Now if you live in the UK or in the Northern part of Europe, you'll be familiar with the situation perfectly described in this video by the lovely Ruth Crilly aka A Model Recommends e.g weather alternating between polar and tropical in a matter of 24 hours.
This, of course, makes wardrobe management a bit complicated and also impact the life of those of us who are pale and have fluoro white legs. On the beautiful days, you want to wear your little dresses and sandals but you'd rather not reflect the sunlight with your pasty white tights. Hence, you have to look for quick legs solutions - self tan is always a possibility but frankly, when I know it's only going to be sunny for one or two days before the rain comes back, I can't be bothered to apply fake tan to my whole body as it's an awful lot of skin.
So, I'm always on the hunt for a quick fix for my pale legs, something that will be easy to apply and will give me some color without making me look orange like some product I tried last year! Which is why I wanted to try this Perfect Legs promising product.
What the brand says.
Perfect legs skin miracle is a powerful serum with Vitamin C to perfect, repair and enhance.
MODERN: Instantly enhances legs and helps combat skin imperfections, skin discolourations and scars.
NATURAL: A powerful complex of Vitamin C and vitamin E to help even out skin tone and restructure the skin, while Arnica helps to fade bruising.
BEAUTY: Immediately transforms the skin with a sun-kissed glow.
My experience with the product.
It can be summarized in a few facts, really :
- easy to apply, dries fast and isn't sticky
- leaves the skin soft, can work as a daily moisturizer especially as the treating properties would benefit a long-term use
- gives a slight glow and tint - but then, very slight
Yes, if I only have one sunny day and want to show some leg, this will cut out the paleness a little bit, but it's nowhere as dark or tanned looking as fake-tan would be. You won't look tanned, you'll just look less pale. However, the color is natural and not orange looking at all.
One little thing that bothers me is that this smells quite strong of rosemary and I could still catch hints of this smell during the day. It's not a bad smell but it's obviously herbal and I would prefer something smell free.
Is it worth it?
The 120ml bottle retails for £36 - €44, which is not cheap. If what you're after is a day of color once in a while, it's probably not worth such a huge investment even though the product fits the bill perfectly. There might be drugstore alternative for one-day tans that would work better for you. But if you're interested in the skin treatment properties of the serum and/or are willing to commit to using it regularly, then I do think it's a nice little product. I can't really comment on the bruise fading etc... as I haven't tested that thoroughly but I'm willing to believe this can give a bit of a extra help.
Ingredients list for the science nerds.
Aqua, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Butylene glycol, Coconut alkanes, Glycerin, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Disodium lauriminodipropionate tocopheryl phosphates, Sorbitan olivate, Laureth-4, Cetearyl olivate, Caramel, Cetyl palmitate, Butyrspermum parkii (Shea) butter, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan palmitate, Hydrogenated macadamia seed oil, Mica, Arnica montana flower extract, Allantoin, Benzyl alcohol, Algae extract, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Macrocystis pyrifera, Parfum, Xanthan gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Dehydroacetic acid, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Amyris balsamifera wood (Amyris) oil, Cinnamomum camphora (Ho Wood) oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincence) resin oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower absolute, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) absolute, Evernia prunastri absolute, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil, Styrax benzoin absolute, Hibiscus abelmoschus (Musk Mallow) seed oil, Linalool, Isopropyl titanium triisostearate, Citronellol, Caprylyl glycol, Benzoic acid, Evernia prunastri extract, Chlorphenesin, Hexylene glycol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Potassium sorbate, CI 77491.