Banana Boat • Summer Color Sunless Lotion Deep Dark • Self Tanners
|Would buy this product again.||79%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I am the Christopher Columbis of self tanners after a summer of UV sunlight deep dark tan on my very very pale European decedent skin I got some sun spots aggghhh then thought do I want to look like a leather bag when I am older no! So started my quest to find the best self tanner I have tried every product out there even order ones from Australia and England (I am in Canada).
Alright on to the Banana Boat; This will give you a nice color, if you apply it around 4-5 days in a row and I like to have my tummy and back as well so the tube is a little small as I am not just a leg and arm tanner. IT DOES NOT SMELL LIKE TURPENITNE (Jergens Loriel)......
It does have a teeny tiny smell but is ok if you put on before bed. EXFOLIATE before application and MOISTURIZE like crazy for days after. It does rub off and look like patchy alligator skin. I always ensure my pores are completely closed before application wait roughly an hour after hot bath but this stuff gathers in my pores. I think it is purely skin type as I have used others that don't. It’s unfortunate because it's such a wicked price and one of the BETTER drugstore brands. I would recommend trying one tube before you stock up so overall great for a cheap selfless tanner but because it made me look like I had blackheads all over my legs you need to do a test run. If this had not happened I would for sure purchase again and use in between my more expensive brands.
Good Luck and Happy Sunless Tanning Peeps
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Where do I start? Oh, maybe with ORANGE. Why are there so many good reviews for this? I guess people aren't realizing that their skin looks ridiculous. I mean, I already have NC30 olive skin. I can't imagine how it would make anyone with lighter skin look! Anyway, on top of that lovely aspect, this never actually dries completely. I went to bed with this on after applying it a couple hours before, and I felt like I was sticking to EVERYTHING. Now, I hate to be one of those "self tanning smell" complainers, but good grief, it's alive and well. This stuff and the L' Oreal Sublime Bronze are what drove me away from the drugstore when it comes to self tanners. Other than all of that nonsense, the lasting power wasn't as bad as the color, however I got patchy on the insides of my arms. Just don't waste your time or $6.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Brown
This is by far and away the best drugstore self-tanner as far as the most natural-looking color. I am a yellow-green olive light skintone and the usual orange tinted drugstore self tanners look so fake on me I feel like an oompa-loompa, not flattering (I'm talking to you, Loreal!) For half the price of regular self tanners this imparts a true tan-brown color.
It is somewhat buildable in color but there is definitely a max color you will hit.
Negatives - I was using every other day to max color and I developed a skin rash, I don't recommend using more than once every few days. Also, the color didn't fade away evenly, I was splotchy as the color faded, so that was a disappointment. In flash photography I still looked as white as my natural color, so the cameras don't seem to pick up the tan at all in flash.
But ultimately, the quick color payoff wow factor make this product completely recommendable, especially for short term!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
I cannot say enough good things about this self tanner. I am seriously pale naturally, and EVERY other tanner I have previously tried (including the light/medium version of this) has turned me orange or yellow. Neither of which looks natural on me, having a pink undertone. But this is the lovely exception! Just after one application, I go up about 2 foundation shades. It stays on for about a week with maybe one other application. And it fades very naturally. I have had zero problems with streaking applying this with both my bare hands, and gloves. However, I do recommend gloves, as this WILL stain your palms. It does have the dreaded self tanner smell, but it's not unbearable, and it only lasts a few hours. Definite summer must have for caspers like me!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is the stuff. It's easy to use, and works great on my blindingly pale legs. I used tight-fitting nitrile gloves for application, and haven't had a streak yet. Don't let the "deep dark" label scare you! Thin applications impart a nice, slight tan which evenly fades to nothing after about 4 or 5 days. I haven't done so yet, but I imagine that applying a couple nights in a row would increase the color. I plan on doing so in the future.
