For me, fake tanning is a risky business. I am always scared that in trying to make my legs and arms look better for a party or a holiday, that the tell tale streaks end up ruining my look completely. So, it is important to me to get a product that I can be confident in using.
Palmer's Natural Bronzer fits this bill. The fact that it gradually builds up a tan means that the first application isn't a big commitment and if my lack of skill in applying such things leaves marks, these will be subtle and easily rectified. The first time I used this product, I used it straight on my skin without any prep and, although the coverage was more or less even, there were a couple of streaks. Something that I have found prevents this is if I use a layer of moisturiser first (particularly on places like the knees and elbows). Doing this meant that the second time I used the product I had no streaks and was very pleased with the result. One warning that I would give, is to make sure hands are washed afterwards, or that you wear tanning mitts as between by fingers and around my wrists looked somewhat extra tanned with an orange tinge the next day.
A huge huge bonus for this produce, and one that makes it stand out from the other self tanners on the market is the smell. This smells gorgeous. None of that tell tale 'I smell like a biscuit' scent, the Palmer's Natural Bronzer has the cocoa smell it is known for. On top of this, there is the extra bonus that my skin felt very soft and nourished after use.
The value for money of this product is incredible. A 250ml bottle with an easy to use pump can be sourced for less than £4. Definitely a value for money product.
I've always been a little wary of fake tans, with the fear of being orange always scaring me away from buying them. I've tried other gradual tanners before, as they seem less scary but they take a lo tof applications to get me looking the colour I want. I tried this on a recommendation andmade me look like I'd been on holiday instantly! It's definately brilliant value for money as all I'm after is a glow, and for this you only need to apply once of twice a week, not everyday.
Also it smells amazing! Some fake tans can smell awful and this smells so like all other Palmers products. I applied before work once though and someone did coment that they thought I was eating a cake because of how I smelt! Maybe not the best for thouse who don't like sweet smells, although it has to be better that the usual biscuit smell!
All in all I've tried a few of the more popular advertised ones and would recommend this over them. The bottle may be smaller, but it takes a lot less use and colours you instantly without any orange in sight!
The general self confessed tan addicts of this world will openly admit to having tried and tested the majority of self tans, and I confess to my involvement in this game of trial and error. 'Sun kissed moisturizers' promise to leave you feeling soft skinned, hydrated and of course sporting a healthy glow. Unfortunately there are many big branded tanning moisturizers that will leave you greasy, streaky and orange, not the desired look for the masses.
Last year I discovered Palmers Bronzing Gradual Tan in superdrug, having used palmers body butter religiously since discovery, I decided to extend this trust to their tanning alternative.
The first thing I enjoyed about this product was the pump, why brands that specialize in self tan haven't caught on to this revelation I do not know, tubes of self tan generally end up greasy and generate a streaky orange look themselves, enter pump; no more spoilt bottles. The second thing I noticed was the smell of the product, Palmers is after all famous for its chocolaty scent, some may assume you work at a bakery but this is clearly a better assumption then those that lead from the usual old tea bag odor that so many tans omit. The smell will last for a couple of days and if you want to keep it up but keep at your current shade simply apply some palmers body butter.
A large flaw often found with sun kissed moisturizers is that they take multiple applications to build up a considerable colour, palmers does not. One application will leave you a considerable shade so if you're pale skinned it might be an idea to mix with a normal moisturizer or use sparingly to make the tan more realistic.
The final thing to look forward to is how long this product will last you, if you look after your tan it can last you beyond a week, which means less pumps and less purchases.
The price is also a sigh of relief at 5 - 6 pounds and when used correctly will keep you tanned beyond a month, you might even keep costs down by using your general moisturizer less often as this product leaves your skin soft and supple, a welcomed side effect.
So take it from someone that found out the hard way, this product is one I cannot recommend highly enough and doesn't yet have the recognition it so strongly deserves.
*** I apologise in advance for such a long review, but when I'm really pleased with a product I want to explain the full details about it and its good points.
I first noticed or knew about this product when I was searching through the superdrug website i saw this product and noticed that it was by palmers. The next time I was in superdrug I looked for the product and it was fairly disguised by all the other Palmer products to which i didnt realise they did so many. I was aware they did their standard coco butter lotion, however there seemed so much choice in the section. Seeing as my car was parked on pay and display i thought id leave the geneal time consuiming browsing for another day.
So the product is litearlly there normal coco butter except with the added bonus of this gradual tan. The consistancy of the product is great. It goes onto the skin great and literally sinks in with it being the butter formlation body moisturiser. It was really spreadable as well which was a really good factory, from one pump you could cover a good surface area. The colour of the product out of the bottle is a very very very pale coffee/tea colour; I mean the packaging is a very pale cream colour so its litearlly like that colour, yet as soon as it comes in contact with the skin, it fades away. Another great thing about the product is that because it is made by Palmers it has their recognizable soft, pleasent coco butter lotion scent.
