Saturday, August 3, 2013

Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow in Medium Review

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand

Product Profile

For those unfamiliar with Red Carpet Kolour, it is an amazing all-over lotion that imparts a golden warmth on the skin. It has been worn by a number of well-known celebs on the red carpet--in fact you've probably seen it in action and didn't even realize it was responsible for that envy-worthy glow! It was developed by celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip. Joanna developed Red Carpet Kolour to fill a void in the beauty market for transfer-free, nasty chemical-free lotions that impart an amazing warm glow that looks great both on the red carpet as well as for everyday use. It's meant to highlight and camouflage in all the right ways.

This is not a self-tanning product. This lotion is meant to remain transfer-free until you wash it off.

Note: According to the company this product is enriched with Vitamin K & C, is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and paraben-free. The pump it is packaged in is 100% recyclable. 


This retails for $49.95

Where to Buy

This is available on RedCarpetKolour's site HERE as well as through select beauty supply retailers.

Red Carpet Kolour Luminous Body Glow Medium Review

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to review Red Carpet Kolour in medium--meant for light to dark complexions. As many of you that follow my blog are aware, I have to avoid the sun due to recent events (you can read about it here)--which has been kind of depressing because I love a nice tan.

I have used other products in the past that claimed to offer a temporary, warm, sun-kissed glow. Aside from having some issues with achieving even coverage, all of the other products I've tried in the past have transferred horribly. I remember one particularly awful experience where I used a product that gave my legs a fairly decent glowing tan for a dinner party. This stuff transferred all over everything I touched that evening--the car, my seat at the restaurant, my dress, my date, etc. It even permanently stained the towels I used later that night after attempting to remove it. Nightmare! Reminds of that episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where Adrienne Maloof stains Lisa Vanderpump's white seats (yes, this show is a guilty pleasure of mine)--she should have used Red Carpet Kolour apparently lol.

When I read about Red Carpet Kolour I was incredibly hopeful that it would be everything the other products I tried were not. Something easy to use and worry-free during wear. Let's see how my experience with Red Carpet Kolour went...


I was given Red Carpet Kolour in medium, which is appropriate for light to dark complexions. This can be used on your entire body including your face. The lotion itself is a warm, shimmery beige with what I would say might be a slightly peachy undertone (super subtle). There is a golden shimmer in this lotion that can be seen up super close, but that doesn't have an Edward-in-Twilight type effect from a normal standing distance away--just the right amount to catch the light. 


Application was so incredibly easy--much easier than I thought it'd be in fact! You simply shake the bottle, pump it out, and quickly rub it in a circular motion into the areas you wish to apply it. It is just pigmented enough to make it easy to tell where you've applied it so that you can get even coverage (nothing like those coffee-colored self-tanning lotions). It does dry quickly, but I found that even though it dried fairly fast this product was flexible enough to touch up or remove if needed in specific areas. 


Instructions recommend waiting 5 minutes after application to prevent any transfer. I waited almost exactly 5 minutes (perhaps 1 minute over) and did not experience any transfer on my clothing despite it being fairly warm out. 


This probably seems like an odd category, but if you've ever worked with any kind of pigmented body products you know the palms of your hands can be extremely problematic. The instructions recommend wiping the palms of your hands with a damp towel right after application. I did this and was able to remove about 90% of the shimmer easily. There were trace amounts left, but as it didn't transfer on to anything I touched it wasn't an issue. There was no color from the lotion left on my hands after wiping them.


This particular shade gave me a bit of color on top of my existing color (despite avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen I tan far too easily through it). The shimmer highlighted the high planes of my face along with my shoulders, chest, etc. Personally, I think the warm glow of a natural-looking tan makes everyone look 10 times better. This imparts such a subtly healthy, sun-kissed glow--it's impressive. 

This is a before and after using Red Carpet Kolour in medium. This is the underside of my arm as it has the lightest coloring by far on my body (and tends to be a few shades lighter than the rest of my exposed skin). As you can see, this gave me a bit of color in a really natural, warm tone. The rest of my skin, which is fairly tan naturally (as you'll see below), has a slightly warm glow, but the color difference is not as dramatic. I thought this comparison might be helpful to those of you with light to light-medium complexions as I'm sure it's more of a concern for you than it is for those of us with medium to dark complexions. 


I did not find this to transfer. As this washes off I'm not sure if it would be an issue in the rain, which is one reason I waited to try it until recently as we've had insane storms for the last few weeks day in and day out. It was not irritating to my sensitive skin and was about as hydrating as some other water-based lotions I've tried--it does not have a greasy feel to it. I wouldn't say this is as hydrating as a body butter or thick cream, but my dry skin didn't feel dehydrated after use. 

Here is a shot of Red Carpet Kolour in action on my face and upper chest...

I am not wearing foundation or even a tinted moisturizer here. This is my natural skin with only Red Carpet Kolour on it! Pretty good right? I think it's very flattering, personally. These are the only products I'm wearing here:

  • Red Carpet Kolour in medium
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
  • MAKE Colour lipstick in Flamingo
  • OCC Lip Tar in Narcissus (patted on center of lips)
  • Mirenesse Inside Out 27HR Kohl liner in Osiris
  • Too Faced "Better than False Lashes" lash system

Final Re-Cap


This retails for $49.95

Where to Buy

This is available on RedCarpetKolour's site HERE as well as through select beauty supply retailers.

Final Thoughts

I am so incredibly impressed with this! Everything from color, to ingredients, to the fact that it really doesn't transfer are huge pluses to me. I can see this being very popular for the end of summer and quite honestly, year-round. What can I say, I really love a glowing tan effect on my skin. The color is complementary and flexible, application is easy (even if you're busy and constantly on the go), and the overall effect is really quite lovely. If you are opposed to shimmer of any kind (even if it's subtle) then this wouldn't be for you, otherwise I would say this is definitely worth a try! 

I can see myself using this on date night or for get-togethers ... oh and weddings! Unfortunately, I probably won't be walking the red carpet anytime soon, but this is definitely a subtle enough product to be used whenever and wherever in my opinion.

What do you think? Is this the type of product you can see yourself trying?

Note: This product was provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.


  1. Thanks for sharing. This will be great when I want a little color on those cold winter days!

    1. You're welcome ;) It's quite lovely!

  2. I'm always scared to try products like these! I may try this though... I trust your judgement!

    1. Thanks :) It is so incredibly natural looking. Rather than giving you a crapload of color like self-tanners, it kind of enhances what's there and then the super fine gold shimmer hits the light in all the right ways. It's quite a clever product! And it washes off so even if you somehow managed to botch application you can fix it immediately. Kind of a win-win!

  3. I really like the glow this gives your skin! The tint looks very natural on your face and neckline, and I really like that. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I've had 7 skin cancers removed in the last year. Sun is a dirty word to me! Thank you for this post. Your before and after pic has me sold. I'll pay any amount of money for something that works!

    1. We no-sun girls have gotta find our glow where we can! This stuff really is impressive :)


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