Rated 4.39 out of 5 stars
I'm a first time self tanner and I was worried about not being able to apply an even tan without streaks, but the mitt helps! It was super easy to apply and even for my fiancé that did my back for me. It's such a natural tan and the smell is pleasant-not too strong and doesn't linger!
I purchased this product after seeing the beautiful color that it gave someone I knew. I am a long time self tanner user, so I know what to look for when buying one. This one makes your skin really soft and smooth and the smell isn't horrible. The closer you get to the 8 hour mark, the more you can smell the DHA. After using it the first time, i did not notice much color at all. I was very confused because this has never happened with a self tanner before. I used it again the next day and after two applications, I would say I now have a medium glow. This product may work well for very fair skinned people, but it is not dark enough for someone who has an olive tone. It was definitely too much work and too much product just to get a subtle glow.
Sarahrulz from Ann Arbor, Mi
I have been using this self tanner for years. Its the best out there. No streaking, doesnt look orange and looks natural. I highly recommend!
Kady from Naples, FL
First, this smells delicious. Second, it dries quickly. The third and best thing is it literally makes you GLOW. Perfect natural bronze.
Hannah F from Portland
Ive been a venetian tan girly… ive tried all the mousses's… i come back to this product.
Moisturizing.. beautiful color. Tanners pull too green or too orange on me this is the most perfect color. Im pale olive with some green/neutral undertones and if i scratch my skin ill get pink quickly. I scar easily. I have bright red stretchmarks and this blends them. It smells good.. fake tanner but not like "corn nuts" no transfer. The color guard doesnt just wash off i feel like im more golden after a shoewer and lasts for a full 6 days. I apply every other night (sorry bf). Its not sticky especially in summer. I can go to work wearing it and be fine. I apply with latex free gloves and i use venetian tan on my handa and feet with a mit and lotion. I use Salty Face for my face every other night. Great product, whish jt was cheaper. 4/5 for price.
Peggy from Sweetwater Tn
I love the color and it stays on few days
JD from Chicago, IL
I have tried almost every self tanner ulta carries and i ALWAYS go back to this one. I have been using it for 6 years and i seriously love it. I have extremly sensitive dry skin and i swear this is so hydrating. It doesnt streak, buildable, it fades evenly, and it doesnt transfer (i have all white bedding). This is underhyped and deserves all the love.
Diana from Freeport, Maine
I have purchased this product for years. It is the best self-tanner I have found and doesn't smell badly. I would recommend it to anyone.
Love from Memphis, TN
I love this self-tanner. I am naturally medium/dark/olive-toned, so the only con for me is that I wish this made me a tad bit darker, but honestly the color is beautiful. It gives me a fresh-from-the-beach glow (after exfoliating well and moisturizing) and it fades evenly after about 5 days. Very easy to apply and I actually like the scent. The self-tan smell starts to form a couple of hours after application, but not too strongly and the smell goes completely away after showering. I will buy this again because it's so convenient and a beautiful color even on my already naturally tan skin- I imagine for fair skin folks this would give a pretty deep tan. Definitely worth giving this one a try!
Helpful from Kentucky
If you're like me with dry skin bc of hard water out of your control, do yourself a favor and don't get your feelings hurt.
I tried this with hopeful optimism from the good reviews and now I have to go to a music festival with gross, streaked skin. I promise you it's not worth it and idk if the positive reviews were paid or what but it's bad. Real bad. And I am so embarrassed.
Liz from Seattle wa
Amazing and so worth it tan is buildable and the best shade! It is not orange doesnt make my skin dry like other tanners. I have been using for years and have tried cheap self tanners but I always go back to this one: looks like a true sun tan!
Only negative for me is i run out of it quickly and have to reapply twice a week and the price is a little more then most but even with those two negatives IM IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT.
Lauren from Ridgecrest Ca
I am fair with a neutral/cool undertone. Every other tanner I have tried has left me super orange or with a heavy warm undertone. Also, this one is easy to apply, doesn't have a horrible smell, and has last me for days! Very natural looking. Buy it!!
Lost from Burnsville nc
Literally comes out orange even if you take it off way early. Save urself dont do it
Belinda from Missouri
LOVE this product! Glides on smooth, no transfer once dry. I leave on over night and rinse in the shower. Looks natural, no orange, use glove for streak-less application.
Martha from MO
This product is a great product. I have tried several different self tanners and this is by far the best I have used!! Buy it and try it. You won't regret this purchase!!
