A natural bronzed look is something many of us aspire to throughout the summer, and thanks to the countless self-tanners there are now on the market, you can do it right from your home; with the choice to find a tan that works for you. Over many years, I’ve tried various fake tans – some I’ve loved, some I’ve absolutely hated, and while I’m not a regular tanner, I like to use it in the summer months when I’m going to be having more of my flesh on show. I’ve come to realise that I’m definitely in favour of gradual tans that come in the form of a 2-in-1 moisturiser, as oppose to your weekly tan with a mitt. I just love the convenience of getting a little bit of colour, whilst moisturising my body, as well as the fact that the colour comes in a much more subtle and build-able form, which is perfect for me as a fair-skinned, un-regular tanner. Recently I’ve been using the L’oreal sublime bronze summer glow lotion, a gradual tan for daily use that I’ve come to love.
Price – The first big positive to note about this product is the price. At only £4.99 it was definitely ending up in my basket. Prior to trying this I was using, and loving the Bondi Sands gradual tanning milk, and instead of repurchasing, I thought I’d give a more affordable alternative a try.
Application – The application couldn’t be simpler. You just simply apply this as you would a moisturiser, it doesn’t look nor feels any different. It dries reasonably quickly which is something I always look for, as I like my tanning process to be as quick and simple as possible – just a matter of a few minutes before I was fine to go ahead and get dressed. Also, it does a good job at serving its other purpose of acing as a daily moisturiser, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. What I love most about gradual tans that apply just like a moisturiser, is there’s no need to use a tanning mitt. As long as you make sure you give your hands a good wash after you’ve finished applying, you’ll be more than fine just applying with your hands.
Smell – At first, when applying this tan smells amazing, it has a strong, lovely scent. After a few hours, this wears down and while it doesn’t disappear, it’s definitely not as prevalent. That typical biscuity smell of fake tan does come through a hint, but it’s definitely nothing overpowering – and I was still good to wear this through the day without it being noticeable. It’s a big requirement for my tan to not have that strong biscuit smell, but this is nothing to worry about as there’s just a slight hint of it.
Results – I’m really happy with the results of this. It does what it says on the tin, it gradually builds up a subtle, natural looking bronzed look. I’ve not experienced any streaks, or dodgy patches – which of course is helped by ensuring you rub it well into your skin, and pre-moisturising any dry patches of skin. If you’re looking for an intense bronzed result, this isn’t the tan for you. But, if like me, you want something subtle, natural and convenient at an affordable price, the chances are this is a good choice for you.
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