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This is my absolute favourite fake tan ever.
It comes in two shades - fair and dark, and you can also get one with a shimmer in it. I always go for the shimmery one. It's not too sparkly that it looks cheap, but it just gives your skin a lovely little sheen.
My preference is to get the fair one and build a tan up gradually over a few days. I normally exfoliate and apply a light covering each night until I get the colour I like. Then I maintain the colour by topping up once a week after that.
I find the colour that this fake tan gives you to be nice and natural looking. It's not too orange like some can be. Also, it goes on nice and smooth with not a streak in sight. Although the colour develops gradually over a few hours, your skin is slightly more tanned as soon instantly as soon you put it on. This means you can clearly see the fake tan as it goes on your skin making it even easier to put in on nice and evenly.
Price wise this is mid range - not the cheapest but not as expensive as some - definitely value for money as far as I'm concerned.
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I recently read a review about this product and it sounded really good, so after reading a free more reviews about this product I decided to give it a go as it sounded like the best self-tanning product available to buy. I have used many different self-tanning products and some of them leave me looking orange or streaky. I find that I get on best with gel formulas as I find them easy to apply, so when I heard this product was a self-tanning gel this also persuaded me to try the product. After reading reviews and knowing this was also a gel product I had high hopes from the product and I was hoping it was going to give me a natural looking tan. The product is made by L'Oreal Paris and is a Self-tanning gel which can be used on the face and body. The special formula gives your skin an instant sun-kissed look and a golden, natural-looking tan. The Sublime Bronze Gel gives your skin an instant bronze look that's lasts and provides a natural looking tan. The product claims to give your skin a streak-free, naturally golden finish. The clear gel formula is easy to apply as it glides over the skin to provide an even coverage for the face and body. After applying the product the colour will begin to show within an hour and will develop into a rich, bronze tan which lasts for days.
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You can purchase this from Boots and Superdrug; prices may vary during different times of the year. This is currently available to purchase from the Boots website for £13.47, how-ever I purchased this in my local Superdrug for £8.89 where it's currently on offer saving you £4.50 off the original price. You may also be able to purchase this from large supermarkets and other stores and various other beauty websites.
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The self-tanning gel comes in a bronze coloured tube which sits on an orange lid. The lid has a flip cap so it easy to open and close. On the front of the tube it states that the product is a self-tanning gel and has an instant result. This particular product is for medium skin; how-ever you can buy a lighter version for pale skin. It also states on the front that it has visible application and it gives you a 100% natural looking tan. On the back of the tube you can find more information about the product and how to use it. There is also caution information and a list of ingredients. I always ensure I read all the information on the back of products before using it, just in case I am using the product wrong if there is any other information about the product I should know about.
Preparing your Skin
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Before applying fake tan it's best to ensure your skin is ready for a streak free tan. Always exfoliate before applying a fake tan product, taking after time and care on areas such as the elbows and knees where dry skin may occur. I tend to use a body scrub for a few days before I know I want to apply the fake tan. I also ensure I moisturise in the morning and evening for a few days before applying the product. If you do all of these things, achieving a streak free, natural tan should be no problem at all. Please don't expect to be able to put this product on and it looking good if you haven't exfoliated properly before-hand. There are lots of different scrubs and exfoliating bars available to buy in a range of different shops including Boots, Superdrug, Lush and other stores. I like using the exfoliating bars from Lush as I find these do a great job of exfoliating my skin and also moisturising it as well whilst I am giving it a good scrub.
Using the Product
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I decided to apply this after having a shower but before going to bed so the tan would develop overnight and I could see the results in the morning. I flipped open the lid and squeezed the tube a little so I was able to see the actual colour of the product. It looked quite dark; how-ever I was pretty sure it wasn't going to look this dark once I had applied it anyway. I decided to apply the product using a self-tan mitt which you can purchase from various places such as Boots or Superdrug. I squeezed a small amount of the gel onto the mitt and rubbed this onto my skin in circular movements to ensure it went on evenly and was streak free. There wasn't really much colour to it and it just gave my skin s light glow, how-ever it did look very shimmery so I could see where I had already applied the product which was good. I continued to do the whole of my body in the self-tanning gel. It did take quite a while, how-ever I didn't really mind, so long as it was going to give me a natural looking glow without turning me orange. The tanning gel does have a scent to it but it's not the biscuit type smell that you normally get with tanning lotions and sprays. The gel smelt different, I'm not really sure how to explain the smell but it wasn't really strong or overpowering which was good. After applying the product I waited a few minutes before getting into bed. I could see that there was something on my skin as it had a slight glow to it and was very shimmery. I wasn't too sure about the shimmery look but maybe it wouldn't look so bad in the morning once the actual tan had developed. At least if it looked bad I could try and wash the product off.
