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Flash Bronzer is a self-tan that comes in a tall 150ml orangey-brown bottle with white writing and a white rose. Just below the lid is the recognisable yellow and white Lancôme label. Lancôme began in the 30s when Armand Petitjean, perfumer and cosmetician, devoted his life to his dream of giving women the most beautiful things possible. ? For them, he created Lancôme?.For them, he selected the rose?For them, he surrounded himself with the best researchers?For them, he began an exemplary adventure in the realm of passion?.The art of being beautiful "à la française". It all started when Armand launched 4 perfumes in 1935. ?Tropiques?, ?Tendres Nuits?, ?Kypre?, and ?Bocages? and ?Magie? in the nineteen-fifties. These perfumes are now collectors items and extremely rare. Armand also had a true passion for roses and grew them in his rose garden, in Ville d'Avray, just outside of Paris. So, it's no surprise that he chose the rose as the symbol of the Lancôme fragrances. The Lancôme fragrance rose was a traditional, round rose with a curved stem, based on the works of Belgian painter Redouté (1759-1840). Changes were gradually made to it over the years until the year 2000 when they finally settled on the one you see on their products now. A real Lancôme rose actually exists! This flower was created by Delbard in 1973 and is still featured in the Delbard catalogue today. It is a gorgeous, pale fuchsia rose with a very long, cylinder-shaped bud. Its petals - between 35 and 40 - are thick and shiny. The Lancôme rose is a very robust rose that, according to Delbard, takes right after its parents. Its father - a rosebush nicknamed ?the Oak Tree? for its extreme sturdiness - produced Magenta red roses. Its mother produced roses t
hat were nearly mauve in colour. This is how the rare and vibrant rose known as the Lancôme rose, came to be. The Lancôme website says you can actually get your own Lancôme rose by writing to: Delbard - 16, Quai de la Mégisserie - 75038 PARIS CEDEX 01 Telephone: 33 (0)184.108.40.206.20 Flash Bronzer is available for the whole body (in this bottle) and for face (in a smaller tube) and for legs (a stronger formula in a tube). For the purpose of this review I am focussing on the whole body spray. The product comes in clear liquid form, like water. It has a pump action nozzle for easy application. The application instructions on the bottle are themselves, very brief ?shake well before use?spray, smooth rapidly and evenly over skins, rinse hands thoroughly and dress!? Yes, if you look closely, it says nothing about having to wait for up to an hour to dry. I think most girls who use self-tans have probably experimented with a variety of products that require us to sit or stand in the most uncomfortable (not to mention, unflattering) and compromising positions for long periods of time before we can dress. For those of you who haven?t used self-tan, think ?I?ve been sitting on a horse for 3 weeks? meets zombie! Well, you won?t get that with this one?Lancôme Flash Bronzer is INSTANT DRY! So you really can, spritz?rub?dress?go. Lancôme Flash Bronzer is easy to use but as with any self tan, if you want an even, realistic all over tan, a through preparation process is essential but long: ** First you really need to shave away all those hairs (unless you like to be natural (or you are male)? I just wouldn?t shave after as you may streak the tan). ** Next, exfoliate ? especially the dry areas like knees and
elbows. ** Finally, moisturise all places you are going to apply the tan (any tan). This will allow the tanning product to go on more evenly as you skin would have an all over treatment, be soft and supple and ready. Okay, so you are ready! Pull off the clear lid; activate the product by pressing on the pump. The liquid will spray lightly onto your skin. Working one limb (or other area) at a time, spray liberally (maybe 5-7 pumps) and start to rub in. As I said before, the product is clear ? so some people may find the rubbing in part difficult, as you can?t see when it?s done. I just keep going in all directions until I think I?ve covered every part. Move through to the next part of your body and keep going until all is done. When applied, it may feel slightly tacky but it really is safe. You may feel more confident to stay undressed for 5 or so minutes but it doesn?t matter. If you have to dress right away then do it. I usually apply tan then sit in a towel or dressing gown and put my make up on then get dressed. There is never any residue on the towels or any garments. The tan should start to develop in about 1 hour but what is really great is when you go outside in the sunshine (or under a light) you will see tiny golden sparkles that just give you a little glow until it develops. Since I began using Lancôme Flash Bronzer, I haven?t had a scary, streaky moment. Even when, on the odd occasion, I?ve been in a bit of a rush and haven?t prepared as thoroughly as I could have done; or I?ve been so tired, put it on rather hastily and jumped into bed?.no early morning surprises! So all round, it really is a great product; it comes in quite a large bottle and lasts a long while. I use it all year round and each bottle lasts me about a year. That?s pretty good really seeing as each bottle costs a
bout?.wait for it?.£18. Sounds rather expensive but it is Lancôme, it does last a long time, and it really is the best self-tan I have found. Now you can finally chuck out all those bottles that you?ve tried, hated but still kept ? just in case it works better next time.
