The Real Deal with Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

review clarins radiance-plus golden glow booster, faux tanning, tanorexic

review clarins radiance-plus golden glow booster, faux tanning, tanorexic

review clarins radiance-plus golden glow booster, faux tanning, tanorexic

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Still on the subject of faux tanning, I was more than intrigued to try Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30, 0.5 fl oz). I mean, summer is almost here so it’s my perfect ‘lil excuse to add color sans sunbathing. But not to tanorexic level, mind you.

The idea behind Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is to mix it with your current face moisturizer. 3 drops for tan and 2 drops to maintain the glow, for the next few days. So if impatience is your topnotch trait, this is not the product to instantly gratify your trivial want. Of course, I’m speaking solely from my experience. Some important points to remember: never use this alone and wash your hands thoroughly immediately after.

Let’s cut to the chase. It took me almost a week of religious use to notice a barely-there tan. I started with two drops the first night and woke up with nada. Second to third night, still nothing. Impatiently irritated, I increased it to four drops the following night, still no glow. On the fifth night, I mixed four drops with a thick serum, applied it all over my face and neck, and sealed it with a moisturizer. Bam! I noticed some darkening the following day. And yeah, between the annoyance and eagerness to see results, I forgot to wash my hands thoroughly that it stained my palms!

Now that I have cracked my own “application morse code”, I will continue to use it all through summer but not enough to warrant a repurchase. Impatient is my middle name.

Have you tried this? What’s your go-to face self-tanner?




  1. June 2, 2014 / 7:10 am

    That seems like an awful lot of trouble to get it to work! <3 Tell me how you like it a little later on!

  2. June 2, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Yeah this wouldn't work for me.

  3. June 2, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Does it help maintain your tan longer if you use a self-tanner? This seems like a lot of waiting…

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:27 am

      This one is specifically for the face so I just use it as it is

  4. June 2, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I wouldn't buy. I need that instant gratification.

  5. June 2, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    I have read some mixed reviews on this. I am very intrigued, but I do agree that is a lot of trouble for a bit of color. I am curious to see if it starts to work better soon. And I also wonder if using everyday how long that bottle will last.

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:28 am

      It has mixed reviews at Sephora. Unfortunately, I belong to the "slow to see results" group

  6. June 2, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    I don't self tan, but if I did I would use other Clarins self tanning products for the face. Sorry it didn't give you the results you wanted sooner.

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:29 am

      I actually liked the other Clarins self-tanner which I have tried years back. I should've stuck to my gut-feel

  7. June 2, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    It actually worked for me the first 2 days I used it and I used 4 drops each time. I did learn not to put it on my forehead near my eyebrows, very unsightly tanned eyebrows LOL. Sorry it didn't work for you >(

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:30 am

      It's good to know it worked for you! Now I'm sticking to 4 drops to maintain the color. I guess it's double the dose for me then

  8. June 2, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    Well, that's annoying. It probably wouldn't work for me, either.

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:30 am

      I was reading some feedback from Sephora, there were some who had immediate results

  9. June 2, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Hmm I think it might be a little too high maintenance for my taste!

  10. June 2, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I love this stuff! It gives me just enough color and looks quite natural. I'd say I noticed a difference by the 3rd day.

    • June 3, 2014 / 6:31 am

      Lucky you! My skin pH is probably the culprit for the slow buildup

  11. June 3, 2014 / 12:35 am

    I don't tan in my face but I'd consider it for my legs maybe. I love the idea of it being an oil 🙂

  12. June 3, 2014 / 1:40 am

    It does seem like work. But I bet it will be worth it.

  13. June 3, 2014 / 3:39 am

    This is sounding like the bronzing serum from Tarte I'm testing out right now. I can't get the instant results!

  14. June 3, 2014 / 3:40 am

    Any kind of tan makes my skin look dirty, but maybe something super gradual like this would work.

  15. June 3, 2014 / 3:42 am

    I want to try this. Just to add a little color to my face… even if it may take a bit to show

  16. June 3, 2014 / 4:36 am

    I really like Clarins 🙂 I am currently using their Sun Block 🙂

  17. June 3, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Yikes, too much trouble! Plus I get enough of a little tan from wearing sunscreen and being outdoors.

  18. June 7, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I like that you can mix this with your own favorite moisturizer, but I like to see results sooner than 5 days!

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