Origins The Great Pretender Review

Review of: Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner

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Comprehensive review of Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner. See what real experts and actual users have to say about this self tanning product.

Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner ReviewProduct Name:  Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner

Overall Rating:  Self Tanning Rating 2/5

Product Type:  Lotion

Size:  5 oz

Price:  $23.00

Cost Per Ounce:  $4.60 per ounce

Where To Buy:  Click Here

Top 10 Ingredients:  Aqua, Methyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mentha Arvenis (field mint) leaf oil, Citrus Aurantium (orange) oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) leaf oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil

Overall Opinion:

I gave Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner 2 out of 5 stars.

I really didn’t like the application process…glitter got everywhere!

The product seemed to dry my skin out, causing my tan to turn our scaly and uneven. The color was also too light for my liking.

But I really liked the smell and how it didn’t take forever to try.

So overall, there were a few things I liked, but I wouldn’t recommend this product.

Detailed Opinion:

Look and Feel

This self tanner comes out with an orange, shimmery guide.

It almost looks like body bronzer when it comes out of the tube. The lotion is very slick and a bit gel like.


Origins The Great Pretender has a very shimmery guide in it, so it’s pretty messy to apply.

The shimmer got all over my bathroom…I even saw sparkles on my sheets the day after I applied it!

I’d highly recommend wearing a tanning mitt while applying this one, or else your palms will turn orange.

As you rub it into your skin, the bronze, orange guide somewhat disappears…but the glitter stays.

I’m not a huge fan of self tanners with glitter in them because self tanning is so messy to begin with and the glitter just takes it to a new level of messy.

I noticed that this one stained my sheets and clothing a bit as well.

Drying Time

This one is pretty average as far as drying time goes.

It took about 20 minutes to completely dry, and I like that I didn’t feel sticky at all while waiting for it to dry.

Like I mentioned earlier, don’t touch anything while waiting for this one to dry or it will be stained with orange glitter!

Smell (Before Application)

The Great Pretender smells minty and fresh.

I loved the smell of this one because I’m a huge fan of mint-scented products. They remind me of a spa, and smell very clean to me.

I’ve never smelled a self tanner with a mint scent before, so I was pleasantly surprised when I smelled this one.

It did a really good job of covering up any DHA smell.

The mint smell is pretty strong and a bit overwhelming, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who aren’t a fan of mint.

Smell (After Several Hours And The Next Day)

When I woke up the minty smell was completely gone.

But I also didn’t smell any DHA, which was great!

Color Produced

I didn’t like the tan I got from this one.

It was way too light, and it seemed to dry my skin out.

My tan looked very scaly and patchy, and I think it’s because the product really dried my skin out.

The shade was a light to medium shade (more on the light side), so I would’ve liked to be a bit darker.

You’ll need to apply this one a few days in a row to achieve a medium to dark tan.

My tan wasn’t very natural looking at all.

The good news is that the shimmery guide came off after I showered, so the tan itself wasn’t shimmery.

This one may be better for someone who doesn’t naturally have dry skin (like myself).

How Long It Lasts

My tan lasted about 2 days before drastically fading.

As it faded I became more and more scaly, which was not a pretty sight.

OK For Men?

No, I think the shimmer in it makes it more of a women’s product.

The color also wasn’t quite up to par and the product dried my skin out.


Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner is $4.60 per ounce, which is an average price.

The bottle retails for $23.00, which isn’t bad at all, but the color just isn’t worth it.

Where To Buy

To buy Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner, Click Here.

Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner: Summary

Factor Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self Tanner
Overall Rating Self Tanning Rating 2/5
Look and Feel This one’s a lotion with an orange shimmery guide.
Application Messy! This one stains and leaves glitter everywhere.
Drying Time It dried in about 20 minutes, which is pretty average.
Smell (Before) Smells strongly of mint…I liked the smell.
Smell (After) No trace of mint or DHA the next morning.
Color Produced My tan was a light shade that was very scaly looking (it dried my skin out).
How Long It Lasts It lasted about 2 days and then faded. It became very uneven as it faded.
OK For Men? Nope, unless men like glitter and very light tans.
Price The price is average at $23 for a bottle and $4.60 per ounce.
Where To Buy Click Here

Origins The Great Pretender Review

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