Note: I purchased this product myself. This was not a gift or a product given for a review. I actually just really love this product. The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely my own.
I’m pale. Actually, I’m nearly translucent. Thanks to my Scot-Irish heritage, “tanning” typically means “burning”. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve spent a fair amount of my younger years in a tanning bed, and laid by the pool with bronzing lotion with no more than SPF 15. Not to mention the several times I’ve gone to Warped Tour, stood in the blistering sun, and didn’t even think of applying sunscreen. (Idiot, right?) As I age, I’ve learned to listen to the thousands of beauty magazines and medical professionals telling us to say NO to tanning beds and YES to constantly applying sunscreen.
Still, I long for that (extremely unrealistic) natural, gorgeous glowing tan skin. My desire has lead me down many paths and often, I end up with a disaster. I’ve tried the cheapest and some of the most expensive self-tanning solutions, and more often than not, I end up disappointed. Then, late the other night, I was channel-surfing and for whatever reason, I stopped on QVC where they were highlighting Tarte’s sunless tanner. I’ve never made a purchase from a home shopping channel, and I wasn’t planning to start then. Although the QVC special was an unbelievably good deal, I wanted to try it out first. So, the next day, I went to Ulta, hoping they would have it in stock, and much to my delight, they did!
I gave it a try, and I am happy to say that after years of failed formulas, I’ve finally found the very best self tanner for pale skin. I featured this product in my May 2014 Monthly Must-Haves and promised to do a product highlight, and here it is! So if you’re like me, and afraid of looking like a mid-1980s Michael Jackson, you have got to try TARTE Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face & Body Self Tanner, $39.
Watch my video about this product here:
What They Say:
According to Tarte’s website, you will “achieve a healthy faux-glow while delivering skin-brightening vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acids with this maracuja-infused self-tanner. This perfectly-hued bronze gives skin a sunkissed warmth that never looks fake or orange and thanks to the included perfect application mitt you’re guaranteed an easy, clean and streak-free tan every time! While you’ll be admiring your newly bronzed bod, your skin will be soaking in all of the benefits of maracuja oil, known to replenish, rebuild and brighten skin for a youthful and healthy appearance year-round.”
What I Say:
First, they claim your tan will not be streaky, and it won’t be orange. For pale girls like myself, this is usually the biggest disappointment. Some of the most popular sunless tanners, like St. Tropez and Kardashian Self Tanners are formulated for darker skin tones, with olive undertones, leaving pale girls with painfully obvious fake tans.
What I Love:
Easy Application: The application is simple, and with the immediate bronzing effect, you’re able to tell where you’ve already applied, making streaky tans obsolete. You don’t even have to exfoliate before applying, but it is recommended. I grabbed an exfoliating glove from Ulta, and made sure to shower and shave before. I do think this helped my tan last a lot longer than if I had skipped this step. Still, the actual application process was a breeze. I did have to enlist my husband’s help to apply it to my back, though.
Bang for Your Buck: I bought my first bottle about 45 days ago. I’ve applied it three times so far, and there’s plenty left in the bottle. The tan also lasts up 7-10 days. In my opinion, the price, the finished look, and the length of wear makes it much better than a spa spray tan (which can last up to two weeks, but with the same price tag).
Moisturizing Benefits: This sunless tanner is full of skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Tarte’s favorite ingredient, maracuja oil. Maracuja oil is a revolutionary oil from an Amazonian superfruit full of essential fatty acids and antioxident benefits. It’s actually been compared to argan oil numerous times. According to Tarte, maracuja oil is a “powerful, anti-aging oil that provides instant hydration” to deliver “an overall rejuvenated and even-toned complexion.” I must say, after applying for the first time, I could immediately tell a difference in my skin’s hydration. It looked healthier and felt much softer.
No Nasty Odor: Okay, this is a HUGE plus. Most sunless tanners I’ve used smell absolutely terrible. This one has barely any scent, and the little scent it does have smells great. Other tanner I’ve tried only smell worse as they start to work, but this one seriously has no lingering scent.
Design & Packaging: As is the case with most Tarte products, the packaging is adorable. The purple applicator mitt with its purple floral design is not only super cute, it’s also more functional than most other applicator mitts. With others, I would have to wear gloves under the mitt to avoid orange hands from the tanner seeping through the mitt’s fabric. However, the design of this mitt is flawless! There’s a special lining in the mitt — it feels like some type of soft plastic — and it keeps your palms protected so there’s no need for gloves.
Other Important Notes: I haven’t used this on my face yet. Even though it has been an awesome purchase, I don’t know how I feel about using this on my face. I’ve never used a tanning product on my face, and can usually get away with just shade matching and using a bit of bronzer. I’ve read other reviews and people say the actual face tanning towelettes are great, but they didn’t come with mine. In fact, I think they only come with the QVC special.
I also found it’s pretty important to wash the application mitt after each use. The second time I used it, I didn’t wash it, and it made application a bit of a (pardon my French) pain in my ass. The dried tanner was flaking on my skin, and it just looked like a mess. Since they recommend not showering for 8 hours (to achieve the tan’s full effect), I was stuck with the flakiness for the entire day. I did, however, wash it after that use and on my third try, it was good as new.
That about does it! I’m so excited I’ve found this product and I’m looking forward to many pool days (and beach days if I’m lucky) this summer and I’m relieved to know I won’t be blinding anyone with my stark white skin.
Have you ever tried Tarte’s Brazilliance™ Sunless Tanner? If so, what did you think? What other sunless tanners have you tried? Do you have any other recommendations? Share with me in the comment section below! Until next time…