Rated 3.87 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Holy grail for my fair skin
I have been using this stuff for years. The packaging changed a few years ago, but the product is still amazing. This is the only sunless tanner I've ever used on my fair skin that hasn't turned me orange. It gives a nice, natural glow. You can build it by applying daily until you get the desired results. It's a clear gel, and my method is to mix it 50/50 with a water based body lotion - only because I don't like a super dark fake tan, and I can build it more gradually that way. You don't NEED to do it this way, it's just what I prefer. It needs about 40 minutes in my experience to absorb if you go full force, less time if you cut it with lotion, depending on the lotion. Definitely exfoliate and be careful around heels, knees, elbows, hands, etc. - you know the drill. I even use this on my face, and I swear it improves my skin texture all over. Yes, it leaves a faint sunless tanner smell, but find me one that doesn't. I don't know how long you can actually keep these, but I've never used a whole one. One container lasts me the whole spring/summer season every year, which makes it cost effective too, IMO.
Bottom line: Highly recommend.
Most Helpful Critical Review Absolutely Terrible
First and foremost I have used TONS of self tanners and would say I am pretty skilled at application. Keep that in mind. I was suggested this product by a store member. I am an avid Loving Tan customer but was leaving for vacation the next day and did not realize I was out (only available online). Figured I would give it a shot. Here are my issues:
1. It is a very light tan and if I wanted to be BRONZED it would take multiple applications.
2. I applied it following the instructions and ended up a streaky, light orange mess.
3. However it clung to my hands like no one's business.
4. It faded in 2 days.
That being said it smells awesome and is moisturizing. I tried applying a second time after it completely faded, just to be sure it was not something on my end. The second application was worse than the first.
Reviewed by 47 customers Stinks, very oily, sticks to clothes
nrossero from Fort Lauderdale
I have tried literally every self tanning product out there. This is nothing like the description. It is very oily and greasy and I waited 30 minutes before putting clothes on and it is STILL sticking to everything. It's actually disgusting, all I want to do is get it off me. It's like being covered in Vaseline. Oh - and it STINKS. Very strong, pungent odor. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Loop from Eastern PA
I'm happy with the results after years of use! Just like the description says, it gives a natural tan that I can add to where I'd like a deeper shade. Following simple tips, like using less on knees and elbows, results in a deceptively real-looking tan! I've used other self tanning creams that left disappointing color results and unfixable glaring "goofs".
so easy to apply
plumleez from New York
I purchase this every year for a healthy glow. The product does not streak and apllies evenly without effort.
Fabulous color in a few days
Rominar14 from New York, NY
I have been using Clarins' Self Tanning gel for more than 4 years. It's easy to apply and quick to dry. It doesn't leave any traces or scent. Increíble product!!
Suegio from CA
I have used many different self tan products over the years and I return to this time each time, it gives a very natural looking tan. Yes, it does cost more than a lot of others out there, but I think it worth it and a little goes a long way.
I have used this for many years
Bertha from Wellington Florida
Use on my face at night so it drys by morning
Ash from Florida
I was excited to use this gel, as it claimed it wasn't oily and didn't smell terrible. Both of those are false. It never really seems to dry, it only gets sticky & you spend the entirety of the time it's on your skin smelling like dirty gym socks. For such a well known and respected brand I expected so much better. The only part of my body that even got a touch of color is my upper thigh and it looks like a speckled bird!! I read the reviews and although there were quiet a few who claimed it didn't give them any color I decided to see for myself. Also, I'm not sure why it's called "instant gel" as there is no color guide at all when applying. Even after a full nights sleep and applying twice I still have zero tan, therefore there is nothing instant about it! I will be returning it today and purchasing the Loving Tan (I think that's the brand) to try next. Extremely disappointed!
DEPENDABLE SELF TANNER
jannakatharine from Fort Worth, TX
Have been buying Clarins Self Tanning Gel for a long time. I have tried other self tanners with dismal results, always return to Clarins. Less messy, good color.
Joni from South Dakota
I bought it & used it every morning & honestly didn't see a difference like I thought you would for the price!!!
QUICK Non greasy Tan that smells good too !
Carcog from Florida
I have used your Tanning "liquid" for years. You don't make it any more so I worried that this product wouldn't be as good. It doesn't tan you quite as quick but I like it BETTER b/c it's an even tan, smells great and gives a great tan after only a few applications.
Not my favoritr
Melody83 from North Carolina
I have fair skin, so I've tried several different products. I love the face tint by Clarins, so I wanted to try this. However, I do not care for this gel. It doesn't apply evenly and ends up splotchy and doesn't have an even finish. I do think the smell is nice, but this product is not for me. I'll go back to my foam and lotions for my tanning needs.
