Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

UPDATE: See end of article

It’s my product of the summer – yes, weeks (oooh, maybe months), before we’ll even get a sniff of proper sunshine. It’s the self-tanner we’ve all been waiting for, especially those of us with pale skin.

As much as I love Dr Gross Glow Pads, Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is in another league, it really does tick all the boxes.

Ease of use ✔
Natural looking colour ✔
Odourless ✔
Even fade ✔

I knew I wanted to try it as soon as I read about it. To be honest, I’m surprised it hasn’t sold out, although I see stocks are low at Boots.

WHAT IS IT?

It’s a tiny (15ml) plastic, (great to take on holiday), bottle of concentrated self tan liquid you add to your own moisturiser/cream/serum.

Get a made-to-measure glow with the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, a concentrate of tanning active ingredients.

Designed to be mixed with your existing skincare, a few drops of the golden liquid will transform any day cream or serum into the ultimate glow booster, with all of the benefits of your skincare intact. Odourless and infused with softening aloe vera extract, it’s easy and pleasurable to use.

Mix the liquid with your chosen skincare in the palm of your hand, and massage all over the face and neck. The self tanner develops evenly without patchiness or visible marks, resulting in a truly natural-looking tan.

The Radiance-Plus Glow Booster can be mixed with all types of textures. Simply apply three drops to your everyday routine, and when you’re happy with the intensity of your colour, apply two drops daily to maintain it. Wash hands after use.

HOW TO USE

  • Dispense any day/night moisturiser into the palm of your hand. [I prefer fingertips].
  • Turn the bottle upside down.
  • Press the base and dispense three drops into your moisturiser.
  • Mix well.
  • Apply evenly to face, neck and décolleté.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and immediately after application.
  • Do not use straight from the bottle or add to your moisturiser container.

Three drops to sunkissed skin. This is the first ever self-tanning innovation from the Clarins laboratories. From sunkissed to sun-drenched, simply mix with your regular day or night cream to gradually develop natural-looking, beautifully bronzed skin. Golden Glow Booster’s 99.8 percent natural formula combines natural DHA and erythrulose with aloe vera extract to help preserve skin’s softness while giving your complexion a healthy-looking glow.

Interestingly, there is a warning on the instruction sheet to ‘only use this product with a Clarins moisturiser‘ which isn’t true of course, as people are using this with their preferred moisturiser. One thing to remember though, it doesn’t contain a sunscreen, so make sure that whatever product you do use, has a SPF of at least 15.

When I bought my bottle, the sales assistant said that I should really use a Clarins moisturiser to get the best result. She gave me three little sample tubes of Clarins EARLY Correction Wrinkle Cream. I like to think it was because I’m so unlined and youthful looking, and not because they were the only ones she had left – Shhh! don’t spoil the fantasy!

I would suggest a patch test when mixing the Golden Glow Booster with your own particular moisturiser, especially if it’s a serum. I haven’t seen any reviews to suggest it streaks with certain products, but it’s always worth checking first as it is going on your face.

REVIEWS 

I saw this product in a magazine for must haves. I have tried numerous self tanning products! No other product has even come close to this glow booster. I use it all over my body with my lotion. It has been two weeks and I have a natural looking tan.

Worked quickly and gave a nice glow. I’m fair-skinned and didn’t want to look ultra bronze. Will likely use every few days rather than daily.

I have no idea why they just want you to use this on your face. I used it on my entire body and got a great light tan. I say “light” tan because I am very fair – blonde hair, blue eyes, always burn outdoors. I simply added 3 drops to a full pump of Cetaphil body lotion and covered my body in sections using about 21 drops total. Amazing streak free tan. I have never used a fake tan product successfully before. This product is a game changer! Use it on your whole body – you will not regret it!

Pigment: very natural, not streaky, a golden glow. You can control how much glow you want. This looks so much more natural and beautiful than using a body self tanner on your face. Plus, you control your colour, so you don’t make yourself too dark. (which I have done before).

This is genius! Three drops mixed with your day or night cream gives you just a bit of healthy looking glow. You can add more or less to customise the intensity as it is a self-tanner, but there’s no self-tanner smell. Works fine under make-up as the colour will appear gradually over the next few hours.

CONCLUSION

What we’re all looking for in a fake tan product is a natural looking colour. I was happy to faff about with the tricky application the Dr Gross Glow Pads demanded, but this Golden Glow Booster is foolproof.

My theory is that Clarins Self Tanning products have a ‘touch of red’ in them, (ie as seen in a ‘real’ tan)  and that’s why the colour is never orange. I’m a huge fan of Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse (not the ‘cream’ version though – ugh!) which also produces a very natural colour.

Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster £18.00 John Lewis

UPDATE: 20th August 2014

I LOVE this product, mine is still going strong and why wouldn’t it? Just 1-2 drops every 3 or 4 days mixed with moisturiser, although I find it works particularly well with serum. You definitely want to use a ‘slippy’ i.e. spreads far, moisturiser with this product.  I apply in the evening and let it settle in before I go to bed. I’ve seen a few similar products from other well-known brands, but nothing is going to tear me away from this one; it’s so easy to apply and delivers a natural, even colour. I can see me using this during the winter months to warm up my skin.

I’m not sure if there’s a similar product in the pipeline for the body, although one of the reviewers above uses 21 drops added to body lotion as an all over tan, that seems very expensive to me. Little tip, never add fake tan to scented body lotion as it will streak.

The cheapest I’ve found is Escentual who currently, (20/8/14) have it on special offer for £15.80