Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanner: The Review

5 March 2013

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanner

This is a review I've been meaning to write for a while.. I bought the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanner in a Christmas Debenhams haul (mostly because of free delivery!). I'd seen it mentioned on one of my favourite beauty blogs Vivianna Does Makeup, and also on Lily's blog as being a self-tanning version of the cult Clarins Instant Smooth primer.

The Promise
"All the wonderful skin care benefits of our 'best-selling' Instant-Smooth Perfecting Touch, with one extra advantage. The silky, lightweight mousse melts into the skin for quick and easy application. Lines and enlarged pores are instantly smoothed away .The complexion is left looking radiant and later develops a subtle healthy glow. With regular application, the tan intensifies but always with a subtle, natural-looking colour result."
With this enticing product description (and the rave reviews) in mind, I was excited to try out a new facial tanner, as Clarins are well-known for these products in particular. The fact it combines tanning with priming is especially multi-tasking!

The Reality

On receiving the product, I was impressed at the luxe packaging and helpful product guide inside. The scent, at this point, is fairly innocuous and doesn't bother me too much - think almonds, and you've got it.

When applied, the product smooths out your complexion well, leaving a good base for makeup. It feels a wee bit like applying silky caramel to your face (haha, weird!). Obviously, at this stage it's a good idea to ensure the product isn't getting into your eyebrows or hairline (standard self-tanning protocol).

Once applied, an hour or two later, the colour deepens & intensifies on your skin. Now, this is where I get a bit iffy..

As a heads-up, I would describe my skin-type as normal/combination with the odd spot now and again. I am also an 'Alabaster' shade in Clinique; quite pale with yellow undertones.

So! Unfortunately I really do not like the way the colour sits on my skin. I have an overwhelming urge to wash it off all day, as it looks a little more orangey on me than I was expecting. Additionally, the scent becomes completely obvious as fake-tan. I smell like an actual biscuit! I find this all rather odd, as everyone raves about the "lack of fake tan smell" and "caramel" colour. As well as all this, I find that primer products break me out, and have since suffered a couple of break-outs on my chin, which I would put down to this product clogging up my pores.

Would I Repurchase It?

Now, I'd like to hope this product will work its magic on me in the summertime when my skin naturally tans and isn't so pale, but the scent really puts me off! I preferred the aloe-vera scent of the St Tropez Gradual Face Tanner, which also simply added the glowy tan I wanted! But I understand a lot of people don't get on well with that product, so it might just be my skin.

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning is available at Debenhams & Boots, as well as other big beauty retailers, and is currently on offer (as of 5/3/2013) for £16.20 in Debenhams.

Have you used this product before? What did you think of it - did it react better with your skin? Let me know in the comments below!



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