Simply the BEST!
Manda from Minnesota
I am some what of a self tanner buff! I've tried nearly all of them in all different form sprays foams, gels, this outside of mystic tans was the first self tanner I ever used 12 years back and I've tried them all since and none of them quite hit the mark all around like this it's their original very first formula and by far the best! NO STREAKS NO ORANGE NO SMUDGING NOT A STRONG SMELL you can literally go to bed while it's still wet or get dressed before its driedn completely and it doesn't affect your tan or close one bit maybe once when I got into bed still pretty sticky I had some slight streaks on my sheets but still woke up with a million dollar tan it gets some deep and dark too layering it works great it's my go to it's well worth the money I swear when I use it I'm constantly asked if I just came back from a vacation or something it's the tanner that changed my life I used to be a tanorexic and this helped me transition into self tanner only because it's just so much healthier for your skin! I would recommend it to anyone! I stand by the tinted gel formula the other products are quite as amazing
Lovelylisa from Wells ME
I've been using this for years. It tans quickly. The color is warm and golden. I also like that it's not greasy.
Best Self Tanner Ever
Nzbraughton from Los Gatos, CA, USA
I love this self tanner. I used to go to a spray tanning place. It was much more expensive, time consuming, and was splotchy. This self tanner is so natural smooth and natural looking. People think I have a real tan. It lasts quite a while too. They have improved the product so that it does not have an offensive odor too, it takes a while to dry, but I just plan that into my day,
Good for face
Brenda from Windsor, CT
This gel-consistency product is very good for tanning the face, as the color it creates is subtle and not obvious. But because it doesn't dry quickly like other self-tanning products, I prefer other brands for the rest of the body.
Beautiful Glow for my fair skin
LindsB from Virginia
I love the instant gel. It creates a beautiful natural looking tan for my fair skin. I mix it with body lotion sunce I am so fair and it works perfectly for me.
One of my most essential products!
Jam2 from NY
I apply this to my face every morning after washing. It gives me a natural golden color to which I add a little blush. Even my hairdresser complimented me for great skin that doen't need makeup.. Yes, a certain amount of any self-tanner will wash off. But since i use the Clarins everyday, I maintain the tanned color even after washing.
Some self-tanners give me a greenish muddy color. ( I would assume for more olive coloring.) But this product looks totally normal on me and I consider it one of my great finds.
Can't wait to return!
Sticky Skin from NY
Since they were out of the golden glow booster I was advised to buy this because it's the "best self tanner". I cant wait to return it, the smell is awful and it leaves yours skin feeling sticky.
Not a favorite
Green Eyes from USA
I purchased this as a face self-tanner as the product description indicates that it is for both the body and face. After using this several times on my face, I came to the conclusion that, while this did give me a good amount of color, the shade I got was more pink (dare I say even orange-y) than bronze. I wasn't altogether unhappy with the effect because I figured that some color was better than none, and it evened out my skin tone. However, I decided to see what else was out there and found a much better product from another brands.
This is a thick gel which reminds me more of Vaseline. No matter how thinly I applied it, I was left with a greasy residue on my face that stayed until morning when I washed it off. Just having a coating of product on my face was unsettling, but I also suspect that it was giving me blackheads on my cheeks. Also, this seemed so thick that it didn't spread well. This was a small problem on my face, but I can't imagine how one would spread it all over the body easily.
Wonderful tan in 4 to 6 hours!
KimL from Bloomington, MN
don't drench your entire body at once as the mild smell becomes a bit over the top. Work in sections over a couple days.
Use at Night!!
LaraLuLu from South Carolina
I tried this stuff during the day and wasn't too thrilled with the results BUT then I put it on before bed, slept in a loose long sleeved shirt and pants, and when I woke up the color was set and even!! I use it twice a week for color and then once a week to maintain. I will apply to my legs more often due to shaving or getting pedicures, etc.
Love it so much
Lwlucky13 from undisclosed
Makes skin dewy and with a light tan. Best self tanner I've ever tried answer I've used a lot!
Alexis02 from Texas
I got a nice tan from this product, but the scent is not pleasant (not sure how to describe it) and I feel that it's greasy
sunlover 55 from Chicago, IL
I'd been using the "milky lotion" but thought I'd give this a try; got through about half of it and returned to the lotion (minimal scent).
Does not smell good. Even tan. Pricey. Buy Jergens
Sunshine from USA
Not worth it for the price.... however it is good for quick fix