Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion Review

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Comprehensive review of Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion. See what real experts and actual users have to say about this self tanning product.

Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion ReviewProduct Name:  Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion

Overall Rating:  Self Tanning Rating 3.25/5

Product Type:  Lotion

Size: 4 Oz

Price:  $17.00

Cost Per Ounce:  $4.25

Where To Buy:  Click Here

Top 10 Ingredients: Water/Eau, Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Myristyl Myristate, Dihydroxyacetone

Overall Opinion:

Overall, I gave Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion 3.25 out of 5 starts…so it wasn’t bad.

I actually liked this gradual tanner, it gave me a beautiful looking tan.

The smell is ok, it smells fruity, but you can also smell a hint of DHA in there.

The price is pretty average, I think this is a good deal for this product.

I didn’t really expect to like this product, because gradual tanners aren’t my favorite.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the color this one produced.

I had a nice medium tan after applying it for 3 days.  Actually after only one application I had a natural light to medium shade tan.

The thing I didn’t like about this one is that it faded pretty quickly, and I became streaky as it faded.

I had to exfoliate the rest of my tan off because it was so uneven.

But overall this is a good gradual tanner.

Detailed Opinion:

Look and Feel

Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion comes out a white, creamy lotion.

It reminds me a lot of sunscreen in the way it looks and feels.


This one is really simple and easy to apply.

It blended nicely into my skin, and I didn’t have to worry about a dark guide.

I didn’t wear gloves and my hands were fine, just make sure you wash them after application.

This one goes on just like a body moisturizer would.

Drying Time

This one was about average as far as drying time goes.

It dried in about 25-30 minutes.

I didn’t feel sticky or wet while it dried, which I liked.  My skin actually felt pretty smooth as I waited for it to dry.

Smell (Before Application)

The website says this one has a coconut/honeysuckle fragrance.  I could smell those scents in there, but I could also smell DHA.

If I didn’t smell the hints of DHA, I think this product would smell really good.

It didn’t smell bad, but I just didn’t like the hints of DHA that I smelled.

Smell (After Several Hours And The Next Day)

The next morning I couldn’t really smell anything, just maybe a very light citrus smell.

After I showered, I definitely couldn’t smell anything at all.

Color Produced

Since this is a gradual tanner, I didn’t expect to wake up super dark.

When I woke up, I had a nice light to medium tan after only one application.

After 2 more applications I ended up with a nice medium tan… I was very pleased with the color.

The color was natural and even, and it looked very smooth.

I’m sure you could make the tan even darker by applying a few more days in a row.

How Long It Lasts

This is where Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion fell short.

After about two day my tan was already fading, and I looked pretty splotchy.

Usually gradual tanners don’t get scaly or uneven when they fade, but this one did.

I didn’t like how weird my tan looked as it faded.

OK For Men?

Yeah, I think men will like this one.

It doesn’t smell to bad, and is a pretty affordable price.

It gives really nice color for a gradual tanner and is very easy to apply.

Just beware that you may look a little funky as it fades.


Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion has a pretty average price point.

The bottle is $17.00 for 4 ounces, which works out to $4.25 an ounce, not too bad if you ask me!

Where To Buy

To buy Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion, Click Here.

Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion:  Summary

Factor Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion
Overall Rating  Self Tanning Rating 3.25/5
Look and Feel Looks like sunscreen, it’s white and creamy.
Application Application is easy, it goes on like a body lotion. You don’t even need a mitt.
Drying Time It took about 25-30 minutes to dry, that’s about average.
Smell (Before) Smells fruity with a hint of DHA.
Smell (After) I could smell a little citrus the next morning when I woke up, but no DHA.
Color Produced It produced a nice medium shade after 3 applications…the color was very nice.
How Long It Lasts Lasted about 2 days then it faded and turned very scaly :(
OK For Men? Yes, for a gradual tanner this one is pretty good!
Price $4.25 an ounce, that’s pretty average/affordable.
Where To Buy Click Here

Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion Review

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