I'm pale, and I love looking tan, which means self-tanning products are really my only safe option if I want to look a little more glowy and a little less ghostly. But it has always been difficult to find great faux-glow options for my face. It’s pretty easy to hide a self-tanning mistake on your body, but a streak or splotch on your cheek can be a real bummer. That's what makes Tan Luxe's self-tanning drops — clear, DHA-spiked drops that you mix into your moisturizer to turn any face cream into a self-tanner — such a game changer.
The product's formula is super technical, which explains why it's so good. The formula is nontoxic, which means it doesn't contain parabens, mineral oils, chemicals, sulfates, or methylisothiazolinones (say that one three times fast) that can lead to skin irritations. It also contains naturally derived ingredients such as raspberry-seed oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera, which help nourish and smooth the skin and contribute to the formula's pleasant smell. And speaking of scent, these drops barely have that sour, self-tanner stench we've all come to know and hate, thanks to the fact the formula is mixed at a lower pH than other self-tanners, which allows the brand to minimize any nasty odors.
I tried the medium-dark tone, which is definitely a much deeper brown tone than the light-medium bottle. The light-medium is great if you want to build your tan gradually, but I really wanted to go for it. Following the directions (which suggest between one and four drops per dollop of lotion), I scooped out a quarter-size amount of moisturizer, added three drops, and proceeded to slather it over my face and neck. In a few hours, my skin became a great golden-brown shade, similar to the color of a standard spray tan. And unlike other self-tanners I've used in the past, you don't have to worry about lying motionless and not touching your face for three hours after applying it. Adding these drops to your moisturizer doesn't affect the cream's drying time — you can proceed as you would if you hadn't used them. And that's really all it takes — it's seriously the most effortless gradual tanner I've ever used.
The drops have the faintest hint of shimmer, which makes your skin look luminous under natural light. But don’t worry, your face won’t look shimmery while you’re at your desk, I promise. You'll just look like a bronzer, glowier version of your office self.