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In the winter months my skin looks so pasty compared to my sun kissed glow in the summer. I guess everyone is in the same boat in Britain with our terribly cold winter weather. However, some aren't as vain as people like me, who have to spend money on trying to make their skin look like its still summer.
The reason for this particular purchase was that I had heard so many people from beauty blogs rave on about how great this product is. How natural it looks and doesn't have a fake tan smell, I had to buy it solidly for those reasons.
Now first things first, I am very pale in the winter, not pale as in porcelain I would say more ivory. The reason I think it is important to enclose this is because it gives you a good idea how affective this product is on my particular skin tone.
The product is called 'Clarins Liquid bronze self tanning for face and decollete'. It comes in a 125ml bottle and is £17.50. The liquid is a golden looking lotion. It has no tell tail signs from the smell that it is fake tan, which the beauty bloggers also mentioned and is something that I really like about this product. There is nothing worse than the fake tan smell, which I often describe as 'digestive biscuit smell' haha not as nice as digestive biscuits though...
The Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Décolleté comes in a nice plastic bottle. It's a typical Clarins packaging- simple but affective. However not the typical red and white packaging, this time its opted for a bronze lid with bronze writing. The bottle is see through so you can see the golden lotion through it, which is a lovely colour and really brightens up the whole look of the product.
Also, it is great to be able to see how much of the product you have left, so you know when to buy more!
The bottle comes in a cardboard box, which is a bronze colour, which obviously reflects the fact it is a fake tan. In the box comes the bottle of fake tan as well as paper instructions on what they suggest is the best way to apply it. Clarins recommend exfoliating before using the product as well as removing any perfume or deodorants so the skin has a clean base.
I use a cotton wool pad to apply the product, however, when I do not have any cotton wool pads in, I use just simple cotton wool or even a facial sponge.
The product dries fast, which is ideal if you apply this in the morning before applying your make-up. I do however; apply this on a night as it takes about 4 hours to develop so I prefer to apply it this way so it is ready for the next morning.
The colour is very subtle but in a nice way, you can build it up to make it look darker. However, it is a nice natural look and goes on very evenly and doesn't make my skin break out. I tend to apply this every night for about three consecutive days to get the colour that I want. Then I tend to leave it a few days and then continue applying for three days again.
I would rate this tanning product 5/5. I really like the way it looks on my skin and gives such an even natural tan. All the other fake tan products I have used for my face have always looked so uneven and unnatural, also not forgetting the terrible smell. I can really see why this product is rated highly by some of the most popular beauty blogging sites! Well done Clarins!
I have been buying self tan for a good few years now and came across this one in Boots on offer. I also had a £5 Clarins voucher so decided to purchase this product. With my discount I was able to buy this self tan for £9. It is now £17 at full price - although watch out for forthcoming offers.
At 125ml it is a pretty standard size. The packaging is good and as it's Clarins you know you are getting a trusted, well known brand. If you buy it from somewhere like Boots the Clarins specialist will allow you to try the product 1st - something I always like to do with this kind of product as smells can vary once they are put on your skin.
I have tried many self tans in the past and frequently get spray tans in the salon. I use this product to top that up when I don't have time to go.
From all the tanning creams I have had it the past this is the nicest smelling, although I find all Clarins products smell good. The scent is understated and only slightly perfummed. Most other self tan products give off a hideous smell when applied and left for an hour. Even after bathing some cheaper brands smells can linger on and on for hours or even days.
The colour when 1st applied is none and slowly over the next two - three hours the bronze begins to develop. It doesn't look yellowy or orange at all although you have to be careful to catch hard to reach places such as around the eyes. Watch out for too much product in finger creases as this can leave a slightly orange tide line.
Apart from this it is difficult to get it wrong. It wont streak (unless you miss bits of course) and it covers evenly when applied properly.
Overall I think this is a good product at half the price of a salon spray tan. Depending on your size and thickness of application expect a good 10-12 applications from this bottle.
