Rated 4.31 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I was hesitant - but I LOVE it! Definitely my new go-to!
I have older (I'm 51) skin that has seen way too much sun. I have tried for the last few years to limit my sun exposure - but tan is just so much prettier than white! I have been self-tanning for many years, but pretty much exclusively over the last several summers. Fake Bake original and Dark were my favorites - but I've always hated the overspray that gets on my floors and it doesn't last long enough. I've tried several mousse products and not found one that I loved as much. I tried this one on a whim (I have about 3 other brands sitting in my cupboard that I don't like), just trying to see if there is one that I like better than the Fake Bake. I LOVE this one. It is definitely my new favorite. Everything is super even. Even my feet are even! Color is perfect (I did the Ultra Dark color), and so far - it's been about 3 days, and it's still looking great! Smell is pretty much non-existent. The ONLY criticism that I had - is that it stays tacky for quite a while. Many other reviews said it dried quickly - maybe compared to other mousse products - but definitely not in comparison to the Fake Bake. I did use powder after about 15 minutes, and that helped enough to go to sleep. I always tan at night and shower in the morning. I find it works a billion times better that way. But, I may give this one a chance during the day to see how it does after only an hour or two. It does have a very dark guide - but I couldn't care less, as I only sleep in it and wash it off. To the review saying they scrubbed it off - that was the guide! The guide is always way darker and greenish - that is so you don't end up orange! LOL. All-in-all I really love this one! It also did not dry me out like many do. I give it a 9/10. It also seems to be fading quite evenly - no splotchiness at all so far (which is the #1 reason I refuse to spray tan anymore!). But truthfully, after 3 days, it's hardly faded much, so jury is still out!
Most Helpful Critical Review Pretty good, but not in love
First of all, I love that Australian Gold uses all recycled waste to make their containers and that they have tanner refills so that I can use less plastic. That alone is a big win for me because I am a vegan who will try to create as little waste as possible. The color is nice- I left it on overnight and woke up looking super tan. I wore a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and socks to bed after the tanner dried, and somehow it still slightly stained my white sheets. I noted a light tint if red on the sheets which leads me to believe that this is a red-based tanner. My problem is that I applied it only a day ago and it is already fading in patches. I'm a longtime fake tanner so I always prep my skin well beforehand. Being in quarantine, I havent done and crazy activities that would make my skin rub on anything and fade the tan. There are noticable splotches where the tan is fading rapidly and it makes my tan look obviously fake. I know that this happens with tanners sometimes, but I don't experince this with another formula that I have been using for a while. So overall this is a pretty solid tanner and I would buy it again because of the refills, but its not my #1.
Reviewed by 140 customers Quick results!!
DRAA08 from texas
I used this product two ways the first time I only left on for a few hours which left me with a natural tan [lots of compliments] the second I slept in it and wow the results where amazing. big tick for me
Worst self tanning mousse I've ever tried.
Piper from Texas
I've tried this mousse several times and several ways and it is the WORST! I've tried several brands and formulas and this is not it. Streaky and clings to every dry patch!
Actually works. Love it.
Mo from Minneapolis
Lightweight and fragrance-free—this stuff does the trick. I was looking for something that I could apply after I shower at night, before bed, and this was so easy to apply. By morning I had a tan! I have light skin and was super nervous about steaks because of how easy it applies and absorbs into the skin, but very little streaks the next morning. Nothing I couldn't correct easily. I highly recommend if you are looking for a quick, low maintenance glow.
Washed right off
Bebbz2300 from NJ
I am alwys on the lookout for the next self tanner. My go to is san tropiz and loving tan. So far nothing comes close. This one did have a smootz application, I dont remeber an offensive odor, but it literally washed right off my legs the next day
This is a good one!!
Ab from Ohio
Ok so I am very pale & struggle to find a good self tanner. I love this one. It's so natural on me and not orange at all! It dries very fast and doesn't have an awful smell like other ones do. Perfect for anyone who loves a good natural tan :)
Please don't ever change this formula!
mq18 from US
Hands down (no orange mitts here) the best self tanning mousse I've used. It dries so super fast and never feels tacky for hours, unlike other brands at nearly twice the price that I've bought.
I hardly shave beforehand because it tends to build up in the hair follicles on my legs, but I do always exfoliate then apply and let sit overnight. Sometimes I put it on in the morning and wear all day as well. Either way works! This formula doesn't transfer onto my clothes/sheets. When I wash off later I'm a little less tan than I was before washing off the guide, but it's never a drastic color difference.
This builds easily if you want a deeper longer lasting tan and lasts a long time for me. I do sometimes experience patches when it fades, but honestly… I hardly ever let it go that long before reapplying this. Any product that's fading from your skin is bound to do that.
A. Mooler from Michigan
I'm not sure what the negative comments are about. This is the best self tanner I've used. Yes I would definitely recommend putting it on before bed and rinse in the morning. It lasts for at least 7 days if you moisturize your skin after every shower. Great color! Natural looking. I get a lot of compliments. People always think it's a real tan. I will be trying the ultra dark next.
Dark & Natural - been missing this from my life
Aliabunny from Dallas, TX
I am usually someone who goes for the brands from mass market but after being sold by the natural ingredients. I decided to try this product over the July 4th weekend and I received lots of compliments on my tan. This will be my new tan going forward.
Most natural colour
Liz from Santa Monica
I love this! I am quite fair with warm coloring and I use the Dark shade. I've been applying with the Loving Tan mitt. Use a little more than you think you need on your normal skin areas- that's the key to no streaks! Not using enough means uneven coverage. Then, use what's left on the mitt and smooth it over those dry areas (knees, elbows, ankles and feet, hands) and your face. The tan is so even, believable, and beautiful! Everyone thinks it's real.
