“ Brand: Clinique / Type: Skin Care / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Bronzes, „
How hot was it last week? Typically I was working everyday and stuck inside so didn't managed to take advantage of the beautiful sunshine which left me feeling rather pale and resentful of people that have had the opportunity to catch some rays last week. After the first two days of sunshine I found myself digging out all my bottles of fake tan, determined to look like I'd at least seen some sunshine...
Clinique is actually an off-shoot of the Estee Laudir company and was established in 1968. It is advertised as a premium brand of make up and skin care products which is currently stocked at Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges and other large department stores. The range includes basic skin care as well as make up, hair care and specialised skin products although is most renowned for its make up and skin care regime. The range is quite exclusive and at the higher end of the market with prices ranging from £10 to £30 roughly; eye shadows retail at around the £11 mark and foundations at around the £18 mark and this seems to represented in the advertised high quality of the products on the whole. All products are allergy tested and fragrance free so it's really good for sensitive or troubled skin.
The Clinique Face Quick Bronze Tinted Self Tanner comes in a bronzed brown tube with the unmistakable green Clinique logo and matching green lid. The tube stands upright on any flat service and the lid is a flip lid - any of you that have read any of my previous reviews will know that I don't like screw on lids as I just find them too cumbersome when you've got the product all over your hands!
The self tanner is a brown, slightly glimmering looking colour which is does have quite a scary tint of orange to it as well. There's a slightly perfumed smell to the product which just reminds me of the typical, slightly anaesthetic and sickly scent that self tanners seem to possess - luckily there's no hints of digestive biscuits with this one which I what I personally find the Johnsons self tanner smells like!
Clinique recommend that you exfoliate your face before applying which can be done with any exfoliator but of course they recommend one of their own. I find this does work best as it removes any dead skin cells and means that the tan will effectively last longer as it won't flake off with the top dead skin cells. It's always best to apply it to a clean face as well so make sure you remove any make up.
To apply they recommend you smooth on for instant colour, the dark colour also means it should show where it's been applied which results in a no surprises colour. When I tried this I was quite surprised by the lack of colour on my face and went to bed not really thinking much of the product. However when I woke up the next morning my face was about five shades darker than my body and noticeably orange!
So not to be defeated by the product I decided to give it another go and this time mixed it about 50 to 50 with my daily moisturiser before I went to bed. The next morning I woke up with a lightly golden face that didn't look orange at all and was much more blended. There were some slight streaks just under my chin where I hadn't quite blended the tanner in but the effect was more pleasing overall.
I find that the self tanner soaks into my skin in a couple of minutes and doesn't leave any noticeable oil or residue on my face. I also find that when using my moisturiser and self tanner combination I do have to apply every other night to keep the effect up, if you used solely self tanner the effect would probably last longer as you wouldn't be diluting the effect as I choose to do - but you may wake up orange!
I used this self tanner last summer and have just started using it again, as long as I remember to dilute it with moisturiser the effect is quite pleasing and does result in a lightly tanned face. The overall colour is quite natural and it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy at all - I've used it about three times this week and I have developed a few spots under my skin, nothing noticeable luckily, but it also may be due to the warm weather and sweating everyday in work rather than the product.
A 50ml tube of this is priced as £15 which may seem a little pricey in line with other versions but I must have had well over 40 applications from this tube and I've still got a fair bit left. I would recommend this product if you're looking for a facial self tanner but do remember to dilute it a little the first time you apply and then work from there to find your perfect colour. I probably would buy it again but might try an alternative this year as there seems to be a lot of new ones out.
Be warned if you have white pillows you might find the colour rubs off slightly onto them!
Thanks for reading!