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L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Spray

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Brand: L'Oréal / Type: Face Spray / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Bronzes / Product line: L'Oréal Sublime Bronze

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      30.01.2012 18:34
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      Great for a little tan top up!

      It's time to try out a little bit of fake tan, I'm going for sun kissed not orange. I don't really do fake tan, it's too much hassle and you normally only get your skin out in Summer and by then its a little bit tanned anyway. But I have a Ball to attend on Fri night and it's winter so I am whiter than Daz. I need a little bronze, but nothing that will rub off on my dress on the night. I need a fake tan that I can gradually build up over the week.

      Last year I had a disaster. I saw Ambre Solaire No Streaks Self Tan Body Wipes. Perfect I thought. Wipe them over my arms and I'll be good to go. So the night before the ball (I know rookie mistake) I wiped myself real nice with those wipes. I woke up the next morning and I looked like a brown and white zebra.

      Not a good look especially not for your works annual Ball. There was nothing for it, too late to do anything about it I had to go with it. At lunch time I had to go and buy more wipes and wipe over the bits that were still white. The end result was not as stripy but way too tanned!

      I have learned my lesson this year, so on Saturday I went searching for a self tan that would not leave me looking like a brown zebra.

      In Boots on Saturday I found this product by L'oreal. My bottle is a little different from the picture. I think it must be a newer bottle. Mine has a wide spray head so you just spray it on and don't need to rub in. You can use it on your legs as it still sprays if you have the bottle turned upside down. It's really easy to apply, just hold from 40cm away from the area and spray. If your skin feels wet, you are too close, so move back!

      This morning was my second application of the product and already I can see a change in colour on my skin, nothing drastic yet, but definitely "Sun Kissed!". Way better than Zebra. As the tan developed there was a little bit of the "fake tan smell" but not overly so. Better than others I have tried anyway.

      I bought this from Boots in a set with an exfoliator. This retails for £19.99 or the bottle on its own (150ml) is £15.99.

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      31.03.2011 20:17
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      Easy to use, easy to apply, good coverage

      For everyone who doesnt want to use sunbeds and cant afford the hefty price tag of a spray tan in a professional salon this Loreal Sublime Bronze tanning spray is perfect. I had seen this tanning spray advertised on television and so went down to my local pharmacy to purchase it and see if it really worked. I was sceptical to begin with as many self tanning products have left me either streaky, a nasty shade of orange or with patches of white still left. But I was still optimistic that there must be one good self tanning product avaliable on the shelves that would leave me with that sunkissed golden glow I have always wanted and with friends asking me where I had been on holiday. So I decided to give the Loreal Sublime Bronze tanning spray a shot. Whats the worst that could happen?

      Loreal Sublime Bronze is sold for £7.99 at my local pharmacy, which definatly doesnt break the bank and will the bottle contains enough for multiple uses. Definatly value for money in my option. The Loreal Sublime Bronze tanning spray comes in three different shades light medium and dark. I wanted a relatively deep tan and so therefore decided to go with medium, not wanting to risk dark in case I turned the shade of a Umpa Lumpa and had to stay hiden for the next week.
      So I started to prepare for my tan. I got into the shower, as many self tanning products can end up going everywhere, leaving stains on carpets, clothes and furniture, which is definatly not what I wanted. I held the bottle out in front of me and started to spray onto my skin starting from feet and working my way up. Just make sure you apply even amounts of the spray on all parts of your body, as you dont want to end up looking darker in some areas than others. Leave the spray to dry and do not wash off until the next day. Its always best to leave self tanning products on your skin for as long as possible so that the tan can develop to its full potential.
      Yes some of the product does come off on your sheets and it does smell a little strange but then in my experience that is the case with all fake tanning products.

      Loreal Sublime Bronze provided me with an even tan and theres no need to worry about streaks or patches because this product wont leave you with any. I have very fair skin but even for me it provides a nice deep tan without verging on the shade of orange that some other products fail to provide.
      The only downsides to the product are that areas such as your back can be difficult to reach.