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I woke up the following morning to see how the fake tan looked, I wasn't really sure what to expect. When I looked at my arms and in the mirror there was definitely a nice colour to my skin. The fake tan was still slightly shimmery but not much as was when applying the product. Luckily I didn't have any streaks or bad patches anywhere which was great. The tan actually looked really even and natural, I wasn't orange or a stupidly dark colour which was great. I know some people have had a shower the day after applying the fake tan to help it look natural and to fade it a little if it looked too dark. I needed a shower anyway and I also thought it may help to get rid of the shimmery look as I feel as though it needed toning down a little. Although some of the colour came off and the tan had faded a little in the shower I still had a great colour to me which was quite light but it gave my skin a slight glow and natural sun-kissed colour which was great. You can apply more tan to achieve a darker colour; how-ever this wouldn't look natural on me so I decided not to. The shimmery look to the tan did tone down a lot more after I had a shower. I went out into town the same evening and felt confident knowing I had a nice glow to my skin and that it looked natural.
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I am always a bit sceptical when buying new fake tanning product as I always worry about how I am going to look. I don't want to look orange; how-ever I do want a light subtle glow to my skin that looks natural. I actually get on much better with a tanning gel that I do with a mousse or lotion as I think gels are much easier to apply and I find that they give a much better coverage and overall look once the tan has developed. It is best to prepare your body before applying fake tan to achieve the best results. I would also suggest using a self-tanning mitt when applying any self-tanning product. The gel was really easy to use and I didn't need to use too much as I find a small amount does seem to go a long way. You do need to ensure you wait a few minutes before getting dressed after applying the product. You don't have to have a shower the following day after applying the gel, how-ever if you don't like the shimmering effect then I would recommend it. In terms of value I think the product is average priced and is much cheaper compared to other brands such as Fake Bake and St Tropez which I don't get on with very well. As I got the product on offer with some money off I think it was good value. The tan lasts for at least 2-3 days before it starts to fade. You can then easily top up the colour or leave the colour to fade completely. The tan looked very natural and I was really pleased with the results. If you have never tried fake tan product before and want to then I highly recommend this product to others.
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Unlike most of the people that have reviewed this product I was not a fan of fake tan until I tried this product. Many of the fake tans I either purchased or borrowed from a friend in the past have either smelt vile or left me looking orange and/or streaky. This one did nothing or the sort. It was easy to apply and the shimmer was a nice touch that did help me to spot where id missed. I found this gel didnt dry out my skin like other fake tans have in the past, especially on my legs. Although I found the gel looked a lot darker than the final result which was disappointing as I opted for the lighter shade based on the colour of the gel, however on a postive note I didnt have to worry about being too dark. The morning after I was expecting to find evidence of my tanning session on my sheets but I didnt another bonus! I found that this tan lasted a good week of normal washing before it faded. Using it for a second time and going to the gym I did find that it sweated out a bit on the arm pits but nowhere else. I would recommend this to everyone!
Like most women, I have tried a lot of different fake tanning products. Mousse, milk, creams, wipes, there is alot of different products on offer to confuse us, and so many of the 'celeb fave' products just don't seem to give us mere mortals the beautiful, natural looking glow we were looking for.
I have had so many disaster trials with fake tan that I had all but gave up, and had decided to embrace my natural whiter than white skin until a friend recommened L'Oreal Sublime bronze tanning gel. I decided to give it a go.
On my friends advice, I decided to use a tanning mitt to apply ("less chance of streaks"). When I opened the cap on the bottle I was shocked by how dark it looked, there is only two shades and I had picked the darker of thw two, I was starting to think this was a mistake, but I went ahead with the application. Once the tan was applied to the skin it didn't look as dark, but it had a nice shimmer to it so I could see where I had already applied and if I had missed any bits. There was a smell from it, but I found it quite pleasant.
