Unsung Makeup Heroes: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze

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I can’t vouch for the full-on waterproofness of Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze ($4.99), because I’m still waiting to find myself caught in a downpour with the original cast of Magic Mike, which to my mind is the ideal (and perfectly plausible) testing scenario.

But until said situation plays out — and it’s only a matter of time before it happens, obviously — I’ll just continue adoring this matte bronzer for other reasons, and there are SO, SO MANY OF THEM, starting with the wonderful price.


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$4.99 Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze

It’s only $5! — but it might as well cost $45, because that’s how good it looks. It looks natural, applies smoothly and evenly, and lasts all day long, too, without appearing streaky, powdery or heavy. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this stuff was by Bobbi Brown.

**SALE ALERT** The Rimmel Natural Bronzers (Sun Bronze is one of four shades) are on BOGO (buy one, get one for 50% off) right now at Ulta, so you could get a second one for just $2.50 more, which means two bronzers for $7.50! Three cheers for saving mad money, ma!

OK, so…bronzers can be quite tricky. I mean, you can’t just grab any old pan off the shelf and expect to look like J. Lo postin’ up on her yacht.

Me? I gravitate toward golden tan bronzers, because when I reach for bronzers that are too warm or orange instead, I end up looking like the perkiest Oompa Loompa in Charlie’s chocolate factory, you know what I’m sayin’?

And it’s no bueno.

Buttery medium tan Sun Bronze has warm golden undertones, neither too warm nor orange, and it warms up my face in a way that looks natural and completely legit.

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Swatch of Sun Bronze on my NC42 skin

It’s also easy to use and to apply quickly. Buffing it is a breeze, and as long as you do minimal blending, you won’t end up with stripey-stripes on yo’ cheeks.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of my all-time favorite permanent collection products.

Messy reverse french braid

That’s $5 (!) Sun Bronze, which I’m wearing as a bronzer, just beneath the apples of my cheeks

Oh! — and it even doubles as a crease color. When I hit the road or take a trip, sometimes I’ll use it as my main matte transition color.

While many of life’s many mysteries continue to elude me, like why the world needed a sequel to Magic Mike (was that really necessary?), I know this to be true: Rimmel Sun Bronze is a must-have staple in this bronzer lover’s makeup bag. It’s redonkulously affordable, adds flattering warmth to the skin, and it’s incredibly easy to find, because it’s available now online, and at drugstores and Ulta.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What a wonderful day, my friend. 🙂 TGIF! Is it just me, or did this week fly by?


Do you have any plans this weekend? Nothing concrete for me yet, but El Hub and I were thinking about going kayaking on the Russian River, depending on the weather tomorrow. It’s supposed to cool down quite a bit — maybe even too much to enjoy the river.

We’ll see…

I’m also petsitting for some family friends, which I’m very excited about, not gonna lie, because the gig involves a floofy kitty and an outgoing bunny rabbit.

Tabs will very likely protest when he catches a whiff of either one on my hands, but his royal highness will just have to get over it.

Sir Cranky Pants!

Hi, Sir Cranky Pants!

Enjoy your Friday! 🙂


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  1. Fancie says:

    Everyone loves NYC bronzers lol. I wish they made darker shades so everyone could try one. This would easily get lost on me but it looks so natural on you!
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  2. Chic Lapin says:

    Can’t wait for bunny pics! 😛
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  3. denise S says:

    Nice product for a good price! I’m going to check these out perhaps in a little darker shade though.

  4. Kayaking! How fun! I love kayaking! And kayaking is a really fun word to say. KAYAKING! I’m sure you guys will have a great time 🙂

    And as for that bronzer, looks good, especially at this price point.
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  5. Tulipthecat says:

    I have 2 bronzers from Rimmel and I love them both! I love their Stay Matte powder too. As for me, I’m doing a 10K in San Jose on Sunday. It’s the Sharks Fitness Faceoff run. Hopefully it won’t be too hot on Sunday. Can’t wait to see bunny pictures. I love bunnies (I had 2 growing up).

  6. Jessica says:

    I don’t care about the bronzer so much BUT ALL THOSE BRUSHES! Please tell me more about ALL THE BRUSHES.

    Hiii Tabs!
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  7. Vanessa C says:

    This post was meant to be today!! I’ve heard this is one of the best drugstore bronzers. I literally JUST came back from CVS wanting to buy this same exact bronzer, but didn’t know what shade to grab. I’ll be heading back before I head home LOL

  8. RM says:

    I spy catnip!

  9. Stacey says:

    I have it in the shade Sun Light and it is the most natural looking bronzer. It also works really well as a contouring shade for me even though I know I’ve read somewhere that you aren’t supposed to use bronzer for contouring.

  10. Kate says:

    Karen, this morning I saw an article on my Facebook feed about Catios just like Tabs, apparently is is a trend

  11. I still swear by my Honey Bronze from The Body Shop and use it as my transition color when on the road, too.
    Like today, when I am up in Norway visiting my brother in-law and it is raining non-stop. So much for summer vacation…
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  12. MonicaP says:

    I have wanted to pick up this bronzer – forever and always forget. I finally got a sample of the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and I think I’m hooked.

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  13. Kwmechelle says:

    #1. The cute goddess braid LOVE!!
    #2. Magic Mike sequel, YEP!!

    The end. =)

  14. Chris25 says:

    I have this! It’s a lovely bronzer.
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  15. Leah says:

    First I want to tell you I enjoy ur blog so much! I love this especially the rimmel bronzer is great. I don’t have any high end makeup 🙁 so I enjoy seeing a drug store item! One day when the kids aren’t growing so fast hopefully I can add some high end makeup in my collection! Thanks again for your makeup insights n I love seeing everything u have n try out!

  16. Rachel says:

    The lighter shade of this is great on fair skin! I love it.
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  17. Pamela Haddad says:

    I love Rimmel products, though I’ve never tried the bronzer yet. So, now, thanks to your blog, I will. btw, Tabs looks sarcastic in that photo ~ so cute!

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