      All in all though this Loreal Sublime Bronze provides a hassle free golden glow for a reasonable price. I would definatly use this again and recommend it to friends

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      27.01.2011 23:29
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      A pretty good fake tan product

      I am quite a pale person naturally, I would not say I am the palest out there, but I am quite pale nontheless. I do like to have a tan now and then, but I refuse to use sun beds, and it is not always fun to have to a stranger spray you while you stand there in your underwear. I have heard horror stories of people using fake tan lotions and creams, and decided to steer well clear of those.

      I came across L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Spray when I was shopping with a friend one day, a couple of years ago. I had seen an advert for this on the TV and it had looked quite appealing. I decided to buy some, and only try it on my legs first, so if it turned out awful then I could hide my legs and no one would know!

      The spray comes in a medium sized, brown aerosol can, and it comes in two different shades. I went for the lighter one, as being quite pale, too dark would have looked odd and I would rather my tan look real if possible. The lighter spray is more of a golden brown can, while the darker one is a darker brown.

      I found that the spray was actually quite easy to use, and there is simple instructions to follow on the can. It was recommended that I exfoliate my skin before use, and that I moisturise 24 hours before using. I did both of these things, and when the time was right I sprayed my legs to hopefully get a nice, light, natural looking tan. The spray takes around 3 - 4 hours to develop into a tan, so I just carried on about my business for a while and I actually forgot about the tanning spray until about 6 hours after, and I only remembered when I caught a glimpse of my legs in the mirror.

      I was actually quite surprised at how the tan looked. It was very warm in colour, but not so deep that it looked fake. I was really impressed with how natural it looked, and it was all even too. I waited until the next day to do the rest of my skin, as it was getting late and I didn't want to stain my bed sheets. I sprayed again the next day, not adding any more to my legs and again left myself to develop for the few hours. I was once again really happy with the results, and I had a natural looking, even tan that made me look healthy.

      I had used the whole can on myself in that one tan, so I hoped it would last a while. It ended up lasting me about 5 days before it started fading. Luckily it all faded in one go, so there were no odd patches at all. I was hoping it would have lasted a little bit longer, but after the 7th day I was back to being my old pale self again! I would happily have used the spray again, but it costs around £14 a can, and for that price I may as well get a professional spray tan.

      I have used the spray a few times in the years since I first found it, but usually just for my legs and arms when I am going on a night out and need to look great, if I need a full body tan I pay the extra pound and get a professional spray tan done, as these last a little bit longer I found.

      All in all, the Sublime Bronze is a great product, as it does what it is intended to do, is easy to use and it smells really nice too. The smell reminds me of summer holidays, exotic and fresh. The spray comes out in a fine mist, so you can easily see where you have and havent sprayed.

      I personally recommend this product, but if you can get it at a lower price then it is even better. I do not believe it is worth the £14 that is charged for it. You can buy this in Boots and Superdrug, and even in some Supermarkets.

      I give this product a 4 out 5. I would give it the full 5, but the price has caused me to bring it down 1 star.

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        06.06.2010 14:52

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        Beyond awful I was attracted because of the advertised lack of self tan smell The smell is there albeit fainter than usual but the product is uselessStreaky and patchy Tried it several time to make sure it was not fluke but it is truly terrible.In these keen times save your money for something that works.Sadly I have to enter a star to leave the review when in truth I would like to leave a minusHope this helps somebody save their money

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        10.10.2009 16:34
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        I actually bought this product off a friend who had accidently bought the 'fair skin' colour instead of a darker one which she wanted! But I believe this product can be bought for around £9 if you look around but I think my friend bought it for about £12 which is somewhat more.

        As self tans go, the price is average I would say for a self tan of this quality. It promises to give an 'airbrush effect' which I don't think I would really agree with. The aerosol gives it this look but in actual fact, it is quite difficult to use and spray on- especially around the back on the legs and neck area. Also another problem about the 'fine mist' that it sends out is that you cannot easily see the areas that you have already sprayed or not which can often mean that you get patches of light that you forgot to spray or very dark patches that you double or even triple sprayed!!

        Another possible problem is that because it is a spray on self tan, it means that you cannot use it on your face which is kind of annoying as you will have to buy a seperate fake tan to do your face (unless you like a pale face with a dark body!)

        The spray dries pretty quickly is good because sometimes with self tans you find yourself waiting around bored for ages so that you don't get the staining fake tan everywhere! The final finish is a nice colour- not too orangey but it is still pretty hard to get it even due to the difficult application process.

