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Neutrogena Build-a-Tan 6.7 fl oz (200 ml)

 
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Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz
 
3.5

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Creates even tan (15)
  • Easy to apply (15)
  • Natural tan (14)
  • Not greasy (12)
  • Dries quickly (11)

Cons

  • Bad odor (4)
  • Unnatural color (4)

Best Uses

  • Body (15)
  • Daily use (10)
  • Face (5)
  • Quick-fix (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (15), Brand buyer (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as said

I have read most of the reviews on here and I have come to the conclusion that the negative wrong wasn't about the product...it was about how the reviewer put it on. ...Read complete review

I have read most of the reviews on here and I have come to the conclusion that the negative wrong wasn't about the product...it was about how the reviewer put it on. If you put this product on correctly, you will have no problem at all. I used it today, in fact, following self-tanner directions to the T, and I have a beautiful tan. It's a little light for me (I am fair skinned), so I will repeat the process tomorrow. And, it doesn't have a harsh smell as other self-tanners do. I can actually leave the house without taking another shower.

What self-tanner directions:

1. Exfoliate for a few days before application.

This is really the most important thing you can do. Your skin needs to be shed of its dead scaly layer of skin so the tanner isn’t trying to work its way through it. In the shower, rub a body scrub all over your body making sure you spend time on the areas that tend to be dry and scaly such as the knees and elbows.
2. Moisturize every day the week before you tan.

If not a week, at least a few days. You should apply body lotion liberally immediately after your shower or bath. In order to get an even application, your body needs to all start at the same place. Many times certain areas of your body, knees and ankles for example, are much drier than other areas. These areas soak up the self tanner which leads to blotchy coloring. Keeping your skin plumped up with moisture will help.
3. Do not apply the self tanner in your steamy bathroom.

The heat and moisture in the bathroom can cause you to start to sweat and the self tanner can melt and drip which will cause streaks. Also, wait until your body has cooled down after your shower. Hot skin will have the same affect.
4. Take your time with application.

Self tanning lotions take longer to dry than foam; if you need some extra time go with a lotion. If you have someone who can help, all the better. Start with one area of your body and work your way around. Pay attention to the part you’re working on and don’t rush. By moving slow and paying attention only to the area you’re working on, you’ll get much better results.
5. Dilute by half on the areas prone to dark spots.

Your knees, ankles and elbows are usually first to show if you don’t apply correctly. Mix half self tanner and half moisturizer for a more natural look.
6. Wash your hands multiple times during application

Latex gloves are another option. Use a damp triangle makeup sponge to apply to the backs of your hands. This will keep the self tanner off your palms and right where you want it to go. I also recommended a sponge for the top of your feet as well.
7. Wait 15 minutes to get dressed.

You may feel odd while waiting for your self tanner to dry, but if you don’t wait you may stain your clothes or your sheets. Grab a magazine or give a friend a phone call to pass the time.
How to use self-tanner on your face

This is a four-step process. Pull hair up in a ponytail before you start so you don’t miss any parts. According to InStyle’s May 2007 issue, makeup artist Scott Barnes once missed a spot on Jennifer Lopez’s ear because he forgot to pull her hair up.First, prep skin by gently cleansing and exfoliating. Skip moisturizer, which may interfere with the tanner.

Step two: Apply undereye cream. According to Barnes in InStyle, you want the color of your skin to be lighter under the eyes, it makes you look younger.

Step three: blend a few drops of self-tanner and equal parts moisturizer in the palm of your hand then apply over face and neck. You only want to go one shade darker than your natural color.

Step four: Let color develop for three hours then follow up with a sweep of bronzer on forehead, cheeks and nose — areas where the sun naturally shines.

Don’t forget: Smooth remaining tanner over earlobes and upper ears. Wash hands thoroughly. Don’t skip the sunscreen.

If you follow these, you will not be streaky at all. Remember: EXFOLIATE and TAKE YOUR TIME.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It gave me an allergic reaction.

This product is easy to apply, goes on evenly and is great for building the perfect tan. I really liked this product for the first couple of weeks that I was able to use...Read complete review

This product is easy to apply, goes on evenly and is great for building the perfect tan. I really liked this product for the first couple of weeks that I was able to use it. After this trial period, I had a terrible allergic reaction (had to get a systemic corticosteroid injection and Rx medication to treat the unbearable itching/hives). I've never had a problem using other Neutrogena products, but am sad that this just wasn't meant for me. I would recommend it to those who don't have sensitive skin allergies.

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5.0

Love it!

