4.5 fl. oz. for $22
Last Updated:05.03.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Faux Tan contains dihydroxyacetone, the same ingredient found in most self-tanning products. This works as well as any but there’s no reason to spend this much on a self-tanner when drugstore versions work just as well. This still deserves a good rating and the emollient lotion formula is best for normal to dry skin that’s not prone to breakouts. Like almost all self-tanners, this contains fragrance to mask the smell dihydroxyacetone can leave once it dries (whether you notice this scent or how apparent it is depends largely on how this ingredient interacts with your body chemistry).


Wish you could look like you spent a day at the beach? Thankfully you can get a safe, all-over tan in a bottle. This luminous warmth is easy to apply to your whole body and works on even the most sensitive skin — leaving you soft and glowing.


Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Tyrosine, Glucose, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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Love it!

Love Faux Tan. Natural color results on my skin. Doesn't come off on my clothes. It does rub off on my bra on the underwire area but comes out clean in the laundry. This is the only bronzer I use and I also use it lightly on my face with no problems. Look for the jumbo size on QVC once a year for added value. My current bottle is several years old and still works great!

Reviewed by
Patricia R.
Awesome self tanner...

I FINALLY found a self tanner that doesn't make me look like an Oompa Loompa! This stuff rocks! I bought it from QVC during a Bare Minerals show for a great deal.

Reviewed by
Judy H.
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