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Garnier Summerface 12hr Moisturising Cream

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Brand: Garnier / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Face Cream / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Moisturizes,

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      10.06.2013 09:52
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      Garnier summer face

      I have quite fair skin and blond hair but I love the look of tanned skin and so am a bit of a sun worshiper. However, in this country we are not blessed with many days of sun and so I usually have to fake it.

      I am not someone who uses sun beds or goes for spray tans, I think I look better just lightly sun kissed and not tangoed so for quite a few years now I have been using Garnier Summerbody gradual tan moisturising cream. This works really well on my skin and I always apply it to my face too as up until recently I was unaware that Garnier actually produced a self tanner specifically for the face. However, I recently discovered Garnier Summerface and I'm glad I did as this lotion is specifically designed just for the face and I can get really nice results with this cream.

      I think my face looks so much healthier with a bit of colour, my eyes seem to sparkle a bit more and I don't need to wear as much make up to look as good as I normally do and this cream provides my face with just enough tan to make it look natural but striking, with friends and family often asking me if I have caught a bit of sun and not thinking it has come out of a bottle.

      According to the tube, "Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Face is a self-tanning cream for face which helps gradually create a natural-looking sun-kissed look. It is concentrated with natural apricot extracts to intensely moisturise and nourish your skin. It leaves your skin soft, smooth & luminous and it feels instantly more supple, softer and velvety.

      The cream is really easy to use. You are told to apply it to cleansed skin in light circular movements, avoiding the eyebrows and hairline and to wash your hands after application. I always wash my face so I have a nice clean base with no make up on. Then I squeeze just a dollop out onto my palm as I find this is all I need for my whole face. The cream is white and quite thick but it smoothes onto my face well. It soaks in well but I can feel it on my face for quite a while afterwards so I try not to rub my face, blow my nose or scratch, or literally do anything that might upset the evenness of the cream.

      For some reason it seems to work best over night, I don't know why this is, maybe because my skin has a chance to absorb the cream and is not having to deal with all the other things in the environment that may get to my skin.

      I definitely would agree to not get it in your hairline. I have done this before and it's like you put too much foundation on and there is a bit of a funny orange line in your hairline by its fairly easy to avoid this.

      The next day I have a nice glow to my face but nothing too artificial and when I wash my face it really feels nice and soft and as if I used a really nice expensive moisturiser on it. It acts as a perfect base for a bit of blush and some mascara and that's really all my face needs to look good.

      The smell is a bit potent. It has quite a strong apricot smell to it but not a nice fruity apricot smell, its a bit more chemically based but its not a bad smell in anyway and will fade after a few hours.

      You can get Summerface in two shades, deep or light sun kissed. As a fair skinned person I go for the light sun kissed variety and this definitely turns me dark enough.

      A tube costs in the £4 and if you are looking for something subtle but effective then I definitely recommend this to you.

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        07.11.2010 20:08
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        A gradual tanner that makes you spotty

        Wish I hadn't bothered with this one!

        I bought this because I love the body lotion and use it all the time and I really wanted my face to be the same colour as the rest of me! It only cost about £6 for 50ml which I thought was pretty good when I bought it although it's more expensive than the body lotion which obviously you get a lot more in!

        The tube is quite small so it's a nice size if you're going to be carrying it around with you as it won't take up much space in a handbag. The lid is a simple screw off one and you just squeeze the tube to get the cream out.

        The cream is thicker than the body lotion but it still feels light and smooth. It sinks in quickly but it leaves my skin feeling quite greasy afterwards. I don't think it moisturised my skin at all, just made it really greasy and shiny.

        The colour takes a few hours to show up and it's quite subtle but after using it a few times it went quite orangey which the body lotion did not do. I think this one definitely gives a more fake look and the colour didn't come out as even as the body one.

        After using it for a few days it started bringing me out in spots and my skin just felt awful. I do have oily, spot-prone skin anyway but I keep in under control with the products I use, and this just took me right back to feeling like a greasy spotty teenager! I stopped using it and thankfully the spots all disappeared within a few days.

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          26.04.2010 10:49
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          Gives a gradual, natural looking tan to the face.

          Catching my reflection in the mirror recenty I was shocked to see how pale I was looking. So white and pasty, infact, that I looked ill. The solution was to use this Garnier Skin Naturals Summerface. It' a facial tanner cleverly doubling up as a daily moisturising cream and it aims to give you a 'sun-kissed look' gradually.

