Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel Review

Review of: Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel

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Comprehensive review of Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel. See what real experts and actual users have to say about this self tanning product.

Ulta Tinted Self Tanning GelProduct Name:  Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel

Overall Rating:  Self Tanning Rating 2.5/5

Product Type:  Gel

Size:  5 Oz.

Price: $4.49

Cost Per Ounce:  $0.90

Where To Buy:  Click Here

Top 10 Ingredients:  Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone (and) PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dihydroxyacetone, Urea, SD Alcohol 40-B, PEG-8 Dimethicone

Overall Opinion:

This is another one of those products that’s just average in our opinion.

For starters, the gel has a dark guide that could potentially be messy, but the consistency is very thick so at least it doesn’t drip and splatter all over.

The feel of this product was really nice, it was smooth and not too sticky, it blended nicely into my skin.

The smell resembles kitchen cleaner with a tiny hint of DHA; I was not a fan of the smell at all.

The final color produced was lighter than I had hoped.  I ended up with a light, medium tan.

The tan only lasted about 2 days before it faded away, which wasn’t great.

You can’t beat the price of this product, it was only $4.49!

But overall, the inexpensive price doesn’t justify the mediocre results.

Detailed Opinion:

Look and Feel

The Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel comes out as a dark gel that’s very slick.

The gel is pretty thick and it has a shimmery look to it.


Application of the product is pretty easy, you just have to be careful because there’s a dark guide.

The product is very smooth and slick so it blended into my skin very nicely.

I would suggest using a tanning mitt when applying this product so it doesn’t stain your palms.

The gel is pretty thick, which I liked because it didn’t drip or run anywhere.

Drying Time

This product dried in about 20-25 minutes, so it took a little less than the average self tanner.

The product goes on very wet like most gels do, and slowly dries in about 25 minutes tops.

Make sure you wait to put your clothes on or crawl into bed as the guide can stain fabrics before it dries.

Smell (Before Application)

Unfortunately, Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel smells like kitchen cleaner.

The first thing I thought about this product was, “man, I really don’t like the smell of this!”

After I put it on I kept thinking my house had just been recently cleaned because the  strong scent followed me everywhere!

I could faintly smell the DHA in the product, but the “cleaner” smell definitely was stronger.

Smell (After Several Hours And The Next Day)

Several hours after application, I still smelled like a freshly cleaned kitchen, and the smell lingered into the next day.

Thankfully, after I washed the product off the smell disappeared as well.

Color Produced

When I woke up the next morning I had a nice medium, dark bronze tan.

However, once I washed the product off, my tan faded as well and I was left with just a light medium tan.

The guide was obviously what gave me the most color, and the DHA played only a small role in darkening my skin.

The shade I used was “Medium Deep” so I was hoping to get darker with this tanner, but I only got a few shades darker.

Overall, the color was pretty smooth but it was a little splotchy/darker around my ankles.

How Long It Lasts

Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel lasted only around 2 days.

After day 2 I noticed I looked a lot “whiter” and my tan had drastically faded.

I wish this product lasted a little longer, as 2 days is less than most self tanners out there.

OK For Men?

I don’t think men will like this product.

It has a dark brown guide, which could potentially become a huge mess during application.

Also, the color didn’t last very long.  In my experience, guys don’t like reapplying their self tanners every two days :)


You can get Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel for only $4.49 for a 5 oz bottle.

That works out to about $.90 an ounce, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that!

Unfortunately, in this case you sort of get what you paid for.

Where To Buy

To buy Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel,  Click Here.

Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel:  Summary

Factor Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel
Overall Rating Self Tanning Rating 2.5/5
Look and Feel This is a gel with a dark brown guide.
Application Application can get messy with the guide, but the thick consistency of the product helps a bit.
Drying Time It took about 20-25 minutes to completely dry.
Smell (Before) The smell of chemicals is very strong, it smells a lot like a household cleaner
Smell (After) The smell stuck around until I showered the product off, then it faded away.
Color Produced The color ended up being a light, medium tan.  I wish it would’ve been darker.
How Long It Lasts This tanner only lasted about 2 days.
OK For Men? No, the guide is too messy and the color is too light.  Plus it doesn’t last very long.
Price This gel was $4.49 for a 5 ounce bottle….one of the cheapest we’ve seen!
Where To Buy Click Here

Ulta Tinted Self Tanning Gel Review


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