Self tanner is a touchy topic to bring up. People usually hate it and if they like it they are neurotic. Seriously, they are crazy. They think it will make them tan and even and airbrushed like some babe in a Dolce and Gabbana ad. It is wild. They think that something will pretty much stain their skin without darkening moles, freckles, and/or age spots. If you aren’t one of these irrational self tanner buyers then please continue reading this.
I went through a self-tanner stage. I painted myself and hoped that nobody would point out all the obvious mistakes. I tried many brands and I fell madly in love with Clarins. It was the color that I tanned. It wasn’t drastic and it had a warm undertone that wasn’t a bit orange. I used the original Liquid Bronze and it was very light and added warmth just like an awesome bronzing powder. It was so light you didn’t notice when it faded and I applied it about twice weekly. Then I quit. That is the great thing about that product, you could use it and stop and it doesn’t look drastic.
When the Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint came out, I was curious. It was like this old-school 1960’s “flash bronzing” formula. It’s a liquid and I’m pretty much you can stain unfinished wood furniture with it. The liquid is the color of mahogany. You apply it with a cotton. Since it’s slightly tinted, you can see wear you’ve applied it. This will hopefully prevent any zebra stripes. The color is darker than Liquid Bronze. The color makes my eyes pop.
Is this fool-proof? Heck, no. I like to take a dry cotton ball afterwards and wipe it around the edges for a more realistic look. I do think this one wears off a bit unevenly.
I like it but I prefer the original. It’s a little better for a lazy person like myself.
Retails for $38 at Nordstrom.