After I had applied the tan I waited 10 minutes then got on my pjs and went to bed.
When I woke up in the morning I wasn't even thinking about the tan until I cought sight of myself in the bathroom mirror! I looked like I had been rolling around in mud! Panic! I phoned my friend who told me not to worry as this was normal, the shower would take off that 'mud' like appearance. So I jumped in the shower and watched most of the stuff come off until I thought it was just going to wash off and I would be white again (what's the point of that!). After the shower I looked in the mirror and was delighted. The mud like stuff had washed off leaving me a lovely natural looking tan!
The tan lasted around 5 days before fading away, I had lots of compliments on my healthy glow and I have used this stuff ever since.
L'Oreal Sublim Bronze gel can be bought in most chemists or online for around £10.
After coming back off holiday I like to keep my tan topped up as it starts to fade. I usually use false tan in the cream form, but when I saw this L'Oreal sublime bronze tanning gel I thought I give it a go.
This product retails at £13 for 150ml, and can be bought from Boots and other cosmetics stores. The gel comes in two different shades, to suit different skin tones. This tanning gel can be used on your face as well as your body. The bottle is brown with an orange flip top lid.
The gel is a dark brown colour, it does look a little bit off putting, but it is easier to apply. The gel will rub in easily, and will automatically make your legs look browner. It will take around 5 minutes to fully soak in, but just be careful not to get it on your furniture or clothes, because it does stain!
The gel smells slightly strange, it isn't chemical, but it isn't really natural either! It will last for a little while on your skin, so if you don't like it you may need extra body spray or perfume to try and conceal the smell.
It does leave your skin glimmering, because of the shine in the gel, and because of the tint in the gel, it will turn your legs browner straight away, but then the tan will build up gradually over a few hours.
The gel won't leave that many streaks, but you do have to be careful when applying. Take extra care over your elbows, knees and feet, or you may end up with orangey patches!
This product is best applied after a shower or bath, and I would suggest that you exfoliate before, so you get the best effects.
The gel will build up your tan, but if more than one application is used within a short period of time you can be left looking like you've just been swimming in chocolate. So, I would advise that you are careful with frequency of application, because it is quite dark.
The false tan will last on your skin for a few days, but it does wash off quite a bit in the shower.
I do have sensitive skin, especially on my legs, so this did unfortunately bring me out in a rash. After washing the product off though, everything was fine.
Because of this, I will not be purchasing this product again, but I would recommend to everyone without sensitive legs. It does provide a natural glowing tan, in a short period of time. So, I have rewarded this L'Oreal sublime bronze tanning gel with 3 stars. I have deducted two stars for the bad smell, the length of soaking in time, and the fact that it gave me a rash.
Thank you for reading this review, I hope it was of some use to you!
Also posted on Ciao under the username of Georgia713.
I like my fake tan especially now winter is here and there is no chance of getting a natural glow. I like to use fake bake and St Tropez but these are so expensive that they get saved for special occasions and I use cheaper ones for everyday wear.
L'oreal sublime bronze tanning gel is one that I bought a few months ago when it was on promotion in boots where I could buy three l'oreal products for the price of two.
The gel comes in a 150ml bottle and costs in the region of £13. Inside the bottle the gel is coloured to make application easier. I was a little worried when I first saw the colour of the gel as it is quite dark and I was a bit scared I was going to look as though I had smeared myself in garden fence varnish as this is what it reminded me of.
Luckily my skin didn't turn this colour but with it being tinited I did find it much easier to apply than with a clear gel.
The gel goes on the skin so smoothly and doesn't just sink in so that you have plenty of time to ensure that you have managed to rub it in all over. I found the application of the gel to be one of the best out of any sort of fake tan that I have tried.
It does take a long time to completely dry which is a bit of a pain as it means that you have to stand around naked to make sure you don't stain any furniture or clothing.
I do like the smell of this one too and find it to be quite pleasant.
Once the gel has absorbed properly you can already notice a glow to your skin and the tan will develop within a few hours.
