Paula's Choice • Almost the Real Thing-Self Tanning Gel • Self Tanners

rated 3.9(77 reviews)

Average Rating.3.9
Would buy this product again.67%

rated 5 of 5 ladyofpaint on 7/23/2009 12:46:00 PM more reviews by ladyofpaint

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Other, Medium   Hair: Red   Eyes: Brown    

This one is a true winner! My lily-white legs have never looked so good! There's no smell, no streaking, no mess. The colour is a nice natural tan shade that doesn't look orange on the skin. Even when it starts to fade, there is no obvious discoloration. It's the best brand I've ever used!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* mhooven on 6/12/2009 11:03:00 AM more reviews by mhooven

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond, Fine   Eyes: Green    

Great product! I am very fair and have tried so many tanners from department stores and drugstores alike but this one is one of the best. It is labeled as a gel but the consistency is a little thicker than a gel I would say and it has a carmel coloring to it. The color guide disappeared into my skin when applied so it did not help me as far as knowing where I had rubbed it in but even so I got a good light tan without streaks. I have one spot on my foot that is a bit darker than it should be but I always struggle with tanning the tops of my feet so it was probably me and not the product. I followed the directions exactly and it came out well though a little light so I will put it on again tonight. The directions are different from a lot of tanners that I have tried but the bottle said to shower quickly and do a light exfoliation then apply a light layer of moisturizer after drying off. Apply the gel to one area at a time washing hands after you are done (I wore gloves). At a price of $12.95 it is a keeper for me!

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rated 5 of 5 wurm on 5/30/2009 8:45:00 PM more reviews by wurm

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Paula's Choice has created another winner! I've tried a host of self-tanners, both pricey and not, with the same sorts of difficulties: orange tint; streaky, uneven coverage; and too little color resulting in the need for multiple layers to get the tint I wanted. The smell of all the products I've tried has been a real turn-off. Enter Paula's Choice Almost the Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel. There's no smell, it is tinted so that you can see where you are applying it, it's quickly absorbed, and, most importantly, the color is realistically lovely without streaky patterns or color concentrations over bony prominences such as ankles and knees. Follow the directions precisely and good luck!

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rated 5 of 5 nuttynut on 5/30/2009 6:38:00 PM more reviews by nuttynut

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

Thank goodness for MUA! I have been reading this site for quite awhile without posting, but I must for this product. I had been using Fake Bake, but the smell was driving me c.r.a.z.y!!! After reading the positive reviews for this product, I decided to give it a shot. Not only does it deliver a beautiful golden color, but it does NOT smell like all the other self-tanners I have tried. I can go all day without realizing I'm wearing a tanning product. Thank you Paula!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Karin1539 on 5/26/2009 1:13:00 PM more reviews by Karin1539

Age: 30-35   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

Great self tanner! Very realistic color. I apply this exactly as instructed and end up a beautiful color with no streaks or blotchy color. I am not a fan of all of Paula's products but I love this stuff!

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rated 5 of 5 crystal01 on 3/28/2009 11:02:00 PM more reviews by crystal01

Age: 25-29   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

I really like this self tanner becuase it does not look orange or fake and it seem to "tan" me just where I need it and it dries fast, does not smell bad, and I can build a darker tan with it by applying it every night or every other night.

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rated 5 of 5 samanthaapril on 10/21/2008 9:13:00 AM more reviews by samanthaapril

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

This is my favourite self-tanner; as other reviewers have said, it doesn't turn orange, doesn't smell bad, and is very easy to apply. It gives my fair skin a nice, golden brown colour. I will definitely purchase this self-tanner again.

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rated 5 of 5 EstheticianJen on 8/10/2008 1:28:00 PM more reviews by EstheticianJen

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination   Hair: Other   Eyes: Hazel    

For what it's worth, I do think this is expensive; however, I do think it's entirely WORTH EVERY PENNY! This was SO easy to apply, especially once I applied moisturizer as suggested on the bottle. Her products are always so easy to apply/have great slip.

It went on faster than any tanner I've ever used, certainly faster than any lotion. Smell was literally nothing.

This gave me the most gorgeous, "reddish" tan I've ever had. I've gotten more compliments on my "tan"! It gave me a truly realistic color. It's a redder tan than Savage Bronze was, but equally realistic. I am so relieved because I thought I would die without Savage Bronze. I will repurchase this over and over.

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rated 5 of 5 mrkodis on 5/5/2008 2:11:00 PM more reviews by mrkodis

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

I had exactly the same experience "tanyabon" describes when I first used this tanner six years ago. I applied it before bed and woke up a streaked mess. I tossed the product in the trash, and vowed never to use it again. Well, I decided to give it another try last night, because I adore Paula's Choice products and wondered if I might have better luck this time. The answer is a definitive yes! I woke up this morning with a PERFECT, non-streaky tan, light brown, no orange. I think the key to this tanner is to rub it in VERY carefully, applying little bits to each body part and working it in all the way. I use gloves to avoid colored palms and fingernails. Some tanners you can basically slap on, but this one requires a little more time and a meticulous application. Of course even that won't make it work for some people. I just wanted to share my experience with MUA readers. The downside of this tanner is that you don't get a whole lot of it in the tube, which could lead to a pricey self-tanning summer.

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rated 1 of 5 tanyabon on 5/5/2008 8:56:00 AM more reviews by tanyabon

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

Thanks Paula! You made me feel young again.
However not in the way I ever wanted.
I woke up today with orange stripes on my hands, décolleté and shoulders. I’m not worried about legs as I can hide them under the pants.

So, coming back to “feeling young“. First time in the last 20 years or more I tried to become invisible in my morning commute.
Unfortunately, I’m using train to get to my work. I tried to play a turtle and hide my head and neck into my jacket.
If I was 20 years younger, I was staying at home and scrubbing myself all day non-stop.
Unfortunately, I have scheduled meetings today.
OMG, I have to face it today!
I’m hiding now in my office and even plan to skip my Starbuck’s – don’t want to scare more people. I’m working in Toronto’s Financial District. Just imagine how I feel…

Please do not try it at home. Very dangerous.

I hope I will survive, but first thing I will do, when I back home – throw into the garbage this crappy self-tanner.

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