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Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

What it is:A self-tanning gel to bring out healthy color in the skin.What it is formulated to do:This lightweight and non-oily gel promotes a natural, golden tan for face and body without sun exposure. It's instantly absorbed, so there's no need to wait before dressing, with results in just two hours. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is ideal for those who wish to maintain a year-round tanned appearance.
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Questions & Answers for Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

Question
Which is better this clarins self tanning instant gel or the st. tropez mouse self tanner?
asked 2 years ago
Anonymous
(new york, ny)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Oh Clarins by far.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
shantrareese
(Eugene, OR)
answer 2
I actually like the Clarins instant gel better because I find the colour lasts longer. It goes on clear but then you can build a good tan by doing a couple of treatments in a row. The St. Tropez goes on bronze, but I find that once the bronze washes off in the shower, the colour left on the skin only lasts a couple days for me. I also had more streaks with St. Tropez, even when I used the applicator mit.
answered 8 months ago
sbw84
(London, ON, Canada)
answer 3
I have been using this product for YEARS. I have tried many other tanners but always come back to the Clarins. Natural color, non staining, fast color, and long lasting. Happy Tanning!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
ealiswan
(Holmen, WI)
answer 4
I have consistently heard that St. Tropez gives a very deep, dark tan. So unless you are a medium-dark skin tone already, you will look super dark and very obviously not natural using St. Tropez. Clarins made my skin (light-medium tone) 2-3 shades darker but it still looked natural.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
TLEV
Question
How long does it take to start to see color?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
dianadams
(STL Missouri)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hello,

It takes about 1-2 hours to see the color develop.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
8 hours you will see a slight color change. very minimal. thats about it. don't expect much.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
melo18
answer 3
For me, it takes between 4-8 hours to see significant color. I usually put it on before bed and wake up to a golden tan.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ania79
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 4
Apply it before you go to bed and you'll wake up with a tan. I found that this is the best way to apply the product as the smell might put you off durin the day.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
SkinExpert22
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 5
When I use it I put it on at night before I go to bed, then when I wake up the color has fully developed. Just make sure you let it dry completely before going to bed. I would say approx. 5-6 hours for full color.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ErinOK
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
after a day you see a little....if you put on every day youl see a fast result
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
behhh
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 7
It takes about 24 hours from what I've noticed. But it's subtle.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
jilljarb
(Detroit, MI)
answer 8
1-2 hours
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
EllenML
(North Bergen, NJ)
Question
Does this product come off after showering or will it last? And is the result as flawless on your face?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Migi
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
LASTS 3-4 DAYS
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
answer 2
This product applies absolutely flawlessly to your face, well atleast to mine. It lasts a long time too. I spoke to a Clarins employee who told me that this product is meant to be used on body and face, unlike some of their other products.
answered 5 years ago
gloriousgorn
(New York, NY)
answer 3
The product takes several applications to build up to the color you want and unfortunately it only lasts a couple of showers at best before requiring another application. Although the instructions don't warn against using the product on the face, it's not advertised as a face self-tanner. I would opt for a product specifically made for the face or skip the self-tanner on the face altogether and use a good bronzer.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
ageandwisdom
(New Jersey)
answer 4
This does not come off after showering. It generally lasts several days to a week depending on frequency of shaving/exfoliating. It also works wonderfully on the face.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
momma2tara
(Maryville, TN)
answer 5
Only lasts 1-2 showers on me. The clarins self-tanning products don't seem to last very long on me.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
KG2110
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
product stays on
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
mattsmom
answer 7
Yes it is as flawless at least on my face. A little bit of the product comes off when you shower but all tanners do that (as far as I know) but the real deep color stays on.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rossanam
Question
How does this product smell? Most have a floral-y smell that I can't stand!
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Asheville, NC)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
IT DOES A SMELL BUT ITS NOT STRONG
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
answer 2
I just mentioned the smell in my review. It smells like acetone, which although better than most self-tanners is still unpleasant.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
ageandwisdom
(New Jersey)
answer 3
This product has a very faint smell that fades as product dries. Does not maintain the odor after it has dried. I also have a problem with most odors of other self tanners and do not have that same reaction with this one.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
momma2tara
(Maryville, TN)
answer 4
I feel that the scent is more of a "clean scent" not a floral scent.
I hate the smell of self-tanners generally but this is not bad at all.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Sbumom324
(Elma, NY)
answer 5
smell is nice
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
mattsmom
answer 6
It smells like sunless tanner at the beginning when you apply it, but a little later the smell goes away (unless you put a lot like I do, then it smells but very little).
