These Viral Bronzing Drops Just Came Back in Stock—Here Are My Honest Thoughts

During the colder months, I miss the natural glow I get in the summer. Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid wearer of SPF year-round (UVA rays are one of if not the biggest contributors to fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation), and I don't typically tan too much on my face anyway. However, I feel I just look a little healthier in the summer months, even if it is down to the longer days spent outside or a regular routine of self-tanning when I have my arms and legs on show. During the winter, though, my self-tanning routine goes out the window, as I practically live in a uniform trousers and high-neck jumpers, which only really leaves me with my face on show. And that's a lot of tan admin for so little show, am I right?

For that reason, I'm a fan of any self-tanning drops or bronzer that can give my face a healthy glow stat. So when I was scrolling on TikTok recently, I happened to notice a lot of buzz around Drunk Elephant's D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. It's a makeup-and-skincare hybrid with a bronze tint that you can mix into your serum, moisturiser or face oil to give your skin a little extra oomph on the days when your complexion feels a bit lacklustre. I've even seen people use these neat on the skin for a bronzed effect, and people are also mixing them in to their SPF to get a glow without the damaging effects of the sun.


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As with anything on TikTok, I'm a little sceptical when products are hyped up. It's easy to get swept up in the noise and make an impulse purchase. As a beauty editor, I encourage anyone to make considered purchases. Do I need these bronzing drops? No. But am I intrigued to try them? You bet. Like any product that goes viral, these also went out of stock pretty quickly. They've just come back into stock on Cult Beauty, so if you're keen to try them, now is your chance. But if you want to know if they're really worth it before making the plunge, you can read my honest thoughts ahead.

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops Review


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When you first open the drops, it's easy to be apprehensive about the shade that comes out of the nozzle. It's a caramel-like bronze liquid that looks shimmery, but rest assured, this isn't going to make your skin look like a disco ball nor a Wotsit. Even if you apply this directly onto the skin, it sheers out so well and pretty evenly too. That being said, I do prefer to mix this in with a little moisturiser for a subtle glow, and I find it's way easier to blend out with a makeup brush for a believable tan. But you can still use your fingertips if your prefer.

The formula itself is silky and water-like in texture and dries down to a radiant finish that is neither dewy nor matte. It just makes your skin look like you've been in the South of France for a week and just emerged from a fancy facial. While it doesn't give coverage like a foundation would, it does make my skin look more even and radiant, so I'd happily wear it on its own on the days when I don't want anything on my skin. It's worth noting that it's an instant tan and won't give you a semi-permanent glow like a self-tanner would, but it's a good way to unlock a tan without waiting for it to develop.

Before Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops


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After Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops


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So are the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops worth it? Although it's subtle in the images, this really does make my skin look healthier and glowy IRL. I like that I can still see my skin through the tint, and it doesn't feel heavy on, but it still manages to even out my complexion a little, making it perfect for days when I don't want a full face of makeup on but still want a touch of colour. I'd definitely need to still wear concealer on any red areas, but all in all, I really like the results. 

As for its longevity, this also holds up well on my combination skin. It didn't separate on the oily areas around my nose but equally didn't cling to any dryness. To give it an even bigger test, I wore this to a cycling class, and I was surprised by how well it held up. It didn't separate or go patchy, and I couldn't see any transfer even when I dabbed my face with a towel, which is pretty impressive. 

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.