A TANNING fan’s face was turned as “green as the Incredible Hulk" after she used a damaged bottle of mousse.

Kirsty Reeves' beauty blunder was so severe her dad nicknamed her Princess Fiona after the character from the Shrek movies.

Boyfriend Ty had gone to the Boots store at Tollgate, Stanway to buy her a bottle of San Tropez dark tanning mousse.

When the product was not on the shelf, Ty, 34, asked a worker who got a can from the stock room.

However, it left Kirsty's face green for three days and she was so mortified she refused to leave her home, in West Bergholt .

Kirsty, 27, said: "I put it on for the first time and it is usually tinged a bit green because it has a green undertone to it.

"I left it for about 45 minutes and it was getting even worse.

"I only put it on the bits you are going to see.

"I thought this wasn't going well and it didn't come off.

"I rang my friend who is a beauty therapist and sent her a picture.

"She said it looked like the tan had got air in it."

Kirsty, who has used the £33 product before, frantically tried to remove the green colour with a standard make up wipe.

It still left Kirsty with a green tinge bad enough for her not to leave her house.

She said: "I'm on a zero hours contract but didn't go to work.

"I didn't go out, I didn't even go to the shops. I was horrified.

"I knew I didn't have allergic reaction to it, I knew it was the product.”

It was three days before Kirsty's face returned to its normal colour but she was left with a red mark on her cheek.

She said: "I don't look like 'Hulk' anymore, but mMy dad calls me Princess Fiona.”

Kirsty visited the store with the product, pictures of her green face, a bank statement to show the proof of purchase and the wipes she had used to attempt to remove the green lotion.

She said the manager filled out a complaints form to send to the head office.

After chasing the complaint, she was told it had never arrived and she was advised to contact the product manufacturer.

She said: "The manufacturer said when you put the product with oxygen it changes colour.

"They said more than likely what's happened is it hasn't been stored properly. Boots keeps saying it can't do anything because it is the product and offered me a £15 voucher.

"No one is taking responsibility, that's what's really annoying."

A Boots spokesman said: 

“We are very sorry to hear about our customer’s experience. The quality of the products we sell is of utmost important to us and we will investigate this matter further with the supplier.”

San Tropez was contacted for comment but did not respond.