Product Type: Rimmel Sun Care
Newest Review: ... is very dark brown, when rubbed onto the skin it lightens as it is spread out. The tan needs to be applied evenly and less liberally on pl... more
Orange and streaky - pale people beware!
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan
Member Name: lartaaa
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan
Advantages: Cheap, can last long
Disadvantages: Discolouration of the skin, streaky, need to be careful
Having very pale skin and never properly using false tan, I decided to try this as I thought it could be washed off if I made a mistake or decided the colour wasn't right for my skin tone. I chose the light shimmer version and picked it up in ASDA for around £2. When you first squeeze the product out, it is very dark and on first application to my leg, the skin looked slightly orange. Despite this, I continued as I thought it may look more even when it was applied all over - I was wrong! In some places, the tan was hardly noticeable and in others it was really dark! Along with this, the 'shimmer' which I thought would be subtle made the tan look unrealistic and clearly fake.
A couple of months later, I saw the product on offer in ASDA and decided to give it another try. This time I chose the light matte colour, to try and prevent the problems caused by the shimmer last time. After application, it did look better and less orange, however it was still as streaky as before!
With both the matte and shimmer products, the smell was an issue also. Although not as strong as most permanent fake tans smell, they had a smell which seemed to last even after the tan had been washed off.
Probably the biggest problem I had with this tan though was the staining it caused on my skin. Even after washing and scrubbing with exfoliator, the skin was noticeably discoloured and remained this way until I washed it again the next day.
Despite all of this, I actually still use this product, just not as the bottle directs. First, to stop the orange colouration, I mix in a small amount of moisturiser to try and tone down the colour, and second, I apply it using a tanning mitt (although a clean sock works just as well!) to try and prevent streaking and staining of my hands. I find using these techniques works for my skin and the tan actually lasts slightly longer!
Overall, the product alone is not great, but if used the right way for your skin can be a great (and less risky!) alternative to more permanent false tanning products.
Summary: A cheap product, but requires effort to make it look good!
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