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I love trying new things. When I qualified for the Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs box (by filling out a survey beforehand), I was curious about it. The opportunity to join is something I would have passed on last year, but I made an active effort to try tanning products this summer. My skin is extremely pale, and although it does not bother me, I like the idea of having color. Natural looking color is important, because I would not want to resemble an Oompa Loompa. The quest started before I joined this program, but this program helped me delve deeper. Rather than arriving in the usual Influenster box, the products arrived in a special box exclusive to this product. It was a nice touch.
The box was light, which usually indicates sample-sized items are inside. Although I prefer full-sized items, which is what Influenster sends more often than not, sampling new items regardless of size is always a plus. It only takes one application to see if you’re allergic or do not like the color.
A product card describing the item is always inside. The card usually provides tips and other pertintent information needed to get started with the product.
I like when boxes also include coupons. If I love the item, a coupon to repurchase it always makes it easier to take the plunge.
A 0.75oz sample of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Light was inside. This is why the box was so light. The sample is small. Despite the small sample, I would easily get a feel for what I thought of the product. It is a thick, pigmented cream that spreads rather quickly. I did not need a lot of product per application.
As you can see, I am pretty pasty. My feet actually had a farmer’s tan thanks to my Tom’s, but my legs had not seen the sun in a few weeks. They were ready for color. I have dry skin and decided to moisturize beforehand. This is something most tanning products tell you not to do. There were no specific instructions not to, so I went for it.
I took a picture after doing the left leg only to see how the color compared to my normal color. The difference was definitely noticeable, but I was not fond of the orange color. This may not be Oopma Loompa orange, but it was inarguably orange. My skin leans cool/neutral, so product has to work harder to turn it orange than it would on skin that is naturally warm.
The good news is the color does settle down into a natural looking color, so my orange faded. This was about an hour after I applied it.
Applying the moisturizer was definitely a mistake. It took the product a lot longer settle into my skin and placing my elbow on my leg in the car actually removed some of the color. You can see the patch of white on my right leg (picture left). Oops. If nothing else, this picture really shows the color difference. I also learned my lesson about applying moisturizer to my legs before the product. My shorts did get stained by the product, but most of the stain came out. Luckily, the only part that did not come out was on the inside of the shorts where you could not see it anyway.
For my second application, I did not moisturize beforehand. This helped the product set faster. I purposely placed my elbow on my leg in the car to see if I would get the same result. My legs stayed one color all day. You could see tiny patches where the color did not seep fully in, but I blame this more on dry skin than failure in the product. There was a little more product inside my shorts this week, but I was intuitive enough to wear the same shorts to prevent any others from potential damage.
If you decide to try this, do not get nervous when you apply and see a bright orange color. It will settle into a natural looking color within half an hour. Try to wait half an hour before dressing if possible to prevent your clothes from staining. Do not moisturize beforehand unless you’re going for a leopard look. You will probably see tiny dry patches where the color does not apply if your skin is dry. Because my skin is so perpetually dry, and this product is not practical when moisturizing first, I would not buy it.
After two applications on my legs, the sample still feels like a lot is left. I should be able to use this at least 2-3 more times. That means the full-size would probably last a decent amount of time. Nivea sent me an in shower lotion to sample recently, and I look forward to trying that with this to see how it goes.
Even though this is not something I would purchase, but I do appreciate the opportunity to try it. I am still exploring other tanning products and will be sure to let you know which ones hit and miss with me. If you love trying new things, and who does not love free things, sign up for Influenster and get started. Already signed up? I’d love to read what you thought if you participated in this program. See all Influenster articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.