Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan Review - Really Ree
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Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan Review

6 Aug 2014 (Updated: 30 Mar 2016)

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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.

Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual 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.

Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan

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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2 thoughts on “Creme de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan Review

  1. Hi Ree, great review, really pleased to read that as I’m going on hols soon and was wondering what gradual fake tan to take. I follow the same procedure as you – thought I was the only crazy person who fake tans before/on hols but I need the colour to make me look and feel good in my summery clothes!
    Think I’ll have to try this and the Fake Bake one (have been having a lot of orange knees recently so glad to have a recommendation from a fellow pale one).
    Have you ever tried the Sienna or Decleor gradual tans? they are others that I was eyeing up….
    You always look so glowy and healthy I was amazed to read that you’re a fellow pale one – so obviously job well done!
    A x

    1. thank you!
      yes i am sooooo pale! I haven’t tried either of those. Usually I hate gradual tanners because they don’t do much and it feels like you’re paying tonnes of cash for what is basically just a moisturiser with a tiny touch of tan! xxx

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