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I was recommended to try this brand and this bronzer by a friend of mine who works in a tanning salon, purely because I was asking her which bronzing powder would not only look good on my skin but do good on my skin, as the one I had been using was very drying and prone to sitting in patches - a tell tale sign of the powder wearers! I had never heard of the brand CT or California Tan before as I'm not really one for the bronzed look, but recently I have been giving it a go. They have a great online store that sells a lot of tanning products including tan extenders and SPF of all factors, so I would recommend checking them out. I decided on trying the California Tan Bronzing Powder as the benefits of it sounded too good not to.
This is a mineral infused bronzer that means you will 'experience a weightless and soft touch application' according to their website. They go on to say that it will hydrate and soothe your skin down to the 'Cucumber Extract' which is known for being a very relaxing ingredient (think of the times when you've had a face mask and two random slices of cucumber on your eye lids!) - This is a similar thing. It also claims that it will deliver colour to the areas that are 'prone to fading' such as your face and neck and (to my surprise) hands and feet!
Personally I would only use this on my face to highlight and sculpt, but if you want to touch up your fake tan on your body then you can use this for that purpose as well. It will also 'camouflage unwanted tan lines' and reduce redness caused by sun burn - this was starting to sound like a dream come true in a compact! I hate it when I end up getting a sunburnt nose or cheekbones so this would come in handy for concealing that! It contains a 'Peppermint Extract' and we all know that peppermint is a very refreshing ingredient with conditioning properties for your skin, teamed with the cucumber will refresh and moisturise your skin whilst adding a beautiful radiant glow.
The packaging is very modern and trendy but also very simple. It comes in a white, cardboard, square box that has a large, glossy, fuchsia pink letter C and T arranged with one on top of the other. At the top in bold black lettering is the brand name California Tan and across the middle is the words Bronzing Powder. On the back are the ingredients and a little about the product (which I wrote about earlier.) overall it looks very simplistic but also catches your eye as it is not too fussy but not to unadorned. Once you open up the box, you see your compact which is coloured in a wonderful deep mahogany brown with a wave of a lighter bronze across the middle, under the brand name once more. Again it's very simple and looks quite high end and classic. It's made from a sturdy and strong plastic which I find it a great advantage, especially for those blonde moments!
I ordered this online as it is an online stores, I don't know whether it was just me but I could only find this one shade - I had a look around on a few other sites and they all had this particular one. So I think it is a 'one size fits all' kind of thing. I don't really like this concept and think that they should introduce a few more shades, however I think it can work for everyone if you know how to use your brush properly! You see if you have lighter skin like me then you will apply this very, very lightly and in soft and gentle strokes. If you have a medium complexion then you will apply lightly and gradually build it up to the correct shade you desire. And if you have a darker skin tone then you will build it up slightly more to get to your perfect shade!
The colour itself is what I would describe as a typical bronzer shade - a medium dark brown, with a lot of burgundy, gold and even yellow undertones running through it. There is quite a bit of shimmer, but not too much so I think it gives a natural glow when the light hits you. I like to apply this just to my cheeks; however I have used it on my legs when I had some annoying tan streaks and it stayed put and didn't rub off or fade. After using this for a while on my face, I then decided to transfer this to a body bronzer as it was a little too dark for my complexion but using on my body really made all the difference. Whenever I put tan on and find that there is a patch or a streak I just reach for this and its gone!
I purchased this for £20 from a website called look fantastic, however you can purchase from an array of online stores as well as eBay and Amazon. The price differs depending on where you choose to buy, however the cheapest I have found it id £14 (gutted after I have paid the extra out or it!) I would recommend this as a body bronzer especially if you wear fake tan but don't like getting the tell tale streaks!
About California Tan
California Tan was founded in 1987 in Los Angeles. They developed fake tan products on what the beauties on the LA beaches wanted. They originally started with tanning accelerators then got onto the market of sunless tanning products and they have now also created a range of make up and accesories to help enhance your tan. They are one of the leading companies in sunless tanning products and I will always feel confident using them.
