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Anyone who reads my reviews will know that me and my Mum buy a lot of Clinique and Clarins products and therefore receive a lot of free samples. It's this mass of free samples which I have turned to recently as well as using my Mum's products as I'm saving up to move out I don't have the money I just to have for splashing out on expensive luxuries. As I'm not going on a summer holiday this year something I've decided to try is Clinique Body Tinted Lotion which I has a sample tube of at 40g although the regular size tube is 125ml which costs £16 in Boots and Debenhams, there isn't much variation on this price and no where I've found sells it any cheaper.
I really like the packaging for this product; it's a bronzed tube which sits upside down on the lid with the Clinique logo and a few details in white. The lid is sturdy flip top; although this isn't the sort of product I'd carry around with me it's always handy for avoiding spillages. The lotion is quite thin though so when dispensing a lot can come out which is obviously a waste, also it can get a bit messy having to squeeze out the lotion and applying with messy hands, I tend to use a self tan mit but it's still annoying having to take it off.
I applied the lotion after a shower, in which I had exfoliated so my skin was nice and smooth before application. The lotion is quite thin, which meant it went on easily and a little bit did go quite a long way. I used a mit so the application was even easier and I found it very easy to get even coverage, the lotion is slightly coloured to begin with so it's easy to see where you've already applied. I found the lotion dried in about twenty five minutes, for me this is a long time especially as Clinique say it will take 15 minutes at the most.
I found the colour developed quite well within about 4 hours, however it was quite patchy. I showered the next morning and the initial patchiness disappeared and I was left with lovely natural looking sun kissed skin. The problem areas of ankles, elbows and knees aren't a problem with this product and there aren't any telltale signs that the tan is a fake. The tan stayed quite well, probably after about five days it's worth reapplying as it does fade a little but it wasn't overly noticeable.
I've been very pleased with my use of Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion; it's a really natural looking tan that's very subtle. It's not the best if you're someone who loves a dark tan although a darker shade is available. The lotion isn't that expensive when compared to other tanning products especially as it works so well, and a little goes a long way. When money isn't so tight I'll definitely be buying a full size of this product.
I was very lucky as I had the chance to test it before I bought it. My mum had some of the stuff and she told me to put some on my legs (this is back when I used to show my legs) and I refused straight away because I was slightly gothic and didn't like the tanned-up look. I really thought the shade of this was nice so I decided to buy this for myself. I can always remember it being quite expensive. I bought it online and it had to have been about £15, usually I saw fake tans were around £8.
The shade my mum put on me was Medium to Dark, although when I purchased it myself I bought light to medium. The best part about this was I felt that it didn't look fake on me, as most fake tans usually did when I applied them. Although someone who has bought the dark version said that it wasn't dark enough so the brand must be simply the brand only does light self tans.
It comes in a squeasy bottle, and to be honest I would prefer a pump on the bottle as I found that trying to apply it, then touching the bottle, then picking the bottle back up again become very irritating. Also, I felt that when I squeezed it, a too much of the liquid came out at once so sometimes I was just wasting it away.
Because it is tinted, you can actually see where you are applying it so there are no nasty surprises when you wake up and see that a huge patch has been missed. I only used it twice on a night out and this was quite a good few months ago, although I kept it on for three days running each time and I have over 2/3rds of the bottle left which I don't use anymore.
Before you apply it, I would always put on some moisturiser just so that it does spread out evenly. It says that it is fast drying, but as a criticism it was actually very slow at drying. I had it on for about 20 minutes waiting for it to dry and when I put my pajamas on I found there was still some traces of it left on. Although this happens with most fake tans so you can't really complain too much.
The next morning I woke up and it did seem a bit wild and patchy. Although this was before I had showered. After my showered I was very pleased with the result. It was a gorgeous cinnamon colour and it actually looked as if I has caught the sun and I hadn't just sat about with fake tan on all day. Of course some parts of my body seemed lighter than others but I don't think that is the fault of the fake at lotion itself but probably my bad application.
I was very impressed with how will it went over my ankles and hands as this is usually the problem areas when applying fake tan. I think the way it blended with areas I had missed out was what made me love the product so much. All fake-tans that are about £10 are good, and they make you appear tanned without looking orange, although it was just that one trait of the fake tan that made me really impressed with it.
The colour of it is definitely weak so you'll have to apply twice if you want a deeper colour. Although personally I don't see why women like the dark and fake look, I think the natural tint is nice enough.
The fake-tan has no smell whatsoever, so it's a good thing that it doesn't have a bad smell, although sometimes it's nice to have a fake-tan that actually has a good bit of fragrance to it.
I was overall very pleased with the performance of this lotion and although I don't wear it anymore, I would recommend it to others.
I previously bought the older version of this Clinique body tinted lotion and was hugely disappointed with it. Firstly it smelt horrendous and even after I had rubbed it in I could still smell this gone off smell on me all day - which is a bit of a turn off on a night out when the tan is supposed to attract men towards me and not the opposite. I know that Clinique is fragrance-free but I'd prefer some fragrance at this point. Secondly it gave me the most horrendous streaks and marks. Despite the lotion being slightly tinted so I could see where it was going it still managed to make it look like I had applied it in the dark. Thirdly when I went in the shower the entire lot came off... which I was pleased about when it streaked so much but I was told by the Clinique lady that it would not wash off in the shower.
However, I was bought the newer version of this in newer packaging with a new formulation around 4 months ago. I still had my doubts about it and I would not have gone out and bought it myself but it was a present to me so I had to try it again.
To my surprise all of my previous disappointments had been rectified. I now cannot recommend this self-tan enough, firstly it has no smell which is great, secondly it does not leave me streaked and lastly it washed off slightly in the shower but I was still left looking quite tanned.
I think what I love the most about it is that there are two versions of it which can be bought: the light/medium and medium/dark. Usually the light/medium is still too dark for my very pale, ivory skin but it was perfect. I would say one application was enough to last me the week. If I had reapplied it I think it would have been too dark, but it means I use less of the product over time which is good. Also the product is oil-free and non-comedogenic. This means that it will not cause spots so I do use it on my face as well despite Clinique having a separate product of this for the face.
It retails at £16.00 for 125ml which I think is quite reasonable since Clinique is a premium cosmetic. Some of the non-premium cosmetic brands with self-tan are around the same price. The new packaging of this self tan is lovely, it is in a golden tube which just reminds me of summer with the Clinique logo on.
To apply simply exfoliate first so as to get rid of dead skin cells so the self tan does not cling to certain areas making them darker. Then apply either with your hands (but this is more likely to cause streaks) or with a mitt (which I use). This then allows your hands not to get coloured and it gives a smooth application. Then the packaging suggests to not put clothes on until 15 minutes after applying, however, I found it was absorbed very quickly as opposed to others I have tried. So I put clothes on straight away and it did not tint my underwear which was quite impressive whilst it was developing. Despite the colour being tinted when applying it does not instantly tan you. It develops over a few hours. However, it does instantly leave you with a slight sun-kissed shimmer all over which I absolutely love.
To conclude this is the best self tan I have ever used and I will definitely continue to use it and buy it. It is such a contrast from their previous version of it and the packaging is lovely too.