Probably the best thing about this gel is just how good it is at going on the skin and how it leaves me almost completely streak free. I am always very careful with how I apply fake tan and always follow the exfoliating and moisturising route before hand but even when I just slap this gel on I find it difficult to even get a streak with it. It does have a habit of turning my elbows and knees a different colour to the rest of me though even though I have been really careful with the application.
Here is where I have the problem with the l'oreal sublime bronze self tanning gel. It turns me really dark which means it isn't really all that natural unless I could fake it and say that I have been away to the Caribbean for a couple of weeks everyone will know when I wear it. It also has a slight orange tinge to it but I think that my skin must be naturally pre-disposed to this as I find I get this slight oompa loompa tone with most fake tans.
Through trial and error I have found that I can lighten the tan with adding a moisturiser to the gel and mixing the two of them before application but this is a bit of a hassle. In summer I loved the darkness of the colour but now it is winter I just want a light glow as opposed to a heavy dark tan.
I have decided that I am going to put away what is left of this gel into the bathroom cupboard but I will be getting it out again as soon as there is the slightest hint of the summer being on the way next year as I think it is a really good fake tan especially for those people who like to go darker.
My experience with fake tans has been hit and miss, well predominately edging towards the miss end of that particular spectrum. Orange palms, knees, elbows, white spots, streaks - I've had them all. I'm just not adept at the application process you see, I follow all the instructions but the results just don't follow. Creams, wipes, sprays and gels - I've tried them all. The L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel has proved to be among the best fake tan product I have found (for me anyway!).
The gel is an orangey-brown colour that is clear in consistency - do not be put off by this, this is not the colour that your skin will turn! It comes in a clear plastic tube (the shape of a toothpaste tube) with a brown top that flips open. The design of the bottle is good in several ways - you can always see how much of the product remains, it stands on it's head so the product can always be removed easily and wastage is prevented & it can be squeezed firmly to ensure all product is removed. The bottle is 150ml and prices at around £12 (prices vary online and sometimes offers can be found too)
As with all fake tans, ensure that you exfoliate and moisturise your skin prior to application to ensure all dead skin cells are removed and that there is the best base possible for the tan to work on.
This for me is where this product comes into it's own. As a gel, it applies easily to your skin and simply glides on. Unlike creams it does not take alot of rubbing to sink in, and unlike sprays you can apply directly to the skin so that you can ensure that you have not missed any patches. The one downside to this is that no colour is left on your skin immediately so if you are looking for clues as to where you have applied, you will not find them.
The gel is absorbed into your skin almost immediately, which again is a plus for me as nothing is more boring than standing around naked with your arms out trying to encourage your skin to dry. It does not feel sticky or greasy on the skin nor leave any residue. Once applied, I am confident that I can dress almost straight away and not ruin the effects or get fake tan on my clothes, it really does dry very quickly. My skin always feels smooth after use, but given that I have also just completed a rigorous exfoliation and moisturisation process, I wouldn't attribute this completely to the fake tan.
Ok, so nothings perfect and this self tan does not solve the age old smell problem associated with tanning products. If left on overnight (as I usually do) to develop, you still awaken to that musty fake tan smell, not pleasant. But, given that this is a common aspect of self tan products, I won't count that against it too much. The colour achieved is natural and more of a glow, which is the look I like to go for (you can of course keep applying and layering on top of this base and you will end up suitably orange). The coverage is also really good, if I had missed any patches, it certainly wasn't obvious and I always feel confident enough to bare my legs once applied.
As with all selftans, ensure that hands are washed thoroughly after applying (palms and between fingers) as you will get orange palms with this product if not.
A really easy to use gel that gives good, natural results. If you are looking for an instant WAG tan, probably not the product for you as the effects are a little more subtle than that. If you are just looking to give pastey skin a little lift for the summer I would recommend giving this a try.
A while ago I tried the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze aerosol spray and although I thought it was fantastic I haven't been able to afford to buy it much since then as it's very expensive. When I saw a sister product in the same range - this L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel - reduced to only £3 down from £7 I snatched it up quickly and hoped it would meet my expectations. Previous to buying this my experience with gel formula tanning lotions has been virtually none existant. I tend to use creams or sprays. I have not kept up my self-tanning beauty ritual since the summer though and my skin is very pale. The product I purchased, however, is marked as being aimed at those with fair skin. You can get this is three shades including fair, medium and 'fresh feel'.
