I like self tanning products and I usually self tan myself at least once a week and use a moisturiser with gradual tan to keep it topped up in between. I have tried all different linds of self tanner to try and achieve the perfect sun glow and some have been so much better than others. The Rimme self tan wipes were something that i wanted to try for ages because I really liked the idea of how easy they seemed and when my local pharmacy had some individual wipes for only 60p I thought it was the perfect time to try them. I only bought two wipes and I am glad that I didn't decide to stock up on some more because they were absolutely horrible to use and I certainly wouldn't want to use them ever again.
The wipes come individually wrapped and can be used on both the face and the body. Whe the wipes are unfolded from the wrapper they look just like facial wipes. One wipe is supposed to contain enough tanner for both legs so you would need more than one if you wanted to do your entire body. I just wanted to do my arms and chest area so one was enough for that.
Once you have applied the wipe liberally to the area where you want to tan you then have to wait 2 to 4 hours for the colour to develop. Rimmel promise that the tan will be natural looking and will be streak free. Neither of these claims turned out to be the case with me. Even though I was extremely careful when using the wipes and made sure to apply to all the areas of my skin that I wanted tanner I was left with horrendous streaks when the colour developed. Not only that but the colour was horrible and looked so obviously fake. I was worried because the tan was supposed to last for 5 days so I thought that I would be walking around looking like that for nearly a week but luckily for me Rimmel couldn't even get this timing right as the tan faded to almost nothing within 2 days.
I was pleased with this but I can imagine that if these had worked well and I was happy with the result I would have been annoyed that the colour lasted for so little amount of time.
I certainly wouldn't use these again and they have even put me off using other brads of tanning wipes as I would rather stick to something more tied and tested and not end up looking orange and streaky.
I normally love Rimmel products and there are not many that I will slate, unfortunately this couldn't last indefinitely I guess and these wipes are a total joke.
I saw these on eBay and although I am very fair skinned, when going away, especially to a sunnier part of the world, I wish not to subject people to the glare off my very white skin. I like to tan up a little bit so I don't stick out so much to others. I thought I would buy a few of them as they were £1 each and each packet only had 1 wipe enclosed. I bought three altogether as it states one wipe is enough to cover two legs. I don't know what size your legs have to be but I am no size 0. I wanted a total covering not just my legs which is why I bought three. I also decided (due to a previous bad experience) to use this a few weeks before actually going away on holiday.
The packet claims that it is an 'Express application that provides a streak free natural tan. Blends easily and smoothly leaving skin hydrated soft and supple. It is non greasy, absorbs quickly and dries in a flash to begin a tan after one hour. I decided to use one wipe one just my legs, after all I have tried liquid fake tan and found it almost impossible to get it streak free and even. I bought some gloves as I didn't want the tell tale signs of brown hands either. After opening the packet and wiping it as evenly as I could over both my legs, from my feet (yes I used it on them as well) to my bikini line, I walked around like a penguin for a while waiting for it to dry. It didn't take long and I awaited my natural streak free tan. I will admit that it didn't have an overpowering smell to it and after exfoliating and buffing my legs before application I hoped I would be looking like a bronzed goddess sooner rather than later. Unfortunately I forgot that 'bronzed' is actually an anagram of 'orange' and to my horror I soon began to look like an extra from 'The only way is Essex'. After an hour I was turning into an oompa lumpa and decided to get in the shower and scrub for all I was worth.
Although I managed to remove a lot of it, my legs were so sore from scrubbing that I had to leave them patchy and streaky. Thankfully because I still had a few weeks before my holiday, the colour had almost faded before I was due to go away. It would have been so much worse had I used all three wipes all over my body. I think from now on I am going to be happy with my whiteness and not try tanning products again, they don't agree with me.
Well, what can i say, did i buy the wrong product for myself? or maybe my expectations where too high. Let's just say i didn't find the all-over, sunless, quick-fix tan i had in mind. But i did find an handy addition to my dressing table. I recently gave up using sunbeds and started using a bronzer by ambre solaire. I've loved it and almost perfected it's application, but one small problem is that my hubby hates the smell, personally i don't mind it although it is quite strong. So thinking i would give his nostrils a break i would look for a make-up type tan that would supply me with a quick-fix tan when needed without the odour. Plus i could use it on my face as i've always shy'd off from using the face wipes,and this product could wash off if the result was too disastrous. I decided on the Rimmel sunshimmer instant tan make-up, £2.99, nothing too drastic price-wise, went home, showered and exfoliated and ready for action. I stayed in the bathroom as instructions stated to wash hands throughly after application. I squeezed the tube into my hand and the cream actually resembled something that would have been more at home on ice-cream than on my skin!! ( i.e chocolate sauce) i started to apply it on my leg, and was a bit concered as it took a while to rub in and just kept smearing, when i ran my hands over my leg my ring left a white line where it dragged the make up off, (so please note, remove jewelry first). When at last it was rubbed in the colour was quite pleasing, i did my whole body including my face but i found the whole process too time consuming. I had to wash my hands immediately because i looked like i'd been tango'd!! Also my towel was covered in the stuff. I rubbed the make-up in as much as i could see and went to view in the long mirror, but unfortunately i was a little patchy on the back of my legsand my feet were darker brown in places and took some working on. M
y shoulders, chest & bust ca me off best, the tan there looked quite even and fairly natural. I was pleased with the result on my face i had quite an healthy glow. Feeling a bit disappointed but never the less unsmelly, i got dressed as the cream had dried due to the length of time i had been applying. I washed a couple of pots and found where the water had splashed the make up had come off, so not very substantial on an hot day i wouldn't think. Ok the long and short of it, for me not a good solution for an all over tan, takes too long to apply and a bit fiddly to get even, although a nice colour if you can manage to, and obviously not long lasting as it washes off so don't get caught in the rain! I will buy again to use on my face, i was pleased with the result there and maybe to use when wearing vest tops if i need a little colour. I would be interested to hear if anyone else has used this product and what they thought of it.
