Last year, I was introduced to Beautisol, a vegan and cruelty-free company owned by Sinead Norenius. She took me backstage at HSN and we had a great day. Recently I had the opportunity to try out some of Beautisol’s self-tanning products.
Products That I Tried
Need I Glow More, which is a face self-tanner for Normal-Dry-Sensitive skin types.
Summer Glow, the dark self-tanning body lotion.
Maroon Hammam Deep Exfoliating Mitt
Orange Applicator Mitt
$8.00 Applicator Mitt
$12.00 Hammam Deep Exfoliating Mitt
$23.00 Need I Glow More face self-tanner (comes in normal-oily-problematic and normal-dry-sensitive skin types)
$39.00 Summer Glow body self-tanner
Now, I need to say that I’m not sure I’ve ever had a ‘natural’ tan. I had a trigger event when I was around the age of 12 where I fell asleep at a pool and ended up with second degree burns. Ever since that event, I remember only burning, never tanning. I practically bathed in sunblock from that point on. Because of that, I’ve embraced my pale and never really worried about whether or not I could tan.
Still, I figured it would be nice to give this a shot! Before I got started, I read through all of Sinead’s Tips and Tricks. Then I made sure I was well exfoliated with the Hammom mitt.
I started with Need I Glow More. I first applied Need I Glow More to my face, ears and neck. I dabbed it on in streaks under my eyes, down my nose, across my forehead and my chin. Then I blended in circular motions. One of the great things about Beautisol products are that they have a guide color, so it made it easy to not miss a spot. After I applied it, I applied a little bit of my moisturizer and that really helped even things out.
Then I used the application mitt and applied Summer Glow to the rest of my body. I got my MIL to help me apply it to my back. After about 5 minutes it was dry enough that I could put on loose clothing and let it work its magic. There was no discernible smell to me or anyone around me.
One pale leg, one leg with the guide color on
I ended up finishing my sunless tanning application around 3:45pm on Friday. Around 6:15 I ended up washing my face off because I needed to put on some makeup and go out to the movies. After the movies, I did another layer on my face and body (around 10:15 pm) and then left it on until around 10am Saturday morning. According to the instructions it’s really best to put the sunless tanner on at night before bed and then sleep in it because you want to leave it on at least 5 to 6 hours.
The sunless tanner didn’t smell and it didn’t rub off on my clothes or sheets. When I went to wash it off, I used a wash cloth (as opposed to my typical net sponge) to remove all of the guide color. I had to pay particular attention around my hairline and neck. I was excited to see that I wasn’t orange! It looked like I was evenly tanned.
Here are my legs the next morning. I was impressed!
Here’s my before and after. As you can see, it really does impart a healthy glow. I don’t look orange.
Saturday I went to see Eugenia and Judi for lunch and they commented on my tan. They said that it was strange to see me with color but that they liked it. Several other people commented that it looked like I’d lost weight. Jen (from My Beauty Bunny) said that getting a tan is like dropping 10 lbs. I have to say that people seem to react positively to me with a tan.
It’s very strange to me though, almost like seeing a stranger in the mirror. I also noticed that I didn’t really feel like I needed to wear foundation, as a lot of my skin imperfections were masked by the color. I typically feel like my skintone is uneven because of the rosacea, and the self-tanner just seemed to even me out.
By Tuesday evening, I could see some uneveness, so Wednesday morning I exfoliated to make everything match again. You’re supposed to do that so that you fade evenly. By Thursday my face had almost completely faded but I still have a slight glow to my legs and arms. Even while faded, I think it still looks nice.
Would I recommend?
Absolutely! If you’re looking for a cruelty-free, vegan, non-smelling, safe sunless tanner that will not turn you orange, this is it! It looks completely natural. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, even around the eyes. It’s easy to use. If I can do it without goofing up on my first try, I truly believe it’s easy enough for anyone to try out. Between the applicator mitt and the guide color, you won’t miss a spot.
It’s also the ONLY healthy way, in my opinion, to get a tan. You’re not drinking in harmful UVA/UVB rays. Now, even when you use sunless tanner, since it’s basically a tint for the skin, you need to still wear SPF protection.
I’m impressed. I never thought to try sunless tanner until I learned about Beautisol because I saw so many of the sunless tanning nightmares where people turned orange. I didn’t want to look like a carrot. With Beautisol, you can lay that fear to rest. You’ll end up with a perfect tan, every time.
