August 2, 2010

Review: Nivea Sun Touch Quick&Easy spray

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I swear by Xen-Tan and have practically vowed to never use anything else.
I've had this spray sitting in my drawer unopened for over a year, and this week-end I decided to give it a go for 2 reasons:
- I still have to figure out how to apply lotion or foam to my back
- I was lazy and didn't want to go through the whole blending/drying process - "quick & easy" sounded exactly like what I needed.

I need to mention that this was applied to my pasty white skin, since I haven't been using fake-tan for the past 2 weeks and have been good at exfoliating so any old patchy residue would disappear.

PROS:
- The product claims to give a natural golden tan to the palest skins: true. It gave me a very light golden color, not orange at all, after one application - then you need to reapply and build up if you want a more intense color.
- The spray is easy to use in any direction, you can use the bottle upside down or whatever, the spray will still work.
- It's pretty much fool-proof! The products comes out nicely and evenly, you then just need to blend with your hands quickly (at least, on reachable areas). No streaks, no stains.
- It dries quickly: give it 5 minutes and you can put on your clothes without being afraid of streaks.
- It leaves a nice moisturized dewy look to your skin, very sexy.
- It develops nicely in about 4 hours.
- It's widely available in European drugstores for less than 10€.

Sounds like a pretty good product, right?

CONS:
- It smells. Like fruity sweet artificial perfume, that I found almost sickening.
- About an hour after application, it starts developping and again, it smells. Awfull - the fake tan smell in all its splendor.
- You might find the result is really subtle if reapplying new layers bothers you.

All in all: because of the smells, putting this on in the morning before leaving the house isn't really possible. You're going to need a shower to get rid of it, so you'll need to apply at night. That's too bad, really, because it gives the skin such a pretty look right after application, that I would have loved to use this before I go out.
However, this is a quick and easy fix when you want a bit of color without having to work too much on it. It's pretty much fool-proof and gives a natural result. If you don't mind the smell, then it's practically a perfect product for fair skins.

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