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Top Ten Reviewed Self Tanners 2013

Updated on April 19, 2013

The best self tanners on the market!

We all know that tanning is bad for our skin. Nobody wants skin cancer, wrinkles or "sun" freckles.

But... who can resist wanting a healthy, glowing and slimming tan color!

Today it is possible to achieve a sun kissed glow without damaging skin with "sunless tanners". The only problem is that dozens and dozens of products promise to give you a flawless "natural" glow. How do you find the one that works?

Makeupalley (link bellow) allows makeup users to rate and review makeup products. I went through the self tanner reviews and found you the top ten.

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10. Sephora - Sephora Body Self Tanning Bronzing Mist - 22 reviews-- Average Rating: 4.5-- 86% would buy again-- Package Quality: 4.1

What the company says:

" A tinted bronzing mist for fast, easy application. What it is formulated to do:

This mist gives you a gorgeous, natural-looking tan effect without streaking-year-round and without exposure to harmful UV rays. Its light tint bronzes the skin instantly, showing you exactly where you have applied it.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan "

What the reviewers say:

"Where were you in my teen years Mr. Sephora tanning Mist? I waisted so many pre cancerous cells on tanning beds when this stuff is so near the real thing. I really love it. The color is so true to a real tan. I tried the famous tan towels and they were ok. I used them but my face never looked like it had a real tan without makeup over it. this stuff however is overall cheaper and better. Love it." by Kaylabean

"Wow!! Just bought it and put it on for the 1st time today!! Love,love the smell, and the spray is fabulously fine and covers very well. Price is good, too!! I'll write back if my opinion changes, otherwise,,, I'm going to buy 3 more cans!! Color looks sooo natural, too!!" by damato

Sephora Body Self Tanning Bronzing Mist

9. Banana Boat - Sunless Tanning Creme - Deep Dark - 110 reviews---Average Rating: 4.1 ---82% would buy again ---Package Quality: 3.8

What the company says:

"Self adjusting color for a natural-looking tan. Streak-free. Oil-free. Quick-drying. Banana Boat Summer Color Sunless Tanning Lotion with the Self Adjusting Color formula lets you control the shade of your tan. This lotion will allow you to get deepest, richest tan that is achievable with your skin tone. The more often you apply, the deeper your tan becomes. After achieving your desired color, you can maintain your tan with less frequent applications for a natural-looking tan. The lotion is tinted so you can see where you've applied it for a streak-free, sunless tan that dries quickly. It is oil-free and enriched with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E. Made in Canada."

What the reviewers say:

"Overall, I like this self-tanner. It gives you color fast that looks natural if you don't overdo it. I can only apply this 2 nights in a row at most. Otherwise I look orange. 1 or 2 applications is all I need to get a darkish, natural looking tan." by BunnyFluff

8. L'Oreal - Sublime GLOW - 191 reviews---Average Rating: 4.0 ---82% would buy again--- Package Quality: 3.8

What the company says:

"Sublime glow is a moisturizer with a bit of sunless tanner to gradually, and slowly build a natural looking glow. This rich lotion is formulated with mango butter, sweet almond oil, and Vitamin E to smooth, soften, and revitalize skin. Light capturing micro-pearls are included to give your skin a subtle radiance. "

What the reviewers say:

"I cannot BELIEVE I have never reviewed this. This has been my HG self tanner for legs (and sometimes arms and whatnot) for YEARS. Subtle scent, soft shimmer (really barely noticeable), no bronzer to leave marks on your clothing. This is THE stuff. I have gone through literally dozens of tubes. I buy maybe once a month, and tend to have a few on hand in bathroom, bedroom, travel kits, etc." by blacklikemyheart

"I think this is the best gradual tanner on the market, and I like the little sparkles, as it seems to make my legs and arms look more even toned, and even more "toned" as in muscular...doesn't smell too horrible, just wish it would dry a bit quicker." by aqelvis

L'Oreal Sunless Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer, Fair Skin Tones 8 fl oz

7. SUN Laboratories - Ultra Dark Lotion - 113 reviews---Average Rating: 4.2 ---83% would buy again ---Package Quality: 4.0

What the company says:

"Giesee SUN - Self Tanning Lotion Ultra Dark Instant Tint (Dark) is for all skin types. This lotion is the dark shade of Sun Laboratories self tanning line and our most popular! This rich, smooth, dark lotion will give you a beautiful golden tan instantly that lasts five to seven days."

