Rated 3.95 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Perfect tanner for my face
I am somewhat olive-toned and tan pretty easily (just a bit pink at first and can get quite dark), but in the winter I become paler and I do like a subtle tan on my face and legs, especially from a product without a guide that I can control (like drops), and with no transfer. Personally I'd rather be less tanned and have a no mess/no drama product. I have tried 27 self tanners from grocery store to high end. St Moriz mousse produced a nice color on my legs but I didn't care for the guide color.
For a couple of years I have been using ONLY La Mer Soleil Gradual Tan on my face (only thing I trusted unril now) and various cheaper self tanners on my legs (lately mostly Tan Luxe Gradual and Jergens) to match my naturally tanned arms (these products are a bit warm on me so not a perfect match but close). La Mer is great on my face, but the very steep price and recent challenges in finding La Mer online caused me to want to find a new substitute product for my face. However, until recently I was afraid to try anything that would turn out bad and I'd have to go out in public looking ridiculous.
To be honest I wasn't sure about Tanologist, it seemed a bit young for me (I'm in my 50s), but I read really great things about the color being less warm and more neutral so I decided to try the Dark shade. First I tried it on my stomach mixed with moisturizer, and then the next day I mixed 4 drops in Cetaphil moisturizer (about a nickel sized amount in my palm) and applied to my face/neck/chest with exam gloves (to avoid staining nails/hands). Something I also did – and I don't recommend doing this - but just to verify this stuff actually worked, I also put one straight drop (no moisturizer) on the inside of my arm and WOW it really worked in a BIG way (this dark spot took a week to go away). Note: this product has a slow fade so I think it is best to start with fewer drops and always mix with moisturizer or some other product.
Another thing to note is that this is a relatively slow developing tanner – over 8 hours before it is fully developed, at least for me. So the following AM, before it was fully developed, I saw a nice sheen and glow but I became somewhat impatient about the color on my face and I decided to add apply 4-5 more drops (again mixed with Cetaphil), which ended up being too much together with the previous 4 drops the day before. The color was nice and even, absolutely no orange or yellow, but WAY too dark for me. It faded down very evenly/nicely after about 3-4 days with normal washing/exfoliating (no major scrubbing needed), and I decided to start again more conservatively, with just one drop this time. The next evening I used 2 drops mixed in and I was thrilled with the color – an even better color on me than La Mer (which I love but has a slight yellow undertone on me). Also, while La Mer's Miracle Broth agreed with my skin it can be a bit too rich for my combination skin/large pores (so I only used it twice week). Tanologist drops are even BETTER for my skin type – you use your own moisturizer so not as oily and absolutely NOTHING in my pores, not over moisturized at all.
The smell of the Tanologist drops is very faint – maybe a little like a citrusy-pear smell and little if any self tan smell (not that this bothers me) while developing. I also applied on my legs (6 drops mixed with about a nickel sized amount of moisturizer) and it produced a very good natural match for my arms (with even a little realistic pink tone in there), no splotches or streaks, but for some reason the color produced on my face is the BEST part about this product for me – it produces the most perfect natural neutral tanned shade, the least warm ever, even/no streaks/spots, and the best I've ever seen on my face (to date, on my face I've only used: La Mer, Tan Luxe drops, Tan Luxe Gradual, and now these Tanologist drops).
I saw absolutely no transfer from Tanologist on pillows/sheets (but I always put down ones I don't care about to be safe). A tiny bit comes off on a tissue after a hot shower so best to avoid hot showers and pat dry. The bottle seems small but lasts a long time and I can't believe this $20 product is actually a better tanning product for my face than my La Mer Gradual!! I may try the Tanologist water or mousse on my legs over the summer when my arms get darker from running/gardening outside but I am thrilled to have found the best self tanner for my face. The only negatives I see for this product is the development time is a bit slow (so be patient before adding more!) and some may not want the alcohol in the drops but it works out great for me and my skin time! I am so pleased this !!
Most Helpful Critical Review You can get better for the price
I wanted to love these drop so badly :(
My legs are super white and I wanted a product I could use both face and body but I refuse to put body products on my face so I liked that I could mix this separately with my face moisturizer. Also my legs don't tan as much as the rest of my body so I wanted to use more there than the rest of me. So that's a pro for me, as well as the fact that if rubbed in completely it doesn't really streak. But that's where the pros end.
-THE SMELL IT LEAVES! it claims to be fragrance free, but the smell stays on your skin just as much as a spray tan smell would. Even when mixed with scented lotion it dries with a smell. And no, the shower doesn't get rid of it either.
-can be pretty orange if you're trying to go for a dark color, this is not it sis.
