03.12.2015
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Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion, Light-Medium
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4.2 fl. oz. for $23
Category:Skin Care > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good lightweight self-tanning lotion suitable for all skin types. The Light-Medium designation means there is less of the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA) in this product, less DHA means it will turn your skin a deep shade of tan only after a few applications. This particular product is tinted with caramel so you get instant color along with the lasting color that develops after a few hours. Although Clinique’s non-acnegenic claim is meaningless (it has no legal definition or requirement), the texture of this product does make it a safer bet for those prone to blemishes. It is fragrance-free, too. The mica this contains adds a slight shimmer to skin that can look sexy on bare legs, plus this contains a good mix of moisturizing ingredients.

Claims

Tinted lotion gives you instant color, golden "tan" develops in just a few hours. Looks smooth, even, natural. Self-tanning plus: No surprises-it shows where it goes. Non-acnegenic. Dermatologist tested. Oil-free.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-8, Dihydroxyacetone, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose, Glucose, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructose, Cetearyl Glucoside, Chamomile, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorophenesin, Mica, Caramel, Red 33, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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06.22.2014
Very good results

I have had a lot of trouble using self tanners before but this was easy to use and the results were great. I saw my esthetician after I had done two applications and she was surprised to hear that my tan was from a product. It looked that natural. I didn't notice any great amount of shimmer and my legs felt really well moisturised.

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Susan N
06.20.2014
Best

This is the best self tanner that I have ever used. It looks very natural, doesn't streak, is easy to blend, and has a very pleasant scent for a self tanner.

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Anonymous
04.14.2014
Sparkle

I used to love the Clinique self tanner but this newer version is terrible. The description of "a slight shimmer" is very misleading. When you apply this, you look like you sprinkled glitter all over yourself and it doesn't go away after you rinse off the initial application. There is ALWAYS shimmer--way too much unless you are under 25 and going clubbing. so back to L'Oreal's self tanner with a truly very slight shimmer that fades.

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Sheri H
06.28.2013
Use with caution

I used this product on my legs and they broke out in red, itchy bumps. I don't generally have a problem with moisturizers or cleansers, however, my skin does break out if I use chemical sunscreens. I have to use the mineral sunscreens. Not sure if that's why my skin broke out from this product, but I would advise anyone with sensitive skin to use this product with caution.

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03.31.2013
Is this really 100% Fragrance Free

With this product containing Chamomile I am unsure whether it is definitely 100% Fragrance Free...As a sufferer to this, I am also unsure whether to use the Product. Can anyone help please with any further info on this Product and Fragrance Allergies. Thank You

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