What do you think of Beautisol sunless tanner? Have you tried it?
Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. Beautisol is cruelty-free and vegan.
Looks really good! I want to try this and hopefully my daughter will use it too instead of a tanning bed.
Midnight Manicures Yes! Tanning beds are so bad for you!
You look great! You look lovely fair too, but it’s nice to have a bit of a summery glow sometimes
IshahxBeauty Thank you! It’s a nice change.
What a great product, I’m super pale to and I love that it was such a natural tan shade. Thanks for reviewing!
TarinCrookston You’re welcome
Normally I am not a fan of self-tanners but dang that looks very natural. You look like you just came back from Hawaii! I am also fair and thinking I might need this since for the summer since I am covered head to toe and hiding under an umbrella!
VickiNeulinger It’s a very nice natural looking tan! I’m truly impressed.
Wow! This looks great on you!!
jamiewillett09 Thanks Jamie!
It looks good on you, but I have to say that I think you look best your natural paler shade – perhaps it’s because that’s what I’m used to, but although I like both, I like the “natural pale” best
You are SO right, Beautisol is the only self tanner that looks natural and doesn’t stink! The hammom mitt rocks for exfoliating before hand too. You look beautiful both ways!
OMG, You do look amazing with a tan! This is why I love Beautisol.
wow, it’s so smooth and natural looking!! Amazing results. I’ve got to try it!!!
Very nice results. I must say though that I think you look beautiful with your natural color. I used a few self tanners last summer and they brought out some hyperpigmentation spots on my legs that weren’t previously noticeable .This year, I am going all natural.
Very nice results. Please let us know if it brings out any hidden freckles. The past few years when I used self tanners it brought out some hyperpigmentation on my legs (i.e. sun spots) that simply haven’t faded. I must admit, though, that I really like your natural color.
The Lacquered Lady None that I can tell. Though I have a TON of dark freckles / spots that I’ve had since being a child. I’ve always had to watch them closely.
I really like it on you! Do you think you will keep with it or use it again? PS- Like I told you several times during lunch… LOVE your hair!
geniabeme Thanks! I am so happy with it
Yes ! The result is impeccable. The skin looks just right and natural.
For some, the results are too obvious and the difference in skin texture shows…. making it quite awkward.
I do see what you mean about the healthy glow, but I think your natural skin is lovely and suits your haircolour much better right now.
And yes, your hair is AMAZING. <3<3<3
Gabrielle_ Thank you!
I am absolutely sold, you look gorgeous with this healthy glow!
tinabeana12 thank you!
You really do look great with this tan….but you look amazing pale too. Good to know you have options though right! Thank you so much for doing this review and showing all your pictures as well as explaining exactly what you did! I am farely pale as well and do not tan much since i also bathe in sunscreen. However I am in a July wedding in a strapless dress and will be surrounded by gorgeous girls who all love the tanning beds so I do not wish to look like a ghost in my lapis (dark puple) dress. This maybe my perfect option. I would be very interested to know if you can reapply a few times over the course of a week or so to build a bit deeper tan. Anyone try this or know? Oh and as always- Love your hair!
JessicaRomineKent Yes, you can do that. I would apply it, wait 6 hours, apply it again (without washing it off), and then sleep in it.
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How many uses do you think you could get from one container of the face self tanner? I’ve never seen such a natural looking tan from a bottle!
EmmyJean I’m honestly not sure. I didn’t feel like I used very much when I applied it on my face. I’ll email Sinead and ask.
EmmyJeanHi! I emailed Sinead and she said:
It should last about 2 months if she/he uses it every other day or so!
It’s hard to tell as everyone uses it at different rates!
Phyrra Wow, that’s great – I really want to try this now! I don’t mind being fair or anything, I just think it helps make imperfections and redness less visible. Thanks for getting back to me!
EmmyJean No problem
You look so pretty with a tan! You’re also good at rocking the pale (I do this too) but I like seeing the change, like whenever you get a new hair color ^-^
It’s so unusual to see you with a tan! You always look beautiful, tan or pale, but this is fun for a change. I’m a super-pale girl also, so I might have to give this product a try too, since it seems kind of goof-proof, and frankly I’m a bit of a goof, lol.
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Hey girlie, so I splurged on the body and face tanners (on sale at HauteLook right now) because of your review.
BooBooNinja I can’t wait to hear what you think!!!
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