        The packaging is quite attractive and nice to hold which is definitely a benefit for the product as it has LOADS of competition from other self tan products of a similar price.

        In summary its not a bad product if you are double jointed and can reach every bit of your body with the spray (or if you have a willing assistant that will take the role of sprayer- you can use your shower to turn it into a tanning booth!).

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        13.08.2009 13:24

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        Appalling product. Just before going away, I applied the spray to my legs, carefully following instructions. Next day I had tiger streaks up the front and back of my legs. On return, I tried again even more carefully (husband spraying back of legs) with the same results. Until it wears off, I cannot wear skirts, shorts or cropped trousers. The can is now in the waste bin. It was a complete waste of money and also spoiled the start of a holiday. I am obliged to give it one star in order to submit the review. It doesn't deserve it.

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        15.06.2009 11:30
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        Great, high-tech self-tanner than gives great results.

        All of my life I have tried to stay out of the sun because of two reasons: I don't want skin damage which causes premature ageing and because I don't tan easily. I'm the type who just burns bright red like a cooked lobster then my skin turns dry and wispy, peels off and I am left pale again. The only part of me that really gets a lot of sun is my arms. Unfortunately, if I then wear a vest I tend to look like I'm wearing fawn coloured gloves up to my upper arms as I'm still milk bottle white where my t-shirt sleeves have been.

        I caught sight of myself in the mirror recently and was a bit dismayed. I have a big event to go to in July and I don't want people to be laughing at my tan lines and white glare. The only solution seemed to be self tanning solution. I have used a few self-tanners before but they always dissapointed: not enough colour, too much colour, too many streaks, horrible smell etc. So whilst shopping at Safeways I saw this product from L'oreal I'd never tried before. What hooked me was the expression on the can, 'Airbrush Effect'. We've all seen those beautiful tanned female forms in the beauty magazines, professionally spray tanned to perfection. So who wouldn't want to look like that?!

        The 150ml sized bottle cost over £12, a bit of a shock to me at the checkout as it's quite a small bottle. The cannister is bronze coloured and moulded to a shape which allows you to have a good grip. It's sort of like a pear shaped woman and you can hold her at the waist! The can has a big button on the top which is very easy to press down. There is also a bubble top to cover this.

        Information about the product and how it works is available on the back of the can. The 'airbrush technology' is explained as such: the 'dry mist' spray contains 'micro-particles', smaller particles than in most self-tanners, which barely wet the skin. The 'wide-angle' spray provides an even application of colour. It's not entirely enlightening but I assume that it means a fine mist will leave a more even colour! This product is also labelled as being for 'medium skin' tones or already tanned skin.

        Information for use says that the spray is so dry that there is no need to rub in. Prior to use I actually didn't beleive this claim - how could you possibly get an even colour without rubbing in, especially on parts like knees or elbows? Anyway, to use the spray you are advised to stand on a towel. I find in the bath or shower is just as good, although make sure you are completely dry if you have just showered. You should not moisturise before use but exfoliation will help provide even colour. The spray can only be applied to the body, not the face. Start with arms, then chest, then legs from bottom to top. Spraying should be continuous and over the chest you should go in circular motion. The spray should feel dry at all times. If it feels wet you are holding the can too near the skin.

        On my first application I followed these instructions with the exception of the exfoliation part. I didn't think I'd need to, in all honesty. Wrong! When the colour had developed there were small patches on my arms which were clearly caused by the skin being slightly thicker and drier in these parts. So I recommend body brushing prior to use even if you think you don't need to!

        The spray is easy to control and has the consistency of a fine river mist. It lands on the skin and feels like it has evaporated. It therefore leaves the skin feeling refreshed and not bogged down by creams or stickiness. The aroma is very acceptable too. It does not have that familiar chemical smell that so many self-tanners do. It is quite sharp and perfume based but the fragrance only lingers in the air and not really on the skin.