          The product comes in a small 50ml tube. It doesn't look like you get much for your money's worth (it's around £5.99 per tube) but the cream is quite thin and a little bit goes a long way, so I expect this to last me for the rest of the summer. In any case, the product has a six month shelf life. Information about the product is printed on the back of the tube. The brand claim this cream will build up a "deep, even-looking tan" with each application. The end result on your skin is described as a "natural looking radiance".

          The facial tanner doubles up as a moisturising cream although it may not have all the benefits of your usual moisturiser. I tend to use a cream with a high SPF for instance. This product however does not protect from UV rays and therefore is unsuitable for use if you want to protect your face/neck area from high, hot sun. It does claim though, to give softening, moisturising effects for up to twelve hours, which is a bonus. It definately lives up to this claim and my skin feels soft and springy all day, even if I'm out in harsh weather.

          Directions for use state to apply this in place of your usual moisturiser and rub on gently using circular moitions. You should avoid any hairy areas like eyebrows and scalp area. You might also want to rub in a bit more on creased areas like the chin fold or around the nose contour. You need to wash your hands thoroughly after applying to avoid stains on your fingers and nails.

          Since I use a moisturiser as a make-up base I tried swapping this for my usual product. I was afraid that applying anything over the top of the cream, like loose powder, might make the tan blotchy or make it not develop at all. However I find that this works great as a make-up base moisturiser and applying any kind of powder or foundations over the top of it does not seem to affect how it works or the fake tanning process. It does not make the tan uneven. As for being a good moisturiser texture wise for applying make up I'd have to say it's not as good as my usual moisturiser. This is because this cream dries on the skin quite quickly so by the time I come around to say, using a concealer, that area of my skin has dried and the concealer does not go on as smoothly as I would like.

          The consistency of the cream is lovely as it's not too runny or too stiff. It actually seems to melt into your skin as soon as you touch it. It's a doodle to rub in and you don't have to tug at your skin or rub endlessly until it's absorbed. Basically, one swipe and it's done. The moisturiser has a pleasant smell with no hint of the horrible sharp and pungent fragrance that you might know (and hate) from body tanning lotions. This actually smells light and fruity, a bit like oranges, apricots and peaches.

          Once applied the moisturiser does not give an instant colour or tanned appearance - this develops over many hours. The cream is white not brown so you can't see how it is going to look once the tan has developed. Once applied the moisturiser leaves skin looking softer, healthier and shinier. You can most definately just use this as a stand alone cream without using any make-up although it has no magic effects like a mattifying cream. It's not overly shiny on skin either though. One problem with the moisturiser is that once you have established the tan it can sometimes be removed accidently. I used a toner product from Clinique and the tan colour came off imemdiately. Also watch out for things like eye make-up remover tonics as my Simple product took off the colour too. Exfoliation also obviously removes the top layer of skin and also the colour so if you have problem skin and need to exfoliate then this probably isn't a product for you.

          After my first application I could not see much of a change in my facial colouring but after several days the change was very obvious. The more you apply this the deeper the fake tan colour gets so you might want to leave a day or so between applications once you achieve your desired colour! The tan colour looks completely natural with no orangeness or gaudy tints that betray fake tans. It really does look like you've spent a lot of time outdoors as it's a toasty kind of brown that really lives up the brand's 'sun-kissed' promise.

          I really like this moisturiser and I'm very pleased with the tanning result on my face and neck area. It's sometimes a worry with these kind of products over whether they will work okay or whether I'll end up like an oompa-loompa orange face. I can say to anyone with these similar concerns though that you can definately trust this Garnier product! The moisturiser provides a gradual change and this allows you a lot of control over how much colour you want.

          I do not currently use this outdoors when it's very sunny simply because it has no protection against UV rays and therefore I worry my skin might be exposed to dangerous rays, become damaged and take on signs of ageing. It's fine for use on overcast days though and I also love using this at night so I can wake up in the morning looking like I've just been abroad!

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            14.04.2010 16:01

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            I've been using Garnier Summerface for quite some time now and I find itbrilliant! I use my ordinary facial moisturiser first and then use Summerface.I have fair skin and the gradual build up of colour is really good. Lots of people ask me if I've been on holiday abroad!I would certainly recommend it to others.

