Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Is A Made-To-Measure Self Tan

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is what I’m talking about today! And if you are a self-tanning lover, you might really like this product!

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

This is by no means a huge bottle. It’s about as big as my ‘the bird” finger. A little longer maybe, but not by much. My bird-she’s LONG AND PROUD. [emoji face with stuck-out tongue]  And only used on the most JERKIEST of drivers in the city of Edmonton, of which there are quite a few I have to say. As you get older you just really have to wonder how some people get their drivers license. SERIOUSLY.  HAHAHA. Ok. back to the product! It’s an oil. And what you do is push the end of this tiny bottle and COOL it disperses as many drops as you like into whatever moisturizer you like to make your own, customized self-tanner. Neat, hey?

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Ok, so I HATE HATE HATE self tanning things/products with a VENGEANCE. I can’t STAND that self-tanning smell. You know what I mean. It’s like warm, sweaty skin with a hint of burn? BLECHHHHHH. I avoid self tanners like I avoid…oysters. And most seafood actually. I like tuna and salmon in a can. CAN. I like scallops and shrimp. And tilapia in a taco. But that’s it. FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD.  [emoji grinning face]


According to the directions, one drop of the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is recommended for fair skin. I put 3 drops in my moisturizer of choice, which lately happens to be the Clarins HydraQuench Cream. GOOD STUFF. And, what can I say, I like to live on the edge when it comes to testing beauty products. I’ll take THE MAX please.

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Clarins HydraQuench Cream

After a couple of hours, I can smell the “tan” developing on my face. I’m REALLY sensitive to that SMELL. So if anyone tells you that this Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster DOESN’T smell-they LIE. [emoji grimacing face] It’s not strong, but it’s there! Subtle, sweaty tan smell. Also, the tan takes a long time to develop.  Even though I can smell it, I don’t see the colour until well into the next day.

But it sure does last well! The colour that Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster gives is quite believable and real, and lasts at least 4 days before fading. No orange tan! But like I said, I use 3 drops. If you use less, you’ll probably get less colour, and less lasting power of course.

All in all, I kind of like Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster! Even though I can smell it, it’s still not so strong as other self tanners I’ve tried in the past. I can deal with it. Some self tanners I can smell for DAYS and DAYS. This one isn’t like that so YAY! And I like the whole idea of being able to customize your tan. It’s quite innovative! To keep up my colour, I just add a drop or 2 of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster every couple of days and I’m good to glow. [emoji sun with face]

Get Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster wherever Clarins is sold! It’s available pretty much everywhere right now, and I think it’s worth trying for sure!

Do you self tan? Or do you actually TAN. You know what I notice? As I’ve aged, it doesn’t take much time out in the sun to get a bit of colour now. Even when diligently wearing sunscreen. A couple of days spent at Disneyland in 35C weather, and I’ve got a tan now. And I wore sunscreen in EVERY product I used on my face. SIGH. And you know what else? The tan lasts SO MUCH LONGER now too. The joys of aging NEVER END. 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine!

  • Liz

    LOL I love that sweaty skin tan smell! And seafood. 😡 It’s interesting to see how everyone is experimenting with this. I put it on in the morning once and saw a difference immediately. I usually dislike self-tanners but this one I like a lot. 🙂

    • Hahaha. I like it, but it takes a good day before I see the tan. And I need the 3 drops too. It’s a neat idea.

      • I’m with @Reductionista:disqus on loving the sweaty tan smell. It just reminds me of summer and I LOVE it. 🙂 This sounds to me like it’s really for beginners and those who are really pale because it sounds quite fool-proof.

      • BLECHHHHHH you guyz hahaha.
        Yeah I agree-it’s perfect for beginners! I’m gonna try more drops next time and see what happens. So far twice with three is just ok. Maybe 4 is my number!

  • It’s such a great idea for a self tanner, it’s definitely on my list of things to try. I’m currently using a much cheaper one by L’Oreal, though. It’s hard for me to pay a lot for self tanner at the moment. Love using them, though, and I almost enjoy a faint whiff of self tanner smell!