        The colour takes several hours to develop and you should only apply once per day. I was actually worried the colour was not developing the first evening but woke up the next day and was shocked by how much my colour had changed! The results of my first application were not perfect but were good enough for me to be impressed. The colour was uneven in places - like on the whitest parts of my body because the spray dries so quickly you can never be sure how much product you have applied. Also, because of my mistake in not exfoliating, there were a few darker patches here and there. The colour was actually a lot more uniform over the natural tan on my arms. On the whiter parts, specifically my legs, the colour spread looked odd. It was as though I'd actually been airbrushed - like shaded in to look thinner, with mild sandy shadows painted on my contours to enhance the muscle or tone of my legs. The same thing occured around my breasts - they seemed to be 'painted' to look sculpted. I found this rather odd at first but after several applications the colour was more even and the 'airbrush effect' was less shocking and more natural looking. You may need to 'fill in' the lighter parts where less product collects. A few applications will give a totally even colour.

        The best thing about the product was that after only two applications my whole body is now the same colour. After using several other self-tanner creams and sprays before I have never had such a quick or an easy result as this. Infact, I have never been an even colour like this. I look like I've spent a week on a sunny beach naked. Furthermore, the colour is very natural looking. I have decided that I enjoy my colour after three applications so will only need an occasional top up now. People have remarked on how tanned I'm looking and yet it's a very natural looking brown glow I have - not overdone or orange. I'm very pleased.

        I'd reccommend this Loreal Sublime Bronze product to anyone but especially inexperienced or frustrated self-tanner users. At £12 it is quite expensive but I think it is worth the money to look good!

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          31.05.2009 16:24

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          A product that does as it says

          Now that the sunshine has finally appeared its time to bare the legs. I bought L'Oreal's self tanning spray from the local supermarket. It appealed to me because it is a self tanning dry mist so there is no need to rub in. I decided to apply the spray in the bathroom as instructed while standing on a towel. It says to spray from about 30cms away, but when applying to the back of the legs it is difficult to make sure that you don't spray too much. I therefore, asked my husband to spray the back of my legs to get an even coverage. Results great - legs look slightly tanned with no streaks on the legs, ankles were slightly darker then the rest of the leg but I am sure with a bit more practice this problem can be overcome. You can also use the spray again on a following day to get a deeper tan if needed. Very pleased with this purchase.

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          27.05.2009 14:34

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          good all rounder

          ive been using lloreal self tanning products for several years now. I find them cheap but good quality if used correctly. however with this self tan spray it has been revamped into an aerosol. i used and still do use the liquid spray but when ran out desperatly brought this one.. usig the spray one for mnay years i nervously opened this one and began to spray away ..

          What i like about this fake tan spray is that its so easy to apply.. you can apply as close or as far away from the skin as you like to get the desired effect.. however i do recommend to go lightly but apply twice or you may end up with slight streaks arounds the ankle areas if go to close.. there is no need to rub in as the spray is that light you can see it dry instantly on the skin.. the result.. i nice golden glow that lasts for days.

          Big thumbs up from me.. although i do still prefer the liquid spray one from lloreal.

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          29.01.2009 19:42
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          Quite an expensive spray self tanning product. A poor quality spray tan

          When it comes to self tanning products I am a fan of mousse products as I feel you get the best application but time wise these do take a while apply. However a friend suggested using a spray product if time is an issue as spray tans go on fast and dry fast.

          When I went to Boots, the L'Oreal product stood out. The packaging is a gold bottle with a bronze coloured lid. The packaging was more attractive than the other products so I immediately and naively thought that it would be better.

          It was retailing in Boots at £9.99 which I thought because of the price it must be reasonable and better than the other cheaper products for around £4.99a bottle. My rule of thumb with self tanning products is you get what you pay for (i.e. St Tropez / Fake Bake expensive but by far better than cheaper alternatives). I was totally wrong when it came to this one its useless and one of the worst £10's that you will spend!

          A positive is that the product is easy to apply, exfoliate spray and go! It dries in less than one minute.

          But that's about it on the positives. I used it and it just didn't work. Followed the instructions after exfoliating and sprayed an average amount on. I waited for it to develop... and it just didn't happen, six hours later nothing, my legs just looked shiny! Went to bed and expected a change in the morning. No difference! , . I waited a week then thought I would use it again and give it a second chance. This time just used slightly more (not much though). Again it didn't work, so I went to bed and woke up streaky. It wasn't a dark tan but it was orange toned light streaks all over my arms and legs.

          On a positive it is a light product so may help achieve a natural tan.

