Get your tan on!
We’re back from NSS, exhausted and overwhelmed – but omigoodness, what a FANTASTIC experience! We can’t wait to share everything with you, but while we’re decompressing and getting re-organized here’s a little something very timely for this time of year. It’s definitely time to get our tan on!
Self Tanner: Top 10 Self Tanners on the Market (according to About.com Style & Beauty Guide Julyne Derrick) based on tester and expert reviews.
Guerlain’s Terracotta Self-Tanning Spray for the Body
At $35 – $50 it’s one of the best spray tanners on the market. Testers overall found it dried very quickly, overall color was very natural (a brown rather than orange and the tan deepened as the hours went on), and the smell factor was average like most self-tanners. One con is the price – it is not a cheap option.
L’Oreal Sublime Glow for the Body
This is a great, inexpensive gradual tanner. Testers found it best to apply product over the course of a couple days so the tan could gradually grow darker. Apply after you exfoliate in the shower and apply a thin layer of moisturizer. Overall, testers loved the shimmer it leaves behind and the price. One con is the product tends to be runny and many testers would have preferred a pump. Still, this is a quality self-tanner for the money. $10
Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel for the Face
Unlike other self-tanners, Laura Mercier’s bronzing gel is meant to be used to enhance the tan on the face. The company suggests dabbing a bit on AFTER tinted moisturizer and BEFORE powders. A bit pricier other bronzers on the market, testers found it’s well worth the price. This bronzer provides a “just tanned” look with a touch of rose. Warms the skin and adds a spark of shimmer. $32.
Jergens Natural Glow
This is the favorite of many who have tried dozens of other options. People love that it’s gradual because one-application self-tanners tend to streak on the pale and fair-skinned. Use this daily after the shower and enjoy a gradual, natural tanned look. Jergens is only $4.
Decleor Self Tanning Milk and Gels for Body and Face
You’ll find Decleor products to be one of the best and least pungent self tanners you’ll try. Testers found the product to be almost perfect: Hydrating, non-streaking, natural, no orange color and with a bit of shimmer. Like all self-tanners, Decleor products do smell. The tanning agents are 100 percent organic and are suitable for face as well as body. And they even have a bit of SPF! $36
St. Tropez Whipped Bronze Self-Tanning Mousse for Face & Body
This salon brand is a celeb fave. You apply this and within a few hours you’ll have a deep, naturally-looking tan. This is not a gradual self-tanner. Because the product is fast-acting and dries fast, testers recommend using the pad that St. Tropez makes for their self-tanners. St. Tropez’s website even features applications videos. Whipped Bronze has a more pleasant fragrance than other self-tanners. Ideal for the entire body, including the face. $40
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner for Face
The highest rated and most loved Clarins self-tanner on Makeupalley.com. Reviewers raved about ease of use, didn’t complain about the smell and said the product worked great on oily skin. $32
Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam
For an inexpensive self-tanner for the body, this product doesn’t streak, dries quickly and allows for a buildable tan. If you have darker skin, you should opt for the medium/deep product because you may not notice a tan if you opt for the fair/medium. $9
GlowFusion Natural Protein Tan Spray for Body & Face
This is Julyne’s self-tanner of choice at the moment. She discovered it at Sephora a couple years ago and while it does smell and it dries quickly, the tan looks incredibly natural. $40 and up
Hawaiian Tropic Firming Island Glow Daily Moisturizer
A gradual tanner for the body and you can’t beat the price. Makeupalley.com users love this product and it compares favorably to Jergens self-tanner, which some people complain smells. $7 on up
So, there ya have it! The best self-tanners on the market – now go get your tan on! Chat back with us and let us know your favorite! Which one worked best for you, which would you recommend to your BFF? We wanna know!