Many moons ago (circa March ’16) Vita Liberata very kindly gifted me with their latest launch – The Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish; €37.50 for 100ml.
I used it once (and first impressions were mighty fine) – but alas it subsequently went AWOL for a good eight weeks, amidst some home improvements. Truth be told I’m extraordinarily lazy when it comes to tanning, and have (thankfully) long left my orange-hued college days behind me. However, unfortunately for me my pastier-than-thou-bare-skin ain’t the prettiest – we’re talking blue tinged with pink dashed with freckles etc etc. Meaning – if the sun is shining and there’s skin on display, Imma need to somewhat beautify the bod with some bronze.
When I haven’t got time/the energy to let tan develop, instant tan is where it’s at. For the last few years I’ve been somewhat relying on Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs Lotion, which provides insane coverage without the incredibly drying effects of its spray-can sister. It is however, totally unnatural looking and one can easily run the risk of looking like they’ve been spray tanned with Mac Studio Fix foundation. Amazing for a special occasion perhaps if that’s what you’re into, but personally not a look I gravitate towards on the daily.
I digress – Vita Liberata’s Body Blur is a similar-ish sounding product, in that it’s marketed as a ‘body makeup’ as opposed to an instant tan. It promises to perfect the skin by masking blemishes and reflect light for a photo-ready finish. The formula is water resistant, hydrating, and paraben/sulfate/phthalate/gluten free. It can be used as a face primer as well as a ‘body blur’, and finally – but no biggie – Gigi Hadid is a fan! Ah here… Sold.
I’ve been dabbling to and fro with this lotion over the past fortnight, on bare limbs and over fake tan… and it is actually gorgeous. The formula is incredibly natural looking, yet its subtle shimmer gives a gorgeous, highlighted glow wherever put. It’s also quite moisturising, which makes a change for such a product. It doesn’t feel (nor does it look) like a mask on the skin (YAY), yet it still covers up those imperfections (think blemishes, bruises, thread veins, cellulite and so on!)…
Deem this not as a fake tan, but more of a liquid highlight/bronzer/primer hybrid. On my Irish skin, it can be worn as an instant tan per say, (purely because I’m the fairest of them all…!). However, if you’re olive toned the colour pay off will be pretty minute to be honest. I have also used it over developed tan though, and its effects are still wonderfully apparent – it blurs over any imperfections regardless of skin shade.
The formulation is quite dry, setting quickly on your skin. I’ve found it easier to blend onto slightly damp skin, and once dry it’s water resistant. The colour is flawless – a completely natural golden sheen, with zero orange undertones or streakage in sight. Plus it washes off fuss free when needs be. Adore.
When this product first launched, I thought its RRP was a tad too steep to justify, but in actual fact a little goes a very long way. We’re talking little smidgens of it dotted around your body before blending. Meaning a 100ml bottle should last ya plenty. You can buy this from Vita Liberata directly, or from the likes of Boots (who are charging €43 (!) BUT it’s on a 3 for 2 offer…) or also Cloud 10, who as y’all know are forever offering 10% off!
So what are we thinking, is it worth the splurge?! And sure whilst we’re on the topic of tanning, check out my favourite three face tanners here!