So I'll say it flat out, I'm addictied to that other brand of self-tanning products with the white bottle and blue cap. I love that stuff. But, I found myself in a mall without a Sephora and in desperate need of a great self-tanner. My first inclination was to go with Clarin's, but I'm such a big user review junkie that I was hesitant with so much variation of reviews for it. So I wandered toward the Lancome counter at Macy's where a really great sales person was helping me. I tried a little on my arm and man did it make my skin soft! I loved the hint of shimmer so I thought, why not?
I'm a product junkie so I'm not opposed to paying more for something that's going to work well. I went home, exfoliated, etc and put some gloves on. I loved that it's tinted, you know exactly where its going and if its streaking. Definitely has a little of an orange tint to it when you initially apply it so I was thankful that went away by morning. Now for my least favorite part, it's sticky. I don't know if it was because my skin was warm from the exfoliating I just did, but man did I feel sticky for a long time. To give you an idea: I applied the tanner at about 9:30pm. I stood under a fan until about 10pm. Put on some baggy clothes and hopped into bed. I felt like I was going to stain the sheets. Where was this silky-smooth amazingness I experienced at the counter?! Oh well. At about 11pm I applied a second coat to make it darker. Glad I did. I'm already "tan" since I go to the tanning beds about twice every other week, so some self-tanners just don't do anything for me. After I applied the second coat, I laid in bed and just could not get over how strong the smell was. I don't mind tanning smells, it comes with the territory, but man! This was strong. My husband even noticed the smell. So, at about 1am I finally had that silky-smoothness I was waiting for. Success! I woke up this morning to a nice, even tan with super a soft skin. Even my hands weren't orange which is huge! Feet were even, back looked good, it was great! However, I washed my face in the morning and I saw the majority of my tanner go down the drain (mind you, I use a cream cleanser). Not sure about its staying power just yet...
Overall, it's not my favorite. I still love that other stuff. I wish that Lancome made it with more brown pigments because I feel a tad orange. But, I will say that as a strictly leg tanner, this stuff is top-notch. Just wished it dried faster, didn't smell, and looked more brown than orange. I'll use the whole bottle, but I won't be buying it again.
I got this in a recent Lancome gwp and since I'm so ready for spring to arrive, I decided to get a head start on self-tanning.
I did the usual preparation for self-tanning and I applied a light amount of this gel on my legs. (avoiding the knees, ankles, and the usual spots)
Voila! The next day I noticed a nice, subtle hint of colour on my legs and nothing orange, yay!
This stuff does leave a stain so don't forget to wash your hands after application.
I don't think I'd rush out to get a full tube as I'm reluctant to pay such a steep price for self-tanner but this might be worth it.
I love to use this bronzer over a spray tan or at home after I use a sunless tanner that didn't quit get me as dark as I like to be sometimes. This just adds that extra glow and color that I need and no need to wait a long time for the color to develop. It doesn't look orange and can be used by itself as well to give a see through glow when not using other self tanners. It's moisturizing and blends well when rubbed in but it isn't fool proof on hands and feet if you don't have a base color in my opinion....but then again the only self tanners I can get to look right on my hands and feet are spray tanners. Takes a little more than a few minutes to dry but still not long although I wouldn't recommend wearing white after applying. It does give a little sparkle that illuminates your skin and has a light floral scent that smells nice and isn't overwhelming. It is a little expensive but I don't use it very often. I only sunless tan on occasion due to sensitivity to sunless tan formulas.....they all make me break out if I use them all the time.
This is the best self-tanner I've tried. It applies well, dries quickly, and leaves a nice touch of color. The tint makes it really easy to see where you've applied it. I also like the shimmer, it feels like I dressed up my legs a bit. It doesn't give a ton of color, more like evens out skin tones and disguises imperfections. But what color it does give is even and fades very naturally, no blotches or obvious patches. I have only applied one layer at a time though, so I'm not sure how well it layers up.
I honestly don't really notice the smell. I'm not that sensitive though.
It is a bit expensive, but I only use it once a week or so. One tube will last me all summer. The tube can be a bit slippery when you are applying it, so be aware of that. Otherwise an overall great product.
I've used this for years. It has that typical tan smell and I find it takes ages to dry on my skin, but I mix it with the Lancome Flash Bronzer Mousse Magique Autobronzante(well smells amazing, leaves skin silky but I find if used alone gives a light yellowish colour). Mixing the two means the smell is not as bad, skin is extra soft, get a fab colour and it dries into skin much quicker
Love, love, love this product! Can be applied quickly when in a rush or layered up for a more intense colour. Not to be restricted to leg use only: great as overall body tanning agent too.
On the downside though: retains that unmistakable self-tan 'caramel' scent.
This is actually a review for the Lancome Flash Bronzer Body Gel, not the leg.
According to the lady at the Lancome counter, the biggest difference is shimmer (which washes off in the shower anyway).
This is the first department store branded self tanner I've used and i think it's miiiilllles better than any other one I've used.
Minimal tanner scent (tanner smell only appeared after about 4 hours), no streaks or splotches, easy enough to use the tube with gloved hands, non sticky, dries very well and doesn't transfer onto white bed sheets at all!
The only negative I guess is that there was only one 'shade', and if there was an option, i would have chosen a deeper colour. No problem though, I'll just do another coating tomorrow and look awesome on my trip to Mexico!
Note, I did use it with this product with the St Tropez tanning glove/mitt, and it worked wonders!
I'm not a huge fan of self tanners,but this one changed my thoughts on them. No streaks, very natural looking colour, easy to apply and leaves a nice shimmer on the legs.
I'm quite light and i love being so but i decided to take a chance on this since my cousin always made fun of my pale skin.... hmph! so i bought this at Sephora for 35 bucks.. i was like sweet JESus that's quite a bit for only 4.2 oz... anyway This turned me quite orange... I bought it based on the reviews here. it smells like old lady perfume and gives intense sparkly sheen wherever you use it (i used it on my arms too) . i heavily exfoliated before i used this before bed and waited 2 hours for it to dry before i trusted actual sleeping. before i fell asleep my skin looked a light caramel. when i woke up i had a dark bronze near orangey tan. im not sure if ill repurchase this. but i dont wanna return it because i want to keep my points :P .. The search for self tanner continues, maybe i should embrace pale skin
Edit : I used Natures Gate sunless tanner and it works just as well but it only costs 10 bucks! 1/3 of the cost of this stuff! Try it out if you're looking for an alternative to this as 35 dollars a bottle is quite steep if you want to maintain a tan...
This product will tan you. As others have mentioned, this does not turn a fake tan/orange color, but rather the color of an actual tan. Although the product specifies that it is meant for legs, I used it on most of my body last night after showering/exfoliating. I tried a bit on my left thigh 2 weeks ago in order to see if it actually worked, and it is clear that it is still darker than the other thigh now, meaning the color lasts as well. I applied this to my face this morning (the test being if it didn't cause breakouts on my chest, I would try it on my face) and it does feel heavy and probably contains oil. I will update if any breakouts occur.
I did mix this with an unscented body lotion and the smell was quite strong. It eventually faded into a very slight self-tanner scent that was by no means unbearable. The first time I tried it, I used a very scented lotion and no scent was detectable. Also, I should mention that there are shimmer particles in this product, not glitter, which adds a nice shine to your skin. Finally, no transfer to clothes/sheets.
I might purchase this (full size), but having tried the St. Tropez foam (works instantly!) I'd be more likely to purchase that and do a full body application since I've already tried this product and they are the same price. It is $38CAD but I received two 2.0 fl oz/60mL squeeze tubes as part of a GWP.