I recently got sent the new tanning collection from Penneys to try out. The entire Penneys/ Primark beauty range is retailed under the name “PS…..” and this “PS… Bronze” tanning range is the last addition to the hugely successful beauty collection.
First off the packaging is amazing – It’s so sleek and looks so expensive looking, they really have nailed that. I love the rose gold detailing.
The sizing of the bottle is incredible too – These bad boys will certainly last a while! I also love that the collection covers all aspects from an exfoliator to an instant tan, a gradual tanner and a shimmer oil. And, as we’ve come to love about Penneys, the pricing is incredible!!!! They all retail at either €3, €4 or €5 which is amazing.
I’ve tried out all the products now and so far I’m really impressed. Exfoliating LOADS is key to good tanning, if you don’t scrub off tan well before reapplying, the build up can be what causes bad streaks and that build up in dry areas and generally make applying tan much more difficult. You are much better starting off on a really well exfoliated base for a good, long lasting tan.
So to put it mildly, I am very hard on exfoliator, that’s why I was really hoping this one would be good, because at €3 it’s such a bargain and the result…. I love it! Now, I would say it’s a mild & gentle exfoliator, it might not be great for removing every single little last inch of tan, but it is good if you use it regularly. Tan 100% lasts longer if you exfoliate too!
Next up I tried the Face Gradual Tan (I love that there is a separate face and body one by the way). The gradual tan went on really well on my face, it’s relatively light so it does need a few days to build up if you want a darker colour. But I liked that it gave a very natural/ healthy glow. I always feel better with even a light tan on my face.
I also used the Gradual Tan for the body (although this can be used on the face too) and applied it twice last week, it came out SO so well. It is a white lotion/ cream and develops over the course of a few hours. It is very easy to apply, I just applied with my hands (and made suere to wash inside of hands very well afterwards) I was really happy with how it came out; not streaky at all and gave a really nice, very subtle natural glow. Again it’s not reeeeaaaaally dark so if you like a darker tan the key is to layer it up. I wouldn’t advice lashing loads on in the one go, rather build up your tan over the course of a few days is a better approach.
The Instant Dark Tan I used when I was heading out at the weekend and it came out really well and covered so easily. The ‘Light’ version of the instant tan is too light for me (But then I do love a very dark tan). It’s always vital to have some Instant tan on hand…. just in case;
1) the sun decides to pop out and you’re pale as a ghost and 2) for impromptu nights out, not that I have those anymore since having Anabelle Ivy!! Lol…
The shimmer oil is beautiful; I am obsessed with shimmer oils these days; looks fab on your legs, but also on collar bones and anywhere you want to highlight, even cheekbones! It’s a lovely tone of gold, and not crazy sparkly; just a nice subtle shimmer. Really good on the legs!
I personally find the smell very very sweet, others might actually like that smell, but it reminded me of bubblegum. The other slight downside would be the Gradual Tan does take a few minuets to dry in properly. It goes on like a lotion so it needs to settle on the skin before you dress, I am a bit impatient though…. it is probably similar to most, if not all, gradual tanners. (Same with the St Tropez Gradual tanner I use, the consistency of the lotion does take time to dry in properly), It feels a little like it’s sitting on your skin at first, but it does dry in well and leave you feeling super soft!
Overall, I am very impressed and that those prices definitely worth a try!
‘Til next time