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    May 1, 2019

    21 Of The Best Self-Tanners And Bronzers You Can Get At Walmart

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    1. A pack of Tan Towels, self-tanner moistened towelettes with enough solution to get up to half of your body golden.

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    Promising review: "The tan towels are my favorite sunless tanner. They give a natural-looking tan and are so easy." —Trajetta

    Price: $18.44 (for a pack of 10)

    2. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse provides a super easy-to-apply foamy solution that leaves you with a streak-free light tan in just about an hour and continues to develop for up to three hours. Plus you can shower as quickly as an hour after applying it (but if you want it super dark, wait three hours).

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    Promising review: "This is an awesome alternative if you're looking for gorgeous bronze color in an instant. I love the classic mousse as well but when I need the color a little quicker this is the go-to. The color doesn't have an orange undertone and once it dries down it doesn't transfer, so if those are your concerns you have nothing to worry about. Totally recommend! Really happy with it so far." —Nicole

    Price: $36.18

    Get the application mitt for $6.50.

    3. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, an everyday lotion that'll gradually let you build a very natural-looking tan.

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    Promising review: "I love this product! I'm fair-skinned and my legs do not tan easily. I use this as my daily lotion on my legs only and it gives me a very natural sunless tan. My legs now match my arms! It doesn't streak and dries quickly!" —Tiffinay

    Price: $8.64 for the medium to tan and the fair to medium

    Also available in a face moisturizer.

    4. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanner leaves you with a professional quality, streak-free golden tan. Just use the provided mitt to glide on even strokes, the formula shows-where-it-goes so you know if you've covered every area.

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    Promising review: "I have tried several self-tanning products and this one is the best. Goes on nicely with a glove, so no brown color left on your hands. Doesn't turn your skin orange and has no smell. I told a friend about it and she bought it, tried it, and liked it also. I even ordered it for my teenage granddaughter and she also liked it. This is the best way to look tan!!!!!" —DISPATCHGIRL

    Price: $19.23

    5. Malibu Tan Hemp Bronzing Moisturizer for a skin-firming, gradual glow that'll have you looking like a golden goddess by day seven.

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    Promising review: "This product is way undervalued. If you ask someone about how they got their natural-looking, flawless tan, they are more likely to mention some $50+ dollar designer product or say it's a spray tan. But this stuff is just as good or better! You aren't going to get an immediate deep dark bronze with this product — if that's what you are looking for, this isn't it. This does show soon after use but it's buildable and natural. I find that no extra was needed when applying, unlike with most self-tanners, you just rub this stuff in and it does its job." —MMMM

    Price: $5.87

    6. L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion is capable of getting you up to three shades darker than your natural complexion while leaving you with an instant subtle, shimmery bronze from the moment you apply it.

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    Promising review: "This is the prettiest self-tanner I've ever used! There's a slight shimmer to the lotion, and it dries VERY fast. As with most self-tanners, there's a slightly funky smell, which intensifies when your body heat rises, but, I find that an acceptable trade-off from pasty, white skin!" —KimK

    Price: $16.94 (for a pack of two) in the deep shade and $8.47 in the medium shade

    7. Australian Gold Self Tanning Lotion Sunless Bronzer will leave you with an instant glow with its fast-acting lightweight gel-lotion blend made of grapeseed oil and Kakadu plum.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this self-tanning lotion for the last four years. One of the best ones I have found for the price. The coverage is nice and does not streak or turn that awful orange. Even better than some of the more expensive ones. I use it all year long! I do wish Australian Gold would come up with a nicer fragrance for the self-tanning, as all their other products have such a nice smell." —Shar

    Price: $6.31

    8. Bain de Soleil Mega Tan Sunscreen with SPF 4 will give you a hint of moisturizing sun protection while you get an instant tan.

