The Sisley Facial Tanner. Warning: You Will Want.

Let’s get this out of the way; you know it’s not going to be cheap. It’s Sisley, for crying out loud! If you know you’ll fall in love with this yet money is tight, there’s a button at the top of this post that will take you to the next or last post. Avert your eyes! Minimise the browser window! Do not read on!

For those with willpower/treat money/expensive tastes, listen up: I’m pretty sure that this is the nicest facial tanner that I have ever used. I’m not into straight-out tans, I prefer the safety of the graduals, but this one is pretty foolproof. You just need a tiny bit of the gel-cream to tan your whole face, it spreads and blends in very easily. I applied mine a little haphazardly, the first time, but thankfully it turned out well. You might want to take a little more care with your application – there’s no guide colour so just make sure you don’t miss any areas. If you just apply it like your regular moisturiser, though, you should be fine!

Right. Pros. This face tanner is beautiful. No horrible tan smell, easy to apply and a gorgeous light tan within a few hours or so. I applied mine at about 2am the first time and by eight I was gorgeously bronzed! It’s quite subtle, so great on fair skin, but it’s definitely on the “warmer” side. I love it because it makes my skin look a bit perkier; I didn’t need to wear any tinted moisturiser for a few days and lots of people commented on how healthy I was looking. (HA!)

What else? Texture, hydrating properties of the product: both excellent. If there was a version of this product without tan then I would most definitely use it a few times a week as a light, hydrating night cream. It’s perfect for combination or oilier skins because it’s not heavy in the slightest – it doesn’t have any kind of sticky finish either. This feels like a premium moisturiser with the added benefit of being a self-tanner – the scent is fresh and fruity and there’s no trace of biscuit/potato/pork whatsoever.

Absolutely top marks.

Cons. Price? That’s always going to be a sticking point with Sisley, but they do make beautiful products. I regularly hate them for it, but I also thank them because there are quite a few areas of beauty in which they are simply the best, no contest. Have a read of my reviews for the Express Face Mask and the Black Rose Mask – read the first one if only for a quick laugh at the photograph.

Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care is £78 for 60ml (not quite as expensive price per ml as, say, Lancome’s Genefique or other premium treatments, so you do have to put it in perspective!) and it’s available at House of Fraser or John Lewis, Selfridges and Harrods.

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  1. Sunne
    September 3, 2012 / 9:28 am

    Ruth, have u tried Chanel’s facial tanner? It come in I think Golden or Bronze. Of I want some colour on my face, I use it as night cream even tho, it have SPF of 8. I don’t use it as much as I used to as I’m using Alpha-H & other exfoliating cream now. Good to chk this Chanel out.

    • Ruth
      September 14, 2012 / 4:53 pm

      I haven’t! Let me know what you think if you try it? xx

  2. Ayla
    September 3, 2012 / 10:17 am

    ..And read the second review, only for the joy of reading. It’s a beautifully well written post. I must have read it four times in the past, sometimes even out loud..
    Weird ha?

  3. Fabienne
    September 3, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    Pictures of before/after ? :)

  4. September 3, 2012 / 1:14 pm

    That’s it. You’ve inspired me to save for it! Actually, I think I’m going to save for the Flower Gel Mask first, and then by next summer the self-tanner shall be mine!
    I also wanted to thank you, Ruth for turning me on to Liquid Gold. I am loving it so far and gave credits to you for introducing me to it in my new blog!I am an esthetician and am just now trying my hand at the blogging thing. if you’d like to have a look!

  5. Kate
    September 3, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Just wondered, as you mentioned it, what you think of Lancôme Genifique? I bought the serum, I really can’t say I’ve noticed much difference in my skin. I ended up with the Visionare (not sure if I’ve spelt that right, it’s in a blue bottle) as well and was told to use this at night and Genifique during the day. I actually prefer to use it the other way, and apply the visionare in the moring as I think it gives a nicer finish under make up but I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed with either of them. I mean, I knew I wasn’t going to wake up looking 12 or anything but really, I felt all they did was add a bit of hydration. Would be interested to hear what you think of them if you’ve tried them.

