best self tanners

July 7th, 2011

So, now that you’ve spent the Fourth of July weekend lathered in sunscreen, are you ready to get a little (fake) glow?

I’ve spent the last few weeks testing a bunch of self-tanners, so that you guys can look as bronzed and tan as you like, without ever setting foot in the sun. 

(On a side note, being a beauty product guinea pig is not such a bad job, although I did have some days of seriously streaky tans to show for it!)

So, without further adieu, my list of the best self tanners for 2011:

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess:
You guys have already heard me rave about this line, but the self-tanner might be my favorite part of it.  I got a beautiful bronze tan without any orange or streaking (you can see it in this post) that looked totally streak-free and completely natural.  Estée Lauder makes separate products for face and body, but the bottle will last a long time, and I think you can definitely get away with buying just one.  The Bronze Goddess line is limited edition, and I’m dreading the day they’re gone!  $26, at department stores or online.

Jergens Natural Glow:
Jergens moisturizers with a hint of self-tanner have become hugely popular, and for good reason.  I knew so many people who swore by this that I had to try it out!  The color developed really subtly, and I didn’t get that greasy self-tanner feel.  This just felt like moisturizer, and left a little glow behind.  For half the price of a movie ticket, this is definitely worth a try!  $7, at drugstores or Amazon.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze:
I’d been using this off and on the last three years, but this summer, the bottle changed and I think the formula may have too.  This was the strongest self tanner that I applied — I was tan after one application, but it was also a little prone to streaking.  It left behind this really pretty shimmer after applying it, which was probably worth the price in itself!  If you can find them, the towelette version of this L’Oreal self tanner are also amazing.  $8, at drugstores or Amazon.

Clarins has cornered the market on upscale self tanners for as long as I can remember, and no list of great self tanners would be complete without them.  The one I tried gave a radiant, subtle, natural color, and it was the only self-tanner that I actually forgot I’d applied after it dried (no stickiness or greasiness at all).  On the other hand, it takes several applications for this to really make a difference, and it’s the most expensive of the bunch, by quite a bit.  Still, though, a great product!  $42, at department stores or Sephora.

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindsey // Jul 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’ve been using the Clarins one forever, but it is so expensive!  But the bottle lasts a long time, so it’s not so bad.  It works so well, and I always get compliments!

  • 2 Emily // Jul 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

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  • 3 Sarah H // Jul 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    My only hesitation with Jergens and Clairins (I’ve used both of these) is the smell… I’m sooo sensitive to the smell of sunless tanners and I get paranoid that they are especially potent on me 🙁

    I went to Sephora and talked to them about this concern and they recommended St. Tropez Gradual Tan Lotion. It smells really nice (like perfume) and I love it! It works really similarly to the Jergens one too.


  • 4 Kelly // Jul 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I LOVE self tanner!  They have improved so much in the last few years, there’s really no need to ever get a real tan.  Have you tried spray tans?

  • 5 Best Self Tanner // Aug 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I have personally used the Jergens natural glow and honestly it is one of the best self tanners I have ever put on. The other ones are great but this one got the job done.

    Which one would you say is the one that you would personally go for?

    I know you listed Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess first.

  • 6 Self Tanner // Aug 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I really like the Jergens Natural Glow, it gives great color and you really can’t beat the price!

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