The product comes in a flexible tube and it stands up on it's lid, which has a simple flip top opening. It's a 150ml sized tube and the product is viable to use for up to 6 months after opening. There is a lot of product information printed on the bottle. On the front the product is described as "Tinted and Shimmering" and is said to give an "instant result" and an "illuminating effect". The bold claims continue with a boast that the product provides a "visible application [and] instant sun-kissed shimmer" which ultimately results in a "100% natural-looking tan".
On the back of the bottle there is some more claims about the product. The brand talk about how the gel gives a bronzed look for the body and the face. I know the bronzed look has been a popular beauty and fashion style lately and is promoted by a lot of new make-up products like mineral foundation and bronzing bead blushers. The bronzed look is supposed to make us look healthier and as if we are enjoying a vibrant life in the sun. L'Oreal say this gel will give you a "golden, natural looking tan".
There is also some directions for use on the back of the tube. Now in these directions it says that this product works by mimicking the colour of your already slightly naturally tanned skin. This initially worried me because I have no naturally-gained summer tan left so would this gel be unsuitable? I thought I'd give it a go anyway.
You have to do the usual exfoliation before use. This is to stop there being any dry patches of skin where the gel might soak in or catch. You then have to apply the gel as you would do with a cream , rubbing well into creased, dry areas like knees and elbows and taking careful care around places like ankles and toes to give an even application. You have to wash your hands well after use. You can use this on both face and body but avoid the contour of the eye. I find I don't need to do any pre-moisturising as the gel is quite soft and easy to work into the skin.
The gel is a very dark brown colour, like gravy brown, but it has streaks of what look like liquid gold running through it. When you start to rub it into your skin it doesn't look as dark as it does in the tube though. When you apply to your skin you can see exactly where the colour is being applied and your skin is instantly darkened. It's a bit like a tinted moisturiser. It doesn't give a dramatic tanned effect but is really rather subtle. It also shimmers a little bit, not too much that you look like you are going to a Christmas party but just enough to make your skin look brighter and healthier. The gel has a slight moisturising effect which is noticable but doesn't provide intensive moisturisation and is unsuitable as a make-up base but fine if you want to go bare-faced.
The fact that when you apply this gel you can see the result of where you are rubbing the gel is a great help as it means you can never go overboard in a certain spot or forget to apply a bit on another spot. The formula of the gel also means it doesn't lie on the skin and remain damp and sticky for ages after applying. It simply seems to vanish into the skin and I can wear clothes over the top straight away. The gel also has virtually no perfume and certainly doesn't have that horrible tell-tale self-tanning smell that most creams have. This has a very vague, mild, balmy smell - like someone's just walked by you with a pina colado cocktail.
The whitest part of my body is my legs and even here this gel works really well. It allows for a gradual, day-by-day application so you can build up a deep colour but also provides a quick solution by tinting the skin with a caramel brown colour. The tan that develops is natural looking and biscuity coloured rather than orange. I feel I could keep using this again and again without ever reaching a point where the colour looked unnatural. After reaching your desired colour though you are advised to use this 2-3 times a week. I haven't seen any streaks yet either, although my tan is still building up. At the moment it looks totally even all over, even in those difficult to massage places. This product has really helped me to feel more confident about my body and has been so easy to use and easy to get the result I want. I intend to use it on occasion until the summer when I think this product will be even better for helping to improve my natural tan. The product has no UV protection though, so is unsuitable for using before going outdoors to sunbathe. Overall I'm happy to have got this product at a knock-down price but would happily pay te full price when I run out of product!
Find out more about this product at the official L'Oreal website, search under skincare and self-tan to find all of the Sublime Bronze range:
I have used this self tanning gel for over a year now. I have recently tried an alternative, more expensive one (St. Tropez) thinking it would make me look more bronzed than the L'Oreal one does, however this is not the case.
L'oreal's self tanning gel is for the face and body and comes in two shades, one for fair skin and one for medium skin. I use the one for fair skin.
