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I know it is an old cliché but I always think I look healthier and better when I have a tan. Last year I had my first spray tan and it was great. A friend then recommended Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan.
Application is really easy, after I have exfoliated in the shower, simply squeeze a small amount onto a glove (I would recommend using a glove to apply to ensure you don't get the dreaded orange hands) and then rub in a circular motion to the area you want it. Don't be alarmed at how brown it looks when you first see it. I purchased the fair shade (this was all they had in stock at the time and I was desperate for some) and was horrified when I first saw it on my glove however as you rub it in, it lightens by about 10 shades.
I would say I have a dark complexion and this shade was fine on me, not too dark it looked fake but enough to give me a healthy and shimmery glow.
I also found that the product dries really quickly and within about 10 minutes, I was able to get dressed without smudging any of the tan.
Unlike some instant tans, it can also be used on you face, I only apply a small amount to my face and next and then build up the colour using bronzer.
It is quite hard to describe what it does smell like, but it definitely is not horrible like some other gradual tans have.
The product is wash off, I normally find that the morning after I have applied, it already starts to look patchy but it does come completely off when I shower.
It comes in several different shades, Light, Fair, Medium or Dark, all of which can b purchased in either Matte or Shimmer, I prefer the shimmer version as I think it looks better.
The price varies from between £5 and £7 for a 125ml tube, I always stock up when its on offer (Boots and Superdrug regularly have it on either 3 for 2 or buy one get one free making it quite a good buy), having said that, I would happily pay full price for it.
I have had mine for a year now, I only wear it when I am going out but I still have more than half the product left.
Instant tan washes off, gradual glow develops with repeated use / Transfer resistant / 2 in 1 wash off instant tan + a lasting subtle gradual glow which develops after repeated applications / Wash off with soap and water / Wash hands thoroughly after use.