Fakes – getting the tan

iconCoppertone Endless Summer Gradual Tan
LOVED IT. If you can be patient and give yourself a few days to get your tan, this is well worth the wait! The lotion has a pleasant smell, it goes on very easily, and the tan looks extremely natural. My friends all thought that I had been tanning. I would call this a very natural look, like you’ve been “kissed” by the sun. Currently $9.49 at Beauty.com with buy one get one 1/2 off.

Almay Sunless Tanning Gel
The gel formula is harder to apply than the lotion or foam. It is slippery, and if you are not careful, can make a huge stained mess. The smell is nice…probably the best of all three. The tan is instant, but a bit on the orange side. You need to reapply every few hours to get the color you want. I wouldn’t buy it again.

Neutrogena Instant Bronze Streak Free Foam
STINKY!!!! If you can handle the super-strong, super-sugary cookie dough scent, then this is the stuff for you. It is INSTANT. Pretty dark, and brownish/orange finish. The foam is the easiest to apply out of all three self tanners. As with all tanners, you need to be careful when applying this on elbows, heels, & rough patches. As long as you exfoliate before hand, you should be ok.

It appears that Neutrogena already has reworked this product because we could only find the new Sun Fresh line with this note: The clean citrus scent with notes of grapefruit and nectarine goes on fresh and stays fresh all day. Thank goodness…no more stink!