NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiance [Medium to Dark Skin]

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses:Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea’s product selection is the weakest (which isn’t saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

Inmid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit

Sun Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner and Body Lotion

I am a newbie to self-tanning products. I wanted to start with something more forgiving and easy to work with, so I chose a gradual tanner. I read reviews on popular, inexpensive D/S self-tanning products – Jergen’s Natural Glow, L’Oreal Sublime, Almay Healthy Glow and Neutrogena Build a Tan. I did not like some of the reviews that stated the other products left a glittery, shimmery glow, or would rub off on clothing, shoes, or turned orange if used too much. This product seemed the best for a basic tanner than builds over days and doesn’t rub off, color material, but only skin. For reference, I am pale with no sun on legs, abdomen or back for years, but I have freckles and slight coloring on my arms and chest. I used it for 3 days in a row. First application after a shower when my skin was completely dry, I saw an immediate bronzing effect that developed over the course of a few hours. One application is great for someone who only wants a tint, hint of color to cover blinding white legs (like I had). Color was even, golden, not remotely orange, and I was able to buff out areas such as the top of my foot so that there was not a hard line of color then white again where the bottom of my feet begin. I put less product in this area and used a cotton pad to gently buff it in circular motions. Second application the next day looked even deeper, natural and glowing, but not artificially so. 3rd day I could see areas on my hands and between toes where the lotion pooled and left darker marks than the surrounding treated skin. I waited to see how long the color would last and 80% was gone in about 4 days. I then reapplied for 2 consecutive days and waited two days off, then 2 consecutive days again. This is what works for me. EDIT: Came back to add that this formula has silicones, so like any other ‘coney body product that I’ve used, it feels great for a day, but over the course of a week, it makes my skin dry and ashy. I have been using a good body cream on days I don’t use this to compensate.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner Review

Product Name: Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner

Overall Rating:

Product Type: Lotion

Size: 8.4 oz.

Price: $9.00

Cost Per Ounce: $1.07 per ounce

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Top 10 Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), C13 16 Isoparaffin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Acrylate Acryoldimethyltaurate

Overall Opinion:

Nivea Sun-Kissed is a gradual tanner and daily moisturizer. It’s cheap price is the most enticing aspect of this self tanner. For those who are looking for a subtle glow that develops throughout the week, then this product might be okay for you.

But, if you’re looking for a self tanner that makes you look like you spent the weekend in the Bahamas, Nivea Sun-Kissed is NOT for you.

Its affordable price isn’t the only thing we liked about Nivea Sun-Kissed. The smell of the lotion pre-application is actually quite lovely. It applies smooth and even onto your skin and doesn’t leave your hands with left over color in the creases (I hate when that happens).

I would recommend this product to my Grandmother, and her friends who can’t spend long periods of time in the sun but want a little bit of color during the summer.

However, the smell of the lotion begins to turn from lovely into a not-so-lovely DHA odor over time. The color is not instant, in fact it takes a full 5 days of application to notice any significant change in color.

But I must say….

Nivea Sun-Kissed, for the most part, works how it says it does. A gradual tanner that builds to a subtle tan at its max strength on the fifth day of application. But, the color on the fifth day was disappointing, especially when you don’t have 5 days to wait for results.

Detailed Opinion:

Look and Feel

Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner is a light brown colored lotion. It rubs in very evenly and a little goes a long way.


Nivea Sun-Kissed instructions are to apply liberally, evenly smoothing onto your skin. In 5 days the color will reach its maximum potential (which isn’t very dark with this product).

I put Nivea Sun-Kissed on every day after I showered for 5 days. There is no guide or noticeable color change when applying the lotion. It did not leave any brown tanning in the creases of my hands either. There is a little glitter in the lotion (not much) that leaves the impression of a natural glow.

Drying Time

Nivea Sun-Kissed dries like any other lotion. After rubbing the self tanner in, my skin felt damp for about 5 minutes. Within 10 minutes I felt it safe to put clothes on.

Smell (Before Application)

Pre-application (right out of the bottle) Nivea Sun-Kissed smells really good. It has a citrus smell with a hint of vanilla and coconut. I really enjoyed the smell this self tanner gave off for the next 6 hours after application.

Smell (After Several Hours And The Next Day)

Within 6-12 hours after applying Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner I noticed a gradual change in smell of my skin. By the end of the day (12 hours later) I felt like I wreaked of DHA odor…..and you know it’s bad when you can smell yourself 🙁

After I showered, however, the smell was gone. But, then it started all over again because you have to use it every day…. I felt like I was in the movie Groundhog Day.

Color Produced

There is no initial color change when first applying Nivea Sun-Kissed. In fact, it wasn’t until about the third day of applying the lotion that I actually saw any difference in my skin color. There’s a shimmer/sparkle that is subtle in the lotion which gives your skin the “natural glow” look.

How Long It Lasts

Nivea Sun-Kissed is meant to be applied every single day and take the place of your daily moisturizer. If you follow the instructions of daily application then your “natural glow” will last as long as your bottle does. If you are inconsistent with the product then you won’t see any real changes in color, especially after you shower.

OK For Men?

I wouldn’t recommend Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner for men. The pre-application smell is a bit girly at first until the DHA smell takes over (and that doesn’t smell good on anyone, I don’t care how cute you are).


$9.00 for an 8.4 0z bottle. So it will cost you about $1.07 per ounce. This is one of the cheaper self tanning products that we’ve reviewed. However, because this product is to be applied every single day, it won’t last you as long as instant as other, higher quality self tanning lotions.

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Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner: Summary

Factor Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner
Overall Rating
Look and Feel Light brown colored lotion; soft and smooth
Application Apply daily; color develops within 5 days
Drying Time Like most lotions, within 10 minutes
Smell (Before) A light citrus smell with a hint of vanilla and coconut
Smell (After) Within 6-12 hours the DHA smell is strong
Color Produced Subtle, more of a glow than an actual tan
How Long It Lasts If applied every day it will last as long as the bottle does
OK For Men? No, the smell and shimmer/sparkle might be a turn off
Price $9 or $1.07 per ounce, very inexpensive!
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