Friday, July 03, 2009

Review: Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan

Having been so impress with the Boots Golden Shimmer Instant Tan a few weeks back, imagine my disappointment to find that Boots are no longer producing it. Boots: you should rectify that immediately!

Instead I bought the Rimmel version to see what it was like. I went for the medium matte colour – it is available in light & medium matte and light & medium shimmer. It is pretty similar to the Boots one; however, on the first try I used the same amount as I had of the Boots one and ended up with pretty deeply tanned legs. The colour is very natural so it wasn’t too much of a problem, but if you want a lighter colour for a fair skin like mine either don’t use so much or buy the lighter shade.

The Rimmel product felt a bit stickier on my hands on application, but it rubbed in fine and gave a good, even coverage. It has a slightly soapy smell to it, but again, this is far favourable to the biscuity smell of regular fake tans. My skin feels just as soft with this as it did with the Boots one.

I would definitely buy this again, but I also have a Boots 17 version queued up ready to try out so perhaps I’ll change my tune once I’ve given that one a go.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer, £4.88 at Boots.


  1. I can highly recommend the Garnier tanning moisturiser (dark sunkissed tan) (they also do a light version), its by far the best I've ever tried!

  2. Oo I didn't know about that one. I'll have to look out for it next time.