Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner Review and Photo


Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner ($32) Light, oil-free bronzer/self-tanner creates radiant, natural looking color without the sun. Bronzes as you apply it, then deepens to a natural glow. Enjoy natural looking results with effective, non-toxic DHA self-tanning ingredient. Hydrate and nourish skin with shea butter. Protect skin from free radical damage with vitamin E and grape seed extract.

My Thoughts:

I’ve never really had to use a self-tanner before. Living in Southern California, I’m almost guaranteed to have a tan all year long. Also, truthfully, I avoided using self-tanners because of all the horror stories and worries I had heard about and had seen:

  • Looking orange and not natural
  • Uneven and streaky
  • Too dark of a color
  • Difficult and annoying application process
  • Uneven fading

The Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner took all those worries away! The Arcona Self-Tanner had a thin lotion-like texture and was very easy to apply. I just applied it as if it was lotion. I had no difficulties blending and spreading so I didn’t have to use a lot of product. The bronze color appeared immediately and started to deepen soon after. After two thin layers, the bronze color deepened to a color that was a little bit darker than my real tan. The self-tanner also had a light shimmer to give my skin a glowing tan. Don’t worry, the shimmer is very subtle and isn’t noticeable except when in the bottle. Because the self-tanner dried quickly, I didn’t have to worry about it staining my clothes and furniture. I also noticed the Arcona Self-Tanner didn’t dry out my skin. It actually left it looking and feeling moisturized!

It’s been over a week since I applied the self-tanner and the bronze color is still present. It’s not as dark as when I first applied it, but it’s still noticeable. The bronze color faded gradually and quite subtly so I barely noticed it. The only reason I noticed it was because I compared it my real tan.

Overall, the Arcona Self-Tanner gave me a natural looking tan; not an orange tint in sight! My friends and family couldn’t even tell the difference between my real tan and the Arcona Self-Tanner. The best and most surprising feature of the Arcona Self-Tanner, besides giving your skin a natural looking tan, is the scent. There was no hint of a chemical smell. Instead, it smelled wonderful! If you hold the bottle up to your nose you can detect the refreshing scent. It reminds me of body wash/soap. The Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner ranks as one of my favorite all-time products, and I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a self-tanner.

A little note: don’t apply too much at once. Start off with a light layer and then wait a few minutes for the bronze color to take effect. You can layer on more if you want a darker color.

Check out the before and after photo. You can also see it compared to a real tan! PS please don’t make fun of my pale legs. This is what happens when you don’t let your legs see the light of day for nearly a year!

If I hadn’t labeled the photo, could you tell the difference between my real tan and the Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner? I know I couldn’t.

To answer your question: Yes, my arms are tan and my legs are pale. Thanks to Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner, I am no longer 2 different colors. Yes! Perfect timing for summer!

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5 comments to Arcona Bronze Tinted Self-Tanner Review and Photo

  • No, I wouldn’t have known. My legs are pale, too. When I wear a skirt, I do try to remember to use tanner. It’s an affordable one by Avon. I tried the new one by Lancome – streaks!
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  • BooBooNinja

    Do you think you can keep us posted about how long the tan lasts? I’m also curious about your application — did you have to wear gloves to apply the lotion? Do they recommend that you apply the tanner in multiple layers?

    Sorry for the spate of questions! I have never used self-tanner before and I’ve become interested. I’ve been indoors too much… school is killing me. Speaking of which, I need to get back to the books!

    Cheers :)

    • Audrey Dao

      don’t apologize! it’s okay to ask questions. that’s how you learn :) and i feel your pain. i stayed in doors too much because of school too!

      sure! i’ll keep everybody posted.

      before i applied the self tanner, i made sure i had exfoliated and moisturized to get rid of dead and dry skin. it also helps with an even application. then, i just used my bare hands to apply. i know people say to use a glove, but i was like eh whatevers. haha i rubbed it on like i apply lotion. i was just more careful to make sure i covered all the areas. i also tried to apply an even layer as possible so the tan would be even. after each layer while i waited for the color to deepen a bit, i washed my hands with hand soap. If I wanted a darker color, i would repeat the process.

      I felt more comfortable applying in layers because i wanted the color to match my tanned arms. i didn’t want my legs to be darker or lighter than my arms. also i’m still a newbie when it comes to self tanner so i didnt know what to expect (especially using a brand i’ve never used before). i figure better to use a little bit at a time until i figured out how it worked

  • BooBooNinja

    Thanks for getting back to me :)

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