The List: Top 5 Sunless Tan Products

We all know that finding the best self tanners can be quite a  challenge. There are literally hundreds of sunless products out there, all claiming to be the best.  They come in the form of gels, lotions, mousses, creams, towelettes, and sprays.  And you can buy them pretty much anywhere at drugstores, tanning salons, department stores and online.

So, how do you figure out which one is the best for you?

Well that’s where Assignment Fashion comes in! Our staff of beauty experts do extensive research online, speak with industry professionals, check sales figures, and monitor consumer opinion. Then we buy every product we can get our hands on and ACTUALLY test them using a variety of criteria.  Things like color produced, smell, drying time and how long they last.

Once that’s done, we narrow down the list to the 5 best self tanners available today.  We’ll just tell you upfront that we saw excellent results with all 5 of these self tanners.  So if you’re looking to get a safe, gorgeous tan in your own home for a fraction of what tanning salons charge, this list should point you in the right direction!


1. Fake Bake – Flawless


$17.50 at

Quick Summary:

Flawless is applied with a professional mitt (INCLUDED) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The fast drying, fast absorbing formula is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake’s exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types. Pleasantly fragranced with a tropical scent. No artificial preservatives or parabens. Flawless will last up to 7 days if skin is prepped according.


2.  Dior Bronze Self Tanning Creme


$40.00 at Sephora

Quick Summary:

Easy to apply, long lasting(4-7days) and realistic tones, i love this stuff. I’ve been through self-tanner heck  and back, and I have the unfortunate orange-hued photos to prove it. This product gives you a subtle St. Tropez glow rather than the typical nuclear holocaust survivor look you get out of a bottle. The gel/lotion hybrid goes on smooth, smells pleasant and dries quickly. There is no lingering industrial smell.


3.  Fake Bake – Airbrush


$23.00 at Amazon

Quick Summary:

Get an instantly bronzed look using Air Brush Instant Self-Tanning Spray by Fake Bake. Continuous-spray, 360-degree nozzle allows you to spray anywhere on your body¿even hard-to-reach areas. Quick-drying formula combines natural actives with two potent tanning ingredients for rich tones.  Results are also noticeable right after application and has the perfect flawless finish.


4. St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse


$22.50 at The Bay

Quick Summary:

I’ve been using this self-tanner for years and I regularly try other brands but come back to this one. Exfoliate prior to application for best results. The instant bronze not only helps flawless application but provides instant tan for a night out too. 2 coats in a night and you’ll look like you’ve been on an island vacation within hours.


5. Body Drench – Quick Tan Mist


$17.50 at Sally Beauty

Quick Summary:

This is the best spray you can get to look as natural and achieve the darkest shade of tan you possibly want . Does not
Streak , are run , fade when wet , streak unevenly , etc. it is the best ! I have several cans of it and several Mitts to apply it on with . That seems to be the treat too , is the Mitts . You will not think of going to a tanning bed again . Anyone can apply it ! Anyone can use it! Everyone loves it !