Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Faux Glow for Newbies

I won't hesitate in admitting to the fact that I am a complete faux tan newb. Tinted moisturisers are about as far as my golden glow ventures have gone and I've even managed to make them streaky in the past, don't ask. So for me to find a product that I feel comfortable applying and doesn't look completely over the top on my pale skin is just short of a miracle. Ok...maybe a slight exaggeration, but it is pretty exciting. The fact that it's not a product that's going to break the bank makes things even better, shall I get on to the details already!?

Rimmel's Sun Shimmer Instant Tan and Gradual Glow in light matte is the product that's got me so hot under the collar. The thing that really gets me is just how easy it is to apply. I opt for a tanning mitt as this also helps me avoid any orange hand situations but also makes smoothing this stuff on a quick and simple task. It's even something I'm willing to do on a daily basis and that's saying something. It's not something I've been using all over, more of a quick fix for any area of skin I've got exposed that day, think those winter white pins.

I love that the gel like product is quite a dark brown shade as I find it easy to spot any areas that need a little more blending. I find the shade light matte to be very natural on my pale skin so don't be afraid if you're a fellow pale gal (or guy!). In terms of lasting power I've had no trouble with this stuff lasting a good 24 hours between showers. I'm not too sold on the whole 'gradual glow' claim, I can't say I've really noticed a difference but I'm not too fussed. I only really purchased it as an instant wash off tan so any gradual glow is just a bonus! Another bonus is the lack of that distinctive self tan biscuit-like smell, you know the one. Now I won't say it's got a particularly nice scent however it quickly disappears after application so no complaints here.

Maybe Rimmel will be my 'gateway tan' and next thing you know I'll be a full on fake tan convert! My interests in the area have definitely been spiked. Any recommendations for something up a level? I'm listening. 



  1. I used to be completely against fake tanning but seriously once you get into it you won't stop!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  2. Ooh I may have to try this one. I'm always scared of Fake Tans being so pale! x

  3. Give it a go Sophie! It's not too pricey and washes off if you really don't like it x

  4. I feel an obsession beginning!

  5. The whole gradual tan thing is rubbish. I mean, how would it actually make you darker? It's just like makeup, it lasts as long as you leave it on. However, fake bake is better than sun baking. Happy weekend! :] // ☼ ☯

  6. Rimmel tanners are really good! I usually like mousse tanners applied with a mitt for a total bronze goddess look!

    Drea xo

  7. Love it. Would love it if you could check out my latest blogger tips post! And maybe follow each other too?

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

  8. Never tried fake tan as I always want my skin to be brighter :D However this product looks promising :D


  9. Definitely is, the sun can be so damn dangerous! Hope you had a fab weekend!

  10. Ooo I'll have to try and find a mousse to try, definitely could do with looking like a bronze goddess! x

  11. I'm a complete noob as well but this sounds incredible! I've seen it on ASOS a couple of times so I'll have to add it to my next order.


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