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            08.01.2010 21:32
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            Use at your own risk!

            For those of you that have read some of my reviews, you'll have noticed that I experiment quite a lot with tanning products; my most recent purchase being Garnier Summerface moisturiser. Now, experience should have taught me that Garnier products do not always agree with my somewhat sensitive skin. However I saw the advertising on TV and yes, got suckered in to giving it a go.

            The cream itself smells of apricots and hurrah not a single whiff of the nasty tanning ingredient that often smells of burnt biscuit! The consistency is quite runny, a little watery, and white in colour and upon application feels quite cooling.

            So far so good I thought, a couple of applications and I'll look like the bronzed beauty in the adverts. Oops, spoke to soon, approximately 5 minutes later my face began to heat up, in fact burn. I dashed to the bathroom and noticed my cheeks had turned bright red and i'd developed a raised rash, kind of like sun burn!? I was clearly having some sort of allergic reaction to the cream so immediately washed it off. Thankfully my skin settled down after a couple of hours, though it was left quite dry and a little sore until the following morning.

            Now I must point out, I DO have sensitive skin which occasionally reacts to things that are highly perfumed, however I do read the labels and this product claims to be dermatologic ally tested which basically means it has been tested on human skin and I tend to buy branded products.

            This cream enriched with apricot extract claims to intensely nourish and moisturise the skin whilst gradually building a light tan. Unfortunately for me it didn't work and was consequently a waste of £5.99.

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              28.09.2009 00:43
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              A great product that helps give the face a natural glow

              I was always paranoid about putting a tanning product on my face in case it goes wrong and then theres no hiding it! Though with this product there is no need to worry. I have had no streaks after application and it has given my face a real glow. I only need to apply it once to see the results, which are very natural and make me look healthier! I would not recommend using it too regularly as it may not blend with your natural tones well, making it appear fake. I use it once every two days and really notice a difference. It mosturises well also. I suffer from dry skin and this helps make my skin feel smooth. Unless you are extremely fair skinned then I would suggest using the darker tone (medium/ dark) otherwise you will probably not see a result, though I realise the effect will be different for everyone.

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              19.07.2009 22:52
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              I wouldn't recommend it or buy it again.

              After having tried Garnier summerbody and finding it to be of pretty good quality, I decided to give 'summerface' a go. Its normally priced at £5.99 for 50ml in Boots but I bought it on an introductory offer in Tesco for about £2.49.

              Its a 'gradual' tanning face moisturizer that developes over 12 hours. It comes in two shades, one for light sun-kissed skin and another for medium sun-kissed skin. I bought the light one as I was nervous about using a tanning product on my face incase it went wrong. I thought that maybe I should I have chosen the darker one as the result was barely noticeable, but since reading other product reviews for the darker one its seems other people have found that to be no better!

              It promises to give you a ' natural looking radiance' and leave your skin supple and velvety. I must say I did see a noticeable improvement in my skins texture and suppleness. Its just a shame the colour wasn't strong enough. You are suppose to use it as a regular daily moisturizer but I wouldn't recommend this as it doesn't contain any SPF sun protection.

              Summerface comes in a golden sweezy tube and the cream is quite light on the skin as well as being easily absorbed. I personally really like the scent as its is sort of a fruity, floral summer scent. Unfortunately the scent does change after a few hours and you get a hint of that mouldy biscuit fake tan smell that most tanning products have, which is a shame.

              Having used both summerface and summerbody at the same time I have received many complains from my boyfriend about the 'mouldy biscuit smell'!! Which is not good, but I guess thats the price you pay for a fake tan!

              I wouldn't buy this product again or recommend it to anyone as it just doesn't do what its meant too. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it!

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                06.06.2009 23:55
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                Love it, Love it, Love it!

                I've been using this moisturiser for just over a week and I love it. It moisturises my face for 24 hours and doesn't leave you with that strange fake tan smell. Its a natural colour which is very subtle and builds gradually and feels really smooth and soft when absorbed. It cost £2.61 from Tesco for the light Tan colour.

                I only have one complaint with it and thats because it has no SPF factor unlike the Olay one I'd previously been using but I definately prefer the colour of this one.

