“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Bronzing Powder / Suitable for: Body „
I don't often buy celebrity ranges when it comes to make up and skincare, normally the celebrities that choose to launch such ranges are famous for their acting or singing abilities and not their knowledge of the beauty world. It seems that Tess Daly is just one of the latest ones having succumbed to the retailing world after her ongoing success on Strictly Come Dancing. However when I saw hey new range in Marks and Spencer before Christmas I decided to give it a try, largely because I quite like and respect Tess Daly. The range was launched in autumn 2009 in larger Marks and Spencer stores and has been very successful according to their reports. Tess Daly was reported to advertise her range as, "My time as a model taught me every trick in the book for high glamour flawless looks and TV cameras never lie, but the right products can help you to stay camera perfect throughout! For me the ultimate quick fix is all about getting a shimmer and a glow to my skin." The range currently consists of quite a small number of products including the Daly Body Face Balm (£9.50), the Daly Body Glow (£9.50), the Daly Face Bronzer (£9.50) and the Daly Sun Kissed Body Gift Set (15.00). Altogether there are about ten products in the range although I imagine the range will grow with time. The product I tried was the Daly Body Skin Shimmer which is priced at £12.00 for 100ml which does seem to be quite expensive considering how much you can buy similar products for at Boots and other supermarkets. The product comes in a tall and thin bottle which is clear in colour meaning you can see the golden shimmer colour of the product inside. It has a silver mirrored cube style lid which provides easy access to the product. The bottle has "Daly Skin Shimmer" written on it in a very light golden colour and it also informs you that it's a golden body oil spray with a sensual scent. The back of the bottle contains further information. The product is dispensed through the spray top on the bottle and you basically apply it as you would hair spray or any other spray style canister. It's recommended that you hold the bottle about twenty centimetres from your skin and then spray it evenly over the area, ensuring that you cover all areas. I then tend to rub it in very gently where it's needed to ensure that the application is even. There's a lovely scent to this product which means I often avoid wearing perfume with it, it's described by Tess Daly as a "sensual warm, heady scent that blends opulent tuberose with jasmine, osmanthus and spicy nuances layered upon a sweet vanilla base." The spray is incredibly easy to apply and dries almost instantly leaving my skin feeling non greasy, scented and soft. As for the shimmer effect well I was immensely disappointed, I'm not quite sure what I was expecting as I knew it wasn't a fake tan product but I think I was expecting it to tan my skin slightly and leave it golden and shimmering. Instead it left my skin looking as pale as it was before the application and with very little shimmer, in the light it looked like I had an uneven spread of golden glitter over my arms and chest area almost! It gives a really subtle shimmer to your skin and I personally was expecting something more noticeable. The only other negative is that the glitter and the oil will separate in the bottle so be prepared to give it a good shake before, otherwise you'll find you don't get an even mixture of the two when they're dispensed. It also says it's not recommended for use on the facial area so I ended up with glimmering arms, neck and shoulders but a face that was lacking in glimmer! I personally won't be buying this product again, it's overpriced for what it actually does and the amount that you get and I really wasn't impressed with the effect it gave either. Sadly Tess Daly has proved me right with this product... celebrities and beauty ranges are a bad idea! Thanks for reading.