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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Nice Color, Very Natural Tan - But Not Very Dark...
on March 7, 2012
This product delivers a very even tan with nice color - it wasn't orange on me at all. With one application, I look like I've been in a tanning bed 3 or 4 times (and it is so much kinder to the skin!). I took the advice of other reviewers and exfoliated in the shower then applied a good shea butter moisturizer prior to applying the gel, putting extra moisturizer on hands, feet, knees and elbows. Because of the bronze color guide, it really looks like you are dark after applying the tanning gel. The next morning after I showered, I saw that a good deal of the color had washed off, but I had a nice even light tan in its place. I'm going to try applying again tonight to get one shade darker, hopefully, then maintain it weekly. I even used it on my face (again, after applying a light moisturizer) and had good results. The smell isn't that bad - all self tanners have a certain smell, but this one is relatively mild.
Fake Bake, like all self tanners, does take some time to apply correctly and let dry. In my opinion, it's worth the time investment to have a natural looking tan and not get skin cancer from tanning beds or direct sunlight. My dermatologist will be so proud of me. :-)
Just take my advice and buy this online. I bought it at Ulta and it costs a LOT more. The only reason I did that is because if you don't like a product, you can take it back. Now that I know I like it, I'll buy it on Amazon.com when I need a refill.
After applying the gel again last night and showering this morning, I can detect no discernable darkening of the initial light tan color. I think all you can expect from this product is a very light, subtle tan. (At least that is all it does for me - it may work better for others.) Because of this, I downgraded my review from 4 stars to 3. I think this product is best used as a one-time bronzer and not a self tanning product.