HelloSia from Louisiana
I have never really been a self tan type of gal but lately ive been going to the gym and wanted some color to show more muscle defintion. This stuff is amazing and lazy girl approved! I love that its a lotion form, super easy to apply, glides on and moisturizes at the same time. It doesnt smell bad like other tanners ive tried either. It has a subtle candyish scent which goes away after a day or so. The color is a beautiful, natural medium olive shade, not orange at all!
To prolong this tan, I use the bondi sands gradual tan milk after my shower. Keeps it looking great for near 2 weeks!
Lindsay from Delaware Beaches
Gives a great glowing tan without being orange. I always start by exfoliating (Tree Hut!) and moisturizing knees, ankles and elbows well. Don't skip the mitt when applying. Perfect tan by the 2nd application and only a mild smell.
Blondie from Columbia SC
Yet another reason to love Tarte. This is hands down the best sunless tanner I have ever used and is well worth the money. This goes on evenly with the mit with zero streaks. I have a fair complexion and the color was obvious after one application but not so deep that it wasn't natural looking. It isn't at all orange. I hope they never change the formula because I am sold.
Ree from WA
I love it. The consistency is great, really smooth and easy to blend. Smell isn't bad at all for a tanner. Skin feels soft after it's dried. Good color. Good price with the mitt included. Will purchase again!
Heather from Tulsa, ok
I didn't have high hopes for this but tried it and I am so glad I did! It goes on like a gel! It rubs in quickly and I haven't ever seen a streak or a highly over pigment spot! I am obsessed! One layer is a good winter color! I hope this never goes off the menu!
Lisa from New York
I have been using this product for years, I love the color...it is a deep, dark brown bronze.
No orange whatsoever. Perfect for my olive skin tone.
Tasha H. from WA
There are so many great things about this tan, I love it so much! I've been self tanning for years and years and I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. I doubted a cosmetics company's ability to deliver a good self tan and assumed it was just a cash grab from the brand (sorry, Tarte). But I needn't worry because this stuff is amazing and exactly the kind of tan I love so much these days.
The pros (and there are many)
1. Lotion - like consistency makes it easy to spread evenly. I use my bare hands and wash between sections to avoid tanned palms and this works out great. Also allows me to use less product by skipping using a mitt that absorbs.
2. The color! Perfect neutral tone for my light-medium, very olive skin. It has a purple-brown base and does not look orange on me whatsoever, even after it develops. This is the best color for my olive skin I think I've found in a tanner (green based tans accentuates too much of the green in my skin and make me look somewhat sickly. Red bases can work but they alter my natural undertone too much and often end up making me look like I'm covered in body foundation. Orange is never good for obvious reasons).
3. The depth. Also perfect for my complexion. I used to want the darkest tan I could possibly find, but after looking back on pictures I realize how unnatural those tans looked on me (Sosu Dripping Gold, Loving Tan Ultra Dark, Tanceuticals Ultra Dark). With one coat this legit makes me look like I've been out in the sun working on my tan. It is a perfect medium tan, which is what I want being of medium complexion (light - medium in winter).
4. The fade. It slowly leaves my skin over the course of the week, never ever leaving behind dry, crusty looking patches. I think this is thanks to the moisturizing formula.
5. Doesn't clog pores so I can use it on my face and don't need a seperate face tanner.
6. Very little to no DHA smell after showering.
7. Hands and feet take the tan very nicely. No patchiness or unevenness or crazy looking knuckles.
8. I've used it twice now over my whole body (One coat each time) and the bottle still feels very much full. A little goes a long way esp. when skipping the mit and just using bare hands to rub it in
So far I haven't found one which is crazy because I am so picky about self tanners and have never found a truly perfect one. I could be nit picky and wish the depth of color lasted a little longer, but there are trade offs and I feel like I'd lose some of its other qualities if that were the case.
Kat from MT
Best mitt!! Great color!! Wish it lasted longer.
Dragonfly73 from TN
This self tanner did not work for me. As a 70 yr old, I have dark spots that became really dark. Did not go on with the flawless application that others describe but could have been me since all the other reviewers loved it.
Lovleigh from CA
This gave me such a bad chemical burn on my face and a little on my chest! I felt like my skin was gonna burn off! So disappointed
Chef from TN
Applies evenly and doesn't have that weird self tanner smell after showering. Looks so natural!
JMS2021 from Midwest
Gives me a nice bit of color to make me feel more confident in summer clothes. I don't notice any transferring, fades evenly. I do a fairly light application. Feels a bit tacky for an hour or two but that goes away. Lasts about 5-6 days for me. One time I thought I was breaking out in an allergic reaction on my chest/neck but no problems since, I think my skin was too warm from the shower so now I make sure I'm cooled off first.