Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion, Medium-Deep
4.2 fl. oz. for $23
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good lightweight self-tanning lotion suitable for all skin types. The Medium-Deep designation means there is more rather than less of the dihydroxyacetone (DHA) self-tanning ingredient found in the Light-Medium version of this product, and more DHA means your skin will turn a deeper shade of tan faster. 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, 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 which can look sexy on bare legs. And, bonus: This contains some beneficial moisturizing ingredients not found in your average self-tanning lotion.


Tinted lotion gives you instant color, deep "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.


Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-8, 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, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Phosphate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, 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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Too Much Glitter-Sparkle!!

I used Clinique's self tanner for years and loved it. It always looked natural and was easy to apply. But this version has tons of the glitter that all of these self tanners have started to add. Paula, have you tried this on all over? While the sparkle might be okay for your legs (if you are 15-20 yrs old), having it all over makes you look like a hooker and people comment on it. At least with L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze, the glitter washes off in the 1st shower after application.

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