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==17 Instant Glow Wash Off Self Tan Shimmer Pearls==
So its supposed to be summer and it's not really been the weather to get much of a proper tan so reaching for the self tanning products is a total must. Everyone looks better with a bit of a tan, fake or not and I was feeling in need of a little pick me up so I rooted around in my make up box to find these pearls which have probably well past their used by date as I have had them for ages and thought I would give them another try.
The 17 range of products is a Boots range which is all priced very reasonably and these beads would have cost much more than a few pounds when I got them. Boots still sell them now but it seems that the packaging is slightly different to the pot that I have and they are now being sold for £4.99 p this still is a good price when compared to the No7 range of make up.
The pearls comes in a small pot which has a screw lid and there is a foamy type of covering over all the pearls to keep them in the pot nice and safely. This isn't a foam pad to use for application as a brush is really needed for this and the foam pad is more annoying really as the pearls more often than not get stuck to it when you lift this pad away and there is bound to be at least one bead of product that end up on the floor.
The pearls inside are all small in size and they are a few different shades too and having a look in mine I can say that considering this is meant to be a bronzing self tan type product the majority of my balls are light pink in tone. There are a lot of the small beady type pearls in a pot (I am not gong to count them as there have been a few escapees) and it weights in at 20 grams.
The directions for use on the pot state that you need to "Dust over the face and body to achieve a naturally bronzed look". So with a medium sized blusher brush that fit well into the pot I gave a good going round across the top of the pearls. This will more often than not result in a few more escapees that need retrieving before being stood on and staining the carpet! I find that the pearls are really hard to work and don't seem to get the product well onto the brush. Even after a good dozen or so movements in the pot with the brush I don't find nearly enough of the product on it to apply to my skin. The light effect that it does give is really nothing noticeable and definitely not in the "self tan" product range. Even as a bronzer I can't see these pearls stepping up to the job which is probably why they have been in my make up box for so long without really being used. The pot has less in but probably more to do with the ones that got away than me actually using the product.
Perhaps as a winter bronzer this product might seem more appealing and the person using it would need to have an already really pale complexion to notice this on the skin in any bronzing manner. It may well be that when they were sharing out the pearls in the pot that mine seemed to end up with more pink tones than the bronzing ones but I highly doubt it.
I think that this product is really not a great one and the fact that it doesn't give any real bronzing or self tanning affects means that only a really bad score of 1 out of 5 stars will be awarded. I wouldn't recommend it and I am now throwing the rest of these into the bin!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
I have ridiculously pale skin, those who've read my reviews will be sick of hearing this, it's true though! I love the idea of a bronzer but in reality I find it very difficult to find a product that doesn't look unnatural on me.
I was sceptical about the 17 bronzing pearls as the packaging is a scary dark brown colour. I imagined that the product inside might leave me this colour after use!! On closer inspection though the bronzing powder(s) have actually been pressed into tiny balls and there are at least three distinctly different coloured 'pearls,' two of which looked refreshingly pale! To use the product you simply swirl a large blusher brush or similar (I find a kabuki brush the best) into the pot, picking up a unique mix of the colours present, and apply to your cheeks, brow bone, nose, decollatage, or wherever else you think the sun might catch you.
The colour looks beautiful on me - result! It's not a dark bronzer by any stretch of the imagination and has a slight irridescence to it which I love. The colour is just right to give me that 'spent the day in the sun but didn't burn' look, sun-kissed but not orange/red/dark brown. The powders used seem to be high quality and blend very easily making the finish very natural. I tend to use this product in the evening and find that once applied it lasts all evening for me which is a big plus point.
The downside is that the little pearls sometimes get stuck in my brush and end up falling out onto the floor when I remove the brush from the pot. Not a major issue, you just pick the ball up and replace/throw away as you see fit. Beware standing on the pretty little balls though - as could be expected they crush very easily and you end up with make-up everywhere if you don't notice. Doh!
This is my holy grail bronzer and I will buy time and time again (on my 3rd pot right now!). As it's so well suited to my pale skin, I'm not convinced it would be that effective on darker skin tones. Obviously I have no experience in this department though! Great buy.
I am very pale and never bronze or tan just go lobster red and so I need a little help in the way of faking it. In the summer I tend to go down the fake tan route but for every day use I apply a little bronzer just to make me that little less shade of milk bottle!
I was given these pearls last year for Christmas along with the brush to match. I recently noticed in my local boots that the pot and the brush cost £5 each but can get a set that comes out for the festive period that contains both items for around £5.
The pot is clear with a dark brown lid which contains the name of the product and a multicoloured symbol. It comes in 2 different shades.
The beads are a variety of colours from brown, peach, pink and have a shimmer to them. When I first started applying the bronzer I was either putting it on too thickly making me orange or not enough and making no difference but after a few trial and error tries I finally got it right. Swirling the brush over the pearls I then use a circular motion over my face applying a little more over certain areas such as the cheekbones and I notice my skin has a slight hint of bronze and a little shimmer making it a perfect balance for daytime.
If I'm using the fake tan then I apply it a little heavier to match the colour of the rest of my body and rub a little on my shoulders and chest area to give a bit of sparkle for a night out.
It's a great product with a lot of uses and after a year of daily use I still have enough left for a couple of months or more so definately worth the money. Out of all the beads I have tried I've found that these are the best with a pricetag that can be worked into any budget.
