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Lux Unfiltered Nº32 Gradual Self Tanning Cream Review

This is a flat lay photo of the Lux Unfiltered Gradual Tan from Sivan Ayla.

Lux Unfiltered Nº32 Gradual Self Tanning Cream Review

February 20, 2020

A few weeks ago I purchased a bottle of Lux Unfiltered, because I love reviewing influencers’ products and also spreading the love amidst people who are in the influencer space. The more we support one another, the more opportunities that will come all of our ways long-term.  

Since it’s winter time, it makes sense to use tanning products because there’s not much sun happening at the moment. Not to mention I’m not a fan of the sun in general. Lots of aging and damage happens with that direct exposure to the sun, so why even do it? Originally when it came to this product, I was intrigued by the gradual tanner piece because I had tried tan drops before and they were intense but turned out a bit splotchy in all honesty. With a gradual tanner, it’s basically like applying a body moisturizer to the skin, so it was a lot easier to spread and blend into the skin.

Ingredient Breakdown

Water, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dihydroxyacetone, Coconut Alkanes, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) OilCetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Glycol Palmitate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Passiflora (Passion Fruit) Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol.

Overall the ingredients are in line with what I see in some of the competitors' products. Key ingredients here are:

+ Water
+ Coconut
+ Shea Butter
+ Passion Fruit Oil

Because of these ingredients, the product has a really nice scent which is luxurious and doesn't smell like the typical tan "baking" smell. Although I don't mind that baking smell, I was pleasantly surprised with the light rose scent here. 

Formulation

When it comes to the consistency and formulation, I did enjoy how this felt like a body moisturizer. It was not a body butter, but it wasn't a thin moisturizer either. The perfect in between.

Color Payoff

After applying this on a few occasions, I noticed a nice gradual tan. Keep in mind I did a THIN layer all over my body, and I know I tan quickly so I was concerned the next day I would look absolutely crazy. However this didn't have that affect on me. A lot of self tanner drops makes me dark overnight, whereas this was really gradual and looked natural. My biggest woe was using my hands did turn my hands super dark which I suppose is to be expected but it still looked a little funny, especially since I'm a CrossFitter so I have calluses.

Additionally I did try this on with white clothing and nothing stained my clothes so this definitely just works with your skin, and not your clothes (which is magical and so important.)

Longevity

The color lasted for several days before I decided to reapply. It fades naturally, which makes it easy to disappear from the skin. You're not going to look some pasty or discolored as the color fades, which is key.

Hydration

A lot of tanning products dry out the skin, but this tanner was super hydrating. My skin was softer and smoother the day after application, and I noticed a substantial difference in regards to overall texture. 

Price

Unfortunately it is pretty pricey. It was $36.95 for one bottle (including $4.95 of shipping) which I do think is a bit more than we typically see for a gradual tanner. Not to mention I felt like I used about a third of it for my first application, since covering the entire body takes a lot of tanner. Considering the St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is $32, Tan-luxe gradual tan lotion is $29, and the Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse is $35, this seems to be priced a bit high given it doesn't have the same longevity as some of these other long-term tan companies. The generic Ulta Bronze Glow Self Tanning Tinted Lotion is $8, and I'm truly curious if it can compare to this gradual tan. If you'd like me to compare that generic Ulta one to Tan-Luxe and Lux Unfiltered, do let me know since now I'm curious. 

What's your favorite self-tan?

This is a flat lay photo including jewelry, some makeup items and the Lux Unfiltered Gradual Tan from an influencer.

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