REVIEW: AUTOGRAPH Gradual Tan Glow Booster Serum

AUTOGRAPH Self Tan Glow Booster Serum

It’s a no brainer, AUTOGRAPH Gradual Tan Glow Boosting Droplets Serum from Marks & Spencer is a dupe for Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (they even copied the product name), but, as it’s £6.50 cheaper (for the same amount of product), is it a GOOD dupe?

Just a few drops of concentrated Autograph TAN Glow Boosting Droplets Serum will turn any moisturiser into a gradual tan.

Use daily to build a personalised, natural glow over time and experience an enhanced, healthy-looking, complexion with or without make up.


Blend 2-3 drops of the serum with your normal moisturiser to gradually build a natural looking, radiant tan.

Tailor your tan as desired with the easy to use controlled dose dropper.


I’m a huge fan of the Clarins tan serum, I’m deathly pale and sickly looking without it, and two drops mixed with moisturiser at night gives me a subtle, natural looking glow in the morning.

However, I do prefer the packaging of the Autograph clone. It’s a soft, see through tube with a long plastic dropper. The drops are easy to control as the tube is fairly long, and it sits comfortably in the hand.

This is actually a big deal, the short, hard plastic Clarins bottle can become slippery, especially if you have traces of moisturiser on your hand, you have to press down on the cushion button and sometimes a couple of extra drops escape.

2 drops = Gentle, healthy looking glow.

4 drops = Oompa Loompa land.

I’m not sure where the ‘Aroma Defence‘ claim comes from. The Autograph tan smells really strong at night. The first time I used it (just 2 drops), the pungent scent woke me up and I thought I should really traipse off to the bathroom and wipe my face with a PIXI pad so I wouldn’t wake up bright orange. Of course, I drifted off back to sleep.

In the morning there was no trace of the scent on my skin, but also no trace of any colour. Two drops are not enough! I mixed it with inexpensive M&S moisturiser some nights, alternating with Elemis moisturiser, and got the same result each time. You need 3 drops for a glow and 5 drops for a meatier, stronger colour.

Much like the Clarins one, the colour is streak free and it’s very natural looking.

Conclusion: This is an excellent dupe with a reasonable price tag.

AUTOGRAPH Gradual Tan Glow Booster Serum 15ml £12.50 M&S

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