Anyway, on to the important stuff, before and after pictures. I have cheated a little with the before picture as it's one that I took a few days before. The real bare faced before picture was too gruesome to share. The one I've picked out isn't terribly flattering either but at least it's in the same part of the house with similar light. All the better to compare the (slightly fuzzy) after shots with.
I think it came out a little darker than it has done previously. I was fairly generous with the application and I know when I used it last year I applied only the thinnest layer. In these pictures it looks like I completely forgot to do my neck which I can assure you wasn't the case. The bit I did miss was actually just under my chin. The colour, although quite obvious on the first day, has faded really quickly. I think this is probably due to my current skin care regime.
So, what are my thoughts about Precision Soleil Identite a year on. I still thinks it's a good facial tanner. It gives an even tan which always surprises me as it's not tinted. It doesn't smell like fake tan but the cookie dough scent can get a little annoying if you apply in the day. It's a little more orange hued than I remembered and so I feel it's essential that I wear make-up with it to stop it looking 'odd'. As to the question of whether or not the Bronze version is too dark for fair skins, I'm on the fence. I think it looks ok but it's hard to know without testing the Golden shade whether that would look more 'natural' or be sufficiently buildable to be a better alternative for fair skin. When I original bought this, every review said that Golden was just too subtle. I think if you're fair and don't really wear make-up maybe Bronze could be a touch too dark.
Have you ever tried this facial tanner? I would love to hear from someone who has used Soleil Identite in Golden or possibly even both shades. How do you feel about facial tanners generally?