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rossanam
Question
Is this non comodegenic?
My skin is acne prone.
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
catespace
(Atlanta, GA)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I have very sensitive acne-prone skin and this product hasn't made me break out. To apply it to my face, I use the excess that's left on my hands after applying it to other parts of my body. I've never put a thick coat on my face, so I'm not sure if doing so would cause a breakout.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ania79
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 2
I'm very acne prone and it did not break me out at all. I have used it many times.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ErinOK
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
If you a prone to acne I would suggest asking your dermatologist what tanners they promote. Clinique has a lot of oil-free products so they may have a self-tanner for people prone to acne.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
glamorousglow
(Detroit, MI)
answer 4
I have occasional acne and don't have a problem with this. Just apply it to clean dry skin and wash your face with a gentle soap before you go to bed. I just started using the clinique acne solutions toner and night lotion and it works well, you should try it!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jojo919p
(Acton, MA)
answer 5
I am prone to breakouts...i have very sensitive skin. Never have had a problem with this product!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Only39
(Enfield, CT.)
answer 6
THIS IS SO LIGHT WEIGHT IT WON'T CLOG PORES
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
Question
how do you apply to face?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
dina33
(hamden,ct)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
When you are applying this product to your face, you can squeeze out a pea sized amount and evenly smooth it over your face - make sure to avoid getting the formula into your eyebrows, but blend it towards your hairline so that there is no noticeable line. Additionally, you would also want to apply the product to your jawline and neck while applying it to your face so that there is no break between your new golden tan and your pale skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. I would not recommend gloves as they tend to cause streaks.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
nicolepatrice
(Northridge, CA)
answer 2
1. Clean face to remove make up/dirt
2. Exfoliate using a gentle facial scrub
3. Pat dry after rinsing
4. Squeeze almost a dime-size amount of the gel into the palm of your hand and spread onto your palms (for easier, more even application)
5. Working quickly, smooth onto face and neck, taking care wound eyebrows, hairline and jawline
6. Wash hands well immediately after application
7. Allow gel to dry completely before applying make-up, if wanted
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Wiggsy
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
Hi! When applying Clarins Self Tanner Instant Gel to the face its as easy as putting on your daily face lotion. I apply to a freshly exfoliated face after applying my face lotion. The only trick to applying the self tanner is avoiding eyebrows and hairline. But, don't distress! If you apply a thin layer there should be no worries about your hairlines. And, if you do by chance notice the self tanner a little heavy in some spots once the tan has activated, simply use your facial exfoliate or I find that a washcloth rubs these spots right out. This is a great product for face and body I recommend it.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Evelouise
(Oregon)
answer 4
Just apply it to clean dry skin and blend in like you would a moisturizer.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jojo919p
(Acton, MA)
answer 5
Apply it just like you would any other lotion. Just be sure to keep it out of your eyes and mouth.
It doesn't streak and leaves you with a GREAT glow!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Only39
(Enfield, CT.)
answer 6
I PUT IT ON AS IF I WAS USING REGULAR LOTION FACE AND BODY , EXFOLIATING FIRST AND I DON/T APPLY ANY MAKE UP OR OTHER LOTIONS TILL THE NEXT DAY.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
2146
(glenshaw,pa)
Question
I'm Sticky (Drying)
If I'm still kind of sticky after 30 minutes am I not dry?
How long will this sticky feeling last?

-thanks
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
after about an hour or so i noticed it went away.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ava28
(ga)
answer 2
Still tacky after 30 minutes? This is one drawback. You definitely can't get dressed immediately. I either apply immediately after my shower in the morning. By the time I've done my makeup and hair I am dry. My other option is to apply in the evening and enjoy a magazine before bed until I'm dry. The results are worth the effort.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
katiejo302
(Ashland, KY)
answer 3
Clarins Express stays a bit tacky until you wash it off.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
glamourama
(North East)
answer 4
Are you applying too much? I use it sparinly, a little goes a long way and still gives a tanning effect. The stickiness goes away and the product absorbs in 5-1- minutes.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
msleona
answer 5
Sounds like you're using too much product. just use the size of a quarter for your legs - you can always apply more later after it absorbs. I find it best to use at night - allow 15 min. before putting on jammies and look great in the morning!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
cindylun
(Portsmouth, RI)
answer 6
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answered 3 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Will Clarins Sunless Tanner hurt my face?
