Sephora Collection

Tinted Self-Tanning Face Gel

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 16.00
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More lotion than gel and best for normal to dry skin, this self-tanner contains the same tanning ingredient (dihydroxyacetone) as most other self-tanners in the world, and there is nothing in here that's special for the face versus the body. You can use any of our highly rated self-tanners from the neck up or the neck down.

There is also nothing in the formula that justifies this self-tanner's higher price (given the small amount, it is really pricey); in fact, the formula contains enough fragrance to pose a risk of irritating the skin with each use (see More Info for details).

The tinted formula allows you to see where you've applied this self-tanner and provides instant bronze color, but lots of other companies offer tinted self-tanners for less money and with equal if not superior results. Bottom line: There's no compelling reason to consider this self-tanner over many others.

One more comment: Nothing about the formula makes it better suited for facial skin. If anything, the fragrant nature of this self-tanner means it's one you shouldn't apply to your face, as facial skin tends to be more sensitive than skin elsewhere on the body.

  • Tinted formula aids application and provides instant color.
  • Doesn't distinguish itself from many other self-tanners.
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • Not special for facial skin (it's actually a problem for use on the face).
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Give your face a glowing, natural tan with this moisturizing, self-tanning face gel. The easy-to-use brush tip ensures an even tan, without having to use your fingers. The formula is lightly tinted so you can see where the product has been applied for streak-free results.

Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dihydroxyacetone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Cetearyl Glucoside, Fragrance, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Red 4, Limonene, Yellow 5, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Blue 1, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

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Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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