5.05.2012

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer Review

As summer rapidly approaches, many of us are busting out our self-tanner to get a healthy faux glow.

But what to do about that tell-tale self-tanner smell?

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer ($35) makes a noble attempt to solve this problem. Sadly, it does not succeed.

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer
Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer 

I got out of the shower this morning and slapped on some Jergens Natural Glow.I reached for my bottle of Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold and ran into my first problem -- The directions say to wait one hour after putting on self-tanner to apply Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold. Not the biggest deal in the world, but not everyone has time to wait and watch the clock.

After my hour was up, I applied Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer. The scent was overwhelming! It smells pleasant (like a watermelon Jolly Rancher) but a little strong for me. Still, it completely covered up the self-tanner odor so I figured it was doing its job.

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer
Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer 

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold is a deep bronze color with glitter. The liquid is a runny, drippy, and difficult to apply evenly. I ended up with some streaks.

Luckily, the deep bronze color turns pretty light on skin so my streaks were not that noticeable.

What IS noticeable about Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold is the glitter it leaves behind. I'm fine with some shimmer, but the glitter in this product is too large for my taste.

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer
Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer
Glitter on my Arm

All of this could be tolerated if Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer concealed self-tanner odor effectively. However, despite its initial success, Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold wore off after about an hour and I could smell my self-tanner again.

I guess you could apply more, but it's not worth it to me.

I would rather deal with the self-tanner smell than have to reapply this overpriced mess every hour.

What do you think? Do you have a strategy for attacking the self-tanner scent or do you just deal with it?

5 comments:

  1. I am not a fan of the self tanner smell, but I think I could deal with it instead of being completely covered in glitter! I am super pale, so I need self tanner. Have you tried any that you really love? I tried Clarins tanning milk? And it was ok, but smells yucky and is a touch orange.

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    1. I'm super pale too! I haven't tried very many self-tanners. I am currently using Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Lotion for Light Skin (link in my post). It's verrrry subtle and gradual. I think it might be too subtle for me -- you have to keep using it to see results and I want more instant gratification!

      I got a TanTowel sample with a Nordstrom order so I am looking forward to trying that. I'll let you know how it goes!

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  2. I have had lots of issues with self tanner. I never like the way it looks on my body, because it is impossible to get it perfect, so I am just using it on my face. I have heard the best reviews of the Clarins and want to try that. Have you tried it? I am using the Roxanne Rizzo spray tan right now, but not on my body.

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    1. Hi Ali! I've also heard good things about Clarins, but I've never tried it. I am currently using Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Lotion (link in my post). I find the foam texture much easier to apply than traditional lotion formulas. Have you ever tried a foam formula self-tanner?

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