“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Leg & Body / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I do frequently use Montagne Jeunesse (the Mountain of Youth?) face scrub or face packs but I was not aware of this 'Party Shimmer' sachet until I was browsing the sale aisle in my local chemist and saw sachets for 29p (reduced from £1.19 each) so I decided to give it a try.
When I went for a short break, I packed this in place of body lotion to save on packing space in my overnight bag and I applied about 1/3 of the 17ml sachet for one application. The first thing that struck me with this was the sheer glitteryness (for want of a better word) . Also the colour- I expected this to just be a shimmery body lotion- but I had to stop and check the pack mid-application as it seemed to be leaving a visible colour on my legs and I am super pale so did not want to just have unusually brown legs on my weekend break!
After checking I had not missed that this was a leg makeup/ fake tan style product (it isn't it is just a shimmer lotion)- I persevered and overall I would describe this as having a tinted moisturiser effect on your legs. I found this a bit of a hassle to apply as it was leaving an obvious colour on my milky pale legs upon application, so I had to stand in natural light and make sure the product was well rubbed in and there were no streaky areas.
With the extra rubbing in- I noticed the product rubbing off and beading (as if rubbing off a peel off face pack- that sort of bitty effect). So I had to decide whether to persevere or wash it off. I had a 'i've started, so i'll finish' attitude to this as I thought just rubbing it in as best I could and wearing jeans was the way to go.
The front of the pack is mainly in french, except for the "Sparkling Leg & Body Moisturiser" description. The ingredients and amusing "DO NOT EAT' instruction are listed in English on the back of the sachet. The product carries the BUAV not tested on animals symbol and it smells like peach.
I would only recommend this to people who have super super smooth fake tanned (or tanned) skin in the first place. I was left with streaks and parts where the lotion had rubbed off and tinted glittery hands. It took longer to apply than expected and I had to ensure I let the product soak in before I applied my clothes as I had the impression this would leave a mark on any clothing that came in contact with it.
For the £1.19 a sachet, it is the sort of treat product you would buy and leave in your bathroom cupboard to use when you were getting ready for a night out etc., Personally, I will not be buying this again as it does not suit my skin colour. But, if skin shimmer lotions are your thing and you are tanned, I'd say this is a good buy for you.
I've seen the Montagne Jeunesse range of products, with their brightly coloured sachets, in several stores before and have read many positive reviews. I saw a deal on Living Social for a basket of Montagne Jeunesse goodies at a reduced price. It sounded like a bargain, so I purchased one and got an exciting mix of stuff. Among the products was a sachet of this Party Shimmer Leg & Body Moisturiser.
The product is designed to add a little shimmer and sparkle to skin while moisturising at the same time. It contains Star Flower Oil for a natural shimmer, and Vitamins A and E to soften and condition skin. Montagne Jeunesse products are not tested on animals and carry the BUAV Approved bunny logo. The brightly coloured sachet shows a picture of a woman with her legs in the air, presumably showing off the product. To use, simply tear open the sachet and apply the product onto the skin.
I decided to use it on my legs, in the hope that it would brighten up my pasty white skin. I squeezed a little of the product onto my hand and massaged it over my legs. The moisturiser had a lovely fresh citrus scent and it went onto the skin easily, not being either too runny or too thick. The colour of the product was a pale shimmery pink. It reminded me strongly of the Soap & Glory Glow Lotion, which is designed for the same purpose: in fact, both products are extremely similar and it's really only the packaging and the scent that are different.
I was very impressed with this product once applied. My skin had a light shimmer that wasn't over the top but which looked appealing and relatively natural. It also felt soft and looked in good condition; the colour of the product blended well on my pale skin. I was going to my cousin's wedding the first time I used the product, and I felt happy not wearing tights with my dress as this product was brightening up my legs.
The colour didn't come off my legs, onto my dress or anything else - I went straight to bed after coming home, and the product didn't transfer onto the sheets. This is good to know as the last thing you want when you're all dressed up is to be covered in shimmery body lotion! However, it washed off easily enough in the shower.
You get quite a lot of product in one sachet: after one use I had enough left to fit in a contact lens case. This has proved very handy when I go away, as the case can be easily transported and doesn't unscrew. The product hasn't been affected by no longer being sealed in the sachet, and the colour, consistency and scent have remained the same.
The sachet costs only £1.09 which is pretty bargainous for such a good product. I do think that the Soap & Glory equivalent, while more expensive, is better value as you get a great deal more, but this version is ideal for travelling.
I would buy this again, but only for travelling purposes - as mentioned above, the Soap & Glory one works out better value for every day, and is just as good a product, but this Montagne Jeunesse version has the edge in terms of portability (so long as you have a suitable container to put it in!).
Montagne Jeunesse products are made in the UK and they can be bought from places like Boots, Superdrug, Savers and Amazon (where you can currently buy 6 sachets for a fiver). Normally they are priced at £1 or less which makes them good value for money, particularly when each sachet can normally be used at least twice. You can find out more at www.montagnejeunesse.com.