    Kate x

    • Ruth
      September 6, 2012 / 10:31 pm

      Mm, not overwhelmed either, particularly. I think because I’m used to the instant effects with my Alpha-H or other full-on products! The thing is with all of these fancy-named things is that I can’t really tell what’s in them or what they’re supposed to be doing. Saying that, I haven’t tested either for very long. I DID prefer the Visionnaire and felt that it gave a nice, clear skin in the morning but I need to try it for longer! The Genefique eye thing with the metal applicator is lush, though! x

  6. Georgie
    September 3, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Love the look of this, but so expensive!! Not sure regular use of this would allow me to keep buying it. Can you recommend any decent facial tanners that are slightly less expensive?
    Are clarins any good?
    I have tried James Read’s new face gradual tanner, which is quite nice but can sometimes clog my pores, having combination skin.

    • Ruth
      September 14, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      Hmmm. Leave it with me! x

  7. Sera
    September 3, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    Sorry to be off topic but could you do a review on creaseless cream shadows? Ive heard amazing things about Benefits cream shadows as well as Chanels illusion d’ombre and both were rated better than Armanis eyes to kill…now im stuck on which to buy! Would love your overall opinion on this makeup item! All the best and keep your reviews coming, you are fabulous at what you do! Thank you!

    • Ruth
      September 6, 2012 / 10:47 pm

      Eyes to Kill isn’t really a creamy one…both you’ve mentioned are great, as is the Tom Ford version and also the one from Shiseido! xx

  8. Tatyana
    September 6, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Hi Ruth! How would you compare it to Glam Glow self-tanning from Omrovicza?

    • Ruth
      September 6, 2012 / 10:42 pm

      Haven’t tried the Glam on my face yet, actually! Will do that soon x

  9. elly
    September 7, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Hi Ruth would you recommend the Black rose mask as a good pre wedding glow mask?

    Elly x

    • Ruth
      September 7, 2012 / 2:03 pm

      Yes, but if you want a proper exfoliation “glow” then have a look at the Liquid Gold mask or Elemental Herbology peel too! x

      • Elly
        September 7, 2012 / 6:44 pm

        Thanks Ruth you’re a bad influence I went for the black rose!!

        • Ruth
          September 7, 2012 / 8:30 pm

          LOL xx

  10. Geo
    September 7, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Could you do any before and after pictures if possible?
    I find face tans often look good at first, but under artificial lighting or flash photography, not so much. Not sure if you have experienced this too?
    Also, as much as I like Sisley, they are just so expensive – have you used/recommend any slightly cheaper products? (Around the £25-£40 mark)?

    • Ruth
      September 7, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      Yes, will do next time I use it! The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess one is fine, have a few others I need to test! x

      • Geo
        September 8, 2012 / 1:30 pm

        Ok thank you!
        Alright, will you do a video/post on facial tanners at some point? (hopefully soon!)

  11. Emily (hair stylist Emily)
    September 19, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    Applied about 10 minutes ago along with the body tanning spray..I’ll report back :) x

    • RuthCrilly
      September 19, 2012 / 10:06 pm

      You will love it! xx

  12. Emily (hair stylist Emily)
    September 20, 2012 / 7:39 am

    Test xxx

  13. Aly
    October 3, 2012 / 12:17 pm

    Ruth, Does the Japanese Kanebo brand still exist? They used to make a sheer bronzing gel which was bliss; I am eking out my last tube and would kill to get more…..

  14. Cris Rajic
    May 27, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    Hi Ruth! Would you recommend this over the Omorovicza Glam Glow?

  15. Gilly
    July 6, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Hi Ruth! my mum bought this last summer and ended up not using it, now that i’ve read your review i want to try it but does this kind of product expire after a year after its been opened? or does it go off? so scared i’m going to come out some freaky colour orange if i use it now!

    • July 7, 2014 / 7:42 am

      Mine is two years old and still ok… Maybe test on somewhere hidden first?! Tummy? x

  16. Sarah
    September 7, 2014 / 10:42 am

    hey Ruth! great review, I bought this face tanner and I want to apply it today, I am quit scared having a completely different color on my face, is it like a gradual tanner? will I have a glowing bronzed effect or will I look like I have came back from a long vication in Miami? :) thank you! :*

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