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Reviewing Drunk Elephant's D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

My Favourite Way to Use D Bronzi

Have you ever found a skincare product that not only exceeded your expectations but was actually so versatile it ended up rending other parts of your skincare/makeup routine redundant it as well?

If you have, congratulations!  And you’ll know how I feel about Drunk Elephant’s D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops (£30 for 30 ml, Cult Beauty)

If you haven’t yet had that sort of product-based moment then read on- you might just want to try out this bronzing wonder product by the end.


Drunk Elephant D Bronzi

Part antioxidant serum (great for city types or sun fans), part bronzer, D Bronzi is about the most unique skincare-makeup hybrid I’ve ever come across.

Containing vitamins D and F, virgin Marula oil and blackcurrant seed oils, as well as raw cocoa powder for the colour here, this is designed as both an antioxidant protector (great for sun worhsippers and city types), as well as for a (wash-offable) golden glow.

I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.

Since this is a concentrated bronzing fluid made specifically to be mixed with your other skincare or makeup (and definitely not on its own- it’s a very thick texture), it’s really really versatile.

In fact, it can pretty much be used with most other products, but I do have a favourite way to use this.


Mixing with Mineral SPFs

As someone with quite a bit of pigmentation (damn you years of sun worshipping), I’m constantly reapplying the factor 50.

And because my skin is a little sensitive (and mainly because I generally prefer natural products), the SPF I tend to use is the mineral kind.

But as anyone who has ever tried mineral sunscreen will tell you, however great the formula you will always end up with some form of white residue all over your face.

Unfortunately this just makes me much less likely to use as much as I know I should (a quarter of a teaspoon for the face)… as well as making me unlikely to actually reapply.

So D Bronzi- and its abilities to magically transform even the palest of sunscreens into a universally-flattering bronze shade- was something of a revelation.


On the Skin

And apart from the fact that this is all golden tones- not a hint of orange in sight- I also love that this makes the colour I want to achieve completely customisable, depending on how much I add.

As well as offering a lovely colour, D Bronzi also has enough of a shimmer/sheen (but definitely not glitter) effect that it really just makes skin glow.

Its concealing abilities are also pretty impressive, meaning I can quite easily skip foundation or concealer after this.

And finally, cream-based makeups in particular sit really well on top of this, giving them a blendability and staying power that has definitely upped my makeup game.

Because D Bronzi takes a little while to absorb though, powder makeup fans might want to wait a little while before applying.


How to Use

For my own vampire skin one or two pumps of this mixed with my SPF gives me a great natural-looking tan.

This also makes reapplying sunscreen super easy too, since I can just add maybe one pump more to SPF later in the day and massage across the face to top up both my colour and my sun protection.

Cream makeup (my favourite) also sits really well on top of this too, making it really quick to reapply something like blusher over the top if I’m topping up SPF.


The Takeaway

While D Bronzi is one of my all time favourites for its general flattering, glowy abilities, it’s the way this product makes SPF so much more useable that I really appreciate. Meanwhile I know the antioxidants here are also doing their bit keeping skin healthy and glowing too; a beauty win!

Great for: Mineral SPF users, bronzer lovers, and pretty much anyone who likes their skin to look glowing, healthy and gorgeous (so everyone then).

Not-so-great for: Budgets as this isn’t the cheapest product, although using a few pumps of this every day I still only have to rebuy once every three months so the value is impressive.



The full list of ingredients:

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Colloidal Platinum [nano], Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Boron Nitride, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.

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