When I heard that Clarins was going to release a new body version of their Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, I knew I had to give it a try! This made-to-measure self tan is a limited edition and is exclusively sold at Sephora.
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This self tanner is super easy to use! Simply mix 4-6 drops of this self tan in the palm of your hand with your favorite moisturizer, apply all over your body and then wash your hands! I have to admit that when I used it for the first time, I was afraid that I wouldn't apply it properly because you can't really see if you are missing a spot. I'm not used to test self tanners without any color guide! I was very surprised when I saw the result after about 8 hours though, it wasn't streaky at all. Even my hands were perfect!
Don't forget to exfoliate your skin before applying the self tan, and avoid water for at least 6 hours after you apply the product.
The tan appears within two hours after the application, but continues to darken for approximately six hours. On me, it gives a beautiful caramel color! However it wasn't really buildable to a dark tan, I tried to use more drops but it was too yellow on me.
It starts to wear off after about 4 days and is completely gone after 7 days. It fades really naturally without looking patchy! I didn't notice any self tanner smell when I mixed it with Clarins Satin-Smooth Body Lotion ($44 CAD), but it did have a slight 'biscuit' smell when I tried it with The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion, so results can vary.
I love how versatile this product is! You can add a few drops in your moisturizer and use this like a gradual tan, can't get easier than that. You can even add it to your favorite self tanner, if like me you prefer a darker tan.
You might be wondering how this new version compares to the original Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster? Well, the ingredient list is exactly the same than the original! It gives a slightly darker tan so I guess it has a slightly higher amount of DHA in it, but it was the only difference I noticed. I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to use it on your face, except that you might want to use less drops than you usually do. So for example, if you usually use 3 drops for your face, 2 drops of this version should do it.
The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body Self Tan retail for $45 CAD for 30ml.
(I received this product in order to evaluate it and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)