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The Best Prestige Self-Tanners: 15K Reviews
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The Best Prestige Self-Tanners: 15K Reviews

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Isn't it funny that tan skin used to be a sign of poverty? After the 1920s though, that all changed. The first self-tanner was approved by the FDA in 1970 and now there's a whole industry built around bronzed skin.

If you're into that kind of thing (we know we are), Influensters know how you can stay tan and glowing all year long. Check out this list of the best high-end self-tanners. 

Which of these have you tried?

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St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
BY ST. TROPEZ
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars72%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (705 reviews)
Buy on bluemercury for $18.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Nina R.Nina R. said...
I've used many different self-tanning products and this one from St. Tropez is by far my favorite! It's a little pricey compared to drug store options (I paid $42 at Sephora), but it's definitely worth it! This product has a tinted guide in it which makes even application simple and flawless. I start by showering, exfoliating and shaving and then apply moisturizer to my knees, elbows, feet and face, so that those areas don't pick up as much color. Next, I apply 2 pumps of mousse to my tanning mitt and apply to my calves in an upward motion being sure to cover completely and then blend up onto my knee and then with what's left on the mitt, I rub my ankles and feet. I continue then with my thighs and work my way up my body until I've fully covered every inch of my skin. The fragrance of this tanner is pretty mild and seems a little stronger once the tan fully develops, but not too bad. When you shower you will see the guide wash away, but your beautiful, flawless tan remains! ...read more
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Fake Bake Flawless Self Tanning Liquid
BY FAKE BAKE FLAWLESS SELF TANNING LIQUID
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars71%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (306 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $9.99
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Whitney G. said...
If you want tanned skin but don't want the risks of the tanning bed use this product! Love, love, love this stuff! I'd say my skin is more fair than not and I used to use tanning beds in high school and beyond. As I got older and wiser I knew the beds were bad for me, but I still didn't want to glow in the dark in the summer. I started using the Jergens Natural Glow and it didn't get as dark as I wanted it and was streaky. I then got the Fake Bake Original lotion and used that for a summer. The color was fine (as long as you were careful around the usual areas: knees, elbows, heels, etc), but it was kind of a process to lotion up, and then let it dry before getting into bed. It would still come off on my sheets and night shirt, but the color washed out completely in the wash with no extra soaking or special soaps, so that's a good thing. I then saw this Flawless in the store and thought I'd try it. LOVE IT!! It dries fast, doesn't seem to come off on things near as much and I don't notice a smell at all. As others posted, be careful of the dry areas and your knuckles on your hands. I put it on at night. I jump in the shower real quick to work with fresh, clean skin. I start with my legs and then arms and body and then take the blue plastic gloves off and use whatever's left in the mitt to put on the back of my hands so they'll have color. I don't live with anyone, so get my back as well as I can, but if you've got a significant other, it'd be easy for them to help put it on and they wouldn't have to worry about getting it all over their hands. It also seems to fade less fast than the Fake Bake lotion. I can go a few days and still have good color, whereas with the lotion, it was fading pretty quick if I skipped one day. I've had several people comment that I'm so tan and I tell them it's from a bottle! :) ...read more
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Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil
BY SEPHORA
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars71%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (96 reviews)
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Stephanie R.Stephanie R. said...
A great self tanner! It leaves a beautiful natural looking glow to the skin and doesn't leave you orange. I bought mine off the Sephora app (or website) and it's a good value. I would buy it again. I used mine for a wedding that was held in December when I was very pale. ...read more
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Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner
BY JANE IREDALE
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars14%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (21 reviews)
Buy on Neiman Marcus for $37.00
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Megan B.Megan B. said...
This is an amazing self-tanner for those needing a bit more color on them or if you have varicose veins. While the pricey nature of the product cause me to give this product a 4-star review, this product, as well as other Jane Iredale products, is amazing in the ingredients its made up of. I own this, and other Jane Iredale skin care products, and they are all very conscientious about what ingredients are in their products so as not to cause a negative skin reaction. This particular tanner would be great as a face tanner, as it will not cause even the most sensitive skin to break out. ...read more
tarte Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner with Mitt
BY TARTE
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star0%
4.5 / 5 (195 reviews)
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Lindsay D.Lindsay D. said...
I have used this for the last 6 months and I absolutely love it! I do tan pretty well naturally but I wanted to not go out in the sun so much. This is perfect for winter! One coat will get you more "tan" but you do have to use it a few times depending on the darkness you want. However if you just want to get rid of the pasty white, one coat will do it. It does have a distinct smell to it but it is not overpowering or bad. I would definitely recommend exfoliating before you use this, as I noticed it does make it last longer. One coat will last me about a week and I have never had issues with streaking or orangeness. The mitt makes it so much easier to apply, but you can find it cheaper without the mitt and just buy one on Amazon.

Also the dry time is about 15 minutes on this tanner. I am able to use it before I go to bed at night and then get into bed without worrying about staining my sheets or clothes.

This will continue to be my go to self-tanner! ...read more
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LORAC TANtalizer Face Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner
BY LORAC
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 / 5 (46 reviews)
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Sara D.Sara D. said...
I have used just about every self tanning product out there and LORAC tantalizer face bronzing gradual self tanner Is by far the best ever made. The instant color is beautiful and the gradual color that develops is natural, rich looking and sexy. It leaves your skin feeling wonderfully moisturized without streaks or fake orange colors. This product also has a light fresh scent unlike most that smell awful. LORAC is the very best when it comes to self tanner and bronzers. They have different products for every look your trying to achieve from natural hint of sun kissed color to bronze goddesses that worship the sun. I am fair skinned and I absolutely love the results of this product. ...read more
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