Famous Dave's Moisture Tan Dark with Bronzer - Review

Hi babes! I'm back again with a review on the Famous Dave's Moisture Tan in Dark! If you remember my last review on the Pro Series Nourishing Self Tanner Foam, I fell for this tanner HARD. It was absolutely amazing. Naturally, I tried the Moisture Tan in Dark with pretty high expectations! Let's check out how it measured up!

Famous Dave's Moisture Tan Dark with Bronzer

The Moisture Tan Dark with Bronzer is their best-selling "Moisture Tan formula" but kicked up a few notches for a darker overall tan. This formula includes instant bronzers (acting as a tan guard) to guide your way to perfection. This product is fragrance-free and paraben-free. This tanner also has Aloe Vera, Sesame and Jojoba to soften and moisturize your skin.

Famous Dave's Moisture Tan Dark with Bronzer

I always research before I even try out a product to see what past bloggers/customers ranted or raved about to make sure to focus on those points when reviewing. The two main complaints about this tanner was that it made you super orange and that the bottle arrived leaking.

Cleaned up but stained a little.

Upon arrival, I opened my package and noticed the tanner had leaked out of the bottle. Was it a little messy? Sure. But I just cleaned it right up and there was no harm done. So yes, my tanner leaked like many others did during shipping but no, I wasn't bothered by it. I read that a few contacted Dave and he offered them a new bottle and would talk to shipping. Personally, I don't think it's that huge of a deal and there was barely any product loss so I guess it's just up to the person receiving it.

The tanner's consistency is a nice, smooth light tan colored lotion. After exfoliating and all that jazz, I did notice that once applied and rubbed in, the light tan color in the lotion disappeared. I didn't notice any bronzers or any color whatsoever appearing on the skin to act as tan guard. Whomp whomp. Dry time was only a few minutes and I was able to pick my clothes on quickly and go about the rest of my day without this rubbing off on anything. I also want to note that sweet Moses! My skin felt SO soft and hydrated with this tanner on.

I read on the bottle that you should expect a nice tan within the 4 hour mark. Unfortunately, I didn't see much change at that time. My arm looked exactly like the "before" picture below so I didn't even bother taking another picture.


I ended up sleeping with the tanner on (usually how I do it anyway) and woke up with a nice light tan color. Emphasis on light. In comparison to the Pro Series Nourishing Self Tanner Foam, this is WAY lighter. With a name like Moisture Tan Dark, I expected a little bit darker of a tan so I felt a bit let down but I did read that this buildable so if you don't like the first layer of tan, you can apply as many times as you want to reach the color you'd like. Don't get me wrong, the light tan color was beautiful and natural-looking with absolutely no orange-yness in sight, I just expected a slightly darker color. This is definitely the most light tan I've ever received from a tanner. I'm interested to see if this is the dark formula what the regular formula looks like developed.

Pros:
- Dry time is fairly quick.
- Develops into a nice light, natural tan.
- Super duper moisturizing!
- Fragrance free.
- Buildable tan.

Cons:
- Slow develop time.
- No tan in 4 hours like promised on the bottle.
- No tan guard.
- Not dark like one would expect. 

I'm kind of up in the air on this tanner. On one hand, I expected a much darker developed tan but on the other, received a light (albeit very gorgeous and natural) tan instead. This is hands down, the lightest tan I've ever received from a self-tanner but the tan is buildable; I just assumed it'd be darker from the start. I think I could recommend this to my uber pale chickies without the fear it would turn them super orange or create an unnatural tan on them. Would I recommend purchasing it? Yes and no. No, if you're looking for a right-off-the-bat dark tan. Yes, if you're looking for something that looks natural. What do you think about this tan?

Famous Dave's: Buy | Price: $32

29 comments

  1. I would have expected a darker tan from that too!

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  2. I've never heard of this brand before. I would try it though!

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  3. I never fake tanned before but this is making me wanna do it ! Great review :) xx

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  4. The slow develop time would annoy me. I'm too impatient.

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  5. Nice review! Not a self tanning kind of person but great review nonetheless.

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  6. I'd skip it, but I don't like most self-tanners.

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  7. Interesting, but I don't do self-tanners. Whatever tan I get from running outside wearing SPF is enough for me

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  8. I don't do self tanners... but I expected this to be darker

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  9. There's a barbecue place around here called Famous Dave's.... so this throws me off :)

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  10. The result look pretty and natural :)

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  11. Hm.. I totally thought this would be darker on you!

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  12. This looks very natural. Self tanners really scare me, but this one I could see myself using because it does look more natural.

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  13. It gave your skin a good tint, but if I'm going to the trouble of applying the self tanner it better make me much darker than that.

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  14. I think it looks natural. To me it looks good. Famous Daves is a BBQ place in my area

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  15. I'm with you that if I'm going to invest in a tanning product and go through the process, well, I want a tanned look!!!

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  16. this is one of my fav self tanners! and p.s. i read your bio, I love pretty little liars too!!!

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  17. I would have expected a much darker tan, but this would actually work for me - I'm very pale, and a little afraid of self-tanners. I grew up in the era of orange self-tanners, and I never quite got over it!

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  18. I don't use self tanners, but I think this one looks very natural in your swatch.

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  19. Although it wasn't as dark as you expected, it gave your skin a really nice warm bronze!

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  20. I rarely self-tan but if I do, I want immediate results.

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  21. I like that it looks natural but I hate when they have slow develop time. I don't tan often, but when I do it better hurry up. lol

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  22. The color is incredibly natural - but the slow developing time would be a minus for me, too.

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  23. Famous Daves.... Is it like the same as restaurant? If it is what an odd product.

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  24. I really like how it's not orange and more on the natural size

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  25. while everyone is trying to get tanner for the summer, i'm trying to stay light! i tan so easily in the sun

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  26. Sounds good. Isn't Famous Daves a chain of restaurants too?

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