L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir Review
I’ve recently decided to stray from tanning products as the maintenance was getting a little too much and combined with the gym and this humid English weather it's just a little pointless. However I recently came across the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir in which claims it lasts up to 2 weeks and for a self-tanning product that’s a pretty long time and big statement to make.
Although I’m enjoying the au natural/ slightly paler look, there are times where I want a sun kissed glow. The L’Oreal Tanning Elixir comes in a sleek and rather expensive looking opaque glass bottle. The formula itself has a liquid gel consistency that has a slight shimmer but is completely clear on application. I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of tanning products that aren’t tinted as there is no way of knowing where you have applied the product and if you have buffed it perfectly into the skin. However I’ve read that it’s great for those with dry skin as its moisturising gel like lotion. This advice alongside the statement on the bottle that also claims your golden tan fades evenly; I thought I would give it a chance.
There are no directs for application, so I figured I would be safe and use a tanning mitt which in the past has aided in giving an even application and also avoids the infamous orange palms. The product smoothes over the skin like silk and dries pretty quickly without leaving a sticky residue. As mentioned previously this product is non tinted but feels as though its being buffed into the skin quite evenly.
It takes about 8-10 hours on average to develop in which that beautiful perfumed scent turns to the famous biscuit self-tan smell (but I would never let this put me off a product). It advises to apply this product 3 times over the course of 3 days however after the first application it already left a medium/dark golden glow in which I did not need another layer.
The application of this product was easy however the overall result wasn’t as perfect as I had hoped. The tan (typical of a non-tinted product) gathered at the sides of the palms and on the elbows (this may have been for the fact I didn’t moisturise these areas as I believes this product was meant to be used alone). On the crease/ joint areas where your limbs meet (such as the back of the knees and inner elbows) the product had faded leaving lighter patches.
It did however live up to its 2 week statement as I struggled to remove the tan from the areas in which it had built up! Although this tan did leave a really natural medium glow, it did not pass the patch test. I think if L’Oreal added a tint to this product (so you could see it developing on application) then it would be easier to apply and the result would be more even.