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Better Bod Bronze & Contour by Tarte

Better Bod Bronze & Contour

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water resistance

water resistant

easy to use and water proof

- Tartecosmetics User

also it's really water resistant which is awesome

- Sephora User


blends well

it's so creamy, easy to blend and makes me look ten pounds thinner

- Sephora User

does not streak and doesn't turn your skin orange

- Sephora User

staying power


i love this product one of my favorites from tarte, you get instant color and it’s great because the color looks natural, lasts several days

- Tartecosmetics User

it looks very natural on my nc15ish skin, blends well with the included mitt, and it stays put

- Sephora User
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Sephora userJune 22, 2016


To begin with, always exfoliate before putting this on so it absorbs into your skin and stays on. It dries fast, much like lotion, it also hydrates your skin. It is matte medium brown color and definitely buildable. It is waterproof and does not streak at all because it is a body bronzer, not a self-tanner. It comes off easily with a shower and soap. This looks so natural its amazing. It is easily applied and blendable. I will definitely buy this again, it matches every skin tone. 

- Sephora
Sephora userAugust 22, 2019


This is definitely more of a body makeup than a self tanner.. BUT it is amazing. It is incredibly blendable, buildable, and the matte finish is so much more natural than if there were shimmer in it. I find that when given enough time to set in, this product doesn’t transfer that much, however some transfer can always be expected with these types of products I find. I’ve never once had a problem washing this out of clothes so I’m fine with it. Also! This stays on pretty well in the water if it isn’t rubbed, so I’ve worn it to the beach and pool as well. This is a summer necessity for me! 

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Sephora userMay 26, 2019

great alternative to self-tanner for pale people

I wasn’t expecting much when I bought this, to be honest, but I’m so impressed I feel compelled to spread the word. I’m fair, always burn, and don’t particularly like fake tanning (whether I DIY or get a spray tan). I bought this last minute to try and not look so pale for a concert and it totally delivered. It looks very natural on my NC15ish skin, blends well with the included mitt, and it STAYS PUT. I live in the southern US, so sweating and humidity are unavoidable - and once this dries down, it doesn’t move. It’s matte, so it looks really seamless on the skin. I applied some highlighter on top of certain areas, and it didn’t rub off or start mixing weirdly. I fell asleep without showering and it didn’t rub off on my sheets or really fade noticeably at all. I did moisturize with a lightweight lotion before, and I think it works best if your lotion is completely absorbed - like 30 minutes to an hour before, at least. Less

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Sephora userJuly 18, 2017

Best Self-Tanner I've Ever Use!!

I have a skin condition called Vitiligo. For those who don't know what this is, it's a loss of pigment in your skin...in spots! So you skin tans in some places & is white in other places! It's horrible and looks freaky people stair at you & ask idiotic questions plus some rude people point at you!I have tried many-many self tanners and none have covered my white patches or if they did cover my skin still did not match! With this tanner, it covered everything evenly, absolutely no streaks at all! It covered everything and my skin matches everywhere ! I never put it on thick, I have not needed to. I wear rubber gloves, I think the Mitt is a little unsanitary. I use about what amounts to, a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per area I apply it to & it goes on & covers perfectly! No streaks at all. Yes, some of it does come off in the shower but never had all of it come off me. I use it for 3 days in a row then 4 days off! I use a very good moisturizer every night that I do not use the tanner. I don't use a moisturizer with the tanner because it renders the tanner almost useless! Nothing should interfere with the tanning lotion. Using less is best. If you use to much you are wasting the product and if it all comes off you either have to much moisturizer on or you have not exfoliated your skin enough. Your doing something wrong. If you have really pale skin you need to give it a few days of applying it before you give up on it! Naturally if your really pale, it's going to take several applications to get even the least bit tan from it! Its kinda like dyeing white cake icing red...you have to keep adding the red food coloring or all you end up with is pink! So reapplying every day for 4 or 5 days is necessary! It also helps to use it at night before bed! I do & I wait till I'm dry before going to bed & I sleep with a very large beach towel under me so nothing gets on my sheets & so far I have not ruined sheets & if I get a spot or two on the top sheet, it always comes out in the wash!This great Brilliance Plus also had no bad odor! My husband can't smell it at all & he is very sensitive to fragrances of any kind. I also cannot smell any bad odors & this is great because the tanners that really stink give me migraine headaches! So I have absolutely no problems with this self tanner! It really covers every inch with no streaks at all and no order at all! It doesn't clog pores or cause skin breakouts!I am so pleased with this product that I'm going to buy another tube to use through the Winter months! I would really stock up on it but I'm worried it will spoil as some tanners I have used did! After a while they turn Green & if you get this on your skin while it's green, it won't come off! No matter what you do to try & get it off...it has to wear off! That's why I wish there are expiration dates on the tubes !I love this tanning product & will use it for as long as it's available! If it didn't work for you, I would suggest trying it again but this time use it daily for at least 3 days & 4 or 5 days in a row if you have pale skin! It's so worth it! No more stairs or people pointing at me or idiotic questions! You can't even tell I have Vitiligo! Less

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tartecosmetics.com userJuly 5, 2018


I love Tarte's other product, the Brazilliance. I saw this one and that it was waterproof, so I thought I would try it. I am a bit confused. It doesn't apply as easily as the other one and seems to wipe off as I apply. My husband and son, 12, both commented that my color was not right. Son said I was orange. The next day I showered and was shocked at the amount of product that was coming off me. As I reached for soap and shampoo I was leaving brown all over the shower and shelving. I thought it was waterproof??? I didn't like the looks of it on my legs after the shower. It seemed to suck into the pores and I looked spotted. I love the Brazilliance so I will stick with that one for sure. 

- tartecosmetics.com


Overall safe Ingredients

PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethiconehazard
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PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethiconehazard
Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethiconehazard

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