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    Promising review: "The best of the best! All-natural tan that makes it look like you just came back from a holiday in the Caribbean! Been using it forever!" —SWIMMERHOLIC

    Price: $10.77

    9. Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray that'll provide a light, consistent, professional-quality airbrush spray so you're left with a totally even tan you never have to rub in. The spray dries fast, is great for anyone with acne-prone skin (because it won't clog pores), and works at any angle so you can get all those hard-to-reach places — even your back!

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    Promising review: "I have tried many self-tanner products. Some are too orange, some smell really bad, and others smear on your skin. Love this product, it mists on smoothly and has easy application while giving you a really nice tan. Love this product and will continue to use." —Avm428

    Price: $9.97

    10. A box of L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes – they're individually packaged so they're perfect to take on the go. Each towelette has enough self-tanner for one application and can be used to cover your whole body.

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    Promising review: "I travel a lot and getting a spray tan can be quite difficult on the go. I love that I can throw these in my carry-on and be sure that I have an easy application that looks amazing. It doesn't smell, which is really nice and I love that I can just tan real quick and be ready to go in a few hours. This is perfect for those of you who travel!" —CourtneyBentley1216

    Price: $9.47 (for a pack of six towelettes)

    11. Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Gradual Tanning Lotion will give you a buildable, streak-, stain-, and odor-free glow. Its 2-in-1 solution is a bronzer and a gradual self-tanning lotion that can last up to seven days.

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    Promising review: "I have bought this product several times! After I apply it a couple of times I get the effect I am looking for and it lasts about four days. Other products I have used had to be reapplied every two days." —Happycoffeedrinker

    Price: $11.74

    12. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Spray Mist Airbrush Color is designed to leave you with a moisturizing, quick-drying, airbrush-quality tan you can apply at any angle (even upside-down). It's also formulated so that infamous self-tanner smell doesn't cling to your skin.

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    Promising review: "Very easy to use. Make sure you have a LOT of ventilation because the mist will choke you. It dries very quickly. You don't have to rub it in. Just spray, let dry, and get dressed. I had my mom spray my back and then stood in front of the fan. Dried in just a couple minutes. I did this right before bed and in the middle of the night I woke up and there was that strong self-tanner smell, but when I showered in the morning it was gone. This is good for someone who wants gradual color because it is not a dark tan right away. It lasts quite a while unless you use those net scrubbers to wash with in the shower...that takes the color right off." —NaturePhotographer1

    Price: $6.67

    13. L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum gives you a natural, streak-free, bronzed glow and can be incorporated into your daily beauty routine. If you use it daily for three consecutive days you could build a tan that lasts for up to two weeks.

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    Promising review: "After the first use, I had a peachy/bronzish color. I will caution that if you have dry areas or razor burn to moisturize them well before applying. Every review I read recommended this and I agree. I had one streak from my knee to mid-shin because I had razor burn and I didn't apply moisturizer. After the second use, I had a more golden tan all over. No streaks anywhere! Right now, the color is a beautiful golden tan, just like what I get with the sun or the tanning bed." —zzz1212

    Price: $9.99

    14. Neutrogena Build-A-Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning Lotion provides just a hint of color each time you apply it, giving you total control on how light or dark you want your tan. Color begins to develop within two to four hours and dries within just five minutes.

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    Promising review: "This does exactly what is promises! It gradually darkens the tone of your skin. It allows you to control the tanning effect without harmful exposure to tanning beds or the sun itself and you choose your shade with just a few applications. The lotion has a fresh scent to it, I did not find it too strong or offensive and it dissipated within a couple of hours of application. Apply this product to clean skin, it dries within a minute or two. It takes a few hours to reach a fully developed color. I did it daily and achieved a healthy sun-kissed glow by day three and didn't really notice fading until four days after my last application. The lotion goes on easily, no streaks! It has soothing and moisturizing properties when applied. One important thing to remember with any sunless tanning product is to wash your hands after application to avoid unwanted color on the palms of your hands. I like this product and I recommend it as a safe and effective alternative to tanning beds any time of the year." —soliloqium

    Price: $8.97

    15. Just Nutritive Self Tanning Lotion is made with some super hydrating ingredients like sea buckthorn, sweet almond, grape seed, cherry, and apricot that'll not only leave you with a natural, fresh-smelling tan but with super soft skin.

