Friday, 9 August 2013

Fake Tans Best & Worst

Xen Tan Moroccan Tan, Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan, Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan, Xen Tan Dark Lotion.          *Clickable links below on the tan names*

Fake tans, you either love it, or you hate it. I love it, not all of them are just as good as the 4 mentioned here though but I thought I’d do the lowdown on my favourites, and the not so favourites.


The most important step of any fake tanning. Make sure hair removal is done at least 24 hours before you apply the self tan and even more importantly, exfoliate! People think they don't need to but I can assure you, it will look patchy just by skipping this vital step. Apply moisturiser to the key areas such as elbows, knees, hairline and feet.

Make sure to regularly exfoliate and moisturise for a naturally fading tan, I usually top up my tan when I notice it's fading quite a bit. Think of it a bit like applying lipstick, if they're not well moisturised and exfoliated then it will cling to your dry patches.

First up, let’s discuss my not so favourites. I’ll start with the facts, I prefer a dark tan. Once upon a time before I started using Xen-Tan I was all for the gradual, natural tan. Those days are long gone now I know I can achieve a dark tan without being orange and patchy. As a general rule, I used to think the cheaper the tan the worse it is. That’s not the case these days as some cheaper tans have been formulated better – Cocoa Brown is the best example of this.

Not so favourites

St Moriz – Most people I know love this. If I was to choose, I’d pick the mousse tan out of their range as it’s reasonably quick drying compared to the rest. The smell – urgh. Biscuit galore. If it’s one thing I hate about tanning, it’s the god awful smell. No matter how much you spritz perfume over the top, digestives come out in force.

 Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant – My first ever attempt at fake tanning was thanks to this. My Sister actually introduced me to this when I was in my teens. It did the job, in a fashion. I was blatently orange and patches everywhere. Pointless wearing it but I was young and clueless!

St Tropez - The cult that is St Tropez. I have tried quite a few different ones and none of them wow-ed me like the others. Maybe I need to try some newer formulas

Gradual Tan

Dove Summer Glow Gradual Tan - Available in Light to Normal and Normal to Dark. This is the best natural looking gradual tan I've tried. It's reasonably priced and if you're in the UK, they're available in shops such as Savers, Bodycare/Grahams, Home Bargains etc too for even cheaper. I prefer the one without shimmer as the shimmer one makes me look a bit of a disco ball!
Fake Bake Gradual Tan For Fair Skin - Formulated for fair skintones, this is the most foolproof tan if you're as pale as me and want a gradual year-round healthly looking tan without it being so obvious. This is quite expensive for a gradual tan in my opinion but it's well worth it if you want to dip your toes into the world of self tanning.


Xen Tan Moroccan Tan Lotion - This is the newest tan that Xen Tan have launched and it's by far my favourite. The guide colour is quite dark but once washed off the morning after, it leaves such a gorgeous glowy, olive tone. I get 10% off thanks to Feelunique VIP. It's free to enter so if you're a regular Feelunique shopper, check it out!

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Dark Self Tanning Mousse* - This is the most expensive by far. It claims to last 2-3 weeks, which is true - providing you re-apply quite a few times. This is the case if you re-apply the Xen Tan though, as long as you make sure to prep your skin correctly before hand, as well as during the tanning stage. It's incredibly quick drying and doesn't have a scent in the slightest. The colour is between natural and dark, I'd prefer it a tad darker but you can definitely tell that I've got a tan when I use it. I can happily wear this in the daytime if I was short on time. The bottle itself will probably last about 3-5 full body uses, depending how much you use and frequency applied. If only this was around the same price as Xen-Tan I'd re-purchase often, sadly the price more than puts me off. It's a great tan though and other than that I cannot fault it.

Xen Tan Weekly Dark Lotion - I love this. If you're a newbie at tanning, I probably wouldn't recommend this as the guide colour is so dark it'd scare most people! Xen Tan do the best lotions by far, I prefer mousse as it dries quicker but when I want a long lasting, instant results tan I go for Xen Tan Moroccan or Dark Lotion.

Cocoa Brown One Hour Mousse* - This is the most recent tan that I've been using, but it's that good that I've thrown it in there straight away. Cocoa Brown claims that you can wash this off after 1 hour and be left with a natural glow. Since I always apply my tan at night, I usually sleep with it on and then wash it off the following morning anyway, I find this works best for me. If you're in a rush then I advise using this budget friendly tan. It's just launched in Primark stores which is handy as well as being on Feelunique with free worldwide delivery. It doesn't last as long as the other products but I can cope with a quick 5 minute re-application every few days!

What a difference a year makes when it comes to changing your products around. This is last years fake tan post here.

What are your best and worst self tans? Do you prefer lotion formulas or mousse?

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  1. I love the dove gradual tanner! Really helpful post though as I'm usually too scared to try "real" fake tans.

    1. It's definitely the best gradual tanner out there. The garnier one made me streaky and looking silly! Give "real" fake tans a go on areas that aren't going to be seen at first to trial it :) x

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    1. Me too, my ultimate favourite fake tan brand x

  3. I used the Vita one for the first time yesterday (on my legs incase it went wrong) but normally stick to Xen. So far so good but will see how long it lasts.

    Michelle x

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    1. Always a good idea to try it on areas not seen first. I like Vita but it's so expensive! x


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