Self tanning review and compare

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  • Updated:4 Oct 2006
 

02.Results

What to buy
Brand Price (per 100ml)
ELLA BACHÉ Great Tan Without Sun $27.69
LANCÔME Sôleil Flash Bronzer $33.33
GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE No Streaks Bronzer $13.20
 

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Results table

Full results for all products are shown in the table below.

    Ratings2
Product (in rank order) Overall score1
(%)
Easy to apply Looked even (1 day after application) Looked natural (1 day after application) Darkness Type of product Price ($)* Price3
per 100 mL or g ($)
ELLA BACHÉ Great Tan Without Sun 80 Fairly Fairly Fairly About right Lotion 36.00 27.69
LANCÔME Soleil Flash Bronzer Mousse 80 Very Fairly Fairly About right Mousse 50.00 33.33
CLARINS Instant Gel 70 Fairly Very Very A little too light Gel 40.00 33.33
CLINIQUE Self-sun Quick Bronze Tinted (deep) 70 Very Fairly Fairly About right Gel 30.00 24.00
GARNIER Ambre Solaire No-Streaks Bronzer Spray 70 Very Fairly Fairly About right Aerosol 16.50 13.20
SHISEIDO Brilliant Bronze Emulsion 70 Very Fairly Fairly About right Lotion 41.00 41.00
ST TROPEZ Whipped Bronze Instant Mousse 70 Fairly Fairly Fairly About right Mousse 39.95 (A) 33.29
AVEDA Sun Source 60 Very Very Very A little too light Lotion 39.95 26.63
BANANA BOAT Instant Sunless Tanning Lotion (light / medium) 60 Fairly Very Fairly A little too light Lotion 14.95 8.90
CHRISTIAN DIOR Bronze Spray 60 Fairly Mixed opinions Fairly About right Pump spray 42.00 33.60
INNOXA Sun Defence Mousse 60 Very Fairly Fairly A little too light Mousse 19.95 11.40
LE TAN Fast — Le Tan in Le Can (bronze glow) 60 Fairly Mixed opinions Fairly About right Aerosol 16.95 9.69
L’OREAL Sublime Bronze Multi-position Anti-streaking Spray 60 Fairly Fairly Fairly About right Aerosol 20.75 16.60
NEUTROGENA Instant Bronze Sunless Tanner Foam (medium) 60 Fairly Fairly Fairly A little too light Mousse 23.00 19.49
ESTÉE LAUDER Sun Performance Sunless Towelettes 50 Fairly Fairly Fairly A little too light Towelettes 51.00 34.00
MONNÉ Express Tan Spray 50 Mixed opinions Mixed opinions Mixed opinions A little too dark Aerosol 16.95 11.30
NIVEA Sun — Sun Touch Moisturising Spray 50 Fairly Fairly Fairly A little too light Pump spray 19.25 12.83
PRICELINE Sun Gel 50 Fairly Mixed opinions Mixed opinions About right Gel 7.00 4.67
MEGAN GALE Jet Set Tan 40 Fairly Mixed opinions Fairly About right Aerosol 34.50 23.00
MODEL CO Tan Airbrush in a Can 40 Mixed opinions Mixed opinions Mixed opinions About right Aerosol 32.00 (B) 21.33
NATIO Instant Bronze Tanning Gel 40 Mixed opinions Fairly Fairly About right Gel 14.95 9.97
 

Table notes

* Recommended retail, as provided by manufacturers in July/August 2006
(A) This price is for 120ml; it’s also available in 240ml for $59.95 ($24.98 per 100ml).
(B) This price is for 150ml; it’s also available in 220ml for $45 ($20.45 per 100ml).

1 Overall score
The trialists gave each product an overall rating out of 10, which we converted to a percentage (rounded to the nearest 10). An overall score takes into account the trialist’s complete experience of a product, which may not be covered by amalgamating the ratings they gave for individual aspects of each self-tanner.

2 Ratings
The most significant aspects of the products that the trialists commented on.

3 Price per 100ml/g
Self-tanning products come in various sizes, so for comparison we calculated the price per 100ml/g.