Sunless Tanning Product Reviews: L’Oreal Sublime Glow Vs. Jergens Natural Glow

L'Oreal Sublime Glow Vs. Jergens Natural Glow

Comparison: L’Oreal Sublime Glow Vs. Jergens Natural Glow

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money”

Having a tan makes many people feel better about wearing the shorter fashions of the spring and summer months. However, most don’t want to spend hours baking in the sun or tanning beds, risking the chance of skin cancer and premature aging. I have very fair skin and every year I am in search of the holy grail of self-tanning products. I’m also on a budget, so I tend to purchase items at the local CVS store or Target, where I can find them for under $15.00.

Over the years I’ve tried many of the cheaper sunless tanners, and I prefer the gradual tanning products over those that claim to bronze the skin in one or two applications. The main reason behind L’Oreal Sublime Glow is because using a gradual tanner gives you more room for error: because they take a week or so to build a base tan, you have more control over streaking and missed areas.

L'Oreal Sublime Glow

L’Oreal Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer and Skin Enhancer for the Body in Medium:

This L’Oreal Sublime Glow comes in several different shades and I have used both the fair and medium formulas.L’Oreal’s Sublime Glow contains Mango Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E to moisturize the skin while gradually building a tan and micro-pearls to give a little bit of shimmer. 


The medium formula is my favorite of all the cheap sunless tanners because I’m able to seamlessly build healthy-looking color that doesn’t look orange or fake in about seven applications. The bottle the product is packaged in is easy to use, and it’s worth the price, which is around $12. The shimmer is also nice and I didn’t need to use an additional moisturizer. 

Jergens Natural Glow

Cons: Any product that contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is going to give off an unpleasant odor, and self-tanners are infamous for that DHA chemical smell. When you apply Sublime Glow initially, you will notice that there is a light green tea scent, but after a while, you will notice the tell-tale smell of a self-tanner. Sublime Glow is also a little runnier than most moisturizers.

Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer in Fair/Medium:

L’Oreal Sublime Glow, Jergens Natural Glow contains moisturizers and antioxidants, and with daily use, the user should have the desired result in about a week. 
Pros: The greatest advantage of this product is its low price. The packaging is easy to use and the product is thicker than L’Oreal’s Glow. It also tans more aggressively than L’Oreal’s Sublime Glow, which comes in handy for people who don’t have a week to devote to building a tan. I also didn’t need a separate moisturizer after using this product. 

Cons: Having said that this item has a stronger tanning power, I found that no matter how careful I was when applying the self-tanner or how much I had exfoliated prior to tanning, I still ended up with streaks and patchy areas around my knees and ankles. While this could be due to user error, this seems to be a common problem with this item according to other reviewers on Make-Up Alley.

This product also made me look somewhat orange and the self-tanner smell was very strong, lasting even beyond a shower.

L'Oreal Sublime Glow

In comparing these two gradual self-tanners, I would say that overall L’Oreal Sublime Glow is the superior product. While they are both in the same price range, L’Oreal’s Sublime  Glow allowed more room for error and the color was much more natural than with the Jergens product. I will definitely purchase L’Oreal’s Sublime Glow again this summer.

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