Becca Sunlit Bronzer vs Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

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Bronzers are a go-to product for many of us when we want that healthy sun-kissed glow. A warm glow can pull together those minimal makeup days.

In 2017, Becca came out with their line of Sunlit Bronzers and I heard a few whispers that the lightest shade was similar to Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Light. Does it dupe??

Since I needed to check out the Murumuru hype and had already conveniently purchased Bali Sands from Becca, I decided to test them out.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Light

11 grams find it at Target and Ulta

Claims

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer is an ultra-luxurious bronzer infused with Murumuru Butter, delivering a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Moisturizing wonder features ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone, and deliver a gorgeous bronze finish.

Holy crap, they weren’t lying when they named it “butter” bronzer. It’s SO smooth and soft that it effortlessly applies. The light bronzer is pigmented but still subtle. It has a little kickback and may look a little more orange on some skin tones. If I go heavy handed the shade definitely looks a little off.

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Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands

7.1 grams find it at Sephora and Ulta

Claims:

With a shade for every skintone, this neutral bronzer imparts healthy-looking warmth so that skin looks sunkissed – never orange. Each beach-inspired bronzer features BECCA’s iconic Shimmering Skin Perfector formula that’s custom-made with subtle shimmer, and it blends pigments with liquids to deliver its unparalleled, creamy feel. The powder’s silky texture lets you customize your glow – go from subtly sunkissed to a just-stepped-off-the-beach-bronze.

The feel of the Becca Sunlit Bronzer is similar to the butter bronzer: soft and smooth. When you first open it, you’ll see a shimmer over the top. I believe this is just an overspray since I can’t say I notice any real shimmer throughout the rest of the product. The Sunlit Bronzer is a lot easier to build up and still be natural and subtle looking. That being said, I don’t feel like I was able to build up the coverage to match that of the PF bronzer – that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s harder to accidentally apply too much of this bronzer, which is good.

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The Verdict

I wore the Becca bronzer on one side of my face and the Physicians Formula bronzer on the other side for a few days. I wanted to see how closely the shades matched and if there was any difference in wear. In terms of wear, I didn’t notice any difference between the two. Swatched on the arm, it’s pretty easy to tell that these are two different colors. But once you apply and blend them, it’s really hard to tell them apart. I asked my boyfriend if he could tell a difference when I was wearing both and he had a hard time finding any difference. He finally decided that the Physicians Formula side was the littlest bit darker.

Similarities:

  • Smooth and soft
  • Easy to blend

Differences:

  • Physicians Formula is slightly more orange
  • Becca is easier to build up without going overboard

I’m confident in saying that Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light is a dupe for Becca’s Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands. If you’re looking to save a few bucks but still want a great product and a natural glow, go with Physicians Formula. If you’re a Becca fan or just want to treat yo self, the Sunlit Bronzer is great as well.