By shellbell

from michigan

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Long Lasting
  • Moisturizing
  • Pleasant Smell

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

    I use this product on my legs everyday,and have for at least 3 years. just use any regular moisturizer on your ankles and knees first, than put this on right over it and its perfect! Never seems to get too dark or go orange.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Very fast delivery

     
    5.0

    this is my favorite self-tanner

    By polecat

    from Alexandria, VA

    describe yourself Brand Buyer

    Pros

    • Cleans Effectively
    • Easy To Use
    • Long Lasting
    • Looks natural
    • Moisturizing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Use 2 to 3 times a week

      Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

      the best way to use this product is to make sure that you spend the time to evenly apply the product. I find this product does not streak and looks natural.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT

      By NCB

      from NEW ENGLAND

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

      THIS IS NOT A QUALITY PRODUCT AND NOT UP TO NEUTROGENA STANDARDS

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      For the Perfect Tan!

      By SJ

      from Minnesota

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      Pros

      • Does not stain clothing
      • Easy To Use
      • Even color distribution
      • Fast drying
      • Moisturizing
      • No orange colorstreaks

      Cons

      • Unpleasant Smell

      Best Uses

      • At least 3x a week
      • Daily Use

      Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

      Before I apply Neutrogena Build-A-Tan I take a shower and shave my legs, arm pits, etc. and lightly exfoliate my entire body. Make sure to dry off completely before applying any self-tanner. I wear plastic gloves for each application of self-tanner; it is easier to clean up and a much smoother application process. I apply Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion to my ankles, knees, knuckles of feet,between my toes, wrists, elbows, and folds of neck (by collar bone), and anywhere dry skin may be - this prevents too much self-tanner from soaking up into these areas and creates and even tan. I only use 2 pumps for per leg - I do my legs in sections and use CIRCULAR MOTIONS, not Up and Down motions. I rub the self- tanner in until it is completely absorbed!! This is the key! I continue this process over my entire body. I do not apply clothing for 15 minutes. I do not shower for at least 10 hrs. after applying the product. I apply the product every 2-3 days always after I am dried off from a bath/shower. Build-a-Tan provides me with a luminious beautiful glow for 2-3 days before slowly fading. It is an over all wonderful product, but the application process is the key to it all!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite self tanner

      By dd_oc

      from Los Angeles, CA

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      Pros

      • Cleans Effectively
      • Easy To Use
      • Long Lasting
      • Moisturizing
      • Pleasant Smell

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Baths

        Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

        I like this self tanner because it actually works, lasts and doesn't smell bad. It will tan you dark as well. My advice is to make sure you shower and exfoliate before you use it. Wash your hands after you are done. I typically mix it with a small amount of plain lotion so that it won't look streaky or too dark.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        [...] good price, nice product!

        By Joe Mac

        from Kentucky

        describe yourself Brand Buyer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Creates Even Tan
        • Doesn't Clog Pores
        • Dries Quickly
        • Easy To Apply
        • Natural Tan
        • Not Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Body

          Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

          Use on my arms and legs

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Like It

          By Athenart

          from Los Angeles

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Creates Even Tan
          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy To Apply
          • Natural Tan
          • Not Greasy

          Cons

          • Bad Odor

          Best Uses

          • Body
          • Daily Use
          • Face

          Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

          I have fair skin and use this occassionally on both face and body. The smell is a little off-putting, so I use it at night before bedtime, then shower in the morning. Let it dry for 5 minutes, and it won't stain clothes.
          It's subtle or not, depending on how often you use it, and it doesn't turn orange. I've never had streaks or other weird problems. This is not my favorite brand, but this particular product is works very well.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good stuff

          By Lily-white

          from Lexington, KY

          describe yourself Brand Buyer

          Pros

          • Creates Even Tan
          • Doesn't Clog Pores
          • Easy To Apply
          • Natural Tan
          • Not Greasy

          Cons

          • Fades Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Body

          Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

          I use this product on my legs. I'm extremely fair-skinned and can't stand the sun plus am afraid of over exposure. This product is not for someone who wants a dark tan overnight; as the name implies, you build a tan with it. I find it gives me just the amount of color I want and doesn't streak. It does fade rather quickly and needs to be applied often to keep the color.

           
          3.0

          Good and Bad, Need to Try More

          By Gail

          from Tacoma, WA

          describe yourself Budget Buyer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Creates Even Tan
          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy To Apply
          • Natural Tan
          • Not Greasy
          • Works Quickly

          Cons

          • Unnatural Color

          Best Uses

          • Body

          Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

          First use was on my face (stupid) and it turned orange even under foundation which I had applied after application. It all scrubbed off though.

          Second attempt on legs worked well so just won't be using on face.

           
          5.0

          I will continue purchasing this lotion

          By Linda a great Granny

          from Virginia

          describe yourself Brand Buyer

          Pros

          • Creates Even Tan
          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy To Apply
          • Natural Tan
          • Works Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Neutrogena Build-a-Tan, 6.7 fl oz:

              I started using this last summer and I love it! Everyone asked last summer how do you get your legs so tan and they are not streaked? This lotion goes on evenly and sometimes I apply it every other day instead of every day in order to keep a natural tone.

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