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Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee, Medium-Deep, for Body
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5 fl. oz. for $9.49
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee, Medium-Deep, for Body has a smooth, nearly weightless texture and thus is ideal for normal to oily, blemish-prone skin. The tan comes from dihydroxyacetone, while caramel coloring leaves a sheer tint. This can be used on the face, too!
Claims
Ultra-lightweight formula dries quickly to provide an even, streak-free, natural-looking tan and leaves skin incredibly smooth and soft.
Ingredients
Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Copolyol, Fragrance, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Caramel, Red 40
Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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05.25.2014
Obviously fake

I smelled like rank fake tan for days. I've tried st tropez and had better color and less streaks with no obvious smell. Definitely skip this one!

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Krista
03.12.2014
Odiferous

It stinks! It's offensive! I smelled it at work all day and the next morning! It applies just like Paula's but obnoxiously offensive!

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Racer
06.04.2013
Great Product

I have used so many different self tanners over the years and this one is by far the very best. It's clear and light and goes on very easily with no sticky residue - AND with no odor whatsoever!! I find using it every other day works best for me. The color is gradual - very natural without a fear of turning orange! I would highly recommend it.

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