BeautyBest of Self Tanners 2008

Self tanning is hard enough as is- so why even bother trying unless you’re armed with the best possible products to do so? For the past couple of months, a couple of us here at TDO have been testing out various self tanners available on the market and have narrowed down some of our favorites. So whether you are a tanning newbie or just want to upgrade your product for your next tan, keep reading for what we thought were the best!

1. Clarins Delicious Self Tanner: I have always associated Clarins with some of the finest sun care/self tanners on the market and their newest product does not disappoint. First of all, if you’re going to be smearing something all over your entire body, it might as well smell delicious. And this product with its peach bellini fragrance definitely tops the list. What I also like is that the product is colored and instantly goes on your body in a subtle bronze shimmer. Not only will you truly not miss a spot- but you’ll look tan instantly- and hours before the product actually does its job.

2. Clinique Touch of Bronze Moisturizing Body Lotion is perfect for those who prefer their tanning process to be slow and steady. It takes a few days to build up a light tan but you won’t be surprised with a too-dark color right off the bat. Since the product builds, it is more forgiving of mistakes each individual time you apply. Since this is almost more of a body moisturizer than a self tanner, it’s appropriate to use on a daily basis. In fact some of my friends have replaced their after shower moisturizer with this Clinique product and have loved the glow in their skin.

3. GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face and Body Natural Protein Tan by FusionBeauty is one of the best self-tanners I’ve ever tried!”- claims our LA Editor. (And she’s tested a lot!) Its pure sugarcane-derived formula creates a perfect shade of tan every single time by working with your skin’s natural keratin proteins to give you a natural glow. It’s super easy to use – you just mist it on and then rub it in with your hands to make sure it’s evenly distributed. It dries instantly (I know that a lot of products say that, but this one really delivers) and it doesn’t stain your clothes or leave you with a lingering self-tanner smell. The color that developed on me was a natural, golden brown and it lasted for about 10 days (I used it with the Micro-Nutrient Face and Body Natural Protein Tan Enhancing Emulsion, which I highly recommend). I was also happy to note that I didn’t have any obvious tan lines around my ankles, which seems to happen with every other self-tanner I use (maybe I’m ankle challenged?) It’s available in two shades – light and medium, but I’m pale and I used the medium formula, so I think most people would look good with that as well. At $58, it isn’t the cheapest self-tanner out there, but it’s worth it to get a natural tan with no streaks that doesn’t vanish the next day. And just think – what you spend at the store, you’ll save in stain-free sheets and clothes!

4. Model Co Self Tanning Gloves: For those gals that like instant gratification, look no further than this You simply put this tanner infused glove on and swipe all over your body. Since this is a liquid formula, theres no stickiness left behind and it dries instantly. Plus you’ll never have to guess how much product to use as the Glove dispenses just what is needed to achieve a healthy glow. You have to be conscientious not to miss spots but if you can do that- you will get the most natural tan within just a few hours. One application lasted on me for a week and you can deepen your color by applying another layer the next day.


  1. Roxy  |  24 June 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Think I’m going to have to get me some Clarins Delicious based on this list – thanks, TDO!! xo

  2. Carol Esmund  |  9 September 2009 at 4:04 PM

    I prefer Moisture Tan at it has a much better prices and doesn’t smell like these do. Hope this helps! Carol.

  3. Jessica  |  19 May 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Carol, I love your reviews, but you are missing one of the best tanners! If you are looking for a great self tanner, you should try Beautisol. Their products are AMAZING- The color is golden brown and beautiful plus their tanner is tinted w/ a Dark guide color so I get immediate gratification! I have used TONS of other products, and this is by far my FAVORITE! Everytime I use it, people ask if I just got back from a week vacation in Hawaii. And the absolute best part about it is–it has NO SMELL! They use this revolutionary technology called SMELL RIGHT which takes away the HORRIBLE processing odor. They also have how-to videos to get a perfect application. Basically, I cant say enough about the product. Check them out!

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