California Tan Bronzer
California Tan Bronzer is a facial and body bronzer that works with your natural complexion to give you a flawless glow. This bronzer was designed specially for those who prefer not to tan the facial area but is now used by those who do and just want to use this as a standard facial bronzer.
Use & Effects
To use, you should use a bronzer brush and apply on it's own or over foundation. To apply dust the bronzer brush into the pot and tap off any excess then lightly buff onto your skin, concentrating on the apple of your cheeks, nose and forehead - all areas where a natural tan is more obvious. It is best to apply a small amount and then apply more if necessary rather than apply too much. In the day I would just apply this to the apple of my cheeks to give my face some colour and in the evening I tend to apply as an all over face colour as it provides a fuller, deeper coverage ontop of my foundation. You can use it ontop of foundation or even alone to give your complexion a boost and light coverage.
California Tan Bronzer is designed to conceal tan lines, so if you have these, you can just dust it over these areas and it conceals them well. If you are very tanned and the tan lines are very white, the tan lines will still be paler but a lot less noticeable. It also conceals any reddness you may have, including sunburn. The brown tint counteracts the reddness and disguises it. I have red cheeks so I always use bronzer on my cheeks to counteract the reddness whilst still ensuring I have a healthy glow to my face.
The bronzer comes in a pot very similar to a compact powder. The bronzer comes in a compacted powder form and with use gently loosens onto your brush, to ensure you apply the right amount and not too much. It is a lovely golden brown colour with hints of glimmer in. The glimmer doesn't look too much, or like you're trying to look too young, it just highlights your skin and captures the light producing a beautiful healthy and natural looking glow.
California Tan Bronzer really makes a difference to the colour of your skin, you only need a small amout and it perfectly highlights your good features on your face, giving you a natural glow. It makes your skin look so radiant and healthy yet so natural. It doesn't cling to your skin and look cakey, flakey or even streaky, instead it looks even, smooth and natural. You don't end up with a line between your face and neck like you do with a lot of make ups, providing more reason for this bronzer to look so natural on your skin. It also does not transfer onto clothes, so you don't have to worry about transferring it onto your boyfriends clothes! The bronzer doesn't make your skin feel dry or tight and as it is a powder it is great if you have oily skin as it absorbs some of the oily residue and doesn't just stick to it.
This bronzer is suitable for all skin types - oily, dry, combination and sensitive as it has factors to suit all those skin types. As it is in a powder form it is great for oily skin, as it absorbs the excess oil without it showing, sticking and looking cakey on your skin. If your skin gets oily whilst on, you can just buff over and it absorbs the oil. The bronzer is a light weight powder, which doesn't cling to your skin and doesn't highlight any dry patches, it glides over these areas and makes your skin look even and fresh. It doesn't contain a lot of the nasty ingredients that some make up contains and it is doesn't irriate my sensitive skin. I suffer from ecezma on my face and California Tan Bronzer doesn't stick to it and doesn't irritate or swell it up. It also is fantastic for covering up any marks on your skin and patches of ecezma and such things, it doesn't cling to it and perfectly masks any marks, covering them up without you being able to see the make up on it.
California Tan Bronzer lasts on your skin all day long without the need to retouch it up, I do however if I am going out reapply it so I have a darker, more enhanced look for the evening. It is easy to remove - you can use cleanser, make up remover or facial wipes.
I find a pot of this will last me about a year with daily use so for the price it isn't actually too bad. The pot remains clean throughout the year without having to clean it. The only problem is that if you drop it the compacted powder can crack and then you are left with lots of small pieces, and as it has a plastic cover, that can also crack, if both of these break, you will probably end up having to throw it away otherwise it will get everywhere.
Price & Availability
California Tan Bronzer will cost you £19.99 for a 10g compact powder pot. It can be purchased from any salon that provides California Tan treatments and also from www.lookfantastic.com. You will be looking to pay the RRP of £19.99 at most places, I haven't seen it cheaper.
This is a brilliant bronzer, I would recommend to anyone, especially for people who love to tan but are uneasy about tanning their face. It is easy to use and lasts a long time and leaves you with a flawless, natural looking glow that enhances your complexion.
Give your face a sun-kissed glow /