-the dropper is hard to get perfect drops as well as squeeze to fill up the dropper all the way. Probably due to the consistency, but also when mixed with lotion it just gives you a watery lotion which is weird. Also if not mixed in completely some of the drops/color will leave a splotch were its more concentrated instead of completely mixed in with the lotion. Even if the tan drops run to the side of your hand while mixing.
- because it has to be mixed with a lotion you put in your hands right? Well you wash your hands so you don't have orange palms but now you have pale backs of your hands and a harsh line like you tan with glove on. Awkward. So then what? Do I mix it in a dish and dab it on the back of my hands? That's a lot of extra work.
- 4 drops on my face made me look like a Cheeto.
-and finally my current situation/problem. I have two different color legs. I counted out exactly 10 drops both legs and I guess since the dropper won't give you a nice clean drop, one got a little more product than the other.
Reviewed by 205 customers Best tanning drops, by far
Cat from Chicago, Il
I think I've tried them all and these are completely perfect. No smell, at all. Consistent, reliable dark color. I love these.
I'm in love!!!
Victoria Z. from Arizona
I already have a medium/olive complexion but I bought these drops just for an extra glow during the fall/winter months. I am so impressed! I bought the "medium" shade and it gives me the perfect glowy tan. There is a bit of an art to applying so that it doesn't get patchy. Also, the smell is amazing!
The ONLY downside to this product is the fact that you can't see whether or not you are applying it evenly because the drops are clear-ish. The tan itself is not patchy, it more depends on your application method so again there's a bit of a learning curve.
I definitely will keep purchasing though!
worked well but broke me out
Kylie from Phoenix
I am not one to have acne at all, and after using this product I have never had more zits on my face. I did some research, and many people were saying that this doesn't break them out and it shouldn't, but it definitely did. I have very dry skin so the only thing I can think of is the sudden change?? This product did leave a very nice tan though. Would recommend to anyone without sensitive skin.
Better than isle of paradise
Meadow from Texas
Great product! It doesn't smell at all. Tanning drops has been my favorite discovery this year.
So good even on sensitive skin
Emily from Philadelphia, PA
I have very sensitive skin, I get contact dermatitis/hives with a lot of products so I was especially nervous trying this on my face. Long story short if you are on the fence just get this! It is so good I love how you can control how deep the tan is depending on drops and by just mixing with moisturizer. I never self tan and I'm general have a light olive complexion so I was apprehensive but honestly I had no streaks and a very even application by just rubbing this in with my hands. I will say I definitely rubbed all of the lotion in extensively and worked the drops into the lotion before application so maybe that's why my tan turned out so well if others are complaining of streaks. Definitely get this and you'll be impressed!
Emma from Virginia
I have bought multiple bottles of this stuff. I just add a couple drops when putting my lotion on and hours later have a perfect tan. I've used the water mist of this and would buy this drop over the most.
So easy, dries fast
Bex from Alaska
Love this product. I would recommend using a tanning mitt to apply this with your moisturizer because it can make your hands very dark if you use them to apply this tanner. Stays for 5-7 days perfect for using after the shower. Dries like normal lotion, doesn't feel sticky, doesn't transfer. Such a less time consuming process compared to other self tanners
LOVE THIS PRODUCT
JOLENE from LAFAYTTE ,LA
I found that this product works great with hemp lotion it gave me a great natural glow I put some on a Saturday and again the Thursday I am learning when to apply more and how many days before applying again. It does not have a strong small he smells just like any tanning lotion to me but I like how it doesn't make me feel all sticky like some lotions do ..The glow from it is beautiful and usually last about 4 to 6 days seems like.
Like I have said I am still learning this product but so far loving it and will be buying the bigger bottle next and use it year around..
Would not buy this again
Jhen from Anchorage, AK
I'm usually tan easily and get super dark but in the winter I get so pale and decided to self tan for the first time. This product left me so orange that I won't even leave my house because I'm so embarrassed
Definitely one of my favorites
sad from saint Louis
In all honestly I love this product! I have learned through trial and error. I have a medium skin tone i learned that the medium made me look organ when I used 7+ drops bu then I ordered the dark ton and it is absolutely perfect. 5 drops my legs and arms, 2-3 on my face and neck. all about experimenting with this product. I cannot wait to buy more!