I post this question because I know that the face is more sensitive than the rest of the body.
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
jma1946
(Easley SC)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I use it on my face with no irritation, but there is fragrance in it, so beware.
answered 3 years ago
jbuchanan
(Ohio)
answer 2
I haven't used this on my face, Clarins has a couple of separate options for your face and neck which are gentler and not as deeply colored. It might not hurt your face, but you may end up with more color than is natural because your facial skin is so much more delicate. I would suggest trying the tanning towels by Dr. Dennis Gross for facial tanning. They are great.
answered 3 years ago
elligray
(Fort Payne, AL)
answer 3
Not at all! This leaves skin feeling smooth and doesnt cause break outs. I rub a dime sized amount onto cheeks, nose, chin and forehead - where the sun would naturally tan my face. Blend outward and smooth fingers along hairline and jawline, then immediately wash your hands!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
msleona
answer 4
I use this on my body and love it but have sensitive skin on my face so I was hesitant to use this on my face because it is a thick consistency and a bit greasy. So I tried Clarins intense bronze tint and love it! Easy to apply and no skin reactions. It's a tinted liquid but use sparingly because it is dark! Hope that helps good luck ;)
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Long Island, NY)
answer 5
i used it on my face and was completely fine but i recommend adding some face moisturizer with a little bit of the gel so the color is not as intense.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
ekarah
answer 6
I put a light layer on my face and had no irritation or reaction whatsoever.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
bettypants
Question
what color is the self tanning gel?
i wanna know the color of the tanning gel ?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
almagarcia2424
(alvin, tx)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is clear
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
funnygirlie89
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 2
Gel is clear - so take your time putting it on and remember to wash your hands.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ladytuxedo
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
It is golden brown with a hint of orange. Color is better than most others I've tried.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
glamourama
(North East)
answer 4
The gel it self is kind of an ivory/peachy color. I know that doesn't really help, but it isn't clear, and yet not a dark brown either. Hope this helps some!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sarah214
(New York, NY)
answer 5
This is a clear, lightweight gel; you cant see any color immediately, but it's pretty fool proof - no blotches! A little also goes a long way!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
msleona
answer 6
It's kind of a cloudy clear; which does make it a little difficult to know if you have missed any spots. You just have to look and see if any areas may be dull in color, as that may be a spot missed.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
leilei17
(Van Nuys, CA)
Question
What is the best way to apply?
For most self tanners I've used my hands, but now St Tropez sells a mit and I've ready other reviews where people use large blush brushes. What is the best way to apply this self tanner, mainly to avoid streaks, get even color (I tend to miss spots and get white patches, and avoid having orange hands)?
asked 3 years ago
jlac
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Self Tanning Instant Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I apply with just my hands - no brushes, mitts, towels, etc. It goes on easily and smoothly - just make sure to exfoliate first and apply it evenly. I've experienced no problems with streaking or blotches.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
denise1000
(Los Gatos, CA)
answer 2
I start at my face and down, apply the gel in a cicular motion so you get an even skin tone .
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ava28
(ga)
answer 3
I apply with my hands. The texture of the gel spreads easily and evenly. Apply a light coating . Because of the gel texture, you can feel that it has spread evenly. It doesn't "grab" and deposit in just one spot.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
katiejo302
(Ashland, KY)
answer 4
Take your time and work in one area at a time - get someone to do your back if you can. I also apply with alittle bit of lotion - either mixed in or on top- and this seems to help spread it more evenly. Remember those odd places that you usually forget about when moisturizing - like your armpit area and ankles. I don't apply directly to hands and feet, but spread lotion onto these areas for a smooth transition. Wash (w/soap) and dry your palms and between your fingers.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ladytuxedo
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
The only way I have applied this is with my hands. I just squeeze out about a quarter-sized amount at a time, rub my hands together and massage it in, and then repeat until finished. I can tell by feeling my legs or arms the places where I have already appied enough. The only place you have to be really careful about blotches is around your ankles or on feet where you have drier skin. Definitely be sure to wash your hands, especially between your fingers, as soon as you are done. I really haven't had any problems with un evenness, it's really a great product and easy to apply correctly.
answered 3 years ago
elligray
(Fort Payne, AL)
answer 6
I always put body lotion on my hands & feet before putting on a self tanner - this prevents most streaking & orange blobs on my feet/ankles and prevents the tanner from soaking into my hands before I can wash them.
answered 3 years ago
Anonymous
(Fairfield, CA)
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