What the reviewers say:

"Honestly I am surprised there aren't MORE reviews for this product. I am from Florida and have tanned my whole life till I smartened up of course. Well, I have tried every self tanner under the sun and I have to say that as they have gotten "better" and more "natural"...I have still not seen a tan as amazing as this product gives you. This is in my opinion light years away from any other self-tanner on the market. I wouldn't use anything else again. Just be sure to USE GLOVES! Don't think you are going to just wash your hands right after, that won't work you will have tan hands immediately without gloves. Just pick up a cheap box of the Target brand or something." by brohar

6. Jergens - Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer-SPF 20 - 45 reviews---Average Rating: 4.0--- 84% would buy again--- Package Quality: 4.1

What the company says:

"Helps prevent premature aging and protect skin from everyday sun exposure



Dermatologist Tested



Moisturize into a youthful glow. Jergens® natural glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer gradually creates fabulous natural-looking color with a subtle skin darkening complex while it helps to protect your delicate facial skin from the sun. This advanced Skin Cancer Foundation-recommended, anti-aging SPF 20 formula contains broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection to defend against everyday sun exposure as well as help prevent premature aging."

What the reviewers say:

"HG!!! This is fantastic for my olive complexion. I use it daily. I am prone to acne and this never breaks me out. I LOVE the gradual color it gives me. Not at all orange looking like most self tanners and the smell isn't even all that bad." by eyring

"I use this so I can continue to keep my tan. It works nicely for a tiny bit. I haven't seen a huge difference but that's probably because i don't use it continue as i should have. I like that it has spf 20 but smells like coconut. It warms up my face since when i wake up to cleanse my face it gets really pale. I've been using this product since september and its november now i still have my tan." by missn74

Jergens - Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer-SPF 20

5. Fake Bake - flawless self tan liquid - 30 reviews--Average Rating: 4.4--- 86% would buy again--- Package Quality: 3.9

What the company says:

"Flawless is applied with a professional mitt (INCLUDED) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The fast drying, fast absorbing formula is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake's exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types. Pleasantly fragranced with a tropical scent. No artificial preservatives or parabens."

What the reviewers say:

"I love this self-tanner! I've tried so many, about every one you can buy in a drugstore and also sun labs. Was pretty pleased with sun labs, but was still having a slight streaking problem. Bought FB Flawless on Amazon for really inexpensive, and Hallelujah I found my HG. The mitt makes for easy streak free application, the color guard of course really helps with this too. I did have a bit of a problem with the spray nozzle leaking, but a snip to shorten the straw fixed that little problem. I can't use the latex gloves under the mitt though, for some reason the mitt slips that way. I highly recommend this tanner!" by blond1wd

Fake Bake - flawless self tan liquid

4. Olay - Touch of Sun - overnight - 20 reviews--- Average Rating: 4.5--- 90% would buy again ---Package Quality: 4.1

What the company says:

"Gives skin a sun-kissed glow. Designed for Light to Medium skin tones. Olay Quench Plus Touch of Sun is a long-lasting Olay body lotion infused with a kiss of self tanner, so every day you will subtly enhance your skin's tone and color as you deeply moisturize. Immediately, this non-greasy body lotion will provide a burst of moisture that will last for 24 hours, like your regular Olay body lotion. In a few days, it will gradually enhance your skin's tone and color without streaks or orange coloring. With regular use, it will give you soft, moisturized skin and maintain a natural and gentle glow all year round. Olay Quench Plus Touch of Sun works with your skin's unique chemistry to bring out your natural radiance. It will give you a beautiful sun-kissed glow all year round."

