The second option I tried for the experiment is Hi Beautiful’s You’s Be You Body Perfecting Bronzer ($48). This one is a little different than the Kora Organics lotion because it’s a lotion that provides an instant tan and can wash right off later on. I decided to give this one a go because it’s easy to apply and seemed to have a much darker bronze color to it. Although this one does appear darker and did add a slight bronze look after I applied it, there still wasn’t much of a noticeable difference. I did do a second coat and applied quite a bit to see if I could build it up more. This helped, but as you can see in the above photo, there still isn’t a super noticeable difference. I did like this option because it was easy to apply, didn’t appear streaky or unnatural despite its darker color, and was pretty hydrating as well. If you’re looking for an easy self-tanner to use quickly that you can easily wash off later, I would definitely give this one a go.
As for those with darker skin tones who are curious about trying self-tanners, I honestly don’t think they make a huge difference. A body bronzer or shimmer would enhance darker skin tones much more than a self-tanner. I think I was expecting at least a tad more of a bronzing effect with both of these, but I have to keep in mind that these types of products are mostly made for people who are pale and looking to achieve a tanner look that I already naturally possess.
Overall, I still had fun trying the products and my curious mind can now rest easy. If you’re looking for a few other self-tanners, body shimmers, or bronzers to enhance or darken your natural skin tone, I still have you covered. Keep scrolling below.