I also prefer this to other self tanning lotions because you can use it on your face. Many others are not suitable for your face and you will require a separate bottle of tan especially for your face, which will cost you more money.
I find that a tiny blob is enough for my face, not even a pea sized amount.
The bottle states to apply evenly over the body, paying careful attention to the knees, elbows and ankles and to do this daily until the desired tan is achieved, and then re-apply 2 - 3 times a week to maintain your tan.
I only use this when going on a night out so I apply it twice before going out and I can notice a glowing tan almost instantly after applying the first time. The tan then develops even more after around 6 hours.
For a better effect, exfoliate before application and if not using gloves or a mitt on your hands, be sure to wash hands well after application, or you might end up with glowing orange hands, as I have done in the past!
The tan will last around 4 days, after this it then starts to fade completely. I am not particularly bothered about maintaining my tan for a normal day, so do not use this as often as stated above and the bottle lasts me around 2 months.
I paid around £13 for a 150ml bottle of this from Boots. I have never found it cheaper anywhere else. When it is on offer at Boots, it is normally a third off the usual price.
I recently bought a 120ml bottle from St Tropez for £20, thinking it would be better, however I found I had to use more of the product for it to be noticeable and it seems to fade away quicker than the L'oreal one does. Therefore, I will just stick to L'oreal's Sublime bronze, as I have yet to find a better self-tanning lotion and it is cheaper than some and can be used on my face, which makes it quite a good buy!
For a fake tan that only costs around £11 depending on where you buy it, I think it's excellent quality and value for money. The tinted gel lets you see where you are applying it so there are no streaks, and it always gives me a streak-free tan. It is an instant tan but I find it best to apply it at night, leave it to develop overnight and wash it off in the morning to get a darker colour and so you don't get the tan on clothes and everything you come into contact with! It is easy to apply, blends in pretty well but you do need to apply quite a lot to get a deep tan. If you are quite pale, to get a darker tan you'll need to apply 2 or 3 nights in a row to begin with, but then it only needs to be applied every 5-7 days I find to maintain it. It is perhaps slightly more orange than I would prefer but isn't ghastly, and can be quite natural-looking if you don't apply more than 2 layers initially. For the price, the colour is great. I would definitely recommend exfoliating and moisturising beforehand (though I do have very dry skin) so that is lasts longer and this should stop it being patchy when you wash it off. If you apply too much too often though it does build up and so comes off in patches and I have been left with a lighter patchy tan as I couldn't remove some even when I tried exfoliating it off. But this doesn't happen for 4 or 5 days. If you only apply it once a week and moisturise daily you should be able to avoid this. Because of this, I'd say this tan is best for people who want a lighter tan. I use the version for fair skin, and haven't tried the version for medium skin so can't comment on it, but it may be worth a try if you want a darker tan so that you can get this without applying too much and then hopefully it won't go as patchy. It does have quite a strong fake tan smell, not so bad once you've washed it off though it can still be smelt slightly. I don't think it's a horrible smell though, I think I have gotten used to it, but this is a disadvantage if you don't want the smell to give away you are wearing fake tan. The bottle makes it easy to apply and on average a bottle lasts me up to 2 months. Once I can't get any more out of the bottle, I cut the end off and there's usually enough to get another application out of. Overall, it's great for the price and I've been using this tan for about 2 years now. I would definitely recommend it if you don't want to spend double the price on a higher-end tan, though a more expensive one may give a browner colour as I have been told they are green-based, making them come out more brown than orange.
Now who wouldnt want to look gorgeously tanned, daily from a bottle :)
well L'Oreal has made its best self tanning gel yet!
with a hint of glimmer it makes your skin look stunning and tan with in the first hour of applying.
now im girly girl but im not a big fake tanner, well untill i brought this bad boy i became addicted!! and i mean i used 3 bottles with in 3 months which is good a bottle a month.
it comes in 2 different shades so not a good choice between but the dark one is amazing for light pail skin's like mine and it makes you look amazing! and not looking like an orange either which is good as that is what i was worried about.
retailing at about £6-8 depending were brought from it is a good price and worth it.
its made from a well known make so you know you our in good tanning hands :)
this product can be brought from, asda. tesco ect all supermarkes and beauty stores so this product is easy to get and its worth it.
make your skin look gorgeous with L'Oreal.