What the reviewers say:

"I love this tanner. It gave me a really dark tan and it smells great. The tan is so natural looking. No orange color. I think it's a great value. The tan was also long lasting on me. It's better than many more expensive tanners I've tried." by Love2read

"i've tried other self-tanners and out of all the ones i have tried this is the best. there isn't much of a smell and the colour stays on without streaking. i use it mostly during the summer. now that's its winter i haven't touched it in awhile. it made my legs look really radiant and healthy." by brandsjunkie

3. Sally Hansen - Airbrush Legs Deep Glow - Average Rating: 43 reviews---Average Rating: 4.3--- 90% would buy again--- Package Quality: 3.7

What the company says:

"Sally Hansen airbrush legs new enhanced coverage. Spray-on makeup with enhanced coverage makes legs look and feel silky smooth and sexy. Stays fresh and natural looking all day. Transfer and water-resistant. Light glow-for fair skin tones, medium glow-for light to medium skin tones, tan glow-medium to tan skin tones, deep glow-for tan to deep skin tones."

What the reviewers say:

"I'm obsessed with this product!! I'm a self tanner junkie but this is perfect for special occasions. I spray it on a large kabuki brush and then apply ALL over. Not just on legs. I even put it on my face and I have never broke out from it. No smell and stays put. It washes off in the shower but you have to scrub it off." by underage

"LOVE this stuff! I have found a way to use this with the least fuss, I simply get a dollop of any body lotion then spray the sally hansen directly into it and rub it into my legs. I find it dries almost instantly (even with the lotion) looks AMAZINGLY natural, doesn't streak or blotch and lasts until I shower." by goldensyrup

2. Unlisted Brand - TanTowel - all - Average Rating: 24 reviews---4.8 ---100% would buy again--- Package Quality: 4.5

What the company says:

"TanTowel Plus Half Body - 10 Pack is a box of self tanning towelettes with a revolutionary self-tanning formula that dries in seconds and wont discolor ankles, knees, elbows, or joints. The formula is non-streaking and easy to apply. The pulp fiber towelette exfoliates the skin during application and allows for a more even tan. It has a clean, citrus fragrance that dissipates within 5 minutes. Plus is for medium to dark skin tones."

What the reviewers say:

"Hands down one of my top fav self tanners!!!! Streak free amazing color, fast to apply, no strong smell, doesn't wipe off!!! I literally apply this before bed and go to sleep on WHITE SHEETS and it doesn't rub off one bit!!! I get color like I laid for a couple of hours in the sun with just one application. I will buy these forerver! Bye Bye sun!" by FacciaBella5

"I use these on my face and hands with excellent results! The color is beautiful, doesn't sink into lines on the hands and doesn't break me out or give me black/whiteads. I've never found a self tanner that would work on my hands until these. Always remember to exfoliate first though! Kind of expensive but worth it!" by ter61

1. Neostrata - Self Tan - Average Rating: 4.5--- 91% would buy again Package ---Quality: 4.1

What the company says:

"2 in 1 instant bronzer and tanner that allows an even and smooth application.

Ideal for:

All skin types

Face, body

All ages


Allows for an easy and uniform application

Provides rich & natural-looking colour instantly."

What the reviewers say:

"This is the best sunless tanner I have ever used.

No orange, natural looking (but gives plenty of color!), and the scent really does not bother me. Use gloves to prevent stained palms.

People always comment on my nice "tan", and it's because of this stuff. I have to order it online from Canada, which is kind of a pain, but I do it because this stuff is worth it. :)" by krysownzu

"After reading all the reviews on here, I decided to purchase this product. Its absolutely amazing!!!! No orange, no bad smell, no 'dirty' skin', and it's very easy to apply. The bottle is a good size, and it takes very little to cover everywhere. It spreads easily, and the dark brown coloring makes it easy to see where you've applied the product. I'll never buy another self-tanner!" by Keeshuh


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