Review: Make Believe Tan Lotion & Glow Tinted Moisturiser

Sunday 7 October 2012

Product 3 & 4 of the TFWOC series is by Make Believe. I made a mistake of thinking that week 3's product was the Vita Liberata mousse so I've had to wait til that one has faded (and it's a 2-3 week tan!).
Luckily I had some St Tropez tan remover and scrubbed away at my arm but I had left the other arm un-tanned so for this post I'll be using the one arm.

Review 1: Make Believe Self Tan lotion with bronzer [w/b 24th September]
I was sent zone 4 (Golden Tan):
The product when first applied looks like a chocolate-caramel kind of smooth colour (no glitter or sparkle) and it's what I'd say is a "colour guide" as it's dark and you can see where it's been spread on the skin.
I applied it to my right arm and took a before and after of the same arm so you can see the difference:
no tan
zone 4 just applied
after washed off
As you can see, when just applied the tan is very visible. After washing the tan off the colour is less obvious and more natural looking.

Packaging: The packaging looks like its an established/quality product and has easy to understand instructions.
Finish: Lotion with bronzer.
Texture: Creamy chocolate-caramel coloured creamy lotion that when spread settles in skin.
Key Ingredients/Facts: Lipo-Care Complex - keeps skin looking toned and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite so great for thighs and arms! Anti-Oxidants and fruit extracts help protect skin against aging.
Application: After the usual routine of exfoliating, shaving and moisturising before applying a tanning product, the Self Tan lotion can be applied with a glove or mitt to the face and body; not with the hand as instructed unless you want orange palms! This particular product can be re-applied for a deeper colour.
Smell: The scent as described by Make Believe is an "exotic fragrance". On first smelling the product I could smell a cinnamon/cinnabon kind of smell which isn't bad! But when the product settles in there's a tan smell as with all tan products.
Who this would be perfect for: I personally think this product leaves a lovely subtle warm tan to my skin tone; I wouldn't recommend zone 4 for very fair skin tones as I think it would appear too orange, however for more olive/tanned skin tones this is lovely and looks quite natural.
FrootiFactor: Aside from the tan smell which is eminent in pretty much all tan products, this Self Tan Lotion is good as it applies with an instant bronze guide and looks very natural. I'd give this product a 4 out of 5:
The Self Tan Lotion can be bought directly from the Make Believe website for £24.50 or from Boots.

Review 1: Make Believe Glow Tinted Moisturiser [w/b 1st October]
Make Believe also do a few products especially for the face and I received a Enhance Glow Tinted Moisturiser to review.
It comes in a 30ml size and has a fairly thin nozzle so you don't get too much product out in one go.
Once blended in there's a slight noticeable shimmer:
You can see where the cream isn't on my skin shows as a yellow tone, therefore I found the shade to be too peachy/light for my skin tone.

Packaging: I love the packaging of the tinted moisturiser; black and gold are a classic combination for a rich-like feel.
Finish: Tinted moisturiser cream with shimmer.
Texture: The product is a cream texture and takes a bit of blending in to sink into the skin.
Application: I used my hands to work the cream in which does need careful blending; it may be better to use a blending brush for this reason.
Smell: No particular scent.
Who this would be perfect for: I think this product would be better suited to cooler/peachy skin tones rather than ethnic/yellow tones, but the peachyness isn't too obvious once blended in on the face. The shimmer is lovely, not too over powering, and it does give a subtle "glow" if you're looking to achieve that dewy look. Having said that, this product is not good for people with dry skin as the glitter clings to dry areas accentuating them.

FrootiFactor: I'd give this product a 3.5 out of 5 as its a good product if you're looking for a "glow" however it's probably too light and peachy for more darker/yellow or red skin tones.

The Enhance Glow Tinted Moisturiser is available from the Make Believe website here for £15.

Make sure you follow the other girls' reviews on this project as well: 

  Annie Epiphannie
Tass Une Tasse
Stephanie Nerd About Town

Have you used any Make Believe products before? Which tanning products would you recommend?



  1. I liked their tan, Was just so easy on your skin it looks natural and warm, wouldn't even know you had on a tan! The tinted moisturiser once applied to my face, just blended straight into my skin lol. XO

    1. I agree the tan was very lovely and natural looking.. the tinted moisturiser did blend somewhat but I fear darker complexions than us would just be chalky because of the peachy-ness!

  2. I think we all felt the same towards the tinted moisturiser! Two great reviews! xo


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