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As someone who cant properly use fake tan A) because everything appears too dark and B) I'm crap at the application, when I spied this on the No7 stand at my local Boots I was fairly unable to resist! A spray on bronzer that washes off??? Perfection me thinks as I run to the cash out all excited like a kid in a sweet shop!
Now this is a product I've owned for some time but never really used till recently. It's not really a product you want to use all over your body just to wash off at night. I mean what a load of effort to put in for just something that won't stay put! No for me as a general rule cos I'm lazy. I wanted this as a facial product to match my head up with my body for a subtle hint of colour!
200ml recyclable bronze/brown coloured pump action bottle with clear safety lid. On the front of course I'm told in gold lettering (as standard with all No7 products) that it is indeed No7. Then In dark brown writing I'm told 'Instant Sunshine, Smooth-On Bronzer, Wash Off, Face & Body and that its Hypo Allergenic'. On the back I'm told what it's meant to achieve, how to use it, what to do if it spills anywhere, reminded it won't protect me from the sun, tells me that its flammable and gives me contact details for Boot's as this is a Boot's only brand.
Instantly sun-kissed.... Add a hint of summer colour without the damaging effects of the sun. This easy-to-use bronzer is like make-up for your body, so it's perfect when you want an even, natural-looking tan in seconds, that lasts all day. With Aloe Vera, and Vitamins A and E this light, oil-free lotion helps skin stay smooth, supple and healthy.
For a smooth, even colour exfoliate before applying. Spray on to cotton wool or fingertips to sweep evenly over your skin. Wash your hands afterwards.
I love it but....
Well I love a bit of colour and this provides it. It squirts out quite a lot of the dark brown, coffee like liquid. It shocked me the amount that came out at first and the colour being dark kind of scared me! I thought here I go to streak heaven. However first impressions are not always correct. Now I've never ever exfoliated before using this. Simply cos I just can't be bothered to go to all that effort just to use this for a day cos remember it washes off!
Now it is as promised none greasy which is very important to me as I do suffer the occasional break out of spots on my back and the odd blackhead so I don't want to 'feed' them. This doesn't stop it applying really easily though. Now if it was a lotion or cream I could see how it blended in so easily so this was really weird being like the consistency of dark thick coffee! However I either spray it onto cotton wool or use my fingers. A little goes a really long way and it dries in, in seconds. It's a rosy kind of tan rather than a orange or brown. It's sheer and really does add a hint of colour without really having to rub vigorously, you just smooth it on.
Now I'm incredibly pale with jet black hair. I don't go in the sun in summer and all fake tans I've tried (and I've tried so many) really are too much for me and I've had to give up even after being recommended things. I've tried them all, Olay, Dove, Avon, Holiday skin, Garnier, St Tropez and it doesn't matter the cost it makes me look like an orange. This however is really perfect for someone as pale as me as there is nothing at all fake looking about it and cos its light it doesn't streak though I don't hang about I get it on quick and rub it in quick! I doubt very much this would be any good at all to someone with darker skin and if you have some colour already this wouldn't touch you. It's very light indeed! Also it's very natural looking. No shimmer or glitter is added you just get a healthy glow.
It doesn't smell, it washes off hands dead easy with just water if you apply with your hands instead of cotton wool and it comes off in the shower or bath when ready and doesn't transfer on to your clothes (even white) or off onto your bedding. If you do accidentally spray a little anywhere it comes off with soap and water. It's not highly moisturising but doesn't' harm your skin and you certainly don't feel like you have anything on you. You just apply with ease and forget all about it.
The only annoyance I have with this is, is that it only lasts till you wash it off and to have to apply and preferably use an exfoliator if you adhere to the instructions I find it disappointing. Finally I have found something perfect for me and if it lasted a couple of days I'd be so pleased!
Where this is really good is on your face. I've bought this in the summer and applied a little to my face with a little bit of pressed powder over the top and found it to look so natural and give me such a nice summery glow!
All in all if your prepared to apply every day then this gets 5 stars it's that good but to me I'm giving it 4 stars purely cos of the fuss of applying it every time I need to fake it lol
Suitable for men and women alike who just want something really light for a hint of colour. It's excellent!
£12.00, only in Boot's and recommended by NOW magazine.
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For a beautiful natural tanned appearance /