    • LOL another self-tanning smell liker hahaha! I’m in the minority here!

      • I don’t know what it is! I know it stinks, but I have nothing but good associations with it, I guess!

  • Hey Tracy, I think the idea is promising, but I’m so sorry to hear you’re not digging the smell! I have NEVER tried self tan before. I’ve got some NUXE ones sitting around here that I might eventually pluck up enough courage to try. I’ll keep you posted about how they work for me 🙂

  • lol i avoid tanning products (a cultural bias maybe because my mom would have a panic attack for reasons best known to her) although I would love to have the rest of my body match to my face and my neck which are darker. I can sympathize with the tan smell.

    • Hahahaha you should try it once! This one is so light and easy I bet she’d never notice!

  • 38noodles

    I’ve only ever tried self tanning (body) once back in uni… And I had to cover my skin for a month because it faded in blotches and I looked like I suffered from some freak zombie disease. I have used a previous version of this product for the face to give me a glow, but ultimately I didn’t see a huge difference, and now just go with bronzers or slighter darker foundation, cause I’m impatient like that.

    • OMG that happened to me too back in UNI!! When they first came out I RAN to the department store and bought one and proceeded to apply it all night long. I WAS SOOOOOO DARK the next day HAHAHA and then it started fading in BLOTCHES. It was HORRIBLE!!!


  • Gaelle

    Is it strange that I like the smell of fake tan? I tan (and freckle) very easily! I like how you managed to put in some disney into your review. Fish are food for me!

  • Emma Bovary

    I’ve been thinking about this, even though I don’t mind being super pale it sometimes annoys me to be glowing (in the ghost sense) in family photos while my sisters are all bronzed beauties >< I have heard so many good things about the Clarins face tanner (can't remember the name of it?) but this customization factor is a pretty tempting one for me. I think fake tan smells like weird biscuits, I was standing next to a lady the other day who had smelled like she had applied the fake tan right before she left her house – so strong, so wrong

  • Toya

    I get tanned quite quickly no matter what – but I’m kinda ok with that 😉 As for this product, I’ve (oddly, I’m sure) used self-tanning products before, and I have two observations 1) they aren’t really made for people with brown skin already (LOL!), and 2) they always have THAT SMELL! I know just what you mean Tracy. I think it’s unavoidable, unfortunately, but for certain occasions and stuff I think it’s maybe worth it if you have a nice, subtle glow!

  • Oh man, that Clarins HydraQuench is one of my faves because it smells like you’ve burried your face in clean laundry!! LOVES! I too hate self-tanner stank so I would probs not dig this. The only self-tanner I like is Beautisol b/c I literally can detect no tell-tale tanner scent. It smells floral. Big fan!

  • Eugenia

    I couldn’t smell a THING, Lil Sis – guess my nose isn’t as refined as yours, lololol! Or maybe it’s because the HydraQuench Cream that I used as well, is so strongly scented that it completely overpowered the Glow Booster! I applied it before going to bed and woke up to a definite “glow” — but you’re right; by evening, I had a light & believable tan happening! I love the colour it gives and since real tanning is a no-no (but I so love being in the sun…on the beach), something tells me that I’ll be loving this little baby quite a bit this Summer!

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  • Amber

    I just grabbed this earlier this week. Haven’t used it yet, but am looking forward to trying! I wasn’t sure about using at night when I use my oils/heavy creams. I wasn’t sure if it would mingle with the actives well or not! Bummer about the stink. I hate that self tan smell! Fabulous that it lasted a few days though!! Thanks for the review!

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  • Vicki

    I have dark spots/hyperpigmentation from sun damage. Normal self-tanners really cling to them and make them look even darker. Does the same thing happen with this product?

    • I’m sorry Vicki I don’t have any hyperpigmentation any more so I couldn’t say for sure. I do have a few freckles and it doesn’t darken them.