Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Golden Mousse
5 fl. oz. for $10.99
Last Updated:06.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We wish this liquid-to-foam self-tanner had a less intense fragrance and contained an antioxidant or two, as these improvements would've propelled it to our top rating. Still, for the money, this is an affordable option whose caramel tint provides instant color (though not a lot) while the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone develops into an attractive sunless tan in a few hours.

The formula doesn't dry quite as fast as you might think, but it does set quickly and provides light hydration, while the mineral pigment mica adds a subtle sheen that's particularly pretty on legs. This self-tanner is suitable for all skin types except sensitive, as the fragrance poses a slight risk of irritation (though this is of lesser concern because most people aren't applying a self-tanner every day).

  • Lightweight, easy-to-apply liquid-to-foam formula.
  • Provides an instant tint and mica adda a subtle sheen.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Contains a rather strong citrus-like fragrance that poses a slight risk if irritation.

Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mousse is an ultra light-weight, easy to apply formula that dries in seconds for a streak-free, mess-free application. This luscious mousse creates an instant bronze tint as your flawless natural-looking sunless tan develops. Good to go in seconds, lasts for days. Contains a refreshing citrus scent.


Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Caramel, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Capryl/Capramidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 15985/Yellow 6, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Ci 17200/Red 33, Citral, Coumarin, Parfum/Fragrance.

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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I love L'Oreal's new mousse self tanner. It is super easy to apply and instantly imparts a believable tan. It dries nice and quick and doesn't feel tacky or sticky. I was spending double for Clinique's self tanning cream but will continue to buy this one as it looks more natural. It also doesn't streak and smells nice as well. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful formula!

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