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Product Review: GlowFusion AirGlow

Being a sunscreen devotee, I haven't had a tan since I was about ten. Self-tanners usually made me look more Sunkist than sun-kissed, so I gave up on the idea of looking tanned. And then I tried GlowFusion AirGlow ($175), billed as the world's first and only airbrush self-tanning system. Essentially, it uses the same technology as the spray tanners you'd find at the spa, but you do the work yourself. To find out whether it delivers the tan,

I was worried about making a giant mess with this thing, but AirGlow is surprisingly easy to use. You just let it charge for eight hours, pour in the tanning juice (it's called Micro-Nutrient Tinted Protein Tan Mist) and pull the trigger. A cool, cocoa-scented mist goes straight on your body, not on the shower wall—no mess! Because the mist is tinted, it's easy to see where you've sprayed; the only problem is learning how to evenly control the mist. I wound up lingering on my forearms too long, and completely missing the backs of my calves.

The morning after I AirGlowed, I looked more like Malibu Barbie than Casper for a change. The "tan" was nicely natural, not orangey or visibly fake. Sure, it was a little blotchy due to my user error, and my sheets were a little stained (note to self: next time, let this stuff thoroughly dry!). But for the most part, I looked as though I'd just spent two weeks lounging in Ibiza. I'm curious, though: Would you pay $175 for a great at-home system? Or would you rather stick with cheaper lotion self-tanners?

RyanFTL RyanFTL 8 years
I only used the AirGlow sprayer on Friday and it died quickly after less than 2 minutes. I figured it just might need to charge more then charged it again and tried on Saturday. This time I was only about to get about 45 seconds out of the sprayer, whats more is the the paint started to come off where the part where the tanning fluid is held. Today, I tried to use the sprayer and now the part that holds the fluid only bubbles and the fluid will not travel up inside the sprayer. This is absolute piece of junk! SAVE YOUR MONEY!!
skatestar47 skatestar47 9 years
How many tans/applications can you get from the 8oz tanning juice?
PunkyPenny PunkyPenny 10 years
Looks awesome!!
sarabel sarabel 10 years
i bought this a week ago and tried it last night. the thing sucks! wouldn't spray at all. got it all over my hands (luckily i washed it off in time). the parts of my legs i did get are in stripes. literally stripes! horrible! returning immediately!!!
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 10 years
Haha no way would I manage to look nice from this...I wish though!
Candace04 Candace04 10 years
Nevermind the back of your calves... how on earth do you get the back of your thighs, your bum, or back? The thing seems pretty large and bulky... or is it really user-friendly, for lack of a better term? I use Saint Tropez sunless tanning system from sephora. It's heaven-sent, a great product, very subtle and natural.
jdepp_84 jdepp_84 10 years
I saw this the other day at the store and was wondering about it. I like spray tanning, the only problem is that the place I go to has this weird system were you stand in front of it and it sprays you, it comes out all blotchy :( I might need to try this, since it seems like you can have more control. Thanks for the reviw!
eleven11 eleven11 10 years
thank you, bella, for this review! i have been contemplating buying this (and sent you an email about it), and i think my decision is made! one quick question, though: how many tans do you get from one of the canisters of protein tan? thank you!!!
ikitty13 ikitty13 10 years
If I could affors it, I would buy it - it seems worth it.
lovealways lovealways 10 years
This sounds cool, but I don't think I'd hand over that much money to use it.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
I avoid the sun like the plague, so this might be interesting, esp if I don't look like an Oompa Loompa afterward. Always a plus. $175 is a bit stiff, though!
Mickey-tee Mickey-tee 10 years
looks pretty cool
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
It's interesting, but I don't know if i could spend the money on it. I've been using Dove Energising Glow and I love it!! I like it better then Jergens too, there isn't really a smell and you can see a difference in a couple days :)
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
maybe the people at sunset tan should have used this for that little girl that turned oompa loompa orange.
fluffypuff fluffypuff 10 years
I would definitely try this. My mom and I have been searching for a good sunless tanner for a long time. If this really doesn't turn you orange in I'm.
darlindiva darlindiva 10 years
mystic tan has an odor because the chemical that is sprayed from the booth reacts with your skin to give you a tan and also releases an odor... mystic tan makes a 'refresher spray' that is supposed to make the smell go away, but i've never tried it, even though i mystic pretty often... i also love neutrogena tanning mist... my brother actually introduced me to it, and i've been addicted ever since!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
Im not one to spend that much money! However, if you have someone you trust to help you brush it on it would be worth a try! I have a teenage daughter that wants to go to tanning salons, this would be a much better altternative I think.
kitson1 kitson1 10 years
I would definitely pay $175 for this tool. I don't splurge on beauty all the time (just a few classics, like Lancome), but I do always have a nice fake tan. Maybe this will make me an official pro at self tanning.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Jergen's works for me unless I apply too much. If I had the $ to spare I might try it though
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
It's good to know it has a good smell. My friend did the mystic tan and was convinced she smelled like waffles after. Strange, but they went to the store afterward and the cashier said it smelled like breakfast. So I've been hesitant ever since.
mlen mlen 10 years
i wish one of my friends would buy it and let me try it out lol cause i'm not coordinated at all when it comes to stuff like that! i'd end up looking like a tiger or cheetah or something! i barely can use normal lotions with out streaks!
sarabel sarabel 10 years
this is fabulous! Where do I buy one? I too am a sunscreen devotee who hasn't had a tan in years. I love the spray tan but hate having to go there, pay for it, take my clothes off, let it dry, go home. It would be so much easier if I could take this task on myself.
YaoMing YaoMing 10 years
Intriguing. Special friends are hard to come by :p
danes danes 10 years
i am thinking that this could be a great gift for my friend who is getting married in the fall, she is pretty pale and maybe all the bridesmaids could have a tanning party before the big day
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