*** Packaging & Price
The bottle is a good size, its 250ml stand up bottle with a pump action nozzle. Now I really appreciate this, as all my other fake tan products have been either a spray or squeezey bottle kind. This can become a little tricky during application at times as your hands become greasy with the product and then the nozzles become clogged up I think with the product so it all becomes a little messy. With this pump action thoguh it leaves the bottle clean, and is just a lot easier to leave left stood up on the side and then pump a little of the product out. The cost of this was £4.99, the size of the bottle seems really reasonable as well considering it's from Palmers and their products in general nromally range from £3 - £4. The bottle is full of information as well annoucing that the product is there cocoa butter forumula with vitamin e, it builds and maintains a natural looking tan, and is for all skin types. The bottle is nice as well as their are parts that are embossed with their brand name of Palmers. Not that this makes any difference in whether the product works or would make you want to buy it more; however it just shows they have gone to the effort to look into the finer detail.
*** The morning after icky palm hand test experiment
Ok so im sure we have all worried and took a little gasp of air before we step into some good natural light and turn our palms over and hope it all turned out good. So the last couple of times that I have applied this product I have wiped my hands afterwards, with a wet wipe, and then again with a dry flannel and the following day my hands havent been really good. The following day I looked at my hands and they was free of any colouring, there was a little bit of colour just inbetween my finger joints and a small little splodge on my palm (were I clealry missed to wipe). My mum always points out when I have noticable tan marks on my palms and even she didnt notice anything. Something that i noticed also which i always notice with tans is that when it gets under your nail, were you may have little white tip of natural nal, in the morning it tends to be a yellowy colour, this is proberly why its best to wear gloves :).
*** OK get on with it jade...did the colour actualy turn out?
OK so after the first application I noticed a difference stright away. I was amazed; in the past I have used moisturizer gradual tanners and I either don't notice any color, or the color is like a yellow color. This was great though it was subtle yet noticable. I felt as though my arms was very glowing after the first application, even in the shower after scrubbing my arms, there was only a slight discolouration in the water and it didnt stain the bath, (which sometimes happens with tan). Also the tan was still on my arms after the shower, so i skipped a day and reapplied and it kept a lovely color.
*** Overall Opinion
This product is the best self tan i have used. Even though its a moisturiser gradual tan, this has given me the best results compaired to other actual self tanners. As said its a moisturiser, however I moisturize as normal and then use this as an actual tanner. This is a great and reasonable new product yet I think it needs a lots more recognition and advertisement. People are not aware of how good this product is untill they try it.
Hope this helps :)
After a bad experience with my first gradual tanner, I began searching the internet for a new brand. I came across Palmer's Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturizer on the Superdrug website and found a long list of positive reviews on the product, so I went to the store to buy it.
It costs £4.89 in Superdrug, although I got it for £4.40 with a student discount. It comes in a 250ml pump action bottle, which makes it easy to control how much comes out. The bottle is made of a cream-ish coloured opaque plastic, so you can't see how much you have left. I have not been able to close the bottle since opening it, so I'd be worried about packing it in a bag or suitcase if I was traveling. I'm not sure if that's just me being stupid or if it actually can't be closed.
The instructions on the bottle say to apply once a day to gradually build up colour and to wash hands after use. I applied it at night before I went to bed. It feels like a normal moisturizer and is absorbed into the skin quite quickly. It didn't leave me feeling sticky like my previous tanner. It has a chocolatey smell similar to other Palmer's Cocoa Butter products. Not quite the same, but nice by fake tan standards.
When I woke up in the morning I had a subtle, even golden glow. It wasn't patchy or streaky at all and I didn't have orange palms (I washed my hands as instructed). I used it again the next night and woke up slightly darker. I used it over a few days to build up the colour I wanted as one application only made a slight difference.
After I stopped using it, the tan faded slowly and evenly. I didn't even notice it was fading until it was completely gone, but I have started using it again and I'm getting the same results.
Ive tried many fake tans over the years.My hairdresser was looking very tanned and looked like shed been away she told me about Palmers Bronzeing gradual tan.I was unsure but i love the smell anyway for people who havent smelt it its smells like chocolate/vanilla.
The product goes on like a body loation so you can apply it at night before bed or after a shower or bath.
You do need to was your hands afterwards though like any other tanning product.I found the moisturiser went on easily and your skin not only feels soft but smells good too.
Even after one aplication you have a sunkissed glow.
It is worth the money rather than buy expensive ones and i dont think others even smell as good as this.
If you do have a few patches i did around my wrist it comes off easy not like anyother tans were your scrubbin for days.
Im glad ive bought some and i looked tan all year round my skin is so soft.
This moisturising sunless tanner and instant bronzer for dry skin contains sunscreen and pure Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E /