[Product Review] Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a product featured in my previous post, My Favorite Product Finds of 2018, Drunk Elephant’s glow-boosting D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops.

I first saw this product floating around YouTube as various beauty and skincare accounts shared their first impressions. It’s a hybrid cosmetic and skincare product, boasting wrinkle-fighting peptides while leaving a dewy, bronze glow on the skin. At $36 for a 1-ounce bottle, the price point kept me from running to my nearest Sephora immediately, but (thankfully) it didn’t take long for my curiosity to get the best of me.

Although the instructions say to mix the drops with a moisturizer, oil, or other mixer, I tried them alone at first because I was curious and just felt like wasting product, I guess. Don’t do this. D-Bronzi is super concentrated and will settle on your blemishes and upper lip hair and make you question your whole existence. I flipped out and almost returned it, but once I actually followed the instructions (what a concept), the Sunshine Drops became a daily must-have in my routine.

How I Use the D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

After washing my face and applying moisturizer, I mix a half or full pump of Sunshine Drops with my daily SPF.

d bronzi and spf

I mix the products on my fingertips and then apply to my cheekbones, blending up toward my temples. As with any bronzer, the first area you touch with the product will have the most pigment, so you want to focus first on any areas you want to be darkest and then gently blend to areas that you don’t want to be as dark. I blend the product across my forehead and cheeks before bringing it toward the center of my face and do my upper lip at the very end. A full pump takes me from corpse-y to vibrant in about 30 seconds. I love that the difference is visible, but natural. Here is the look I get from just the drops + SPF:bare skin vs drops 4 gridYou can see that my skin has a lively glow but I still have under-eye veins peeking through. I would go grocery shopping or to the gym with this minimal coverage, but I typically prefer to wear more. I took a few more pictures to show how the drops perform with a little more coverage.

This is the transformation from my freshly-washed-and-moisturized corpse face versus my face with D-Bronzi and SPF, plus a dab of tinted moisturizer, mascara, and brow pomade. I would totally go to work with this amount of coverage and I love that the dewiness makes my skin look more radiant without looking oily.bare skin vs drops and mascaraAlthough I like this minimal coverage look, I usually take it a little further by setting with a little loose powder, adding concealer under my eyes, and popping some bronzer and blush on my cheeks. This gives a nice ~medium~ coverage look and is my normal day-to-day routine. In the pictures below, I added concealer and bronzer:

drops and tinted moisturizer vs concealer and bronzerminimal coverage vs medium coverage 4 gridI love the versatility of the D-Bronzi Sunshine Drops and that they provide a little extra dimension even underneath foundation!

I am obviously very pale, so while the drops make a noticeable color difference on my skin, I wasn’t sure if the payoff would be worthwhile for women with darker skin tones. However, if the reviews on Sephora are any indication, it seems that this serum is great for adding luminosity and a healthy glow to all skin tones!

To sum things up:


  • 2-in-1 bronzing and skincare boost
  • Makes me look way more alive
  • Adds seamlessly to my routine – I just mix it with my daily SPF
  • Doesn’t pill up under make-up
  • Easy to control how much product comes out of the pump
  • Adds color to pale skin and a healthy glow for all skin tones


  • If not mixed with a moisturizer, oil, or sunscreen, this product can be super unflattering by latching onto and accentuating blemishes
  • No coverage and can accentuate blemishes if applied to skin that’s too dry
  • Have to be mindful about placement and blending

Overall, I am highly pleased with this product and don’t see any reason that I would stop wearing it on a daily basis. It lasts a long time (I’ve had mine for several months with daily use), blends into my routine and skin flawlessly, allows me to skip foundation more often to let my skin breathe, and is packed with skin-friendly nutrients.

Have you tried D-Bronzi yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

xx T


Drunk elephant d-bronzi product review

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