Well I never thought of Creme de la Mer for finding a great fake tan I have to say! But I’ll tell you now, the Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan is a brilliant, no mess, no fuss, fail-safe fake tan.
I have been trying a few different ones recently, probably too many, and ended up a bit patchy, particularly around the feet. When I got this Creme de la Mer one, I put them on hold, did a quick scrub (I love the Clinique Sparkle Skin exfoliator for pre-tan jobs) and went in with it.
Now I still had a few patches of tan because I didn’t do a deep scrub. That requires soaking in the bath and rubbing my skin very firmly with a flannel – after years of fake tanning it takes quite a lot to take me back to my natural state. Plus, if I use good fake tans and apply them well, I never really need to go all the way back to pale blue!!
Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan Texture
I applied the Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan over my whole body, I skimmed it over the light patches around my feet and ankles and was really impressed with how light and hydrating it felt. A little goes a long way too – it just seems to spread over the skin so easily.
It really does give the skin a serious hydration boost but also sinks in really fast. My skin stayed feeling moisturised too which is so good for a self-tan product as they can be quite dehydrating. I have been using it on my face too and it leaves my skin plump and smooth.
There’s no fake tan smell at all and I even kept smelling during the time I expected the DHA to start to turn and I still couldn’t smell it. There are very few tans I can say that about – truly!
Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan – Result
In terms of the result when I couldn’t have been more pleased. After the first application I had a lovely glow and it had evened out patches which I was really impressed with. Two more applications and I was properly tanned and it was a lovely golden colour that really looked natural.
After that I could skip it for about 3 or 4 days and then just did a little top up the following week. I have had no problems with staining clothes which is great.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this product because obviously Creme de la Mer know skin and ageing, but I didn’t think they knew self tan. Well they do!!
Obviously it’s really expensive as fake tanners go, but as well as a really natural looking tan, you get brilliant skincare too. If you have pale skin, I think this is definitely something worth looking in to, especially if you want a product you can use on your face too. If you like super dark tans, straight away, then steer clear.
Funnily enough, the first fake tans I ever used to buy were from the luxury end of the market. I used to spend all my student loans on Clarins and Estee Lauder self tanning products because, back then, being brown was one of my biggest beauty priorities. I used to go through bottles and bottles of the stuff and really over do it! I am slightly more balanced in my approach now.
As I don’t really sunbathe any more (there’s no point) I’ll probably be taking the Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan on my holiday with me. I usually go a bit darker on hols to try and fool the other holiday makers so I’ll probably do an application of my Fake Bake Flawless tan before I go and then top up my tan and moisture levels with this.
Creme de la Mer Face & Body Gradual Tan is £70 – find it HERE
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