I had never used self tan lotions, mousses or sprays before i tried Lancome Soleil Flash Bronzer. I did know though that trying them could leave you with an uneven tan if not well applied. I bought Lancome Flash Bronzer because i trust this name. I was right. It said the spray was like water and easy to apply: TRUE. The formula is thin and non greasy. Very easy to apply (except on my back obviously where i needed some help). I didn't have to rub it in but did so anyway. My hands were smooth and so was my body after applying it. Because of its very light texture (like water), it said quick drying: TRUE. I was able to get dressed immediately after applying it. It promised a nice tan instantly: HALF WAY TRUE. I may have been expecting results too quickly and impatiently. After the promised 20 minutes or so, i was hoping for my golden tan to show but couldn't see any of it. The truth is, I got a nice surprise the next day: the bronze tan had appeared, evenly, as promised. I was worried that my 150ml spray wouldn't last me more than two "self tanning sessions" and this whole idea would cost me a fortune: WRONG. It seems the spray system allows you to apply just the appropriate amount without any waste. I believe 150ml will last me several months ** at least until summer time where i can hope for the real sun to shine on my body! Bottom line: I have a nice, even, golden tan that makes me look healthy and not at all "fakely tanned" under the gloomy weather. I will buy Lancome Flash Bronzer again and I highly recommend it! PS (added a few days after i wrote the above opinion): a Dooyoo member asked me if my hands were stained. Well, they weren't the first time i used my Lancome self tan spray because i was careful to wash them immediately after applying the spray. But on the second time i applied it, I didn't wash my hands and YES, my palms are stain
ed. It can be a bit embarrassing because the colour is quite dark compared to the rest of my arms and hands, so beware users. Wash your hands after applying, but make sure you don't wash any area on your arms when washing your hands. You would get the spray off and would end up with an uneven tan. I also learned another lesson: when i applied it, i was in my bathroom that has a linoleum floor. As i was barefoot, the soles of my feet are also stained. So, once again, beware where you step!
For that „just back from holiday“ glow in just one hour, give yourself a quick spray with this, rub it in a little and put your clothes back on. It really is that simple! No more hanging around your flat all cold and naked so you don´t ruin your clothes or get streaky, and no more waiting hours for it to work, only to find that now you are pale orange with a dark blotch on one arm that shouts „FAKE TAN!!“ I have never been one to use fake tan - too much hassle and in my experience you only go orange anyway - but a year ago I bought something lovely at the Lancome counter and was given a sample of this, and some „Gommage de Pèche“ exfoliant. A year later I found these samples at the bottom of my make-up drawer, and, as I now have a friend who is constantly fake-tanned, I decided to try it. Now I use it all the time and would not be without it!! I find I look healthier and slimmer with the nice light tan this gives you, so I feel more confident!! It will also be great in the summer as I will no longer be afraid of getting out my snow-white legs (that I am sure have given a few people snow-blindness in the past) to actually get tanned! This wonder-product dries instantly and boasts a devlopment time of under an hour. It also leaves you a lovely natural golden brown colour. It is oil-free, so you don´t feel all greasy after application, and the spray action allows you to apply to the bits you can´t usually reach without a friend to help (that little bit of your back in between your shoulder blades for example). It contains DHA (self tan) AHA (alpha hydroxyacids – those fruit acids that are good for chemical skin exfoliation) and vitamin E (mops up free radicals and moisturises the skin) Due to its instant dry formula, it can be a little drying sometimes, so it is a good idea to apply a light moisturiser a couple of days after application. Sometimes I get reactions to products and they trigger eczema, but
on me, this product is absolutely fine. This is the best self tan product I have tried, and I don´t think I would use another type of bronzer now. It turns my very pale skin brown in a hour and the results last about a week. Fabulous! Little tips on using this product: Because it is so light, not creamy and easily absorbed, it will really sink in to dry skin, so it is a good idea to exfoliate and moisturise the day before if you suffer from dry skin. Also avoid the usual places - knees, elbows, and ankles...and the unusual ones...I quite often find I have a dark bronze belly-button after using this product, but if this happens, panic not!! The best „fake tan remover“ I have come across is Cliniques Clarifying Lotion (that purple toner they have...makes you wonder what´s in it and how strong it is when it does stuff like that!!) Or, if you don´t have that and know where to get 70% alcohol, that also works well. Remember to moisturise afterwards though as these removers will really dehydrate your skin. Also, watch your feet! The spray tends to get on the floor a bit when I do it and then I tread in it without realising, and consequently the soles of my feet are a glorious walnut brown. Not a good look!! It is about £13 over here (Austria) but I think last time I looked in the UK it was around £17. It is definitely worth it though!! Buy it!
Rapid action, light or deep tanned skin in under an hour / Perfect, even and natural color / Superb skin quality