One wouldn’t necessarily think finding a great bronzer would be all that difficult. But, when it comes to finding a formula that doesn’t leave you overly dry, overly shimmery, overly ashy, or—the horror—overly, orange, the task gets frustrating fast. Oh, and don’t think for a second that simply spending more money on a bronzer will automatically assure your safety from any of the above symptoms. Some of the most well-known bronzers have left us looking like disco balls or pint-sized extras in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Not, precisely, the vibe we’re going for.) In fact, some of the best formulas we’ve tried during our beauty editor careers cost less than your average latte in Los Angeles, and if the hoards of stellar reviews amount to anything, beauty shoppers everywhere seem to agree.
Since we’ve swiped plenty of dupes, duds, and downright scary formulas over the years, we have a pretty good bearing on what to shop and what to, um, not when it comes to finding the best drugstore bronzers. Below, we’re sharing 11 of our favorites that also happen to have amazingly robust reviews. Looking to fake the look of a Hawaiian vacation for $10 or less? Keep scrolling! Your ultimate drugstore bronzer awaits.