Monday, 16 September 2013

Institut Esthederm Sun Sheen Intense Tan Self-Tanning Body Jelly review

As the summer is definitely waning, last night I decided to try out the last self-tanning product in my stash. I received this sample when shopping at Cult Beauty so I gather this is some kind of high-end or French pharmacy product. I haven't actually bothered to check as I know I won't be getting any super expensive tanning products in the future.

I used this product on my legs, which are super white and the results of any tanners are most visible there. I used my Garnier mitt to apply.
So what have I found out?

The product has a lightweight gel consistency, which is quite tinted, though the shade is so golden brown patrly thanks to the presence of gold shimmer in it.
The jelly absorbed almost immediately, leaving my skin dry to touch, which is great if you're in a hurry and need to put your clothes on immediately.
I noticed that the tan I got is streak free and the product doesn't seem to build up on my knees or feet.
The product has a very nice smell, which is not too strong, but it successfully masks any smell of typical self-tan products.

It seems to me that the tan shade is quite yellow. This might be imperceptible on warmer skin tones, but with my pink complexion yellow legs look quite unnatural.
The shimmer is not obvious once applied, I inspected my legs carefully and it was barely there. It doesn't gove my legs the glow that shimmer oils do. 
This product doesn't claim to provide any skincare benefits and I don't think it offers any. It didn't feel moisturising nor did it make my legs feel particularly smooth. 

Disclaimer: I received this product as a complimentary sample for my personal use and I'm not affiliated with any company. I am not paid to do this review and everything I said here is my personal opinion.

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