Hawaiian Tropic Island Glow Daily Moisturizer Review

Scratch the self-tanner reviews I did earlier becauseHawaiian Tropic Island Glow Daily Moisturizer ($6) completely blew everything else away! I bought this in Medium after reading some rave reviews online and I have been using this religiously for more than a week now.

Like Jergen Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, this is a self-tanning moisturizer. It is packed with vitamins A, C and E with a green tea fragrance. Even though it claims to keep skin moisturized for up to 12 hours, I do not find it very moisturizing – I still needed to put a lotion on top. When I first applied it onto my legs, it dried pretty fast and I could not detect any green tea smell but there was none of that typcial self-tanner smell either. However, after a few hours, my legs started smelling a little like self-tanner but it is so much more bearable compared to the Jergen’s. As for the color, my legs started getting darker by day three – no more pale pasty legs for me yay! Moreover, the color looked very realistic, it was a golden bronze and not orange nor streaky. I am going to try mixing this into my facial moisturizer to see if it’ll work on my face too. Will post an update in a bit.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hey I was thinking of purchasing this a while ago, but I got the Dove Energy Glow instead. It’s working really well for me, but I’m trying to find something darker. I was wondering if you had before & after pics? Thanks!

  2. Hello! I was thinking about purchasing this a while ago, but I got Dove Energy Glow instead. It’s working really well for me, but I’m looking for something slightly darker. I was wondering if you had before & after pictures? Thanks!

  3. I guess it depends no how tan you want your skin. I would say go for medium but if you just want a teeny bit of color, go with fair.

  4. by mistake i had bought the Banana Boat Everyday Glow Moisturizer by accident. i was wondering if this one is any good as the Island Glow one?

  5. i have VERY VERY pale skin. like a redhead with out the red hair. so i tryed the fair skin tones one. and after a week i didnt see a bit of color. today i bought the medium and im going to try it out tonight. every says that it will give more color in about 2 days so i hope it works…if anyone has any sudjestions please tell!!! thanks!

  6. awww. i dont think this is available in australia BUT i have heard great reviews for palmers self tanning lotions. apparently it smells really good too (like all other palmers stuff :D)

    – wai lam

  7. Hey, thanks for all the info you put up on the site, it’s great! I was wondering, what do the self-tanners smell like? I was thinking of getting jergens but recently read your reviews, thanks for that. I’ll deffinitely be getting something else!

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