Slight tanner smell a couple hours after application, but none the next day. Sweet deal. Exfoliate like a mad lady before you apply, and I suspect you won't find any patchiness ever.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Fantastic and inexpensive! What more would you want? You are looking at a long time tanning bed user (15 years!) I do have olive skin already and tan pretty easily but since prom season back in the day, I grew obsessed with tanning salons. Thankfully I stopped going all together about a year ago. I played around with a few drugstore self tanning creams but they were all a complete ugly fail. Orange skin, streaky skin, smelly skin and or glittery skin. No no no! I've heard good things about this banana boat cream on mua so I decided to give it a try. AMAZING results even for this newbie! I questioned the "universal shade" because I'm naturally NC42 and didn't think I would get any color payoff with this. However, after the first application, I got a shade darker. After two applications which was done 12 hours in between, I was pleased with the final result which was a very natural bronzed color. No orange, no glitter and this only has a very faint smell to it. I love that this is also oil-free and I can apply it to my face as well. My only advice would be to buy some disposable gloves to apply this so you don't stain your hands. Love this self-tanning cream. 10 lippies!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I'm naturally pretty fair and this gives me a nice golden glow. I apply it at night after showering and using a body scrub. It absorbs quickly and since it's tinted, it's easy to tell where I've applied it. Sometimes I mix it with lotion for more subtle color. In the morning, when I wake up, there is only a very slight smell. I doubt that anyone else notices, but after I do a quick rinse off in the shower, there is no smell at all. I mix it with a light moisturizer when I put it on my face, and I've not broken out from it. It's great! The color fades pretty evenly on my body, but I exfoliate my face regularly, so I have to reapply it there more often. Bottom line: It's inexpensive, doesn't smell funky, and makes it look like I have an actual tan from the sun. This is my favorite self tanner by far.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Grey
First, I want to say that I liked this product at first. I thought it was really good until I realized that I DO look orange especially in lighting indoors. Outside it looks decent though. Now, this is after I did two consecutive days of applications, so maybe that is why because after one application I don't really look orange. I am super pale though with olive undertones and thought with all the reviews, that it would work great. Also, I am not sure why people think this is a daily gradual tanner. This is a regular self tanner and it doesn't say that it s a gradual tanner anywhere on the bottle. All it says is to keep applying until you reach your desired shade, which is what all regular self tanners say. If you use this as a gradual tanner and use it everyday, you will certainly not look good. This may work well for others, but not me. Also, anyone I have seen a picture of on the internet that uses this looks orange! SEriously... I am not sure what it is about self tanners, but it is like our eyes refuse to let us see the truth when it comes to self tanners. The only brown one in the market is St. Tropez Auto Bronzant Lotion, but that one fades awfully and you literally sit for an hour with no clothing on while it is drying and you look like a mud wrestler for the entire night. I am going to just stick to my Malibu Hemp Golden Glow daily self tanner and deal with it not being as dark as I would like. It is the only thing that hasn't made me streak on the feet or look fake and it is so moisturizing!
UPDATE: I have been really playing around with self tanning, and after doing some testing out, I figured out the best way to make this natural looking. All you need to do is apply this two nights in a row, but make sure you only leave this on for 3-4 hours and not overnight! If you wash this off after 3-4 hours, the color is way more natural looking!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
So I am new to self tanning. I am an NC15-20 normally. I wanted to look tan this summer. I tried bath and body works and Jergens. While I love my Jergens, I don't like having to apply it daily. I love this stuff. I wear it about 2-3 days before I shower exfoliate and apply another coat. It gives my NC15 a nice NC30 glow. It really does develop in 4 hours. Last week, when I messed up on my tan and i was going out that night, at 4pm, I took a shower and scrubbed off my tan and put this banana boat stuff on and by 9pm I had a gorgeous even glow for clubbing. I put it on my face without any acne or breakout issues. It is streak free but washing hands after and moisturizing elbows, ankles, feet and knees is a must to prevent those areas from appearing darker. I am a runner and so I have to shower everyday. So, I have to apply it more often than the packaging says. Also, I will exfoliate and reapply BEFORE it starts to fade or come off patchy to prevent having to fix anything. I have a pale olive undertone and it does have an olive undertone, so I find it looks natural on me. Also, it does have a color guard and it will come off in the shower the next morning.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I just purchased this today, after reading a recommendation on Pintrest. I exfoliated and applied it tonight and I must say I am impressed. I was a bit nervous since it was a lotion (lower quality lotions just never worked for me, I'm pretty good with self tanner but I just got the feeling my skin was too dry for lotion) but it went on evenly and absorbed quickly. I am Irish and do not tan at all. I'm not pasty white per se, more pinkish undertones with a few freckles. Naturally a strawberry blond. Needless to say, if I want a tan, it has to be a 'fake' one. Last summer my product of choice was Fake Bakes Unisex gel bronzer. Which always applied evenly and naturally and NEVER was streaky even tho it took HOURS to dry and left me so sticky my sheets would get stuck to my body. I think I will be trying Banana Boat this summer! I love the price and the texture.