By Dina Fierro

They came from a planet far, far away. Giant bronzing compacts on the hunt for pale, sun-deprived girls everywhere. Ok, ok, enough with the dramatics…we digress. This season, a fresh crop of bronzers are appearing on store shelves and many are packaged in dramatic, oversized compacts. Try a large fluffy kabuki brush to apply. Our favorites:

Hard Candy’s new SoCal Glow includes good-for-you ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba, and aloe and gives a light, golden glow to skin. Inspired by the Golden State (California, that is), the 4″ square compact is embossed with graphics of West Coast hotspots. (


Sugar Cosmetics’ Tropic Tan Bronzer and Shimmer Duo gets this girl’s glow on. With a matte bronzer on one side and a shimmery glowy powder on the other, this compact takes your look from daytime chic to nighttime glam. (


Cargo Cosmetics’ new Big Bronzer takes the company’s best selling Medium Bronzer and supersizes it. Embossed with a large sun, this compact gives natural looking color with a generous dose of shimmer. Tread carefully if you’re old enough to drink legally. (


Go back to matte with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer. This silky soft powder works well on face, shoulders or décolletage. And while you’re shopping, don’t forget the limited edition Tom Ford azurée soleil The Sunbronzer from Estee Lauder. The stunning turquoise and gold oversized compact is sure to overshadow the fine bronzer inside, but for fair skintones, it’s a must-try. (


Originally published June 2007
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