If you read my reviews fairly regularly you'll have noticed that one of my favourite categories to review is the beauty category... some would consider me a bit of an expert while most would merely consider me a complete addict. One thing that I simply can't survive without is fake tan, there's nothing worse for me than appearing pale and pasty as I so often do due to having rather pale skin. Now that's fine if you've managed to achieve the so coveted "English Rose" complexion but in my case I look more ghost like sadly. Thankfully I've been using fake tanning products for the past few years which have allowed me to minimise the so called "ghost look" I sported through most of my teenage years. There's still not one brand or one product that I stick to, instead I'm still searching desperately for the "perfect" tanner... if such a thing exists!
My most recent purchase is from Clarins and it's their Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Décolleté (basically the upper chest area, I had absolutely no idea what this word meant and had to look it up online)! Clarins is a brand I've not really bought much from in the past, I've always considered it to be a little old fashioned for me but I was willing to give anything a go to achieve a perfectly tanned face. Clarins was established back in 1954 in France with the aim to provide the safest, most effective products that deliver genuine results in the world of beauty. Since then the popularity of the brand has grown massively and in the early nineties Clarins became the leader in skin care products in Europe. They now offer a full range of skin care products, fragrances and make up for females as well as skin care for the male market too.
The Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Decollete comes in a rather plain looking bottle that does instantly tell me it's a self tanning product - due to its colour! It's a light golden colour that almost looks shimmery with a darker bronzed lid which has a gold rim around the bottom of it. The lid can simply be screwed on and off fairly easily but it's also quite safe to carry around in a make up bag without worrying it might pop off or anything like that. The Clarins logo is evident on the front of the bottle along with some basic information such as the name of the product. On the back of the bottle there's further information including application suggestions and ingredients as well. Overall the packaging is fairly reflective of Clarins, it's quite plain yet stylish at the same time and does suggest quite a high price tag too.
The product itself is almost white in colour which didn't instantly fill me with confidence as I'm used to self tanners being a golden or brown colour to indicate the tan you're going to achieve. It has a nice smell to it which is quite light but not at all reminiscent of the typical "biscuit" fake tan smell that cheaper products often have. I still have yet to come across a self tan product that is completely smell-less! However the smell isn't strong at all and it isn't evident really once I've applied the product, it seems to disappear quite quickly meaning that you can wear this during the day without worrying about smelling. The lotion is quite thin in terms of consistency and quite runny as well which does mean that it spreads out quite easily when I apply it. You do need to be careful when dispensing it out of the bottle as it comes out fast!
It's recommended that you exfoliate before you use this product, this simply means that any dead skin cells are removed and therefore, the theory is, that you're tan will last longer. You can either apply the product directly with your hands or pour a little onto a cotton wool pad, I tend to use the latter option as I feel it goes on more even this way and it stops my hands getting stained (although if you wash them straight after this shouldn't be a problem). The instructions suggest you "swiftly and lightly" sweep it over the face, neck and décolleté while trying to avoid brows and the hairline too. It goes on really evenly and it dries quickly too, I find I can normally apply my moisturiser and make up after only a couple of minutes really.
The colour develops in a couple of hours - I find that there are no instant results and it does take two to three hours to fully develop on my skin. The overall effect is a lightly bronzed colour, it's not dark enough to be instantly noticeable but I do look like I've spent a couple of days in the sun. The colour is really even, it doesn't look lighter or darker in any spots and there's a really natural look about it. It doesn't dry my skin out at all and it fades gradually and, most importantly, evenly - there's no streaking as it fades away which I find to be a problem with some self tanning products out there. It's recommended that if you want to intensify the colour you should reapply it daily, I find once or twice a week is plenty to give me a natural glow. If I apply it on two consecutive days I get a much deeper, bronzed glow which is nice too.
The product claims to offer a year round natural looking and radiant glow that's apparently really easy to achieve. I'd have to agree as the colour is very natural looking and it is quite subtle as well, obviously if I was naturally quite tanned I don't imagine the effects to be as noticeable at all - it probably wouldn't do much for darker skin tones really. The tanner also claims to have a "refreshing, silky smooth texture which is quick to apply and dry" which I'd have to agree with again - as it's so thin it really does spread out easily on my face and neck meaning it doesn't clog anywhere. It offers to leave skin with a "warm golden glow" as well as leaving it "soft and moisturised" which again I'd agree with. Overall there isn't anything bad I can say about this, the effects only last two to three days so I suppose it could last longer.
The Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Decollete is currently priced at £17.00 for a 100ml bottle which might seem quite expensive, however if you compare it to other self tanning products that are designed specifically for the face you'll find it's quite an average price really. I've had my bottle for over a month now and have been using it pretty much weekly (if not more often). Due to the fact that a little bit really does go a long way I've hardly made any indentation in the bottle's level and I'd say this bottle is easily going to last me around six months with weekly usage. I'd say it is good value for money, yes it's got a rather unattractive price tag but I think the results are worth it - it's much better than my previous face self tanner which cost me £12 and left my patchy and streaky... a bit like having a zebra on my face!
So what makes this self tanner different? Well it contains advanced tanning ingredients DHA and erythrulose which create a more natural, even, stable and long lasting colour while also containing aloe vera and vitamin E as well. I would recommend this product and I'm giving it four, golden stars... it looses one purely as it is that little bit more expensive than some tanners. So don't spend this summer looking pasty... get yourself a healthy, golden glow out of a bottle!
Thanks for reading.
I find it extremely difficult to find a decent self-tanner for the face. There doesn't seem to be a lot of them specifically for your face. I am very particular on what I use as I like to take care of my skin to stop me looking like a wrinkled handbag when I'm older, so imagine my delight when I found Clarins liquid bronze self tanning lotion! I knew I could trust Clarins as they specialize in skincare and I've always been happy with the results, though I can not buy too many of their products as they are very expensive and being a student it makes a big dent in my purse.
I didn't hesitate in ordering the lotion off the Clarins website, I got so excited when it came with the other stuff I'd ordered. I put a 10p coined sized amount on a cotton pad and wiped evenly around my face and reapplied a few more times to get a more intense look. It isn't instant and it took around 2 hours for it to show up on my face but my gosh it was sure as hell worth it!
I had a beautifully even tan, finally! No patches, no orange streaks, just a naturally healthy glow. This is the only self tanner I've used on my face and experienced a natural look. It is now a staple in my skincare drawer. I tend to apply it at night if I'm going to use it because even though its left extraordinary results for me it still has a slight fake tan smell, that smells disgusting and biscuity. The smell will disappear in the morning though and you wash your face so it really isn't much of a problem and is completely worth putting up with the smell for an hour or so!
This is a great alternative for the sun as we all know the sun can harm our precious faces. I am scaringly pale and used to go on sunbeds a lot. I've stopped doing this now as I don't want to get skin cancer or wrinkles, I avoid the sun at all costs now, I also do not wear SPF's as I think they're unnessesary if you are not out in the sun a lot and they're are loaded with chemicals and expensive, although I do wear them if I'm on holiday somewhere hot, but in britain I definitely do not need one at all. I don't like deep tans on me as it does not flatter me at all, but as I said I am really pale so I need a bit of colour in my face so this is an essential for me.
The self tanner does not contain and SPF but if you feel you need to do this then you need to apply it before you put on the self tanner, straight after you wash your face or the SPF will not be effective. The amazing tanner comes in a sleek looking brown bottle. It is £16 for 150ml, I find that this is extremely cheap for Clarins products as it lasts absolutely AGES! I have been using this for around 5 months now and still have half the product left, it turns out much cheaper than wasting your money on useless products that will turn you into an oompa loompa. Not the most flattering look!
It is also great for your skin as it contains Aloe Vera extract & Vitamin E.
Other ingredients it contains are : Advanced tanning ingredients DHA and Erythrulose: create a more natural, even, stable and long-lasting colour and Jasmine & Violet. (Fragrance)
I have sensitive skin and this has not irritated my delicate skin at all which is bonus.
This self tanner will be a great investment, I honestly do not have a bad remark to say about this apart from the small matter of the smell, but even that is not much of a problem for me. Not even the price as it's only £16 and lasts forever. For people who make out its expensive, think of all the cheap fake tanners you will splash out on constantly and get disapointed everytime. All that money adds up so you may aswell shell out a few pound more for a decent quality product that will not leave you disapointed.