It’s not a stretch to say that if a beauty product goes viral on TikTok, it’s almost guaranteed to sell out. It happened with the Benefit Benetint, then the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter, Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, and most recently—the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Bronzing Drops ($36).
When TikTok mega star, Alix Earle, started adding the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi drops to her moisturizer for a glow-y, sun-kissed makeup base in her “get ready with me” videos, #BeautyTok quickly followed suit, which, spoiler alert, made the bronzing drops impossible to find. If you’re one of (probably) millions who have been hit by the Alix Earle effect, or you’re a D-Bronzi lover in dire need of a restock, the good news is that there are plenty of readily available dupes that deliver an equally bronzy and sun-kissed effect. Mix them into your moisturizer or foundation, or apply them alone, these radiance boosting dupes are arguably even better than the real thing.
8 Dupes for the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops that are always selling out
Saie, Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter in “Sun Glow” — $28.00
Made of 75 percent water, the Saie Glowy Super Gel has a lightweight, gel formula that’ll agree with every skin type. It’s powered by moisturizing glycerin, antioxidant vitamin C, and vitamin-rich rosehip seed oil—giving it real skin-care benefits. Even better, there are zero flecks of discernible glitter in the formula, which means you’ll have a lit-from-within, post-vacation glow and not an Edward Cullen sparkle.
Indeed Labs, Nanobronze Bronzing Drops — $25.00
Indeed Labs’ Bronzing Drops feel and look identical to the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi drops, at a fraction of the price. Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich cacao extract, and protective kelp extract, the tinted serum is an instant wakeup call for dull, winter skin that offers long term benefits—combatting the look of redness over time, and shielding skin from environmental stressors.
Flower Beauty, Heatwave Bronzing Essence — $18.00
These liquid bronzing drops by Flower Beauty give a similar effect to the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi. Jam packed with golden, bronze pigments, the lightweight, oil-free formula gives skin a sunkissed, summertime glow, with practically zero effort. According to reviews, it blends out with ease (alone, and over and under foundation) and a little goes a long way. Which means the bottle will last forever in your makeup bag—and for less than $20 bucks? You can’t go wrong.
Pai Skincare, The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops in “Bronze” — $20.00
Originally $39, now $20
These best-selling glow drops by Pai are like sunshine in a bottle. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, antioxidant rich lemon fruit water, and hydrating algae extract, the Impossible Glow Drops give all skin types a glowy, bronzing boost—while combating dryness and infusing skin with antioxidants. They’re a great option for those with sensitive skin, and according to reviews, one drop is all you need for an illuminated, sunkissed glow.
Live Tinted, Hue Glow — $34.00
A bronzer, highlighter, and serum-moisturizer in one, the Live Tinted Hue Glow will shave a few steps off of your everyday makeup routine. The non-comedogenic bronzing serum uses moisturizing squalane and super fine mica to hydrate skin while imparting a radiant, bronze tint. It can even be applied on the body for a subtle bronze shimmer all over.
Tan Luxe, Super Gloss Face — $49.00
Sure, the Tan Luxe Super Gloss Face costs a smidge more than D-Bronzi—but that’s only because it does more! In addition to giving skin a sheer wash of bronze, the tinted serum also visibly moisturizes and plumps skin (thanks to hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich squalane) for a smoother, healthier look. Most importantly, though, it has SPF 30 making it a true skin-care and makeup hybrid.
Fenty Beauty, Eaze Drop’lit All-Over Glow Enhancer — $34.00
If the Flawless Filter and D-Bronzi drops had a baby, it would look a lot like the Eaze Drop’lit All-Over Glow Enhancer. Available in four sheer shades, the skin-enhancing formula hydrates skin and blurs the look of pores while creating a glowy and radiant base for makeup (though you could easily skip foundation altogether for a no-makeup look). Plus, they pair beautifully with the brand’s matching skin tint.
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