Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Fake Tan I Didn't Get Along With So Much

Rimmel Sun Shimmer
I've been fake tanning in some form for around five years now and it would be safe to say that over the years I've learnt a thing or two. The most important being that exfoliating and moisturising are the two most important things that I can do to stop it going patchy and using a mitt when applying is very important too. Whenever I need a new fake tan I tend to usually try out new ones because I'm yet to find one that is 'perfect'. Last year I really liked the Cocoa Brown 1 hour tanning mousse and I wrote a review here but I found that didn't last as long as I wanted and it does tend to dry my skin out a lot.

After a trip to Boots I decided upon Rimmel's Sun Shimmer Mousse in Light Matte, it was on offer at the time so I got it for under £5 which is a bargain. I've used this three or four times now and it is my least favourite tan that I've bought. 

On application it's quite good, it dries in a few minutes and does't leave marks on my bedding which I like, however, the smell is pretty strong, it doesn't smell like your usual biscuity smell but I found it smelt a bit like old ladies (yes, that's the best way I can describe it, I love old ladies but you'll know what I mean if you've smelt this!). I like instructions with my fake tans, it sounds odd to say but I like to know how long it's recommended that I keep it on before I have a shower but this really lacked that, there was no time frame on it at all so I decided to go all out and leave it on all night because I was looking pretty pale.

When I woke up the next morning I was quite worried, I still smelt funny (and so did my room) and I looked like a wotsit which was not the look I was going for. After jumping in the shower the water turned orange and I looked a bit less wotsitty but I had a nice colour to me. I thought this one was going to be a winner until I dried myself off and actually looked at the results and what did I see but ORANGE KNEES! This is a look I hate and I don't know whether it's me or the tan but this was worse than usual, my lower leg looked a nice colour and wasn't too dark but my knees looked awful. 

This tan does tend to last just under a week but for me it went patchy around the ankles and knees even though I did moisturise most evenings. If you want a tan for a night out I would recommend doing it a few nights before so it fades and looks more natural. 

I'm not sure whether I'll be using this again as after a few uses I was still getting patchy after a few days and I know that there are more fake tans out there that are much better. I've got my hands on the new St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan and I'm already using it so keep your eyes peeled for a review of that in the next few weeks. I'd love to hear anyone's recommendations of other fake tans I need to try.

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