Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel

To me, summer is all about being a bronze goddess, I love tanning and sun tanning use to be my guilty pleasure. I jumped onto the bandwagon of fake tanning in my early 20s and quickly got off it because most formulas would streak or turn orange. Nothing worked for me so I decided to give up on tanning overall (which explains the lack of colour on my legs.. well, leg in the photo below). My last encounter with a self tanner was over a year ago, I tried the product and binned it the next day, it wasn't until I walked out the door with my shorts I realised that I had obvious patches of orange all over my legs.

Trilogy is well known for their excellence in skincare, I have never met someone who has spoken negatively about the brand, in fact while I was working in the industry, a client recommended Trilogy to me. Knowing Trilogy is a reliable brand, I swallowed my hesitation and decided to give the product a go! I actually have a Trilogy brand focus coming up, but thought I'd post an individual post about the bronzing gel to help all you gorgeous ladies get summer ready.

About Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel
Buildable natural, elegant shimmering tan
- Certified natural
- Contain mica, vitamin E and aloe vera
- Quick drying
- Provides instant caramel colour
- Contains caramel from cane sugar and plant derived DHA
- Lasts 2-3 days
- Made in New Zealand

Price: $18.95 for 100ml
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Aqua (Water), Alcohol, DHA, Caramel, Xanthan Gum, Mica & Titanium Oxide & Iron Oxides CI77019, CI77891, CI77489, Tocopheryl acetate, Mica & Titanium Oxide CI77019, CI77891, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Sodium hydroxide, Parfum, limonene
Can you see the shimmer?

 My Verdict

  • The content itself is quite shimmery but it's not an abrasive glitter... more like how its described, an elegant shimmer. Based on personal preference, I know some people would prefer a shimmerless than, if that's you then this product is not for you.
  • If you are a festival go-er, shimmer fanatic, and fairy skin lover you will love this product! Although the shimmer is not visible on camera from a distance, it is fairly reflective in light and it'll look like you have a really awesome shiny glow - think sutble strobing for your legs.
  • I would recommend this products for pretty much all over - you may want to avoid the face unless you want a shimmering face!
  • Application wise, you can use a tanning mitt, I used my hands because the gel formula was so easy to blend, it didn't really stain my hands.. although I did wash my hands immediately after application. There were more shimmer on my hands than colour and most of the shimmer will wash off in water.
  • The tan will last for 3 days as claimed, on the second day most of the shimmer would have rubbed off, the colour faded slightly, by the third day most of my tan have faded with a slight tint. This is a great product for those who like a very short term tan or buildable tan.
  • The colour is instant and does not streak, you don't need to wait till the next morning to find out what your skin looks like with the tan on, and you certainly will not wake up to blotches.
  • It smells like Toffee or Maple syrup..and I love it, it reminds me of my Pankcake Milkshake from the Hello Kitty Diner I went to recently.
  • This is the fastest drying tan I have ever used, it will dry matte and smooth within 5 minutes of application, wave goodbye to the days where you need to stand around in your underpants in the bathroom waiting for your tan to dry!
  • Personally, I don't mind if my tan is shimmer or matte, as long as it doesn't make me look like a disco ball, I'm happy, however I do prefer a product that is longer lasting to prevent me from repetitive application since I don't have a lot of time or energy after work! Overall, I was happy with the outcome of the product as it worked much better than expected. It didn't turn orange and looks really natural, even with the shimmer.. just wish it lasted longer!

Before and After 

                      Two coats of Trilogy. A beautiful glow and caramel colour achieved!

Stay tuned for my Trilogy skincare brand focus :)

 *This product was provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own


  1. That does look lovely, Lily! Very natural, not oompah loompah like at all!

  2. Great subtle results and I love the shimmer in it. I haven't heard anyone bag Trilogy either. I love everything I've tried from them!

  3. What a great natural looking result! I'm agree it would be better if it lasted for longer. I love the sound of it drying in 5 minutes!

  4. I actually like the sound of a tan that lasts 3 days because I'm dead scared that gradual tans showing up too orange or streaky on my skin. Even if I do end a bit off coloured, I just need to deal with it for 3 days!

    Had no idea that Trilogy made tanners! It's looks so natural on you as well!

  5. I love the results you got! Sounds like a lovely product. I'm a bit on the fence about the shimmer, tho

  6. Always looking for a tanner that's better than the one I'm using - you've got great legs by the way Lily! xxx

  7. Great results! I have a few instant tanners and love their shimmery finish. This one looks real natural :)

  8. Before and after pic says everything, results are impressive. I love trilogy brand and i own heaps of their products:)


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