                If you want to apply suncream to your face I'd leave it a few hours to dry or use this moisturiser the night before and put suncream on in the morning.

                You still need to be careful around your eyebrows amd mouth but as its more subtle than the Olay one I reviewed earlier you don't need to worry as much when applying it. You can just do your face and neck and still no streaks!

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                05.04.2009 23:05
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                Great if you don't mind the smell!

                I have never been a fan of tanning creams as they have a horrendous tendancy to leave me blotchy and streaky, but as the sun has shockingly decided to stick about recently, I thought it was time my pasty white face got some colour to match the weather. In the past I have simply used the body tanning creams on my face, but was always worried that it would block my pores, so, having always found Garnier products pretty good in the past, I decided to give this summerface moisturiser a go.

                **So what's it like?**
                Summerface comes in a 50ml bottle which costs £5.86 in boots, although Tesco currently have a half-price offer on which is what tempted me to buy it. With apricot extracts you are greeted by a lovely apricot scent as you apply it, and it feels light, non-greasy and soaks in right away. HOWEVER, sadly the nice smell is soon replaced by the horrible stale biscuity smell that all tanning products seem to have and which really puts me off using them.

                **Does it work?**
                Despite the typical nasty smell, I do prefer this product to many others on the market due to the fact that the tan builds up so gradually meaning no streaks or blotchyness. It's a natural looking 'sun-kissed look' as it says on the bottle, but might not be enough for those who are wanting to look really tanned, as it is rather subtle even when used twice a day. However, this is great for the paler skin like mine as there's no risk of looking orangey and 'fake'. What's more, a small amount will do the whole face so the bottle should last a while, and although it says to avoid the eyebrows and hairline, I haven't been particularly fussy and it hasn't left any orange patches which is great.

                **As a moisturiser?**
                The moisturising capacity of this cream is fantastic. I tend to have very dry skin and the only thing that really keeps it hydrated seems to be bio-oil. However, this 'summerface' has kept my skin moisturised for beyond the 12 hours that it claims, without feeling greasy or heavy.

                **Will I buy it again?**
                Well, if it wasn't for the nasty stale biscuit smell I would but at £5.86 for a small bottle that leaves you smelling of biscuit, it's not so appealing. However, if the smell doesn't bother you (it's no worse than any other self-tan cream I have tried) then this product is definitely worth a try, especially if you are prone to streaks or particularly fair. As a self-tan and as a moisturiser it gets top marks (although the tan might be too subtle for some), but I just can't seem to see past the smell.....

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                  10.11.2007 12:48
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                  I wouldn't bother with this one

                  INTRODUCTION

                  I have extremely pale skin so I sometimes use fake tan / daily moisturisers on my face and body to try and add some colour and glow to my pasty complexion. I have been using the body version of this moisturiser for about 3 months now and overall found it to be very good. So I decided to try the face version when it came out as you can't have a tanned body and a white face! The product promises to keep you skin moisturised for 12 hours, make it feel more 'supple, soft and velvety', and leave your skin 'looking beautifully sun-kissed'. If you apply it everyday it's meant to build a 'deep, even-looking tan'.

                  PRICE AND PACKAGING

                  The moisturiser comes in a squeezy bottle with a screw off top. It's nothing special really, the only thing I like about it is the golden yellow colour of it. The designs match the body moisturiser version.

                  The price is £5.99 for 50ml at Boots, which I find a bit bizarre as the 250ml body version is cheaper at £5.65!

                  APPLICATION AND PRODUCT

                  There are two versions of this product, one for pale skin and one for darker skin. Although I have pale skin, I bought the one for darker skin as a similar product I have used before didn't tan my skin at all! It says on the back of the moisturiser to apply the product in place of your normal moisturiser but I prefer to use a moisturiser first to provide an even base to start with. The moisturiser has a very strong smell that is quite off putting, it is a kind of apricot smell but also has the giveaway smell of fake tan. This is a shame as the body version is more subtle and quite nice. Although it is only a daily tan, make sure you wash your hands after applying as recommended, as it will leave you with orange fingers if you don't!

                  When I applied it to my skin I found it to be quite 'heavy', it seemed to take ages to soak in properly, and I found it made my skin feel greasy for a while afterwards. I didn't really notice that it had made my skin feel any softer as it had promised, however after one application my skin did look tanned and after two applications it was glowing. It does take quite a while for the colour to show up though, I didn't really notice it till about 10 hours after applying!

