I’m not a heavy bronzer user but when I have tried my hand at using it for sculpting, I’m often left with brown splotches all over. So I was curious if the Solar Paint could change my mind since Glossier did, after all, make its name on creating makeup that looks natural while being easy to apply. I chose the shade Heat, which is a deep cinnamon that has just the faintest shimmer. After dabbing the bronzer along my cheekbones, forehead, and jawline with the doe foot applicator (game changer), I gently patted it in. In maybe 10 seconds, I was done. And to my surprise, I didn’t look like a middle-school art project. My cheeks seemed to radiate and my forehead suddenly had a soft tan. While the formula delivers on buildable coverage, it does dry down quickly so you’ll want to make sure you blend right away to get the most seamless finish.
Bella Cacciatore, beauty writer
I’ve been wanting Glossier to create a bronzer version of its Cloud Paint formula for years, and I’m so glad they did. Solar Paint has the same fluffy gel texture as her blush counterpart, that’s somehow both creamy and weightless, adding no extra texture to my skin. Where the bronzer differs is a doe foot applicator which is a welcome addition for targeted bronzing, and some shimmer. The shimmer scared me when swatched on my hand, but I actually love how it looks on my face—super subtle and luminous, not glittery. I can comfortably use the lightest shade, Flare, or Ray, what I’m wearing in this photo for something a little deeper. Thankfully, it lives up to the hype in my head, and I’ll be using it all summer and beyond.
Janae Mckenzie, editorial intern
I tested the Solar Paint in Volt. The bronzer creme applies pretty easily with your fingers, which makes it a good product to take on the go. Volt is the deepest shade available in a “deep, red bronze with copper pearl for deep-rich skin tones.” It blends really well into my skin, provided I stick to the recommended few dots of product. I’m used to a powder bronzer, so this was a welcome change in terms of texture. As for how it showed on my skin, it looked less like a bronzer and more like a concealer with the teeniest bit of shine. I was disappointed to find it didn’t change much—until I stepped into the sun. That’s when I noticed the glow. So: this bronzer is great for a beach day or any time you’ll be outside for a while. Maybe not so great for office days or places with harsh artificial lighting.
Looking for more reviews of the latest Glossier drops along with cult-faves? Check out our review of the Ultralip.
Michella Oré is the beauty assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.