In the summer, because we are baring the flesh for all to see, it is really important for me to have a body bronzer when I am too lazy to fake tan and as I love glitter, I love it to have a little glam to it to make my skin really glow. I know that being as I live in Cyprus where it is 1000c I should by rights get a natural tan but 1, I hate the heat. 2, I don’t want to subject my skin to the harmful and ageing rays of the sun so for me it’s better to fake it.
I’ve tried a few products such as St. Tropez and Fakebake and the Fakebake one was making my skin dry and scaly so I was on the lookout for a new one. I saw the Scott Barnes Body Bling Original on the Selfridges website and thought I would give it a whirl and since then I am on my second tube which I got from lookfantastic for €33.95 for 120ml.
This product is advertised as a tinted body moisturizer but as you are rubbing it into the skin it runs out of lubrication and so starts becoming patchy and if you have any dead skin (lovely, I know) this will start to roll up together and it’s not a pretty sight. Now I am the body exfoliating queen but for this to happen regarding the skin means, obviously, that the product is too ‘dry’ and needs a better or more emollient added to it. It also leaves the skin dry which is definitely not what I want so it is should never be advertised as a body moisturizer.
I am happy with the colour payoff and the scent which is like a floral perfume, but I wasn’t happy with the end result. I decided to mix some with an equal squirt of my Laura Mercier body cream, mixed it together in my hands and then applied it to my body and EUREKA! I found the solution and so now when I wear it mixed with this cream it goes on evenly and doesn’t dry out my skin.
Considering that it is such an expensive product I shouldn’t have to mix it with another moisturizer but I have yet to find a product that is as good as this so I guess I have to live with it. It does take a while to dry with or without applying it with a body moisturizer so make sure you use it way ahead of getting dressed. Once totally dried there is only a slight transference of the product onto clothes but I wouldn’t trust it with white clothing.
I have to say that if you decide to try the mixing method you must use it with a very creamy body moisturizer because I have tried it with other lotions which were very fluid and the results are patchy.
Lookfantastic says about this product:
Create a Hollywood glow with Scott Barnes Body Bling Original (120ml) . The 24-hour tinted body moisturiser gives a subtle tone with a smooth naturally illuminated finish that makes the face and body look fabulous for longer.The moisturiser instantly warms the skin tone providing shimmery highlights that stay on the surface of the skin.
Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).
You can see a video of Scott Barnes demonstrating this product here:
And here are some photos of swatches:
One complaint I do have is how the colour comes off on the outside of the tube over time which you can see below:
So would I buy it again? Yes, and I have done, because there isn’t anything better that I have found. Saying this below you will find my rating: