Summer Sun Kissed With 2 New-To-Me Cream Bronzers

bronzers: the perfect way to look sun kissed minus the sun exposure.

I didn’t think I was a bronzer junkie, but I seem to have accumulated quite a few (okay, more than a few). Powders, creams, liquids– I don’t discriminate. They’re all welcome in my family.

There are two types of makeup appliers. The ones who take so long to do their makeup that they could’ve watched 3 episodes of Game of Thrones (i.e. the old me). And, the second type who prefer a more speedy makeup application (i.e. the new me– especially during the summer). That’s where cream bronzers come in handy.

Summer Sun Kissed With 2 New-To-Me Cream Bronzers

The Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked is one that I’ve been interested in trying for a long time now. It’s a super pigmented short, thick little stick. And, it has oils like mango, peach, and avocado so it glides on like butter and blends like it too. This specific shade is warm, but not too orangey on the skin so it gives the skin a warm pardon-me-I’ve-been-lounging-in-the-sun-and-drinking-margaritas look.

Personally, because of the shape this isn’t a great one to just swipe, blend and go. I wish it was smaller. That would make it much easier to apply directly. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to look like you just blobbed a bunch of bronzer on your face so the shape isn’t the smoothest to work with. I personally like to apply it with my fingers and either blend it out with them or use a beauty blender. It makes everything look much more seamless and blended.

The second cream bronzer is from a brand I’d never heard of– Olie e Osso. But, I gave it a try since I was intrigued by their packaging. I picked up the shade No. 6 Bronze. I thought it was going to be more pigmented, but it’s like a bronzey sheen with some subtle shimmer. I can get away with using this as a light bronzer on my skin tone, but it isn’t super opaque so depending on your skin tone this could be a bronzey highlight. Either way, it gives you a sun kissed look and I’m all for it.

It’s largely made up of shea oil, olive oil, beeswax, and grapefruit essential oil so the texture is more slippy, and almost teetering on the oily side. It doesn’t dry down to a powder finish like the Milk bronzer so it doesn’t last all day either unless you set it with powder. But, the size and shape of it makes applying it directly on your face a breeze. And, it’s the perfect addition for a quick bronzey, natural, effortless makeup look.

p.s. since the writing of this post I have purchased another cream bronzer. I don’t know whether I should *face palm* myself or be thankful that I won’t be running out of bronzers anytime soon.

Do you have a favorite cream bronzer? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • These both look so good and I’m tempted to try one! Although I’m not a huge bronzer user – aside from Hoola which I used way back when I rarely reach for it nowadays. And I just picked up a Becca bronzing powder in an effort to try to look more sun kissed but who knows if I’ll get real good use out of it 😅

    Cindy |

  • Honestly I don’t think I’ve tried cream bronzers, but I did purchase the NARS Laguna liquid bronzer after I came home from Mexico in March and got super tan, and my foundations no longer matched me. I would mix it with my other foundations to make it match, but I loved the natural glow it gave. I also love the bronzer from the BECCA x Chrissy palette!


  • I don’t really use cream bronzers, but I want to give them a go! Also, your photography is amazing!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

  • I really want to try the Milk Bronzer but they wouldn’t ship it to UK :( boo! They both sound great xxx

  • I think the only cream bronzer I’ve tried is the Chanel one, which I love. I like the sound of the Milk one! xx


  • Yes the shape of the Milk bronzer is pretty big so that’s why I use it even under my blush just to add some extra bronziness to my look. I don’t think it’s ideal if you want to be precise and contour but it’s good if you like to just bronze up your skin.

  • Thank you for your honest thoughts on the Milk Makeup bronzer, Nina. I don’t think it’s right for me, I much prefer fuss free products.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • I actually love the top shop one! It’s the perfect shade for my fair skin tone (I think it comes in medium and dark?) – it’s the only cream bronzer I’ve ever really tried and liked!

    Loved this post and the packaging on these ones are gorgeous x


  • I like the swatch of the Milk bronzer, but it sounds like a hassle! I don’t think I’ve tried a cream bronzer, besides the ABH Contour Creams, before. I’ve been completely obsessed with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer that I haven’t gave any other bronzers a chance to enter my life, haha.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Bernadette

    I’ve heard lots of things about this brand but I am yet to try it. I really need to jump on the bandwagon. x

  • I’m really pale so I’ve never really used bronzer as I don’t think it would work for me but I’ve seen people use the Milk one on YouTube and it looks so creamy and like it blends so easily. If I were into bronzer I’d be tempted by something like that because I feel like you can get a really natural look with creams and it’s a lot easier to do than with powders.

  • Sam

    I’ve only tried the NYX Bright Idea Illuminating stick (although I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to be a bronzer but whatevs) and like your experience with the Milk Makeup one, it takes a bit of playing around with it to figure out the best way. It’s not my favorite, but I like using it from time to time!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

  • I’m definitely a speedy makeup person lately. Cream products make it so easy! I should find some cream bronzers. I haven’t tried many since Soleil Tan de Chanel, which was sadly too orange.

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jelly Bean