At first this is such a strange concept (a clear fake tan?) and it does get some getting used to but I think this really is a tan to stick by once you get the hang of it!
St Tropez ticks every box! More from this range please!!
It develops in 4-8 hours giving you a natural, streak-free tan all day long…if you don’t miss any spots of course!
The smell of this fake tan is fabulous – goodbye horrible biscuit smell, hello tropical paradise!
The clear bottle makes it easy to keep track of how much product you have left, so you don’t have a ‘Ross from F.R.I.E.N.D.S situation’ before a big night out with your galpals.
The winner for me with this tan is that it combats pollution and environmental nasties. St Tropez have definitely thought outside of the box with that one and they get a 10/10 for that bonus feature!
This tan soaks straight into the skin, with no sticky feeling afterwards.
Best for: wearing with a white dress.
Sienna X Deep Self Tan Tinted Lotion
I tried the Sienna X Deep Self Tan Tinted Lotion, a luxurious moisturising lotion that promises to deliver a streak-free, natural-looking colour without greasy or sticky residue. I tried and tested it and here’s my verdict…
I was impressed – I had a streak-free, natural-looking tan without it feeling sticky.
I have been guilty of using the dark version of gradual tan moisturisers in my university days, despite having very pale skin. But I just love the results and after showering off the Sienna X the next morning, it looked like I’d had a full body spray tan!
The lotion has a mild floral scent, which was really lovely compared to the biscuit scent you get with cheaper tans.
The cream itself is slightly tinted, which acts as a good guide so you can see any missed bits.
Unlike some gradual tanning lotions which can take a while to take effect, the Sienna equivalent takes effect much more quickly. I applied this just before bed and allowed the tan to fully develop during the night and showered it off the next morning and the results were incredible.
The moisturiser also sinks in and dries quickly, which makes it easy to apply. Definitely use gloves or a tanning mitt though as this will seriously stain your hands!
Best for: getting a glow and moisturised, healthy skin.
Bondi Sands Shimmer One Day Tan
Jess swears by the Shimmer One Day Tan finished with the Finishing Glow, both from Bondi Sands. Transfer and water resistant, this shimmering formula is perfect for face and body and easily washes off with soap and warm water.
The Shimmer One Day Tan gives you a lovely even tan which builds throughout the day and is easily washed off with warm water and soap. It has the perfect amount of shimmer too so you’re skin glows like a goddess.
I like to add some of the Finishing Glow on top too as it adds a gorgeous shine to your body, making your skin appear smooth and dipped in baby oil!
I feel like I’ve just walked off a beach in Australia after a day of tanning…I am definitely converted to Bondi Sands! Love it!
I would definitely recommend either for day to day wear (as no fake tan biscuit smell!), or build it up with a couple of layers for an evening do.
The formulas come out as tinted creams, which is great because you can see where you have applied the product on your body and you don’t miss spots. The formula dries really quickly too, which means no stickiness but be careful to work quickly with the product to get to the areas you want with an even spread.
I love that this is a squeeze bottle rather than a pump bottle, which I find much easier as you can feel how much product is left inside.
Best for: getting an instant glow in a rush.
Bali Body Tanning Lotion
All over Instagram are videos of’Bali Body Babes’ (Bali Body Brand advocates) posting their super tanned bikini bodies so we had to get in on the action! Cassie tried their Tanning Lotion, an antioxidant-rich moisturiser that provides a hint of tint while smoothing the skin with Vitamin E and natural oils.
I absolutely adored this Bali Body Tanning Lotion. Not only did it give me an instant gorgeously shimmery golden glow, it acted as a moisturiser at the same time. Enriched with Vitamin E and antioxidants, it made my skin feel amazing after applying.
I really love this product! It’s perfect for getting an even, tanned glow on holiday or for bronzed legs for a night out with the girls.
Don’t worry this doesn’t have that potent fake tan smell – dreamy.
It’s lightweight and not sticky at all and it dries really quickly so you can put clothes on a few minutes after application!
It’s Vegan & Cruelty-Free
Better yet, it’s vegan AND cruelty-free. What more could you want in a fake tan!?
Best for: topping up your tan poolside.
Madame La La Mousse & Face Serum
The Madame La La at home Self-Tan Mousse in the shade regular and their Face Bronzing Serum, promise to create the ultimate iconic LA glow. Alice tested both to see if they deliver on their claims…