Come on now ladies (and maybe men...) how many of you have painted yourself almost every shade between black and acid orange with self tanning products? I know I have, sometimes in the same application; I'll have my hands the shade of builders' tea and my ears a simple alabaster white. I'm not going to tell you that this product will cure you of all the hazardous colour implications of self application; I'm not going to tell you that it'll make you smell of roses, as opposed to the usual digestive-biscuity-with-a-hint-of-old-socks scent we've all unfortunately become used to.
What I will tell you is that for around a tenner (depending where you go; Boots will cost you about £11.50, Superdrug £10.99) you will get a decent sized bottle that contains at least three or four full body applications. It applies easily and smooths straight onto clean, dry skin. There is an immediate result, slightly glittery, and this result becomes more defined over the next six hours - handy as you can see exactly where you've put it and where it needs rubbing in.
Your skin will tighten after about four hours; this product will dry your skin out and it might itch a bit (I do have sensitive skin so it might not have such an extreme effect on everyone else.)
What you will be left with is a neat, even finish and a lovely mid-brown colour. Some of my girl friends only use the most expensive brands; they borrowed my bottle in an emergency (obviously not an emergency in most people's sense of the word....just my friend's!) and they have each bought a bottle since (should such an emergency occur again!) They were really impressed....and that is a difficult task!
You'll remain brown for at least 3 days and when it does disappear, it seems to disappear at the same time. This is a great base for foundation - the deep base colour adds intensity and creates a balanced skin tone.
L'OREAL SUBLIME BRONZE SELF-TANNING GEL - Tinted
This cost me around £9 from my local Boots. It's a self-tanning product, also known as fake tan, in a squeezy tube which is easy to identify as self-tanner because it's in those typical colours of bronze, brown and gold.
The tube is 150 ml in size, and apparently it is for both the face and the body.
Unlike some tanners, this one has both a long-lasting tan which develops over a few hours, and also an instant tan - it is sparkly bronze in colour, and it also contains a 'light reflecting formula'.
This means that you can see where you are putting it straight away, so there is no guesswork.
It is applied in the usual way, rub in to the areas that you want to 'tan'.
The first thing I noticed when I squeeze some into my hand, is that I really should be wearing gloves, so I wash that bit off and go and put on some latex gloves (Saved from a hair dye kit!).
The gel is quite runny and easy to apply - it spreads out very nicely across the skin, and apparently it contains AHA's (the scientific jargon which means that it will help to reveal fresh skin and get rid of old skin).
I rub it in well, making sure I haven't streaked it or otherwise messed it up (so easy with fake tan!). This time, I just apply it to my face, neck, chest and shoulder areas.
Then, I go off for a few hours and wait for it to develop.
Looking in the mirror, you can immediately see the instant effect: I am bronzed and slightly orange straight away, with a shimmer about me that seems a bit alien. The information on the label says that you can go out with it on like this as soon as it has dried, but I don't think I would, as I would feel greasy and a bit whiffy.
The kids come and inspect my face, telling me that I look different and smell horrible. Thanks! But it's true: it is quite strong smelling, typical fake tan aroma of wet digestive biscuits. Never mind, I am going to wash it off before I go anywhere.
Around four hours later, I do wash it off and am pleased to find that I am very tanned indeed, if verging on the orange side: I am glad to lose the shimmery face, which washes down the plughole, and am left with just a normal tan.
The next morning though, I find that the smell is still really strong, and I think maybe the colour is a shade too dark for me (I am naturally very pale) . For someone slightly darker toned than me, this product would be perfect.
A negative side effect though, is that the next day, my skin feels very dry and tight, and I have to apply copious extra moisturiser to compensate for this: maybe this is the AHA's doing their job, and my skin is too sensitive for it.
All in all, a good self tan product generally, but maybe too strong for myself.
In my opinion its the best tan that takes a while to develop fully. Its worth waiting for it to develop because it works excellently its better than almost all of its more expensive competitors. Its a gorgeous golden color and the bottle lasts a good while and because its tinted its hard to go wrong cos it leaves a very clear tint on your skin wherever you apply it.. It drys quite quickly too.
