In the past I have tried a few self-tanners from lotions to gels, and even towels. My favorite so far is from Fake Bake and I’ve been using it for a few years now. A little while ago I received this sample of Tarte’s Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self-Tanner. I was eager to try this out because I wanted to see how it compared to the other tanners I had tried. I had seen some good reviews on this product so I figured it was worth trying out. I decided to only try it out on my legs because they would be easier to hide if the tan ended up looking terrible. While this product did have some great qualities, it had some difficulties as well.
The formula is a gel consistency so it’s very creamy and, even though it’s somewhat thick, it feels lightweight on the skin. This product barely has a smell to it. I didn’t notice it while applying the product or even the following day. I can’t even describe the smell because it’s so light. I’ve read reviews saying it smells like vanilla or cinnamon, so maybe the full size has a stronger scent than my sample size. The color is very dark and looks quite cool toned which is great because that helps the tanner look more natural. You can apply this product with a mitt or your hands, but I prefer a mitt. I don’t have the Tarte mitt so I just used the one I have from Fake Bake which I’m sure is quite similar, if not the exact same.
The first time I applied the product I wasn’t real impressed. It didn’t blend out as well as I thought it would so I ended up with some streaking. I didn’t apply a lot of product because I wasn’t sure how well the application would go. Therefore, I applied another thin layer to try and correct the streaking. At first I didn’t think it would work but the next day I noticed that the streaking wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It still wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t terrible. The second time I applied the product I used more and worked quickly at blending it into the skin. This resulted in a much more even application.
|Please excuse the not-so-great lighting and quality.|
Right is before application and left is the following day.
The color looked really nice and natural. It wasn’t too dark but was dark enough for people to notice. People asked me if I had been out in the sun a lot because of how darker I looked. The color lasted about 5 days on me. It gradually started to fade but still remained even instead of going patchy. It may have been because I applied thin layers but this product dried incredibly fast and never transferred onto clothing or sheets.
Overall, I love the color of this product and the fact that it has a very light smell. It was a little tricky to use the first time but got better the more I used it. It’s definitely worth checking out but I would just recommend applying this product in smaller sections (i.e. calves and then thighs rather than the entire leg at once) and making sure to really buff it in quickly. If you have any recommendations on self-tanners I would love to know so I could try some out! Thanks for reading and I hope you found this post helpful!