Banana Boat • Summer Color Sunless Lotion Deep Dark • Self Tanners

rated 4.1(101 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.79%

rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* brownsugarncutie on 7/7/2013 5:58:00 PM more reviews by brownsugarncutie

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

Even though I am asian, I am very very pale naturally. My natural skin tone, especially on my face, is almost paper white. Although I do like my natural skin color, there are times when I want to be a bit tanner. Back in high school, I discovered self-tanners and tried several of the leading brands out during one summer. I tried Jergens (natural glow, mousse, face lotion), L'oreal, Malibu Hemp(?), etc.

It didn't take me long to decide that this whole self-tanning thing wasn't worth all the trouble. My biggest complaint was that the color that I was getting from every product didn't look natural. Every single one of them had an unnatural orange tint. The second issue was that I couldn't bear being all sticky and smelly after putting on self-tanner for HOURS. The third issue was that none of them seemed to work on my face and on my body, the 'tan' would leave me with white patches if I didn't keep up with it.

Anyway, I decided to try self tanners again this summer after moving to LA from the east coast. I got this product in light/medium and dark at CVS and tested them out both. I am pretty pale so I was a bit scared of the dark but it ended up being the better of the two for me. I am completely amazed at the color that I get from the 'dark' version of this product! It looks SO natural on me and blends in perfectly with my naturally tanned arms. It also dries very quickly and I can get dressed in about 5 minutes. WOW. I am going to stock up on this product.

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rated 5 of 5 hernana on 7/2/2013 4:15:00 PM more reviews by hernana

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Green    

I can't think of anything I don't like about this product. I had been using L'oreal Bronze Goddess for several years, and disliked it so much that I couldn't bear to buy it again. Everything I disliked about Bronze Goddess is corrected with Summer Color. Summer Color has no nasty odor, no sparkles whatsoever, no greasy feel, and doesn't irritate freshly shaven legs. It also dries quickly, tans fast, and the tan lasts a long time. It costs about $7 at Walmart. What's not to like?

ETA: The L'Oreal product is not Bronze Goddess, it is Sublime Bronze.

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rated 4 of 5 BriannaSmith on 7/2/2013 1:36:00 PM more reviews by BriannaSmith

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

For around $10 a bottle, this is one of the better self tanners out there in my opinion. The Jergens line doesn't even begin to compare!

Applying this product is pretty easy. You have to blend it a little but it's not too bad.

The smell isn't wonderful (especially as the DHA develops) but it's tolerable.

The color I get from this product is a nice, medium shade of bronze. It's dark enough to get noticed, but not overbearingly so.

While I think there are some better "higher-end" self tanners, this one is a pretty good value given its low price :)

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rated 3 of 5 Abeyxx on 6/25/2013 6:48:00 PM more reviews by Abeyxx

Age: 25-29   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

Ok so......
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

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rated 1 of 5 beckaaayyy on 6/21/2013 2:30:00 AM more reviews by beckaaayyy

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Dry, 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.

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rated 4 of 5 nicadele on 6/16/2013 7:00:00 PM more reviews by nicadele

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!

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rated 5 of 5 midwestmakeup14 on 6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM more reviews by midwestmakeup14

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!

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rated 5 of 5 astrogoob on 6/9/2013 6:51:00 PM more reviews by astrogoob

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.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* deadonarrivals on 6/3/2013 10:28:00 AM more reviews by deadonarrivals

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!

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rated 5 of 5 danielajs on 6/3/2013 9:02:00 AM more reviews by danielajs

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.

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