We're just back, I say just back - it's actually been 2 months now, wow have we really been back that long.... anyway, we're 'back' from our main summer holiday this year. Just before we went away my mum bought me a can of the Lancome Flash Bronzer self tan mousse - she said that I needed to apply a 'proper' fake tan before I bared my milk bottle white legs in a pair of shorts. I do actually use the 'gradual' self tanning products fairly often, but my mum jokingly suggested that I needed a little more help for my holiday! To be perfectly honest I'm happy enough with the results from the some of the gradual self tanning products. I've got very pale skin, and tonnes of freckles, and I find that the gradual self tanning products give me a much more natural 'colour' rather than a 'tan'.
I have used various proper self tanning products before, but never Lancome's Flash Bronzer - even though I've heard good things about it. This comes in a 150ml can, and my mum tells me she paid just over £10 for it.
It's a self tanning mousse, rather than a cream or lotion, and as such it's really easy to apply. I do prefer a mousse formulation for a proper self tan as I personally find them easier to apply evenly. Like most self tanning products you get a much more even tan, less streaky and patchy, if you exfoliate first. So before using the Lancome Flash Bronzer for the first time (a couple of weeks before our holiday - to ensure that I got along with it, I didn't want to end up orange on the first day of our holiday!) I exfoliated my legs concentrating on any dry patches around my heels and and ankles, and my knees. I then applied a light moisturiser to my legs, again concentrating on my heels, ankles and knees. Then finally the fake tan mousse.
To use the fake tan mousse, you just need to shake the cannister well, and then squirt out a blob of mousse which you then massage into your skin. The mousse is a golden brown colour, and also colours your skin, so that you can see where you've applied it so that you don't miss any patches. I found that a golf ball size blob of mousse was enough for each leg. The mousse is light and soft, and easily and evenly disappears into my skin, and it doesn't leave any tacky or sticky residue behind at all. The mousse was also much quicker to apply and rub in than a cream or a lotion.
This has a pleasant enough smell initially, but like all fake tans as it develops it starts to take on that familiar 'biscuity' fragrance. This does leave slight stains on sheets, but they do wash out easily enough with some Vanish added to the wash. I use the St Tropez latex gloves to apply fake tan so I didn't end up with any orange palm problems. I would always apply this at night and then shower it off in the morning, you can see the water running off your skin in the shower is tinted brown from the residue of the fake tan.
As I said I only used this on my legs, and it did actually leave them with a lovely natural golden glow. Darker than I get from the gradual self tanners, but not too dark that it looked fake. My legs looked they had a slight healthy golden tan. I was happy enough with the results and so the Flash Bronzer mousse accompanied us on holiday.
Now if you've been reading and waiting patiently for the Marge Simpson bit, here it comes! We were away for a month in total, we went to the US, and it was hot hot hot. The highest temperature we had one day was 112 degrees F. I used the Flash Bronzer mousse a few times at the start of our holiday, with no problems whatsoever. Then for some reason I seemed to forget about it until near the end and then decided to use it again. We were on a fly drive, and we changed hotels virtually every other night, so all our stuff had been in the trunk of a hot car for many hours most days.
I exfoliated, moisturised and applied the Flash Bronzer mousse as normal one night, let it develop overnight and then showered the residue off the following morning. Only to be left with bright yellow legs, aka Marge Simpson legs! I actually hadn't really taken much notice of the colour of my legs as I was pottering around after getting out of the shower and was leisurely getting ready, it was my husband who suddenly said ''you do know that your legs are actually yellow?'' I looked down and so they were, they were without a shadow of a doubt yellow, certainly not golden brown, not even orange, just bright yellow!
I can only imagine that the heat and sun affected the contents of the cannister. Especially as I had no problems with the self tan mousse prior to our holiday, and at the start of our holiday before it got really hot.
So would I recommend this. Well that probably depends on where you will be taking it. In theory I would recommend this, yes, as it was quick and easy to use and it did leave my legs a lovely colour - at the start. However it doesn't seem to cope well being left in the heat, so if this is likely to happen to your can, or if it has happened to your can, then don't use it - unless of course you 'do' want to look like Marge Simpson!
I've tried lots of fake tanners over the years in an effort to disguise my pale milk bottle skin and this product has got to be my favourite.
The mousse comes in a 150ml orange bottle and when its sprayed from the can it looks a caramel colour. I find it really easy to apply as it's very smooth and hydrating; one of the great things is it seems to moisturise your skin and certainly doesn't dry it out. In fact I use hardly any moisturiser before putting this on- i just exfoliate in the shower and then just moisturise dry areas (elbows, knees and ankles).
As the mousse is tinted it's really easy to see where it's gone on so that you can see if you have missed any where which is good. The colour usually develops after about 4 hours but I usually leave it on over night and then have a shower in the morning. Another great thing about the mousse is it has a really nice fresh smell; nothing like a lot of fake tanners. It also doesn't feel sticky like a lot can.
The colour looks really natural too; not too dark and not orange at all. I find that it lasts about 5 days and fades away gradually without going patchy which is another bonus. All in all a great buy!
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