Lexy from Michigan
Okay this has saved me SO much money because now I don't have to buy like 3 different foundations to match my face in the winter, so I live in Michigan it's getting cold outside but my body keeps color and my face gets super white, These look soo good like I just got out the sun and they help a lot with eyebags because when your pale they are super noticeable. Anyways I use my face wash than the ordinary niacitimid (idk how to spell) and than I wait a little and use it cosmetics moisturizer with the drops and i use quite a lot and it developed overnight and hasn't been streaky at all
Does the job
Amber from Wisconsin
As a very experienced self tanner, I was impressed with this product. I would not recommend using the drops directly on the skin as it will probably streak and you will use it up extremely fast, but rather put it in your favorite body lotion. I mixed this with my hempz body moisturizer and I got a nice even tan! Also- Expect the typical tan scent while it develops!
Nilca from Massachusetts
I bought this because I don't go tanning & I was hating how white I was getting. I tried it, the first time was ok I didn't exfoliate which caused some areas to be blotchy. The more you do it the better it'll be. I use this all the time especially now that winter is coming. I just add lotion to it & I wait til it's completely dry & go about my day!
pasty princess from Texas
These are SO easy to customize, mix with lotion or moisturizer, and dry so well. They gradually add up to a gorgeous tan and the smell of your lotion easily covers the very light tanning smell. All these reviews say that it won't come off, but I really appreciate when my self tanner sticks around… would recommend!
Obsessed with Tanologist!
MakeupbyTaylor from Warwick,RI
I've used this product for about 2 weeks and its amazing! I work in tanning salons and I've used all the self tanners you could possibly think of and this product takes the cake. Its tricky to use because you really don't know how much product to use. You kinda learn through trial and error but once you get the science down, its an amazing product to have.
Great product…when used correctly!
EmWhy from NJ
I'm confused by all the negative reviews. This is a great product…if you use it correctly and purchase the best shade for your skin tone. If you're extremely fair, purchased the dark, and are using 10 drops at a time, it's no surprise it doesn't look natural. You also need to take your time when mixing with your lotion and applying to skin. Investing an extra few minutes to thoroughly blend & smooth on skin makes a difference! Although this is much easier to use than traditional self tanners, it's not 100% foolproof. Any tanning product, no matter what kind, can leave streaks/unevenness if supplied hastily. Exfoliating prior to application and/or using a mitt to apply lotion may help. I chose the light. I'm somewhat fair, but get decent color in the summer. I use just two drops of this stuff in my lotion (that's it!) and it gives a nice, natural glow enhancing the tan I already have. I also don't use every day. A few times a week is all I need to maintain. There's no drying time—I haven't had any color transfer or staining on clothes, pjs, or sheets. Biggest bonus for me is there is virtually no smell. As someone who's hyper-sensitive to most scents, which can trigger migraines, this is very important to me. Years ago I tried another popular brand of gradual self-tanner lotion, but the smell was unbearable. Not the case with these drops. I highly recommend!
Jules from Virginia
Great color and no scent
Burned my face
grace from Glen allen Virginia
Left my face looking so splotchy and orange. My eyes are burning and while washing my face my skin kept burning. I don't know what's in this, but if you have sensitive skin or are prone to break outs DONT USE THIS
Won't use the rest of bottle
Christa from Denver, CO
Made me look orange. And it was splotchy on the face. I've done a lot of different self tanners but this is not one of the better ones :/ probably won't use the rest of the bottle
I do not recommend
Suzy from Mobile, AL
Tried this product since I have a hard time tanning naturally. Applied 3 drops to 1.5 pumps of Nivea lotion and rubbed into foot for a patch test then immediately washed my hands to prevent staining to my palms. Product gradually darkens over 4-6 hours and left my foot a streaky orange shade. Fortunately with an exfoliating cloth and some soap I was able to scrub it off and it didn't stain my hands at all which was the only good thing about it.
Works but PATCHY
Whit from Jackson
Wanted to love this product. First of all I normally get medium to dark in self tanners because I am more olive toned. I purchased lights and one drop is MORE than enough. It patched and collected on my face after days and made me look like I had bad foundation lines without makeup
WORST PRODUCT EVER
Sophia from Connecticut
This is literally the worst self tanner/product i have ever purchased in my entire life. The color is nice, but it comes off throughout the day and it is IMPOSSIBLE. I scrubbed my face for HOURS TO GET IT TO COME OFF!!! DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT I REPEAT!!! YOU WILL REGRET IT
It really works!!
venus814 from Cleveland
I saw these drops and knew they were for me! I use the medium, mixed with LaRoche Posay Lipikar AP+ immediately after showering 3-4×/week and I look like I've been laying out! I have had no streaks or blotches. I do need to apply less aon my knees, they have really absorbed the color. I'm so glad I got these drops!
Hailey from Jacksonville, FL
If I could give this 0 stars I would. I had so much faith in this product and gave it NUMEROUS tries. Splotchy as all get out, orange, and DOESN'T WASH OFF.
Jean from New Jersey
Mix with moisturizer. Great tan.