          Also the spray button snapped as it was so flimsy. It went back on but kept falling off so increased the time it took to apply.

          All in all a rubbish product that I wouldn't recommend to anyone!

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          29.01.2009 14:08
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          Natural it isn't!

          I'm certainly an amateur when it comes to applying fake tan. I only ever worry about the colour of my legs in the height of summer when I want to wear shorts or a skirt. Therefore every year I go through the same process of reviewing different fake tans before deciding on the one I think it likely to be the easiest to apply and with the best results.

          Last year was the turn of L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Spray. It had had some mixed reviews but overall seemed to be easy to apply and was available in a light to medium shade (as my skin is quite pale).

          I do exfoliate and moisturise on a regular basis but before I used the product I paid particular attention to any rough areas around my knees and ankles. The instructions on the back of the can say that you should spray about six inches away from your skin in a smooth up and down motion. It then goes on to tell you that you should not rub it into the skin, but to leave it dry naturally.

          As an extra precaution (and because I am totally cack handed), my husband volunteered for the spray job. He followed the instructions and quickly sprayed both my legs as the instructions suggested.

          The next morning I woke up with the worst fake tan legs I had ever encountered! They were really patchy and the colour was the most awful orange I had ever seen. Baring in mind this was meant to be for pale skin (of which mine is no way the palest) the contrast between the two was dreadful.

          Consequently I spent the next hour in the bathroom with a body scrub trying to get rid of the majority of the tan (and probably my own skin!) before putting on a very long skirt to go to work.

          Although this is not the most expensive fake tan on the market, it is no way the cheapest either. I have used quite of a lot of this type of product, some costing as little as £4.00/5.00 and have had better results with those.

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            24.11.2008 14:57
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            Brilliant!

            Right, well straight from the off I'm going to confess that I absolutely love this product. My only moan is that I've currently run out and now need to go and buy some more!!
            Although I am mixed race, and so pretty golden anyway, don't throw rotten veg at my just yet! In the winter I do become very pale and have a tendency to look a little ill as I have a slight yellow tone to my skin that becomes very pronounced when my skin has seen no sun for a few months...and let's be honest, that's pretty often in England!
            I bought this product after seeing it on 'How to look good naked' on Channel 4. It got top marks from the shows reviewers so I thought it was a good bet. It cost's around £10 in larger chemists and high street stores such as Boots and Superdrug as well as main supermarkets. Sometimes you can get some great offers on it as well like BOGOF, but to be fair I haven't seen one of these for a while...
            It comes in a golden brown/orange tin and is available for medium/darker skins and fair skin. It is an aerosol, not a pump and sprays a very fine light mist over your body. Best way to apply is straight after a shower or bath and after moisturising. Then just stand naked and spray all over, and the spray even works upside down!! Theres no need to rub it in and it very quickly dries, so theres no need to stand around like a star fish for 15 minutes. The smell is lovely and is quite a fruity apricot scent that smells nice and clean. This product does not streak! and although a very nice, sun-kissed tan develops quickly it is quite subtle. Although noticeable you will not look like a footballers wife who's gone crazy on perma-tan! Its very natural and just add's that healthy glow that a nice holiday in Spain would give you, but minus the relaxation!!
            Anyway - great product for a great price!

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            03.07.2008 14:33
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            I recently did a review on Avon Skin So Soft Airbrush Self Tanning spray and although it was a really cheap product, I did give it a little slating as being one of the worst self tanning products that I have ever used.

            They are a mixture of products on the market, some bad like that particular Avon product because you don't actually see any results and some which basically make you go orange over night, and there is nothing to stop that from happening if the product does not suit your skin.

            One product that I have come across that I have completely happy with the results is Loreal Sublime Self Tanning Spray. It comes in a gold coloured can and details on the reverse of the can on how to actually use this product. It has a pump action nozzle at the top of the can to release the contents onto your skin.

            As with all self tanning products when you first use them, you need to exfoliate in the shower or bath to remove any dead skin cells that you may have on your skin. If you apply this product without exfoliating then do not complain when you see the results as it will give you a completely patchy tan and it is not easy to get off once it is on.

