It is hard to find a good self tanning product nailing that right amount of brawn vs.orange. I came across L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir with too big expectations. On the rather luxurious looking glass packaging there is a big bold statement form the company that this self tanning product can last up to 2 weeks. The reality of things is that no tanning product can last that long on the skin. Same goes for the biscuity smell and those are the facts.
Moving on, what intrigued me about this L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir is the gel like as supposed to cream consistency. In the bottle the formula looks like a very light color mixed up with some small shimmering particles. On the skin this gel is completely transparent with no shimmer what so ever. The color only develops after a good few hours (read 8-10h) which could be a curse or a a blessing. You can not really see how well it is applied before the developing time but you can always do some touch ups later. L’Oreal advises for more deeper tan to apply this product every day over the course of 3 days. My fair skin seems to achieve a nice and settle grown glow after only one application. The effect lasted me for a bit more than a week. It does wear off gracefully for the most part but i would not dare to apply it on my face.
A great alternative for a achieving a nice instant face glow is Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer One Week Glow Tinted Self-Tan Face Cream (i don’t know why companies issue product names containing more than 6 words, this one has a whopping 14!). Do not be fulled by the long name this product is actually great. Easy to apply and most importantly streak free. After one application the color that develop looks natural. I normally apply it before i go to bed, for that morning bronze glow.
I found that this combination of L’Oreal and Garnier self tan products works very well together. The end result was sun kissed (light) bronze skin.On a side note i used L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir for about 3 full body applications now and as you can see i am near half way trough the bottle.