Does a self tan like this really exist?

(34 Posts)
FabMum1 Fri 26-Apr-13 22:05:11

I am fairly pale skinned and feel its now time to start feeling a little bronzed.

Whenever I've used self tan and gradual tanners in the past they have always sat in the pores on my legs, face and arms and looked horrible.

I'd love something that makes my skin look smooth, glowing, bronzed and not streaky. I don't want to be really dark just a sun kissed glow for now, but then getting darker as summer approaches

Am I asking too much or does a product really exist? hmm

HappyGirlNow Fri 26-Apr-13 22:11:14

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze clear gel is fantastic - great colour and foolproof - love it grin

FabMum1 Fri 26-Apr-13 23:04:39

Thanks happygirlnow, is it easy to apply?

HappyGirlNow Sat 27-Apr-13 09:24:48

It's a doddle. You can get it for light skin or medium and as I said its foolproof grin

HappyGirlNow Sat 27-Apr-13 09:25:33

And I've tried the lot!

mrspaddy Sat 27-Apr-13 09:34:35

I second the L'Oreal.. someone asked me did I get a spray done and I didn't even fuss when applying it.. once you've the mitt. Now if you like that but want a very subtle but nice colour Ambre Soleil (sp) do one that's really lovely. Will think of the name..

mrspaddy Sat 27-Apr-13 09:38:01

Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer .. there is a picture of an apricot on the front. I usually use this if I just don't want to be blue white and top up with Rimmel Sunshimmer Light Wash Off if going out. The L'Oreal is dark enough.. even the light one.

Cybbo Sat 27-Apr-13 09:41:41

TANTASTIC instant colour leg gel is amazing , develops into lovely, long lasting no streak or patchy fade colour for palies

Roshbegosh Sat 27-Apr-13 09:42:22

How long does it last and what do you do as it starts to fade in patches? I would like one to dry quickly but not so quick that you can't blend it in. Is the LOreal one tinted so you can see what you have done?

HappyGirlNow Sat 27-Apr-13 13:09:37

You can buy a tinted one which is good too but I use the clear one because I prefer untinted (doesn't rub off on clothes etc) and the texture is great and it's really easy to feel if you've missed anywhere.

I've also used the Ambre Solaire one and hated it, as did my daughter - streaks everywhere! shock

FabMum1 Sat 27-Apr-13 23:16:16

Thanks ladies
Happygirlnow could you do a link to it, went to boots today and didn't know which one

Is st tropez any good?

mirai Sun 28-Apr-13 06:12:17

Just make sure you use a mitt, every time!!

GypsyFloss Sun 28-Apr-13 08:20:18

I love St Tropez and it works well for me. I use the gradual tanner for my legs and the mousse for all over colour pre-holidays. The only thing is that you must exfoliate and moisturise well first, oh and use the mitt for the mousse.

Superdrug have a few quid off St Tropez at the moment.

HappyGirlNow Sun 28-Apr-13 13:30:26

Hi fabmum

I've used St Tropez and found it much harder to use, more prone to streaks and very messy although it is a nice colour..

HappyGirlNow Sun 28-Apr-13 13:30:45
FabMum1 Sun 28-Apr-13 20:37:10

Thanks happygirlnow

So I need a mitt to?

mirai Mon 29-Apr-13 02:50:02

Definitely get a mitt! They're only a few quid and make all the difference from shaky and orange palms to nice smooth tan and normal palms! My top tip would be to use the mitt to apply the tan in smooth circular motions... Up and down and all around, don't forget the creases of legs and the backs of the arms etc. (got that hint from a fab St Tropez expert once!)

mirai Mon 29-Apr-13 02:59:06

By the way I've just read your OP again, if you just want to start out looking lightly sun kissed then mayyyybe St Tropez would be a bit too much for you at first. I can however recommend their Gradual Tan in Light. I have absolutely white legs and this gives a lovely colour to them and you can reapply it the next day or in a couple of days to top up the colour.

I sound a bit like a salesgirl but I promise I'm not, just been round the block a few times when it comes to tans!! grin

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 29-Apr-13 03:50:53

Remember to scrub and moisturize the day before!

MrsWolowitz Mon 29-Apr-13 07:39:02

Glad I found this thread. I'm going to boot today to get some fake tan so I think I'll be getting that L'Oreal one.


Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 09:53:43


do it naked, in front of a full length mirror. ( i know)

moisturise knees etc

rub like BUGGERY

shelli135 Mon 29-Apr-13 10:14:16

Hi there, make sure you shave exfoliate and moisturise the night before, so your pores have time to close, this can help the tan from sticking to your open pores.

Also have a quick shower before applying it but do not use shower gel, this help remove any residue of the moisturiser that can act as a barrier.

Always use a mirror and a tanning mitt.

However if you are using a moisturising tan, you do not need to do the above.

St tropez is nice, although I do not use it as I find the colour quite orange.

Vita liberata is a lovely tanning mousse that you apply once for a light coverage let it develop for 2 hours then you can wash it of and ready to go. It dries really quick which helps if you have children. You can repeat this process 3 times and each time your tan will get darker, but the best thing about this tan is unbelievably it lasts 2WEEKS!!!
How ever it is £30 a bottle, but well worth it..

Sorry for jumping aboard tanning is my job so thought I would share some knowledge grin

HappyGirlNow Mon 29-Apr-13 10:15:49

I don't find I need touse a mitt with L'Oreal because it's so quick to apply - I just wash my hands thoroughly afterwards.. And I also don't seem to need to moisturise knees etc before applying. You may be different though.

It really is great.

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 10:16:36

"If you hav children?"

shelli135 Mon 29-Apr-13 11:06:04

Yes 'if you have children'

It's not sticky, and instead of most tans you leave on overnight you can wash it of after 2 hours.............

mirai Mon 29-Apr-13 11:08:58

I don't understmd the ones where you just wash your hands afterwards... surely then the backs of your hands will be white?!

Amy Childs fake tan mousse! I rave about this stuff having previously had the same problem as you.

I hate St Tropez, it comes out orangey on my very pale skin, the Amy Childs stuff comes out a lovely colour and isn't too dark at all.

Don't shave before you do it, I shave 2 nights before and exfoliate and moisturise a day before.

HappyGirlNow Mon 29-Apr-13 12:33:51

I wash my hands then I squeeze a little tan on the backs of my hands and rub them together..

FabMum1 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:08:28

I've always shaved and then tanned straight after, the following morning I can see it in my pores. So will try shaving the night before then having a quick shower and then apply tan

I will apply in front of a mirror and try to make sure I don't miss any bits. I will also buy a mitt.

Boots here I come, I want to be bronzed smile

Turquoiseblue Mon 29-Apr-13 23:08:33

I love the vita liberata mpisturising one bit my all time fave is vani t bronzing custard, not easy to come by here buy worth it if you can find it

FabMum1 Wed 01-May-13 11:22:34

Turquoiseblue, I've heard of vani t tan before, is it very dark?
How much does it cost?

FabMum1 Wed 01-May-13 21:23:55

Why can't getting the right tan be easy sad

Turquoiseblue Wed 15-May-13 08:20:50

Sorry - thought I replied. Vani t is about the same price as San tropez, not dark no but you can layer it in suppose - quite natural looking not too smelly

Maryz Wed 15-May-13 08:30:16

FabMum, did you try any of these? And how did they look?

dd is very concious of her "blue" legs so I was going to get her some for a treat. But faced with a gazillion products in Boots I panicked.

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