You may have seen in my most recent beauty haul video I recently purchased the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser. The Palmers gradual tan contains cocoa butter and vitamin E and claims to be "The perfect way to keep your skin beautiful and healthy with a natural looking glow" It claims to have just a "touch of self tanner" and will create a "delicate sun kissed summer glow". I have never really ventured into the whole false tanning routine but have bought many false tans and gradual tans for Alicia who has tried every tan and gradual tan known to man. After seeing other bloggers review this product and after reading it's claims to give me a sun kissed summer glow I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Last weekend Alicia and I decided we would try the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, Thursday is Alicia's prom and she wanted to try it out before hand to see if she was going to use it for prom or not. Like I said Alicia has tried many false tans and usually uses the Garnier Summer Body if she is using a gradual tanner, she has tried other brands such as Dove and Nivea to mention a couple, but Alicia knows her stuff when it comes to tan and since I was a total novice I decided that whilst Alicia was trying out the Palmers natural bronze gradual tanning moisturiser for prom it would be a good time for us both to review it and share our thoughts with you all.
Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser rrp £5.35
Alicia and I applied the gradual tan at around 10.30am, we followed the instructions on the back of the bottle which basically said to apply the tan and wash our hands afterwards and to avoid putting a lot of tan where we might have dryer skin for example elbows and knees. We applied the tan and then left it around 20 minutes before we got fully dressed.
My friend Nicola was coming to pick me up and take me to her house at 1.00pm so I wanted to make sure the gradual tan was applied and dry well in advance so I didn't stink of that lovely biscuit false tan smell all afternoon. Now for mine and Alicia's thoughts on the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser.
Good Points -
The gradual tan sank into the skin nicely, rubbed in easily and was a nice consistency it wasn't too thick or too runny, it was just right. Alicia said out of all the gradual tanners she has tried this one applied the best.
It didn't take too long to apply because of the nice consistency.
The price is quite reasonable.
The pump applicator is very handy and stops things getting messy.
Bad Points -
The Smell, I noticed that this product had quite a strong smell when I bought it, it smelled heavily of chocolate but not a nice smell an overpowering and horrible smell.
The smell lingers and is very strong, Simon said the house smelled as if someone had been baking but not in a nice way and at around 6.00pm so 7.5 hours after I applied the tan my friend Nicola said to me "I'm not going to lie Zo, you smell like a waffle" so not good at all, I could still smell the horrible chocolaty / waffle smell 24 hours later, it was only faint by then but still there. The strong smell lasts for around 12 hours at least.
The fact that my hands and wrists were really patchy and orange by 4.00pm, I had to scrub at them with a baby wipe to remove some of the product it looked so bad, Alicia was the same.
The Results -
The morning after we applied the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser both myself and Alicia had very noticeable colour, we were both quite a lot darker than we expected to be from a gradual tan and we continued to go darker, I took some photographs of my arm and leg at 10.30am on Saturday to show how the gradual tan had developed thinking it wouldn't go any darker but it did.
The colour both Alicia and I were was more of an orange than a brown colour, the colour continued to come out and resulted in a very orange and 'fake' looking tan.
I had awful 'fake tan' marks around the inside of my ankles, on my toes, the inside of my elbows and Alicia had them on her wrists, feet and upper arms.
My lower arm
Pic above without watch before and pic below watch 24 hours after
The inside of my ankle and heel 24 hours after
Overall Opinion -
Both myself and Alicia were disappointed in the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, I didn't expect to have so many disasters from a gradual tanning product to be honest, I know all tanning products create some darker patches but this is meant to give a subtle, sun kissed glow to the skin, you can see from the photographs it is definitely an orange based tan and how patchy it went around my foot and inner ankle. The product was rubbed in well, I washed my hands after use and had made sure my skin was exfoliated and moisturised well beforehand as did Alicia.
Neither myself or Alicia had a delicate sun kissed summer glow as the product claimed. We were orange, there is no other way to describe us, Umpa Lumpa's eat your hearts out.
The smell is terrible, I didn't need to worry about smelling of the usual biscuit fake tan smell because the smell of this was much much worse.
I think if you were to use this maybe use a towelling false tan mitt to buff the product into the skin especially around the inside of the ankles and hands, wrists and fingers.
Both Alicia and I won't use this product again and Alicia said she will stick to the Garnier Summer Body for her go to gradual tanner.
The only place I will be putting this is in my blog sale!
Have you tried the Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser? Do you like it? Do you hate it?
And for a bit of fun........
Me and Alicia 24 hours later
Photo taken from Google Images
Thank you for reading, much love as always,