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Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint Review

Hi all! Today's post will feature Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint. This product was mentioned in my November Current Favorites post. I have loved this product since I first purchased it. In fact, it has become my #1 favorite face tanner! In addition this has quickly moved up the ranks and has become one of my all time favorite beauty items!

I'm really picky with self tanners in general, especially face tanners! I prefer to use tanners that are specifically made for the face as I find them gentle on the skin and don't cause me breakouts. Of course your body's skin is a lot thicker than your facial skin, so you have to consider pores, clogging, breakouts and all that other skin care stuff. 

I've never used Clarins before, but I was more than willing to give them a look. I read about this product on one of my favorite beauty blogs Miss Natty's Beauty Diary. I read her review and found out that this is what she uses on her face. Her tan looks so good that I knew I had to get this. I went to Sephora to get a sample because I always like to try an item first if possible. I was able to use the sample about 3 times and I was so happy with the results! I then waited until the Sephora VIB 20% off sale and picked this up right away! I want to mention that I would absolutely still buy this if I didn't have a coupon. It retails for $34 for 4.2oz

The product itself is housed in a large bottle (4.2oz) and has twist on/off lid. Once closed, I find it secure and I have not had any issues at all with leaking or anything of that sort. I like to keep the bottle in the original packaging for storage. Although this a luxury brand item, don't let the price deter you. The bottle is huge and this will last you quite some time. As you will read below, I only use a drops rather than pouring it for application. I also use this twice a week so it's not an everyday product. It's really worth it!

Clarins Intense Bronze Self-Tanning Tint is a dark brown liquid that has a lightweight texture. It's not a lotion, thick or heavy at ALL! It does have a light scent but it's not overpowering at all. It doesn't have that typical self tan smell if you are familiar with that.

I find the color lasts quite awhile and fades natural. In a typical week I apply this about twice before bedtime. I wash off the day's makeup and then put on my moisturizer (I like my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free the best) and let it soak in. Later that night I begin this routine... 

I have applied Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint with both my fingers and a cotton round. I find that I much prefer using the cotton round as I find it easier to blend. I have included a photo of the cotton pads that I like to use below. I pour a tiny amount one the pad (probably around 2-3 drops) and start patting on my cheeks. I will then blend in circle motions to cover that whole area. I will also go over my nose and behind my eyebrows. I will pour another few drops on the cotton pad and work it on my forehead, brow bone and under my eyes. I will repeat these same steps and do my chin and above my lips. I will then use the reminder of what is on the pad and make sure the area right by my hairlines has some of the product on it. I usually use my body tanner for my neck, but if I use the Clarins product, I will flip the pad over and do my neck! I'm telling you, this is so simple and quick. I'm probably done with my face in 2 minutes tops! After I'm all done, I just wash my hands and I'm good to go!

Since this is the bronze formula, you will see the tint right away. It doesn't look orange at all. It's literally the perfect tan for my skin! One of the main reasons I love this so much is because it's so low maintenance and I get such amazing results!

Once the product is on, it dries down almost instantly. There is no fussy waiting time (which is common complaint with other face tanners) and it doesn't look blotchy. After I finish the rest of my self tanning routine, I will head to bed and sleep on it. I find this gives the tan the longest time to develop. I just simply wash my face with my cleanser in the shower in the morning.

I highly recommend checking this product out if you are a self tanner or looking to add some color to your face. It's so easy to use and there is no time commitment in perfecting it. The color payoff is so natural and realistic, and it fades evenly so you don't have to worry about how it will look after a few days. Although it's pricey, I know that this bottle will last me quite awhile! 

I am so happy I found this in the blogs as it is one of my all time favorite products now! This gets an A+ in my book!

Thanks for reading,


  1. cute blog! thanks for linking up in the hop today!

  2. thanks for sharing carly i cant wait to try this i love that it dries quickly too :)


  3. I rarely tan in the winter, but this does seem really nice and I know Clarins gets a lot of hype! I hope I remember this come summer!

  4. i am always in the market for good sunless tanning options...thanks for the tip! i will have to give it a try.

    new follower :)


  5. I think Tanya Burr also uses this face self tanner, I was about to buy it but I got a Xen Tan instead, which is only for the body.
    I would really like to try this clarins product, and Id like to see a pic of you with this tanner on!



  6. I love this product. I want to buy it. Thanks for sharing!
    Spain Self-Tan Market


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