My sister bought this L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanner a couple days ago, as an alternative to her usual fake-bake (I tell her everyday that it's soo bad for you..she doesn't listen - i refuse to go myself!). Because she knows how against fake-baking i am, but also that i don't want to look like a ghost, she let me use some of it.
She picked out the darkest stuff on the shelves of Walmart (Deep Natural Tan), and i was a little bit hesitant at first because i am so white, but i slathered some on anyway.
This was the first instant tanner i had tried, and i'm very glad i did try it :)
I'll probably be doing some follow-up posts on how the tan is coming along!
The first thing i noticed was the color, a bronzey shade, which when rubbed into the skin turns into a sheer coat of color. The tan is supposed to develop within an hour after applying, and it did. I can honestly say it does not look orange-y at all, it actually looks quite natural - very much a plus.
The next thing i noticed was the excessive amount of glitter! I basically looked like Ke$ha or Edward Cullen in the sunlight after applying this - not too appealing, but it the glitter washed away in the shower i took the following morning (but the tan did not wash away..yay!).
A positive thing that i did notice is that after applying this, my skin was super soft :)
The directions say to use daily until the desired level of tan is achieved, and then to apply it 1-2 times a week after that. Honestly, i don't think i'd be able to apply this everyday. As much as i love the color it's given me so far, i just can't stand the smell. It has that 'fake tan' smell that so many of us know! The scent of the lotion smells kind of sweeter at first, but after a few hours, that dreaded smell really does show itself - and lingers for ages after that!
The smell is the one major turnoff of this product.
The tan didn't really go patchy, but i did notice some subtle streaks on my legs & arms where the product wasn't applied evenly. The color variation - i don't know how else to put it haha - on my wrist (above :O) was about as bad as it got. Although that's not desired, i can deal with that.
False tan hands! Although i washed my hands after applying the product all over, i still got orange hands! Eeeek.