugstore score major points. Bronzing powders are no exception. For a bronzer that rocks, look no further than your local drugstore, where you'll find compacts that will leave you looking like you dropped a ton of cash. Don't worry, your secret's safe with us.
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Bronzer
The colors in Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Bronzer make it look like an impressionist painting. This compact contains a mosaic of powders ranging from taupe to bronze. For a natural, sun-kissed flush, sweep a bronzing or blush brush across the surface of the powder. The different shades will blend together to give you a pretty, realistic glow. "Real Simple" editors named it their top bronzing pick among the best wallet-friendly beauty products.
CoverGirl TRUblend Microminerals Bronzer
In July 2009, "Allure" editor-in-chief Linda Wells appeared on "Good Morning America," ABC's morning show, to compare luxe cosmetics typically found in department stores with their drugstore and dollar store counterparts. Wells recommended heading to the drugstore for bronzer because the color can look ruddy or streaked when you purchase it from the dollar store -- but there's not much difference between the drugstore and pricey department store versions. She likes CoverGirl TRUblend Microminerals Bronzer, which she says imparts "a realistic glow" and blends easily. With an endorsement from that type of beauty authority, you better believe this product is good.
Black Radiance Mosaic Bronzer
When Diane Sawyer co-anchored "Good Morning America," her makeup was perfected daily by artist Maria Verel. "Allure" assistant editor Daisy Shaw interviewed Verel to get the scoop on the inexpensive drugstore products she used on Sawyer. Verel's fave bronzer for Sawyer was Black Radiance Mosaic Bronzer. This compact features four powders in shades from beige to copper to give you a temporary tan. The powders are flecked with fine shimmer particles to boost your radiant glow. And to give you even more of a bargain, the powders can be applied individually as eyeshadow. That's a deal any beauty junkie would happily snap up!
CoverGirl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze
Ladies with darker skin tones know how hard it can be to pick the right bronzer. The orange undertones in most bronzers can ruddy darker complexions, making the color look uneven and unnatural. Well, kiss those worries goodbye, because CoverGirl spokesperson Queen Latifah has developed a bronzer made especially for gals with darker skin tones. This drugstore bronzing powder was voted the best bronzer for medium to dark skin by "InStyle" editors in their 2011 Best Beauty Buys feature. The editors raved that the "shine-absorbing powder adds glow and zaps grease."