Time Bomb: Holiday in A Bottle

Described as ‘not a stain, self-tanner or foundation’, the Time Bomb Cosmetics Holiday in A Bottle left me wondering: just what is it then? This ‘liquid sunshine’ aims to give a healthy sun-kissed boost to the skin, containing micro-pigments that burst when touched and turn the cream from a grey-white to it’s final pigmented colour. So, is it really a holiday in a bottle?

This cream is available in two shades: Suntanned and Sunkissed. Even
with self tan applied up to my neck, I still found Sunkissed quite dark
and needed less than a full pump to cover my face and blend into the tan line. As the cream is worked into the skin the pigment is released, so initially it produces quite a shocking colour that worried me slightly until it was completely spread across the skin. I think
blending really is key with this product, as it provides sheer coverage but a lot of colour that needs to be distributed evenly. I found
the best way to achieve a natural look was to apply with my fingers, and
then blend outwards towards the hairline with a dry cosmetic sponge, diffusing the colour and helping to soak up any excess product. Although Time Bomb
state that this product is suitable for pale complexions, my skin tone
is the lightest that would benefit without it starting to look unnatural
and obvious; it’s a shame that more ‘just-been-to-the-beach’ style
products don’t cater for fairer skins that would also enjoy a healthy
summery glow.

Despite having such little coverage, this
‘liquid sunshine’ disguises the redness around my nose and cheeks in a
way that I wasn’t expecting – I think my complexion definitely looked
healthier. The actual colours of each shade are very similar, but
Suntanned is a more intense and more pigmented version of its lighter
counterpart, seeming to provide more pigment in the same amount of
product than creamier textured Sunkissed. Both shades behaved similarly
to wash off self tanners, in that they slightly clung to and deepened any
dry or dark areas, so I found moisturising healing blemishes and
avoiding undereye dark circles a definite must. The formula
is paraben and oil free, and I must say I really liked the finish –
matte but sheer enough to let the natural brightness of skin show
through. It also lasts well on oily areas without being at all drying,
and with a touch of powder it stays in place all day. Honestly though, I
find the micro-pigment technology a little bit gimmicky; while it is
fun to watch the colour change on application, I can’t really see much
benefit from a usability point of view.

The packaging of these
products is very discreet which I appreciate (for some reason I would
rather pretend that my tan is natural than admit to faking it,) and these
stylish tubes could easily contain any product. The care taken in
creating a fancy formula and pretty packaging are definitely reflected
in the price, which at £28 makes this one of the most expensive products
I’ve used on my face that doesn’t actually contain any skincare
benefits. To answer my earlier question – in my opinion, and despite it’s
fancy formula, this product is a wash off self tanner. Is it a good
product? Definitely. Is it worth the price tag? I’ll let you be the
judge of that one…

The Time Bomb Holiday in a Bottle is available from QVC priced at £28.

Written by Kirsty Paterson



  1. Dawny
    September 20, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    I may try this for myself 🙂 looks good! great post xxhttp://sassylittlenails37.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. gleepface
    September 20, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    Ooh I know the colour changing application is a bit weird, but I reckon I'd find it quite exciting haha.These are actually quite good sounding products, since my face tends to be super pale and leave me looking ill because the rest of my body is so much darker! For the price tag though I'll probably just dust myself with bronzer…www.gleepface.com | a british fashion & beauty blog

  3. Lianne H
    September 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    The packaging looks really classy, sounds a nice product!Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

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