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Product Review: Victoria's Secret Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint

Product Review: Victoria's Secret Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint

Even though there are hundreds (thousands?) of self-tanners out there, I’m pretty lazy about using them. It’s just so much work to exfoliate, wipe on the tanner, and wait for the tan to build. I want instant results, dangit.

More or less, that’s what Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint ($18) provides. This self-tanner lotion provides a shimmery tint right away, all the while working on the actual faux tan as well. When it comes out of the tube, it’s a disarmingly artificial shade of deep bronze. Fortunately, though, it spreads out evenly and smoothly on skin, and then it’s subtle (even on very pale complexions).

To see a before-and-after photo,

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I decided to “tan up” before the Sugar girls’ Sex and the City premiere party. But of course, because I didn’t exactly think ahead, I also used this opportunity to test the product. This means that I wound up having one naturally pale leg and another tan one. Sexy!

Here’s a really, really flattering photo of my untouched leg and my Bare Bronzed leg immediately after application. As you can see, the treated leg has a little bit more shimmer and just a hint of color.



And here’s my leg just three hours later, shot from an equally attractive angle. It isn't a super-deep tan yet, but I can tell it's deepening.

I like Bare Bronze because it gives immediate gratification, and the eventual tan color isn’t orangey. I’m not so crazy about the fragrance; like so many Victoria’s Secret products, this one’s scent is too strong. All in all, though, it’s a good choice if you want to take baby steps into the world of self-tanning — and if you want to see a difference right away.

See reader reviews of this product and add your own here!

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gossipgirl782 gossipgirl782 7 years
I wondered about their self tanners. I really like Neutrogena Summer Glow-it is similar to the Jergens type but it does smell a smidge better and I really did see a difference within 2 days. I may have to try this one though. Thanks!!
jfellows1631 jfellows1631 7 years
I tried the Jergens one, for two weeks +, and never saw a difference!
paine paine 7 years
yeah the back part is always tough, how can you do it? only by asking help.from so many self tanners, which ones do actually work? cause I´m very pale.
paine paine 7 years
yeah the back part is always tough, how can you do it? only by asking help. from so many self tanners, which ones do actually work? cause I´m very pale.
karlorene karlorene 7 years
i'm not into the self tanner stuff because i always wonder... how am i supposed to get my back? and all of the parts of me I can't reach? lol
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
Thanks for reviewing this Bella! This is actually on my "things to try" list. Right now i'm using Clinique's Self-sun face/body SPF15 self-tanner. This one builds up color gradually as well. It says 100% fragrace free, but it does have that smell that all self-tanners have. It doesn't bother me much though.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I'll have to give this one a try for a little color in the summer. I'm super pale and I always come out orange. I like that it's instant so you know if the color works for you or not.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I've learned to embrace my pale skin. Smelling funky and having it stain clothing or bedding isn't worth it to me.
sagittarius sagittarius 7 years
Self tanners always appeal to me, even though I already do have a natural tan :S But I can never stick to using them because of the smell. I thought it was just the Jergens one at first but I realized it's all self tanning products, which is a shame...
sagittarius sagittarius 7 years
Self tanners always appeal to me, even though I already do have a natural tan :SBut I can never stick to using them because of the smell. I thought it was just the Jergens one at first but I realized it's all self tanning products, which is a shame...
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 7 years
the smell of sunless tanners really kill it for me. i've tried so many but i can never follow through with the routine because i cannot stand that smell. i kinda wanna try this though :)
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 7 years
I've never used a self tanner. I don't believe in trying to change one's skin color.
kahribar kahribar 7 years
Thanks for the pics, the color is perfect and sounds easy to use.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Yeah, it has a vague self-tanner smell, but it's fragranced, so it doesn't smell awful. It's just stronger than I would like, but it's not an olfactory assault or anything. Thanks, Brittanyk. They are Chie Miharas that I got on sale (as I get everything on sale) a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, a catering waiter spilled cucumber soup on them and now they smell vaguely spa-ish like that. :/
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Yeah, it has a vague self-tanner smell, but it's fragranced, so it doesn't smell awful. It's just stronger than I would like, but it's not an olfactory assault or anything.Thanks, Brittanyk. They are Chie Miharas that I got on sale (as I get everything on sale) a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, a catering waiter spilled cucumber soup on them and now they smell vaguely spa-ish like that. :/
okmaebe okmaebe 7 years
Check it out you guys. It's got a nicer smell than a lot of them. The fragrance is strong, but not bad.
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I like that this is instant. Also, it looks natural, I'm pretty pale so self tanner always looks fake on me. And on a completely unrelated note, I like your shoes.
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I like that this is instant. Also, it looks natural, I'm pretty pale so self tanner always looks fake on me.And on a completely unrelated note, I like your shoes.
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