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    Promising review: "This is my new favorite! It goes on light, so you can continue to apply and build to the level of tan you'd like. I reapply once a week or so. I recommend using a mitt or plastic gloves so you don't mess up the tan on your hands by washing them. This gives me the same color tan that I would get if I tanned in the sun. Love the very light tropical citrusy scent, without any artificial fragrance. Such an awesome tanner." —ScottH

    Price: $28.99

    16. L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist has a 360° wide angle applicator that'll give you a continuous, even application that dries almost instantly. The applicator also makes it easy to reach those impossible areas (like the back of your legs).

    @lorealskin / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I honestly love this product! Very surprised by how easy it is to use and how well it works! You just spray all over and let dry, no rubbing! When your tan develops it's pretty even and a nice color. You do have to be very careful not to sweat or splash water on yourself. I was washing the dishes and splashed a bit and I have a couple of little stripes on my right leg, but honestly, that was my fault, not the product. I will definitely be repurchasing!" —Gene11

    Price: $9.47

    17. Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse pumps out the tan, literally! Its airy mousse formula dries in just about 60 seconds so you can apply and get on with your day as you develop a nice, all-over bronze.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! I am generally fair-skinned and with summer coming up I always wanted to have a natural-looking tan and I was able to achieve it with this product. It went on very smoothly and was not streaky like other products I have used. Totally recommend this product for people who want a natural-looking tan." —KellyCarson93

    Price: $11.54 for the deep bronze and the light bronze

    18. Art Naturals Organic Sunless Tanning Lotion Set provides a buildable tan that's great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It's infused with all-natural Jojoba oil so it's nourishing and moisturizing your skin while it builds a tan.

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    Promising review: "First time trying this and was scared I was going to wake up orange as I have with most other sunless tanners I have used, but I loved the color that came out! The scent is amazing and it dries quickly. I will definitely be ordering more of this!" —Walmart Customer

    Price: $9.99

    19. Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Mousse gives you an immediate bronzed look that builds to a natural tan in just one hour. It's made with coconut water extract and coconut fruit juice, which can help give you that smooth and seamless tan.

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    Promising review: "Seriously the best self-tanner I've ever tried. A little goes a long way. The consistency spreads well and gives even coverage. I wear latex gloves when applying to skip scrubbing my palms when I'm done. (I used bare hands the first time and had to scrub for a while with an exfoliating scrub.) it doesn't give me any kind of rash or make my face break out. I even put a small amount on an angled makeup brush and use it to fill in my eyebrows. It lasts several days and looks natural. The color is never orangey and I've had several friends ask me if I've been going to the pool without them! The color develops really quickly. I've applied it before going out for an evening and I was significantly tanner in less than two hours. I will recommend this to everyone I meet." —TheMelissaRose

    Price: $14.81

    20. Body Drench Quick Tan Instant Self Tanner Bronzing Spray leaves you with an instant sun-kissed glow thanks to its golden bronze tint. It also has a 360 degrees nozzle for easy application and your tan will fully develop in three to five hours.

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    Promising review: "Skin instantly gets darker so you can see where you are applying. Develops into a really nice, deep shade. Not blotchy, goes on very smooth." —Denny

    Price: $10.91

    21. Suave Professionals Visible Glow Self Tanning Body Lotion will gradually build a streak-free color as it moisturizes your skin.

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    Promising review: "I love this lotion. I have fair skin and it is perfect for me. It gives me subtle color that I can build on. The smell is nice, I wish it was a little stronger but still nice. It leaves no streaks, which is great!! It's a great option if you burn in the sun or just don't want to risk getting Melanoma. I would highly recommend this lotion to anyone looking for subtle yet sexy color!" —tbooth76

    Price: $12.90

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