I'm Not Exaggerating When I Say This Is the Best Sunless Tanner Ever

Lindsey Metrus

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Mark my words: I will never tire of sunless tanner. You can draft my tombstone now and etch “lover of sunless tanner” into the stone—I’m that confident that I’ll forever be hooked (so long as it keeps being produced).

In many cultures (especially American), being sun-kissed is a sign of health. Fun fact: Tanned skin became cosmopolitan in the 1920s because the industrial revolution shifted lower- and middle-class workers indoors, meaning if you were tanned, you were likely of a higher socioeconomic status. Since then, being tan has manifested into a bustling market of both men and women seeking oils, lotions, tanning beds (eek!), and, of course, products that don’t require any sun to help your skin look bronzed year-round.

As someone who has been deeply betrayed by the sun, I’ve dipped my toe (er, rather, entire body) into countless different sunless products to mask my inherent paleness. Being tan makes me feel better and more confident, and if I’m not harming my body in the process, I say bring on all the foams and lotions. Though, recently, I became acquainted with a product that’s changed my entire faux-glow game. Allow me to explain.

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Mist ($36)

Hampton Sun is marketed as a luxe suncare and sunless tanning line, with its hero product being its Sunless Tanning Mist. Here’s the thing: As much as I love the way I look post–self-tanner, the process of putting it on at night, waiting for it to dry, and then quite literally covering my all-white bedding with a blanket so that I can sleep on top of it worry-free without waking up to an outline of my body à la Chrissy Teigen is painstaking.

That’s why the fact alone that it’s in aerosol form immediately had me intrigued. On top of that, it emits a super-fine mist that covers your entire body sans having to dislocate your shoulders to get to your back. But the best part of it all is that the formula is clear and only reacts with your body’s pH so that the color won’t transfer onto walls or fabric should the spray travel as you’re applying. (I apply it in my bathroom and have never had any color appear on my white walls, towels, or shower curtain.) It’s also quick-drying, so you can get back to your regularly scheduled programming without fear of messing up your work.

The tan lasts probably a week total (less if you’re an aggressive showerer) and looks completely natural—no orange tinge or streaking (so long as you spray in a continuous motion and rub in any areas of pooling product that may have formed as a result of holding the can too close to your skin). But even if you notice that your color has faded, the time it takes to spray on a new application is nominal. Fair warning, though: It’s easy to get hooked (I’ve run out of my current supply and am mourning its loss), so spray conservatively—and happy (safe) tanning.

What’s your favorite sunless tanner? Please share it below!

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