Last summer, in that delicious heat wave that is now a hazy memory when leaving the house now means risking frozen eyeballs, but just a few months ago when it was balmy and bright, i sunned myself in a typically English way. I'll set the scene a little for you: I got bad genes. In general I got crap genes for everything from both my crap parents, but more specifically I got cheated on the pigment front. I take after my dad - blonde hair, blue eyes, and skin that ranges from milky white to lobster red without going anywhere near a shade of brown (thankfully there are no signs yet of a ginger beard, but time will tell...) My mum and brother have lovely olivey skin and dark hair and tan just by watching a good weather forecast on the telly. Anyhoo. I was determined to achieve some colour. Every morning when the sky looked promising I hurled a beach towel out of my bedroom window to bagsy a spot in the garden. After making my way downstairs and fighting housemateys for a patch of sun I sat, immobile, half clothed, suncream-free, until the sun went away again in the evening. Dedicated some might say. Was I brown? Was i **** I managed a peachy glow (once the red had subsided). Thoroughly fed up with this sad state of affairs I headed with grim determination to Superdrug. I have never dabbled with fake tans. Being a bit of a malco tart I would end up looking like orange roadkill. And on this occasion I felt no more capable, but was looking for one of those wash off jobbies so I could fake some tanned limbs. Wandering up and down admist a million yellow and gold coloured bottles with bright sunshine logos I stumbled on the Rimmel SunShimmer range. Instant temporary tans. Hooray! Confused by the terminology on all these tubes of lotions and potions I got disheartened and grabbed a white tube of 'Tan Enhancer', thinking I could at least hang onto my peachy glow for a few days longer by religious after care. I paid my £2.49 at the checkout (It was on special, I think the usual price is about £4.50) and headed home. Bed time came along and I began my usual moisturising ritual, and remembered my new cream hiding in my bag. I squeezed out a big glob of the thick white cream and rubbed it all over my body. When I woke up the next morning I was a little perturbed to find I was shiny. Not in a greasy way, but in a 'covered in glitter way'. A closer look at the Rimmel Tan Enhancer and it turns out that's why it has 'Shimmer' in the name. it's full of little bloody gold bits. Further reading, which perhaps I should have done before, and it also transpires that the cream contains a very low level of DHA (fake tan). I rushed to the bathroom in a blind panic to check for orange streaks. And found... none. The glitter layer washed off in the shower and I was left with the peachy glow I had the day before. Or was it a shade darker? Had it nudged ever so slightly closer to brown? I perservered with it for about a week. And I suppose I was quite a nice colour. It suggests that you use it every other day, as the levels of DHA are low, but I guess depending on your skin type you could over do it if you used it more than that. I would recommend this for an evening moisturiser, as if glittery is your thing it does give a nice even coverage of gold sparkle. It doesn't really have a powerful scent, so would be fine to use with perfumes without getting layers of smells. If anything I would liken it to a rather bland Nivea sort of smell. As an after sun it is very rich, with oils and vitmins to replace lost moisture from a days cooking in the sun so you are less likely to peel and the DHA helps top up your colour so it lasts subtley longer. But I won't be buying it again, and I've given up on my need to be brown, out of a bottle of otherwise, for the time being. I've heard pink is very in this season.
I use Rimmel Sun shimmer pressed powder on my face through the day and when I saw this on the shelf in my local chemist I thought it would be worth giving it a go. I have to say that when it comes to false tans of any sort I am a bit of a chicken – they always seem to go patchy! I was going to start saving for some St.Topaz self tanning lotion but the price put me off and I am a cheap skate:) This costs a meager £1.29 but you only get one wipe in the little packet! So it’s probably expensive if your going to use it often. I can safely say I won’t be using it again and I certainly don’t recommend these stupid wipes to anyone. The information on the packet says: For best results cleanse exfoliate and moisturise the skin. Remove self tanning wipe from packet – unfold and apply liberally. Contains enough product for use on both legs and will develop over a 2 – 4 hour period. It also says it will leave you with a NATURAL looking tan. Will fade naturally and lasts up to 5 days. I bought 2 as I wanted to use it on my whole body !! Ooh woe is me!!! I have never been so embarrassed in my life. I used this a few weeks ago and followed the simple instructions on the packet. After I had cleansed and exfoliated and moisturised my skin, I couldn’t wait to put this on. I wiped it all over including my face -neck - arms – legs and feet – you name it – it got wiped. I then went to bed and had a wonderful image in my head of me and my golden NATURAL looking tan. I thought I’d wake up looking oh so healthy and glowing. That was my big mistake – you see – this stuff makes you go really orange and when I say orange I am not kidding. I could literally have cried when I looked in the mirror. I promptly dived in the shower in the hope I could make it look less obvious.
No – its not going anywhere – I looked like a big orange mess. I also new that I was going to be laughed at – not only was I orange but I was also PATCHY. This stuff sound come with a warning! “You will need councelling if you use this product!!” My friends and family really enjoyed taking the “micky” out of me for just over a week – yes it lasted about 7 days not 5 like it said on the stupid packet…… So please – if your looking for a false tan and don’t want to end up the laughing stock of your friends and family not to mention the general public(blush – cringe) then invest in a well known make. I am now returning to my original plan. I’m gonna save and buy some St.Topaz. At least it goes brown and not orange. I will also add - I am now back to having blue white skin and much happier for it:)