The only problem I have found is that it doesn't last a full day and so has to be reapplied but again they last a long while so it's no problem.
I'd definately recommend this product to anyone with paler skin.
I had always wanted to try bronzing pearls simply because they are so cute and the combination of colours just looks so appealing. These pearls come in a little small round container and weighs 15gms. There are a mixture of different colour little bronze beads of peaches, browns, golds and bronzes.
The tub is one that you screw open and sits securely in your bag once closed tight. I apply this self tan using a bronzing brush. I found that when you rub your brush around the pearls not much happens actually. You kind of have to massage the blusher brush into the pearls really hard and actually put in quite alot of effort to see some results on your brush. When it came to applying this product to my body, I found that it did go on, but rather subtly, which meant even more hard work. I found this was an absolute pain when self tanning my whole body.
After having this on and going out on a night out, I found that my sweat from a very crowded pub or club that the tan would become rather patchy and not very useful and not in the slightest desireable. Its a good job it was washable or I would have absolutely died from the shame.
As this is a powder self tan product, I found it a rather silly invention actually. Everyone knows that powders are easy to wash off, but thats something I didnt think of. Silly me. But for 17 not to think of it.. well thats just worse isnt it.
I absolutely hated this product to use as a self tan, but quite liked using it as a bronzer for my face from day to day. I think they were a little optimistic with this product and tried to make an existing product do something else. Dont get me wrong it gave a good effect once you had put all the effort in to put it on, but it so easily come off too, which was very frustrating to say the least!
Good as a bronzer... self tan.. I dont think so!
This disappointed me beacause i thought it would be alot better than it appeared to be. It didn't show up much on my first 'safe' dab. As i am very pale i imagined it to be very bronzy on my skin but as i took a second 'safe' dab it didn't show up again. So i had another dab and a little brush and it eventually came on; orange. Great i thought; another rubbish bronzer to add to the list. I didn't like the balls as not much came off them, the overall appearance of it looked good but it's application and how it looked on completely put me off it.
I would recommend this to darker to medium skinned people because it could be applied in generous amounts but then carefully dab away at the excess bronzer and could be blended in really well. It's price was okay but if the product isn't good whats the use in a good price?!
I am naturally very pale. In fact I am worried to go down the milk aisle in supermarkets, in case someone mistakes me for a bottle of Cravendale and shoves me in their trolley. With summer coming up I decided that I would start trying the many fake tans I have amassed, and like many other things, not got around to using. It struck me that if my body was going to have a tan, it might be a good idea if my face did too, otherwise I'd go from looking like a bottle of milk, to looking like a pint of Guinness. I am not really too confident applying fake tan to my body, so there is no damn way any is going near my face. I decided the best thing to do was buy a bronzer, that way I could wash it off, and wouldn't have to risk looking like an Oompa Loompa for a week if it turned out to be a disaster. I decided on 17's Self Tan shimmer pearls, as they were one of the cheaper bronzers around, and I didn't anticipate using them a lot, so was reluctant to part with too much cash.
~About the Product~
This product is made by 17, a Boots own brand which I believe is mainly aimed at older teenagers. Rather than a normal pressed powder format, this bronzer comes in the form of several little beads (or pearls) of pressed powder. The pot contains three different colours of pearls.
The lightest pearls are a golden shimmery pink colour.
The darkest pearls are a quite deep brown colour, also with a hint of shimmer.
The colour in the middle is a sort of orangey pink tone, with flecks of gold.
When you sweep a blusher across the tub of pearls it picks up a combination of all three colours, which should give a lovely tanned look to your face.
The pearls come in a small round pot with a dark brown lid. Unfortunately, I have found the size of the pot to be a huge negative point when it comes to this product. The pot is simply not big enough to swirl a blusher brush over. I often get one or two of the pearls escaping out of the side of the tub, or even getting stuck between the bristles of the brush. If the pot was wider - even rectangular shaped instead of round, I think it would be much easier to pick the colour up on your brush.
As I have already mentioned above, picking up the product on your brush is a bit of a pain. Once you have managed to get the desired amount on the brush, you simply sweep it over your face on the points that would naturally catch the sun, for a bronzed look.
The powder feels quite light on the skin, and doesn't look cakey as others can. They call them shimmer pearls, and you really do get quite a lot of shimmer from this product. It's a quite natural shimmer though (if that's possible) and it makes skin look dewy and quite glowing rather than sparkly and artificial.
As for colour, I am quite undecided. When I first used this, I applied it under artificial light, and I thought it looked quite good - the colour looked natural and glowing. The next morning, I applied it again, this time with in natural daylight, and it looked totally different. I looked quite orange, and although the shimmer had still given quite a dewy finish, the colour was so unnatural looking, I would have been embarrassed to leave the house!
I thought I must have just applied too much, so I removed it and started again, being careful only to apply a minimal amount of powder, but again I ended up looking rather strange - an orangey pink colour, that made me look like I'd been tangoed!
The only conclusion I can draw from this, is that I need to buy stronger light bulbs!
These cost £4.49 and are only available from Boots or Boots.com
I am not a huge fan of these and cant see myself using them again. I found that the colour looked fake and unnatural, although I do have very pale skin, so perhaps they would look a bit better on a slightly darker skin. Add to that, the fact that the pot is very small, and the powder is difficult to pick up on the brush, I would not recommend these. The only plus point is the lovely shimmer they give.