Friday, May 15, 2009

My love-hate relationship with Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream

Have you ever encountered a product whose existence you praise one day and you want to throw it out the window the next day? If you have, welcome to my relationship with Clarins "Delicious" self tanning cream.

I suppose I should start off like all relationships, and talk about the good:
It smells like you'd expect: delicious. I have it on as we speak and it feels like there's some sort of chocolate/caramel cake on my face. There is no strange chemical scent that often seems to accompany self tanners.
The consistency and the look of the cream in the jar is luscious as well. Also, the resulting tan is very nice and natural. A golden colour that mimics my normal tan. It also lasts a good 3 or 4 days. I find that it looks best on the second day because all the gross tint leftovers have completely dissappeared (mentioned below, in the "problem" section).

Now, here's my problem:
The cream is tinted to supposedly help you see where you're applying the product. Now, I don't know if it's just me, but the "tint" does not distribute evenly at all, and some patches on my skin remain un-tinted even though I could have sworn I put product on that area! Also, it takes forever to sink in. Literally I'll be sitting here for an hour and there's still sticky gunk all over me. I'm basically immobilized when I put this on before bed. I have to stand as straight as possible and stare at my laptop and waste time (which is quite easy for me to do...haha) for about an hour before I can go to bed without worrying about wiping something off.

The result: uneven and difficult application... and an unappealing build-up of the "tint" that accumulates in crevices down the neck and around the nose. I look like I've had a mud-fight when I wake up to wash my face in the morning. It takes a thorough wash to get all the leftover tint from my skin.

Now, maybe I am picking apart at these things because I am a novice in self tanning. This is the first self tanning product that I have ever tried, but in all honesty - is self tanning really such a drag? Is it normal to have to stay as still as possible for an hour in order to not "disturb" the process? Is it normal to have disgusting uneven tint all over my face while the tan develops? I can't even itch my face right now because if I do, I will end up with a white patch in the part I scratch. I paid about $60 (Canadian, including tax) for this thing. For this price, I don't think it's worth the struggle.

Yes, as I mentioned before, the result is nice, but as soon as I finish with this jar, I doubt I'll be repurchasing. I'm eyeing the St. Tropez mousse since its 60 second drying time seems to be the answer to most of my problems.

What have your experiences been with self tanners? At the moment I am unimpressed. If they're all this much of a bother, I don't think I'll ever be able to make the switch from laying outside in the summer to putting creams all over myself before going to bed every other night.


  1. I have tried the other clarins self tanners and felt the same way they are a bit heavy. The one that u purchased is a "cream" which is great for drier skin but takes too long to dry. Thats why i find any self tanning mist's are quicker and dry alot faster. I would reccomend also exfoliate ur face and body and apply a mist like Sevyn Nine or Loreals sublime both are worth it! :)

  2. thanks for the tip! I exfoliate every time, it's my favourite step haha
    I am definitely going to check out a mist or something similar next!

  3. I am dying to try the st. tropez as well. So many people seem to rave about it. The fakebake x-treme gel looks interesting as well. And I recently stumbled on a website famousdaves or something like that. Google it and check it out. I am on the hunt too. I think if you can find one that dries quickly and doesn't streak or turn orange, it's worth it! Keep trying and keep us posted :)

  4. Hi, I just read your post and I gotta say that I have been using St Tropez Mousse for years now and it's brilliant. I am pretty much an expert in this area as I've tried every tanner out there from Clarins, Lancome, Fake Bake,Estee Lauder, Guerlain etc. St Tropez is by far the best I have tried. It dries in 60 sec and the aloe vera in the formula really smoothes your skin so you're left with super soft skin in the morning. Once it has dried, it won't rub off until you shower. It leaves you with an even, natural colour that last for about 5 days. I love it! Hope this has been helpful.

  5. thanks so much for the tips! I can't wait for my Clarins to run out so I can try out the St. Tropez now :)

  6. Hi, I'm a Clarins Skin care adviser. The reason your tanner may be coming out streaky is a lack of moisture in certain areas of your skin. Try moisturizing your skin about an hour before you put it on. (I know it says it moisturizes, but if you put it on an area that isn't equalized to the rest of your skin, you risk uneven absorption.) Now, I'm not here to preach the "Joys of clarins" I have had my fair share of problems with their products. (I'm allergic to a lot of things), but another point I can make, is this cream is made for the morning not the evening. It's also for really dry skin. If you don't have a problem with really dry skin I would try the 'Liquid bronze self tanning milk". It might be better and less streaky for your skin. It doesnt have that "tint" to it, so it may be a bit more difficult to put on, but I think it's worth it. :)

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