True Spa Girls bask in the glow of the faux sun. From bank-breaking designer formulas to drugstore clearance items in the form of towels, sprays and lotions — we’ve tried nearly every self tanning product available. And after enduring streaks, splotches and orange faces (how embarrassing!), L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze has won out as our go-to for the best all-around natural-looking, foolproof color. And now they’ve introduced a new formula that ups the instant gratification benefits. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self Tanning Lotion gives you an immediate hint of color while building a deeper golden tan that lasts up to 3 to 5 days depending on how much you exfoliate your skin. The chocolate-colored formula contains light-reflecting golden flecks that give your skin an instant shimmery, bronze look. It’s lightweight enough that you have time to rub it in thoroughly yet it absorbs quickly and you can get dressed in a jiff. The gold shimmer rubs off slightly on your clothes but being that it’s the dead of summer, a little sparkle never hurt anyone and the actual bronzer doesn’t come off at all. While we liked the scent of the original formula, this new one is laced with happy hints of pineapple and cantaloupe. You can’t beat that the lotion is also dosed with vitamin E that hydrates and protects your skin while you tan. Use a couple times a week to keep your tan fresh. Now, if only they would add a dose of SPF, we’d ditch our daily moisturizer for this! Available at most drug and mass market stores for about $10 a bottle. More at lorealparisusa.com.
Instant Gratification: LOreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self Tanning Lotion