The Ultimate Tan Luxe The Face Illuminating Drops Review

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Looking for a facial tanner that will help keep the glow all year long? We’re sharing our Tan Luxe The Face drops review plus how to apply for a streak-free glow.

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Original Post Date January 23, 2021

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I am so excited to reveal my fake tan results after using Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating tanning drops. I’ve heard so much about this product and thought it was time to do a Tan Luxe drops review.

But first, I thought I’d share my very first encounter with sunless tanning and the fiasco that ensued.

My experience with self-tanners goes way back, like 7th grade. I’ve always been super pale and I remember once in 7th grade, I embarrassed myself so bad I vividly remember it to this day.

I was a cheerleader and it was game day. We had to wear skirts so, naturally, I was horrified with my pale legs.

I found a self-tanning bottle in my mom’s bathroom. This thing had to be old, like over 10 years old. And let’s not forget this is the ’90s, the products back then were nothing like we have today.

I read the instructions and proceeded to apply the lotion-like product all over my legs. The next morning I woke up with orange — I mean Oompa Loompa orange — streaks all over my legs including orange palms. I forgot to wash my hands!!!

Fast forward to today, there are so many products to choose from on the market. And there’s no reason for you to damage your skin by laying out, unprotected in the sun or tanning beds. Oh my, do you remember tanning beds? How are they still open?

Well, I’ve tried my share of self-tanners; tanning drops, tanning mousse, tanning lotion, you name it. But I had yet to try a facial tanner. So when I learned about Tan-Luxe tanning drops and how they are the best self-tanning drops, I decided to try them out.

What is Tan Luxe?

Tan-Luxe self-tanner is a cruelty and toxin-free concentrate. It’s made to be mixed with your favorite moisturizer, serum, or face oil to reveal a sun-kissed glow. The Face is a revolutionary tailor-made tanning system that works together with your existing skincare routine, transforming your favorite moisturizer, serum, or oil into a custom self-tanner.

According to the Tan-Luxe website, their tanners combine a blend of organic tanning actives that work with your skin tone to give you a natural-looking tan. It’s also pretty straightforward to apply.

The formula contains raspberry seed oil, Aloe Vera, and vitamin E. It’s also formulated at a pH of 4.5 to minimize the traditional self-tanner smell. I love this because no one wants to walk around smelling like a self-tanner, especially on your face.

The Tan-Luxe Illuminating drops do not contain any SPF. It is wise to add sunscreen before applying or do as I do. Apply your self-tanner at night before bed so you don’t have to worry about the sun.

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Tan-Luxe also carries a variety of other self-tanning products to be used on the face and body.

The product I’m most excited to use is the Tan Luxe Super Glow. This tanning hybrid marries the tanning power of Tan-Luxe with hyaluronic acid and superfoods.

The formula includes seven antioxidant-rich superfoods:

  • Chia Seed Oil: helps maintain healthy moisture levels
  • Beetroot Extract: works to brighten the complexion
  • Raspberry Seed Oil: a natural anti-oxidant
  • Avocado Oil: rich in fatty acids & vitamin E
  • Kale Extract: brightens & tightens skin
  • Blueberry Extract: rich in antioxidants
  • Coconut Oil: helps reduce the look of inflammation

The Tan Luxe The Water is a clear, odorless mist that allows you to easily apply without fuss. It also claims to be transfer-proof so you don’t have to worry about getting your clothes stained.

One of my repeat buys from Tan Luxe is The Gradual Illuminating gradual tanning lotion. It is great if you’re new to self-tanning or you want a low-maintenance approach to self-tanners.

The tanners run between $60 for Tan Luxe The Body to around $34 for Tan Luxe The Gradual. Don’t forget to click the ‘Get Sale Alert’ to be notified when the price drops.



To begin, you want to prep your skin for optimum tanning potential. This means exfoliating and moisturizing. Before starting, be sure to exfoliate your face with a gentle physical exfoliant. This will help rid your face of dead skin cells, leftover tanning products, and any other impurities.

Next, lightly moisturize dry patches on your face. Dry skin patches tend to soak up excess product. This may leave you with uneven skin tone after tanning.


To apply the Tan Luxe The Face drops, decide which carrier you want to apply your tanning drops with. You can use a moisturizer, face oil, or serum.

I prefer to use my daily moisturizer to apply the tanning drops. Apply your preferred carrier to the palm of your hand and squeeze 2-3 drops of the product directly on top of the moisturizer. Then rub your hands together to mix and apply it directly to the face.

For a more intense tan, you can add a couple more drops.


  • 2 drops = radiant
  • 4 drops = sun-kissed
  • 8 drops = golden
  • 12 drops = bronzed

I make sure to get the product all over, not forgetting my ears, neck, and décolletage.

There are two options of Tan Luxe drops for you to choose from- light/medium and medium/dark. Tan-Luxe recommends you choose your shade based on your skin tone, not your desired result.

I am fair so I decided to go with the Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating self-tan drops in light/medium. I loved how subtle the color was upon first use.


Next, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. The tanner will start to develop in the following hours and you don’t want it to tan your palms.

Don’t forget to wash between the webs of your fingers and also underneath your fingernails where some product may accumulate.


The best way to maintain and prolong your sunless tan is by moisturizing the skin. When skin is dry, it begins to crack and crease which will make your tan start to crack and crease. This will shorten the lifespan of your tan and you’ll start to see patches soon after.

You can use any moisturizer

How Long Does Tan Luxe Last?

For this Tan Luxe drops review, I decided to apply only two drops each night.

I continued until I achieved the desired tan shade. Tan Luxe The Face lasted 3-4 days after my last application. This could be due to frequent washing of my face.

I also noticed that when I used my exfoliating pads, the color seemed to fade more quickly. I would not suggest using exfoliants as this will shorten the lifespan of your tan.

You could use the drops every day. To maintain your desired shade, I would suggest using it every other day otherwise the color will progressively get darker.

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Do Tan Luxe Face Drops Make You Break Out?

The Tan Luxe face drops did not make me break out. I have oily, acne-prone skin and I did get one pimple on my cheek.

Now, it is hard to determine whether this was due to the tanning drops or other factors. However, it was a small pimple and there was only one.

I did not experience my pores being clogged with the product – so that’s good!

Tan Luxe DROPS Before and After

I saw results from Tan Luxe drops after the very first use. I did it two days in a row and I finally settled on two days on one day off, with 3 drops each day. The following pictures are unfiltered without any makeup.

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No Makeup, Pre-Application
tan luxe before after
After 1 day of using Tan-Luxe (3 drops in moisturizer)
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After 2 days of using Tan-Luxe (3 drops in moisturizer)


I did want to relay some extra information when using these tanning drops. I read in a Facebook group that someone suggested pouring the entire contents of the Tan Luxe drops into a bottle of moisturizer to use daily.

They mentioned that it would help them maintain the color and make it easier to use daily

I would not recommend doing this because you never know how the product would react to being mixed with another product for an extended period.

You also run the risk of wasting your tanning drops if, for some reason, the mixture turns color or starts to develop a smell.

I recommend using the product as recommended by Tan-Luxe and only mix the concentrate and moisturizer or serum as you go.

Hopefully, this Tan Luxe review helped decide whether to use these tanning drops.

So far, I have enjoyed my experience using the Tan Luxe face drops and look forward to trying out additional products.

If you’ve used Tan-Luxe the Face or any other products, please share your thoughts below.


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