Palmers – Natural Bronze Gradual Tan

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trialling the many fake tan products I have in my cupboard and will be sharing them all individually this month before hitting you with a monster tan post where I unveil my top picks, hopefully in time for some nicer weather.

Today we’re talking about Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturizer


Easy peasy..  it’s a lotion but given the potential finger mark streaks I would suggest that you treat this as a regular fake tan and use a tanning mit as the colour is darker than you’d expect from a gradual tanner. It has a really strong artificial chocolatey smell that I loved at first but the more I’ve used it I’ve grown to dislike it. It doesn’t last past the development time though.


The colour is darker than you’d expect and I definitely wouldn’t layer this given how pale I am (NC15/20). It’s as much colour as I’d want from a regular tanner and it’s not too orange however it’s not the most natural colour I’ve achieved via self tanner.


It lasts 2 or 3 days maximum.


It wears really well, not patchy at all and as it wears off you can top it up every few days given that it’s supposed to be a gradual tanner


The scent upon application, as I mentioned is tolerable and it’s strong enough to mask the tan smell as it develops but once it’s washed off the sickly chocolatey smell doesn’t linger, You still get the odd whiff of that trademark scent while it’s on you but it’s definitely not the worst for giving you away!


Overall this is a great product from the drugstore. You get 250ml for just £5.35 and if you’re pale like me it will last you because it’s so dark. If you have to use it every day or so as an actual gradual tan it’s not quite so cost effective but you really can’t argue with the price when it works as well as it does.

Would I Repurchase?

For £5.35? Absolutely!

Miss BB



  1. 24 June, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    ive been trying this too and i was pretty surprised with how dark it goes overnight, definitely not what i would call a ‘gradual’ tanner! great review!! 🙂 xxx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 June, 2012 / 8:19 am

      Thanks! I actually really like it as a regular tanner but I’d look like a minstrel if I used this as gradual lol

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