                  Whenever I exfoliate my skin it all comes off and you have to start again! Cleansing also makes it fade quite a lot sadly so it doesn't really last that long if you clean your face everyday (which is everyone, I hope)

                  OVERALL IMPRESSION

                  This product is ok for giving you a glow for a couple of days, although does wear off easily when you wash your face. If you want it to last you will need to apply it more than once a day. The product is expensive and the smell is horrid! For these reasons, I don't recommened this product and I will not be buying it again.

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                    30.05.2007 17:07
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                    Moisturiser with fake tan that left me seeing red

                    I bought the Garnier Summerface moisturiser after trying out their Summerskin body lotion, both of which are in the group of moisturisers with self tanner, designed to add a slower, more subtle fake tan than regular self tanners. I figured I should really put something on my face that was designed for it, as opposed to slapping on the body tanner which is what I (gasp horror!) normally do.

                    I remember when self tanners first came out, and the subsequent introduction of separate self tanners for the face. I remember thinking it was a wee bit of a scam, I mean I do try to take care of my skin with regular moisturisers and whatnot, but what difference would it really make in the grand scheme of things? I know every makeup counter assistant under the sun will give me hundreds of reasons why I need a special one for my face, but after my experience with this stuff I’m even more dubious.

                    As mentioned I had tried the Garnier Summer Body lotion, and indeed preferred it to the other main brands. It has a nice peachy smell and doesn’t smell nearly as much of old socks as some of them do! Also it didn’t streak on me at all. But we’re not reviewing that, I digress.

                    So impressed was I with that product, and also having tried other Garnier products and liked them, I figured I’d give the Summerface a go. Like the body lotion, I was initially impressed with the subtle golden sheen my pasty skin had taken on. I was off on holiday to Florida and did not want to stand out too much like a shiny white beacon amongst the tanned locals. I do like the shade it gives, much less orange than some others. It takes several hours to develop so do not expect an instant glow.

                    After I’d used it for a day or two, however, I noticed a quite horrendous eruption of spots had formed on my shiny golden forehead. Now, I’m not immune to an occasional spot, but I rarely if ever break out like this. They were concentrated to my forehead though so I wasn’t entirely sure if I was just getting extra sweaty in Florida (as you do) and that was causing the spots. I stopped using it immediately and resumed using the body stuff on my face (which I had been doing prior with NO reaction), and my skin took about a week to clear up.

                    I returned home to unsunny Scotland and abandoned the search for the perfect tan for awhile. Skinflint that I am, I didn’t throw out the Summerface; I figured I would give it a second chance to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke reaction. So when the sun began to appear in shockingly unseasonable weather, out came the tan creams. I applied the Summerface with some trepidation and waited. And for a day or so it seemed fine – but then sure enough, a couple of days after the initial application (having used it twice in two days), my forehead began to erupt like Vesuvius. Ah well, it did give me a flashback of teenage kicks, but other than that I wasn’t too impressed with being 30+ and covered in spots. There were rather a large number of angry, tiny spots clustered closely together on my forehead, which did have the appearance of some sort of reaction. It was identical to the prior one, which does make me think it’s a definite response to this cream and nothing else.

                    I don’t know why this would make me break out when the body stuff does not, or indeed any other Garnier moisturiser I have tried, but there you have it. I wouldn’t say my skin is particularly sensitive, mildly sensitive perhaps but generally I experiment with various different moisturisers without having any reaction. My skin is normal/combination and prone to the occasional spot however, so maybe this stuff would work better with a different skin type. I personally would not recommend it, though. It is described as a 12 hour moisturiser as well as a gradual self-tanner, although I wouldn’t say my skin felt adequately moisturised with this alone. Remember that this and many other self tanners do not contain sunscreen, just so you don’t end up looking like a blood orange!

                    Garnier places an emphasis on natural ingredients and generally I do like their line of skincare. Just be careful with this stuff, it certainly didn’t agree with my skin.

                    This retails at around £5.99 but is often on sale at Superdrug.

                    Apologies I don’t have an ingredients list as can’t find one online and chucked mine in the bin!

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                    12 hour daily moisturiser specially designed for the face with a hint of self-tan /