10 Dec 2016

The Best Fake Tan For People Who Don't Do Fake Tan

Firstly, I want to make it clear that I have nothing against my fair, freckly complexion. Well not anymore, anyway. I used to hate it (damn you media, glorifying golden brown skin, fake or otherwise) but then I realised to hell with it, and I began to embrace what nature handed me.

And do you know what? I dig the 'pale and interesting' look, especially during the colder months. Pale skin + a festive red lip? Yes please. Well, unless there's an angry spot lurking on my chin waiting to erupt. Then it's a big fat nope.

However, during the party season sometimes I want to shine rather than glow. Sometimes I want my outfit to do all the talking without my pasty pins trying to hog all the limelight - the rogues. 

And it is then that I'll reach for the fake tan. A fake tan that is natural looking, easy-to-apply, inexpensive and that doesn't take an age to develop. One that just takes the luminous edge off my skin without leaving me stinking of biscuits.

Cue the Rimmel London Sunshimmer self tan mousse (in light because I'm pasty AF). The perfect fake tan for people that don't like, or don't 'do' fake tan.

The best thing about it is that it's so damn easy to apply. Obviously you've got to prep your skin correctly beforehand (exfoliate, exfoliate, EXFOLIATE: paying special attention to those knees, elbows and ankles) but as long as you've got that down, you can't go wrong with this product. You just give it a shake, pump it onto a mitt and away you go.

It's a mousse so its really malleable, doesn't drip and its easy to distribute over the skin evenly. It's tinted too, so there's no forgetting where you've applied it (a pet hate I have with those self-tanning lotions).

It also dries super fast. I always work from my feet up and by the time I've done my face and neck, my legs are touch-dry - no walking around like a young Forrest Gump in the nude for half an hour afterwards, hoorah. This also means that it doesn't transfer too badly onto towels and bedding, a major plus point. Nobody likes unsightly brown sheets.

The colour develops into a subtle golden brown with red undertones - no orange tinge whatsoever. It looks natural; something us pale folk struggle to achieve with fake tan. I like how it's buildable too, so I can layer it up in Summer to create a slightly more sunkissed look to complement the flurry of freckles that ascend all over my skin.

My only gripe with this product is that it claims to develop in one hour. This lead me to believe that the colour it is after an hour is the colour it stays. WRONG. It continues to develop for a good few hours after this. Not a major problem but just something to bear in mind.

I personally like to wait for a few hours before washing it off and doing my make up etc because I know the final colour won't differ much after that point.

Anyway, if you're in need of a fake tan to set off your festive party outfit that is a) a cinch to use and b) won't make you look like David Dickinson (or Donald Trump if we're to use a more relevant reference) then this one's a winner.

Have you used fake tan before? If so, what formula do you like best?
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  1. This sounds great! I'm pretty pale too so I'm sure this would work great! :)


  2. Ooh this is interesting! I'm actually super pale but have never tried fake tan so maybe I should give this a go! x



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