Its a pleasant smell too and it feels nice when you put it on there's a nice coolness til it which is quite refreshing. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a tan that develop fast and that is the best alternative to instant tans with the added bonus that unlike the instant wash off tans this wont go patchy if it rains or if you spill something onto it unless you do so before it drys.
The tan is able to be built upon so if you want to go darker you can it just needs reapplied as many times as you feel until you get the color you desire is achieved. The bottle is nicely designed and easy to open it has a flip cap and it also looks quite nice too after giving it more fought though i wanted to add that in my opinion it fades a bit too quick and too easily its nice when developed but i wouldn't recommend it to those looking a long lasting tan. One thing i do love about it though is its illuminating effect on the skin it gives a nice healthy glow. It has added vitamin E in it too which i think is good cos its nice to know that while your getting your tan your skin is benefited. one other problem i had is that after its dry it still seems to leave marks on your clothes
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze
I've always been self conscious about my weight and it is true that having a tan makes you look slimmer.
When I was in my twentys I used sunbeds regularly so that I always looked tanned & slim. I also like the feeling of the warms rays on my skin, especially if this was in the middle of the cold winter months, brrrrrr......
It was watching programmes which show you the effects of what too much sunbeds have on your skin that made me switch over to using self tan from the bottle.
Like most products you have to try and test them and decide for yourself which one suits you. I started of using St Tropez lotion. It is expensive and the colour is lovely but for me this only lasted until the following day. I also liked Fake Bake, but again this is expensive if you are someone who uses fake tan regularly.
I then decided to go down the scale in terms of pricing, but at the same time was looking for a quality product.
I have tried several products over various price ranges and I have to say that L'Oreal Sublime has the complete package in terms of pricing, colour and lasts.
This is available from most high street chemists and supermarkets. This costs around £11, however occasionally Boots or Superdrug have it on offer for about £8. I normally buy this from Superdrug using the 10% survey discount receipt.
Although this is described as a gel, I would actually describe it as a "runny cream". I normally put this on after coming out of the shower. Before using fake tan always ensure your body is hair free, exfoliated and moisturised. Always put on latex gloves when applying, this prevent the self tanner going on your palms - not a good look!
I normally start of with applying to my feet, legs and gradually working my way up the body. If there are any areas which you feel need slimmed down, then you can top up these areas so they look darker, and blend so that you don't have any obvious lines. I find it difficult to get certain areas of my back, so if you were backless tops regularly, then get someone to assist with this area.
After the whole body is done, take of the latex gloves and squirt a tiny drop of the self tanner on the back of your hands and rub both of the backs of you hands together until the tan is evenly applied to the backs of boths hands. Don't forget to rub the backs of both your fingers together as well. That way you get the tan all over, except the palms of your hands.
After that is done, I don't walk about the house naked like a robot waiting for the tanner to dry. There is no way the tan will dry quickly if you are still in the bathroom after the shower while the bathroom is still steamy. If you want the tan to dry quicker then go to a one of the cooler bedrooms in the house. I normally do this late at night and then put my pyjamas on and "sleep in it".
This product is easy to apply and there is little prospect of making a mistake because you can see where the colour is going when it is being applied. Like most products, this will come of on your clothes, which is why the first thing I put on is the pyjamas.
When I get up the following morning, I have a quick shower to get rid of any excess. If I was wearing a white top or dress I would use the tanner at least two days before so that the tan stays on your skin and not your clothes.
My experience is that this lasts at least two or three days. I normally use this tanner at least twice a week.
This sounds a bit cheesy but people who I have not saw for a while always ask me if I have been on holiday recently because the result is so natural and not the "you've been tangoed" orange tanners that first came on the market. They seem surprised when I tell them I've been to Superdrug.
If a new self tanner comes on the market then of course I try it and like most products, if I do not like something then I will not buy it again. If I like it I go back to it.
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze is the one I have been consistently buying for over four years now and will continue using for a long time and would recommend it.
Sublime Bronze has created Clear Self-Tanning Gel, which has a smoothing effect for an even, natural-looking tan / Soft-touch TextureThe texture of Clear Gel gives the skin an incredibly smooth and velvety touch / Your skin immediately feels fresh and soft.