Product Type: Boots Sun Care
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Boots Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self Tan Tinted Gel
Member Name: daniella2202
Boots Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self Tan Tinted Gel
Advantages: No streaks, nice scent, quickly absorbed and great value!
Disadvantages: The shimmer may annoy some people
I usually use Lancaster fake tan but I saw this Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self Tan half price in Boots. The Soltan range is Boot's own range. I use the Soltan suncare/SPF which is fantastic so I thought this might be quite good too.
***Price, size and choice***
It cost me £4.24 (half price) rather than £8.49. It comes in the standard 150ml tube. There was a tinted one and non-tinted one. I went for the tinted one because I like to see that I have rubbed it in properly to prevent streaks. I also purchased the Soltan Self Tan Mitt to apply it with which was also half price at £1.74 rather than its usual £3.49.
The tube of the self-tan is a light golden colour and is quite attractive. On the back of the tube it gives several bullet points as to why this self-tan is so good. For example, 'it is dermatologist tested' and 'tinted for easy application.'
It had a very pleasant summery smell but you can still smell the fake tan smell mixed in with its fragrance. This is very appealing to me since most fake tans smell awful or too fragranced. So this really was a step in the right direction.
***What is this type of fake tan***
It is a moisturising fake tan tinted gel/lotion that gives an instant colour but develops into a deeper and longer lasting colour in 2-3 hours time.
***When I applied it***
I did not exfoliate prior to applying it because I forgot (but this didn't prove to be a problem). I put a cherry sized amount on the mitt each time to rub in. It rubbed in very quick and easily. Plus it sank into the skin very quickly which is always a bonus with self tan. I hate having that really sticky feeling after applying other fake tans. I only applied it to the body but the packaging does not state that it is for the body or face, so I assume it is fine for both. The directions on the packaging instructs to 'use sparingly on elbows, knees, feet and hands' which most self-tans instruct so I went over these areas after applying with a damp flannel.
The thing that shocked me when I applied it was that it is extremely shimmery. When I saw this I was slightly put off by the product because nowhere on the packaging does it say it is shimmery. I have scrutinised it and I think it is quite misleading that this is not mentioned. However when I had finally applied it all over my body the shimmer didn't seem to bother me after all, it was especially nice on my legs. I think this shimmer would be nice on the legs on a night out.
***Three hours after applying***
The colour had deepened and it hadn't rubbed off onto any of my clothes other than my bra straps but this I expected. I had no streaks but whether this was because I used the mitt rather than my hands I don't know. But the packaging says that it does not streak (but most self-tans say this and they usually then streak on me because I am very fair skinned). Plus the application on my elbows, knees, feet and hands were perfect showing that the damp flannel did the trick! My skin also felt extremely moisturised even after three hours. This also surprised me because it is in a gel/lotion consistency and usually gels are not particularly moisturising.
***Two days later***
I still had a lovely tan from the self-tan. It hadn't faded even after a bath and a shower.
***Three days later***
I noticed after my second shower that it had faded considerably. But I never topped it up so I wasn't disappointed by this.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars because all the claims on the packaging were supported from my experience. I will not deduct a star for the packaging being misleading because it actually wasn't a problem for me that it was shimmery. However I would understand that if somebody didn't like the shimmer that it would be extremely disappointing. If you do not like shimmer then it would be still worth trying the non-tinted version. But you can't go wrong with such a cheap self-tan when it is half price (and it is still half price!) And I think I will continue to buy it even at full price because it is much cheaper than my Lancaster self-tan and I prefer it. I like finding products that save me pennies and pounds in the future! I would definitely recommend trying it!
Summary: Give yourself a beautifully golden summer glow with this great value self-tan from Boots.
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