            When you have exfoliated apply the skin to skin, about 6 inches away from you and only squirt a few times onto the skin. Using your hands gently rub it into the skin evenly tom ensure that you get a flawless tan. The product is clear so you don't see any immediate results and you do know what it is going to turn out like as it starts to show around 24 hours after applying. Therefore don't go mad thinking bthat you can't see anything so I will just put a little bit more on, thats not how this product works.

            YOu will see the results that this product gives when you wake in the morning, with me being pale, I was actually quite happy with the colour that I had gone and I had exfoliated well and it did give me an even tan, probably a little bit darker than anticipated on my legs however it didn't look silly, it just looked evenly golden.

            The product can be used on a daily basis to achieve the colour that you want, however afterb one application I was quite happy with myb results and didn't need to apply it for another week, when it started to fade a little. It also comes in handy wipes which you can use as a quick fix or cheaper version if you just want a tan for a special occasion and not worried about keeping it. These costs around £1 for the one wipe, the can displayed is around £10 from Boots however you can pick it up cheaper in supermarkets as they tend to discount them a little more.

            Depending on the colour of your skin, it comes in two tones, one for fair skin and one for medium to dark skin, so ensure you purchase the right one for your skin type.

            I have heard mixed comments onn this product however I liked it and would recommend it.

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            05.02.2008 22:23
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            Overall great for emergency situations and recommended.

            I tried the L'oreal Sublime Bronze self tan spray when I had a big occasion to prepare for and I had no time to go to my favorite Sephora store. I went to my local Shoppers Drug Mart around the corner for a quick, easy, self tanner to transform me from ghostly to glowing fast! I knew what I was getting into, because I didn't have many good experiences with cheaper self-tanners. They usually left me streaky or a freaky looking orange shade that caused me to spend a week hiding behind long sleeves and turtlenecks. But desperate times called for desperate measures, so I thought I'd give L'oreal sublime bronze the benefit of the doubt. I scanned over the various shades of light, medium, dark, and chose the medium shade. It costs a very reasonable $15 to $20 US, which put a smile on my face, and some extra cash in my wallet to buy a bronzing gel in case I ended up looking like a shade of pumpkin. I drove home in a jiffy, and hopped in the shower for my pre self tan preparation.

            Before self-tanning, you should always, always, always exfoliate your skin. This helps to remove dead skin cells and residue, so that the tanner can go on more easily, with less streaks, and longer lasting power. I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the largest tub size and keep it on my bathtub ledge for times like these. I also like to wait until the steam and hot water has opened up my pores, so that the scrub can work more effectively. Once I step out of the shower, I immediately use a non-greasy moisturizing lotion all over. The lotion seals in moisture and works as a base for the tanner to go on evenly and less harshly around areas like knees, elbows and ankles. Just be sure not to use an oil-based moisturizer, which can affect the self-tanners effectiveness. One the moisturizer is completely absorbed into the skin, and your body is completely dry, you can begin to apply the self tanner.

            When using a self-tanning spray you might want to apply it in a dry shower with the shower curtain closed. The spray tends to get everywhere, and I made this mistake when I first used this product by doing it in my room. I ended up with a greasy floor and the bottoms of my feet were stained orange. The spray is clear, and I applied it in long smooth sprays in upward and downward motion. It was relatively easy to apply, and covered larger areas like the legs quickly and easily. I sprayed a lot of the product on my feet, which I realized later was a bad idea. When I was finished I remained in my room, allowing time for the product to dry without putting clothes on. Clothing can disrupt the process and can get stained as well. The spray dried to a silky finish rather quickly, and much quicker than most lotion based self-tanners. I then went to bed dreaming of my bronzed glow in the morning.

            When I woke up the next morning I was definitely darker. The shade was slightly on the orange side, but not as bad as many other self-tanner's that I have encountered. I also noticed that the extra coats I had applied on my feet, was a bad idea and left me with much darker feet than legs. The product did not streak, however it did develop darker around my ankles and knees. You should spray over these areas very lightly, and go darker over the rest of the body. My skin also felt soft and silky from the moisturizing properties in the formula, which I liked. Much to my delight, no one noticed my tangerine-ish shade at night, because it did tend to look much more bronze in color when not in bright light or outdoor light. My last minute self-tanning experience was a success thanks to L'oreal Sublime Bronze, and I would definitely use this product again in an emergency like this.

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