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The Best Drugstore Self-Tanners to Extend Your Summer Glow

Based on 45,083 Influenster Reviews

With the end of summer fast approaching, it might be time to turn to self-tanners to extend that bronzed glow you worked so hard to build. Self-tanners can be great if you pick the right one. You don't need to expose your skin to harmful UV rays that can cause damage and age your skin and you look like you just spent two weeks at St. Barts, sprawled out on a beach towel, sipping on Mai Tai's by the ocean. Some sunless lotions though can leave you orange and splotchy, looking like Garfield. Not cute. It's even harder to find great ones that you can get at the drugstore.

We did the leg work for you and read through more than 14K Influenster reviews to find you the best drugstore self-tanners on the market. Which one is your favorite?

P.S. Self-tanners are a Beauty Awards category! Be sure to review your favorite, even if it wasn't listed, so it has a chance to be considered for this year's winner.

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Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Tinted Lotion
BY BANANA BOAT
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (381 reviews)
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Our Take

Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Tinted Lotion contains a self-adjusting color formula that allows you to control how dark the tan is. First application wasn't quite dark enough? Just apply another layer!

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Shelby L.Shelby L. said...
I love this stuff so so much. I used to be a major tanning bed addict, and I've recently realized just how much it's affected how my skin looks and feels. I quit the tanning bed, but I still love the look of a tan (I'm not one of those people that can pull off fair skin). If you need a cheap drugstore option for self tanner that won't be streaky and that will give you a natural looking tan, this is it. I put this on one morning before heading to a dentist appointment because my previous application was fading, and the hygienist asked me if I had been to the beach recently! That's how good this stuff can make you look. Make sure you offer ample time to dry before putting on clothing (15-20 minutes) and DO wash your hands or else they will look orange. At $6 a pop, you cannot lose with this product. ...read more
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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup
BY SALLY HANSEN
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars52%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star4%
4.2 / 5 (1,110 reviews)
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Our Take

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeupis like Photoshop for your legs. It can cover freckles, veins, and imperfections and the mist stimulates microcirculation for firmer looking legs. How cool is that? 

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Andrea D.Andrea D. said...
Initially I was very skeptical about trying this product but I have to say I am extremely impressed. This took my legs from white as a ghost to sun kissed easily. The shade it produced on my skin was very natural and not over the top. It did a good job of taking the spot light off stretch marks and cellulite. The color lasted about a day and a half on me until it washed away completely in the shower.

I found the application process fairly simple. I would not recommend applying this product after you get out of the shower. Its better to apply on dry skin that's been prepped with a bit of moisturizer - especially around the knees and ankles. For application I alternated between spraying directly on the skin & spraying into my hand and had no problems. It spreads nicely and it's very easy to correct should you miss a spot and streaks are easily rubbed away. I was extremely impressed with how easily it applied around the ankles and on top of the feet which are usually trouble areas. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion Medium Natural Tan
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars38%
  • 4 Stars34%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star5%
3.9 / 5 (904 reviews)
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Our Take

L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion will give you an instant medium natural tan that dries quickly and won't rub off.

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Maryann T.Maryann T. said...
I have seen so many reviews on this product good and bad , decided to pick this up at my local Ocean State Job Lot for only $5 first self tanning experience ever. I have seen many reviews on how to apply self tanner the best way while watching the ankles the elbows etcetera. I used a sponge for most of the applications and sensitive areas I used a kabuki brush. I have had absolutely no streaking it is the perfect bronze color it does not smell at all like some have stated it gave me a beautiful glow the first time applied. It is a bit glittery although when you take a shower that will mostly come off I am very happy with this product and I highly recommend it I only paid $5 for this bottle and I'm pretty happy with my results I highly recommend trying it out but you must apply it the right way. Other stores I do believe can range from the $5 at Ocean State Job Lot and I did see the same thing at CVS for 12.49 so go toyour nearest Ocean State Job Lot and pick it up. Extremely satisfied ...read more
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Neutrogena MicroMist® Airbrush Sunless Tan
BY NEUTROGENA
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars42%
  • 4 Stars32%
  • 3 Stars17%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star3%
4.0 / 5 (231 reviews)
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Our Take

Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan is like a professional airbrush spray in a bottle. This mist covers evenly, dries fast, won't clog pores, and sprays at any angle.

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Kimberly H.Kimberly H. said...
I use this product in the winter when I am not tanning regularly and want to have a little golden glow. It is convenient to do at home when you need a little pick me up! This stuff will not make you look like you returned from a week on a tropical island, but the color has always worked for me. If I want a deep tan I turn to a professional spray tan salon rather than this product.

I usually apply two days in a row to build the color up a little. It is easy to spray and I've never had any issues with streaking. I have found doing light coats, letting them dry and then adding another coat works best. If I apply it too heavily in one coat I see the product runs a little. When this happens I just blend it with my finger.

The product dries quickly and I don't mind the smell. Additionally, when the color starts to wear off I have never had the problem of dramatic looking patches as I sometimes get with salon spray tans. ...read more
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JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun™ Sunless Tanning Mousse
BY JERGENS®
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars45%
  • 4 Stars32%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.1 / 5 (2,535 reviews)
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Our Take

This mousse dries in 60 seconds! TIP: For best results, prep your skin by exfoliating in the shower and moisturizing after the mousse dries.

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SavannahSavannah said...
This is my holy grail self tanner! Being the color of a white Crayon & lighter than the lightest foundation shade, my life revolves around self tanning! I've tried so many - L'oreal, Victoria's Secret, Coppertone, etc.. This is my new favorite! After my mishaps with the ones I've mentioned, I was about to just stop self tanning & accept my pasty skin until I got this as a birthday gift! When you pump it out, it's more of a liquidy mousse instead of a true mousse like that of a hair styling mousse. When you put it on, it has a light color guide, and you need to work fast, because it dries fast! I suggest a body part at a time, or even half a body part at a time. It's completely goof-proof if you follow the exfoliate, moisturize, tan system. I see a lot of complaints about the orange color on the ankles. Places like the hands, ankles, feet, knees, elbows will soak in a lot more color, so you need to moisturize these areas with a thick lotion (or mix the mousse with the lotion in your palm) to avoid the tanner clinging onto the dry patches. The color payoff is gorgeous. A deep brown color (I used the dark bronze, not light) that really does last! I'm on my third day of my tan with having only applied it once on my whole body, and then just my upper half (I wasn't exposing my legs that day, so I didn't waste the time), and it's not come off in patches! Make sure you moisturize every day, though, to preserve your tan. My only complaint is the dry time on the bottle is not the actual dry time. It feels a bit sticky still even after an hour. The smell is pleasant until the morning, then it's a bit of a self tanner smell. It doesn't come off on the sheets, though. This will be my self tanner for a long time! ...read more
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