The Cream Bronzer Edit
It gets to be about this sweet spot in the year when I'm able to put away my powder products and stock my vanity with my favorite cream products. I find cream products to be too difficult to use in the drier winter months, and my oily skin goes into overdrive in the hot heat of the summer (which isn't a great combination with cream products). During the weekend, I made the big product-to-cream migration and wanted to share the best of the best.
If you're looking to splurge and your wallet can take the hit, the cult classic Soleil Tan de Chanel is the way to go. It's the most flattering in terms of color and formula out of my entire collection, and if you're wondering if it'll only work on fairer skin, I've seen other beauty gurus with much darker skin use it. It's a hefty price to pay for one product, but mine has lasted for about a year and is still going strong. Chanel also has a liquid bronzer if you want a more watery formula.
Speaking of liquid bronzer, I had to include Benefit's Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer, which isn't strictly a cream formula but isn't extremely runny, either. I love using this formula with my BeautyBlender, and it's a perfect cooler-toned shade to act as a bronzer or a contour. I also have mad love for the Tarte Sculptor stick (which is no longer available except in powder form, although you might have luck finding it occasionally on HauteLook) and the Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzer stick (which, again, is no longer available unless you happen to find it in Target's beauty clearance).
I know I mentioned a few discontinued cream bronzers, so if you're looking for something in the convenience of a stick, both Milk Makeup and trèStiQue have similar options that have rave reviews. Plus if you're looking for a fantastic brush to blend out your cream bronzer, Benefit named one after their bestselling bronzer (and it works just as well with powder bronzer).
Have you tried a cream bronzer before, or do you stick with traditional powders?