Thursday, 10 May 2012
REVIEW: Avon Be Bronze Self Tanning Lotion Spray
I was rooting through my tanning box today when I came across the long neglected Avon Be Bronze Self Tanning Lotion in Light/Medium. I go through the same routine with this one: apply once, hate results, regret buying, put back in tanning box, forget. I find chucking out a nearly full product so wasteful, but at the same time I wouldn't wish this product on any of my loved ones. I think I'm finally going to take the plunge and put it in the bin tonight!
So why do I dislike it so much?
* The smell. I love strong scents and I like the smell of fake tan (I know I'm strange, I do try to get rid of it just for the sake of everyone else before I leave the house!) but this smell is like no other tan I've smelled before. It's kind of like the smell of developing tan times a million, thrown off with a indescribable "off" smell.
* There is no colour guide whatsoever, so if you are anything like me you will completely forget about a limb or do the same ones over and over as you forget you've already done them!
* The spray nozzle is hard to control. If you spray it directly onto a limb no matter how much you rub it around it leaves a really dark patch where you first sprayed it on. Also as the nozzle is so strong I find it actually powers through my mitt and through onto my hands, but if I spray too far away I inadvertently get it on all surroundings. This might just be a personal preference but I much prefer a lotion or mousse for this reason.
* The end result is not that nice. It comes off as a very dark orangey-brown which looks completely unnatural. Kind of like I'm pretending to be an oompa loompa which isn't that hard anyway when you're my height ;). It's always really patchy too (no idea if this is the product or my application technique since I can't see what I'm doing).
Phew! As you can see, I don't have fantastic things to say about this product. It's one and only redeeming feature is that it was fairly cheap (think around £5) so at least I didn't waste too much money. Still, St. Moriz is cheaper and I much prefer it! Of course I'm sure there will be people out there who like this product and find the colour suits their tone, but for me (and I think all pale people) this is a no-go.
Have you tried this product? If you have, let me know what you think!