Now that Summer is finally in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about that ‘holiday tan’ look. Whilst we may have had a dose of actual sun lately, it’s safe to assume it won’t be lasting that much longer. In recent years, bronzers for men have increased in popularity with a number of brands offering their own versions.
While the idea of bronzers for men may scare a few people, investing in a good quality bronzer will not only give you that healthy glow by adding a hint of colour to your skin but it can also give you a real confidence boost.
When it comes to picking out a good quality bronzer, there are a number of things to consider. Price is a good starting point. Just because it’s the most expensive, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best, there are a number of alternatives readily available on the high street, so shop around. Along with pricing, key points to look at include the formula, application, colour and overall effect.
Here are 3 products that are currently in my rotation to give you a starting point to decide which is the best for you.
1. L’Oreal Men Expert Gel Hydratant Flash Bronzer 50ml £8
Much like the fan favourite Men Expert Holiday Look Gradual Tanning Moisturiser which is no longer for sale, it seems that this product is another one that has been discontinued. While the former was my go-to for years, much can’t be said about the Gel Hydratant Flash Bronzer. I find the colour to be quite orange so haven’t used it as much as I’d have liked, I think this would be more suitable once you have a base tan to give that extra glow. The formula however is great. I like how this product can just be pumped out of the bottle and used straight away. It also contains some menthol which makes your face feel bright and fresh, with little trace of product. [6/10]
2. Tom Ford Bronzing Gel 75ml £35
While Tom Ford might not be typically known for their skin care range, the Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel is part of the relatively new premium grooming line designed just for men. At £35 for 75ml it is also the most expensive in my line up. So is it really worth it?
Although the gel applies quite smoothly, I wouldn’t recommend following the application guidelines. By directly applying to clean moisturised skin it’s quite tricky to apply a equal amount to your face, ears and neck. Instead I suggest mixing a generous amount into your daily moisturiser to get that natural streak-free glow.
If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, this one is for you; it smells good, looks good and does the job. Another key feature is the longevity of the formula. It absorbs really fast and you can wear it all day without worrying its going to rub off on your clothes. It’s not the most noticeable of the 3, but depending on the desired effect it will still give you that healthy, sun-kissed look. [9/10]
Top Tip: Apply the bronzer to your everyday moisturiser to create an even, natural looking tan.
3. Clinique For Men Face Bronzer 60ml £19
Last but not least is the Face Bronzer from the Clinique For Men line. Much like the Tom Ford offering, the product is gel-based and works great when mixed with a moisturiser. As Clinique are known for it’s attention to skin care and in particular, sensitive skin, the formula is oil and fragrance free. It absorbs in to the skin in no time and leaves no residue behind. Unlike the Tom Ford, the Clinique bronzer is a shade darker and you can really see a difference on application. Because of this there is sometimes a slight transfer on to light clothing at the end of the day, but this doesn’t put me off.
The Clinique For Men Face Bronzer has been my go-to for a few years now and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. At £19 it’s also very reasonable if you’re not looking to spend a fortune. For a brand which is known for it’s commitment to quality skin care, the gel bronzer is definitely one I would be happy to recommend to everyone. [9/10]
Have you tried any of these? What do you recommend?