Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects

Once upon a time, there was a BB cream lotion product by Jergens. I loved it dearly for the no-hassle very faint tan it produced on my skin, and I kept buying it until even the close-out stores stopped carrying it. It looks like Flaweless Effects was meant to replace it, given the near exact ingredient listing both of them appear to tout.

This isn’t meant to be a self-tanner specifically, even though the shea butter makes it smell like one, but more of a color corrector. The color of the lotion is an iridescent purple-grey-brown color (is there a word for that kind of color?!), but once absorbed, is colorless. Well, I shouldn’t say colorless, since the pigments in the lotion are meant to cancel out any unwanted tones in your skin, such as age spots or blemishes.

The color payout on the Brilliance product is actually quite apparent a few hours after application. It creates a very light brown pigment over the skin. Compared to the older version which created more of a yellow tint, I like this coloration much better. But the Brilliance lotion is much “dryer” than the BB cream. It dries quickly, therefore is harder to spread around evenly. Rest assured, you won’t experience any “streakiness” a self tanner would give you, but you’ll need to be mindful when applying this product in areas of thinner or thicker skin.

The color is by no means a deep color that is meant to last for days, but rather, maintain your skin tone at a consistent, slightly darker color over the period of a few days. That color can actually last through a few showers.

Though I loved the CC Cream and I think I like this product as well, I’m not sure what the need for a re-formulation was. The ingredient listing looks the exact same, and still contains a few questionable parabens that they could have omitted the second time around. The CC Cream felt more luxurious and plush (ie: actually moisturizing!), while the Brilliance lotion is difficult to work with. It leaves a film behind, which makes me feel oily as opposed to moisturized.

The Brilliance lotion is still a good buy at $10 if you’re looking for subtle color to color correct throughout your body. Like most body lotions, I would not recommend this for the face. But I’m quite impressed with color for this just being a correction cream! ~A

Perceived efficacy: 4/5

Longevity: 3.75/5

How much I actually like this product: 3.75/5

Recommended for sensitive skin: Sensitive skin users might want to patch test. Avoid using this on your face.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

I think I’ve been buying this since lotion for well over a decade now. It’s definitely gone through several changes during that time. It’s latest iteration, to a bit of my dismay, changed how I use this product completely, but I suspect that’s not going to stop me from keeping this lotion around as a beauty staple for another decade after this.

Natural Glow has always come in two colors: Fair to Medium, and Medium to Tan. There was a time when Fair to Medium used to produce a noticeable color, but I don’t really feel like that’s the case anymore, so I usually default to medium to tan, even though my skin tone is pale. My issue now is that this product has become surprisingly blotchy for being a gradual tanner, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

I used to religiously mix this in with my regular lotion every morning and apply to my skin. It distributed the color evenly and I never had an issue with blotchiness. It dried very quickly. The DHA smell didn’t really pop up until halfway through the day, and that smell was tolerable enough until the next morning, when I’d end up washing it off anyway.

But ever since this was reformulated, the lotion is extremely thick, and dries SLOW, like, 30-45 minutes slow. The color shows up a lot faster than it used to, and darker, but it comes at a cost. Mixing it in with another lotion is disastrous, because if your ratio isn’t exactly 1:1, then you’ll start having weird color deposits, or lack thereof. So I treat it more like a mousse. I put it on over clean skin at night, sleep in it, wake up and rinse it off in the shower.

Speaking of showering, it’s a good idea to have one around several hours after applying. The smell — in general, and the resultant DHA-stink — is HORRIBLE. This lotion has always had an initial “bubble bath” kind of smell that did a pretty good job of persisting at least halfway through the day. Even when the self-tanner stink finally kicked in, it wasn’t overwhelming and I could live with it. The primary smell is still “bubble bath” after the reformulation, but it doesn’t stick around for long, and the self-tanner stink is HORRENDOUS.

But if you wake up after keeping this on overnight, the color is pretty reasonable. For being a gradual tanner, and not being the “three days to glow” product by the same brand, this works pretty quickly. You’re not going to get super dark like you would with an actual mousse, but with the medium to tan shade, you’ll at least be noticeably one shade darker the next morning. Brown, not orange, phew! As long as the lotion has had a few hours to sink into your skin, the color will persist even after you shower, and for a day or two after.

This being a gradual tanner, you could build it up. But Natural Glow has always seemingly had a “cap” — no matter how much you build it up and for how many days, there’s a certain point it just doesn’t get darker. It is just a lotion, after all. There’s also the issue of blotchiness with this particular version. I have a really hard time preventing this from creating pigment deposits in thinner parts of the skin, like the hands, ankles, etc. I never had this issue with the older iterations, but the deposits prevent me from wanting to keep stacking this product.

Sensitive skin users, don’t put this one on your face. It’s not going to give you a DHA rash, but the product is far too heavy and will clog up your pores. There’s notably no “bad” alcohols in the newer iterations (the existence of them in older versions probably explains why it dried so quickly and this does not), but again, due to the weight, it probably wouldn’t even spread the color evenly across your face, even if you mixed it in with a moisturizer.

There is also two versions of this self-tanner, besides the shade differences: there’s a “firming” version and a “daily moisturizer” version. I like the daily moisturizer version better. The firming version does dry a little quicker, but it makes my skin feel tight (…as the name would imply, lol), which I don’t care for. Also, the last time I checked out the ingredient list for the firming lotion, it was still sporting benzoyl alcohol.

I’m probably going to keep buying this $8 for the indefinite future, despite it’s several setbacks, and despite needing to keep up with how to best utilize the formulation changes. But it’s always been my “base tan in a bottle”, and the consistency of the color is still unmatched by any other drugstore gradual tanner. ~A

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Perceived efficacy: 4/5

Longevity: 4.5/5

How much I actually like this product: 3.5/5 (ugh the smell)

Recommended for sensitive skin: Yes — on body only.