Always get compliments!
Kayla from MI
I was using Bali Body but it was out of stock so long I opted for the Ulta Dark in this brand instead to try it out. Although it says you can rinse off the color guide after one hour, I never do, I always apply at night and then sleep with it on. The color the next morning is sooo pretty and not orange at all. I recently used it two nights in a row and I'm still not orange, just a deeper bronze. Every time I use it people always compliment my tan and want to know what I used. The smell is very light, and it's never been blotchy or streaky on me!
If you want a good tan.......
Fake Tan Fantasy from Ohio
My suggestion is to not follow the directions. I am an avid self tanner because of cancer history I don't go in the sun. If you only leave on for 1-3 hours this is going to wash off in the shower and make you look like you don't have a tan until this develops over the 24 hours after you apply. Here's what I do to get the max results from my self tan, apply it liberally, I usually do 2 coats. Then I leave it on for as long as I can. At least 12 hours but sometimes more if I sleep in it. Then I take a regular shower (with soap, just don't rub hard with a washcloth) showering like this will help take the smell away and you won't be transferring to every surface you touch. Blot dry with your towel, Don't rub!! As long as you leave it on for 12+ hours it won't affect your results. The key is leaving it on for enough time for it to start to develop while the color guard is still on. Yes this leaves you sticky for a while but I've only ran into a few that don't and they're very expensive. More than twice the cost of this product
Sally from Brooklyn
I've tried many fake tans and this is definitely my new go to! It has barely any scent and it does dry quick. I did sleep in the tan and showered it off in the morning it is a lovely brown golden shade.
Not worth the try
Skelley from Sacramento
Was trying to find a cheaper alternative to the Loving Tan and this wasn't it! Didn't leave me tan at all and stayed sticky even hours after applying. Would not recommend. Idk why it has such high reviews
Broke out in hives all over body
Brittany from Jacksonville
I'm so disappointed because I loved the color and application of this tanner. However, I broke out into severe hives after using this. Hives in every place I used the tanner. It blows my mind because I have been using sunless tanners for years and I've never had a bad reaction....this stuff is organic too, but I guess my sensitive skin didn't like it. I'll be returning it to Ulta.
Terrible, looks dirty
Jen from Michigan
I've used so many self tanners and this one is the worst I've tried. It looks like I rolled in dirt. There's no golden bronze here. The photo is 12 hours later, wiping it off. Will be returning.
SJ from SC
I love this product! It leaves a beautiful, natural looking tan that lasts about 3-4 days for me. I've tried more expensive products, and this is by far my favorite!
Liv from New Jersey
I was hesitant to buy because I have never used self tanner before, but I absolutely love it. I used the St Tropez mit and it applies so well and there were no streaks at all. I leave it on for longer than an hour and my tan comes out perfect and glowing! I will definitely be buying this again! :)
Not the greatest
Kate from North Carolina
Ive used a lot of tanner from more expensive ones like loving tan all the way down to cheap ones like the ulta brand. And all of them have one thing in common, they stink. But this one leaves almost no scent. The only bad thing is the tan fades very unevenly leaving patches of orange tint especially on my face.
Nana Liz from Coast of Maine
I love this! I am quite fair with warm coloring and I use the Dark shade.
I've been applying with the Loving Tan mitt. Use a little more than you think you need on your normal skin areas- that's the key to no streaks! Not using enough means uneven coverage. Then, use what's left on the mitt and smooth it over those dry areas (knees, elbows, ankles and feet, hands) and your face.
The tan is so even, believable, and beautiful! Everyone thinks it's real.
Becca from Tennessee
I dont know how this has so many good reviews. Maybe I got a bad batch. But this was so streaky, not long lasting, wore off splotchy and the color was strange. I'm a avid self tanner and I have used a lot of tanners and this is by far the worst!
Emily from San Francisco
Really good natural color on my olive toned skin. Color developed quickly and has lasted awhile. Only con is that it dries fast, so need to be precise with application
Tan doesn't stay
Stephanie from Illinois
I was excited to try this product. I put it on after showering and exfoliating and left it on for 4 hours. Once I got in the shower it all washed off. I will not be using this product again. I'm very disappointed.
Bianca from New Jersey
My tan came out even and the color is so beautiful! Live this!!
4/5 Stars, definitely top 3 favorite
Avid Self-Tanner from Tennessee
I bought this to give it a try. I've used St. Tropez express ultra dark mousse, loving tan ultra dark, and fake bake darker before. I got the 1 hour express ultra dark and I'm a naturally olive colored, white person. I applied it for three hours after exfoliating and moisturizer.
The color initially looked great going on, was tacky for about an hour and a half.
I washed it off and it felt like all of it went down the drain.
The next morning I woke up and it must have set it because the color was much darker than overnight.
I like that it's a safe product, the color was a nice tan, and the common self-tan smell was essentially nothing which I loved.
The only cons are you don't know what color you'll get after 12+ hours of it setting in, application you have to be quick because it dries and could leave streaks if not thorough, wasn't as dark as expected-good color though.
Kait from Charlotte, NC
A couple days before my birthday I went and got a spray tan which ended horribly. I was super streaky and it was not cute. With only a few hours before my party I was panicked. I went over to my local Ulta and was recommended this product. I was skeptical at first but willing to try anything. Let me tell you this saved me! After only an hour of letting it sit, my tan looked BEAUTIFUL! I was the perfect shade of dark and no one could tell that just a few hours earlier I was a streaky mess. It looked so natural and I received so many compliments. 1000% would recommend to anyone I know and will definitely be using it again soon!