This was a long time coming, but it takes a significant amount of time to try and review this amount of fake tans. I apologise if you’ve had the unfortunate luck to see me out and about looking orange and patchy but it was all in the name of this blog post!
Fake tans, fake tan everywhere!
The majority of people like a tan, the pale look is not what is in vogue in Ireland these days, so with this comes an influx of fake tan brands looking to make a niche in the market. Do I get the lotion, mouuse or spray? The light, medium or dark? The 7 day tan or the 2 week tan?? Oh the panic!
Ok so before we go any further, in the interest of a fair test (thank you secondary school science teacher) all these tans were tested on the same basic criteria:
- Colour pay off
- Ease of application
- How it comes off
I moisturisered the night before with the same moisturiser and I use the same clean dry tan mitt for applying all tans. I left the tan on for as long as the bottle said to in order to get the darkest shade of tan. It’s also important to mention that my skin takes to a tan well and that I don’t have sensitive skin or any allergies.
1. BBOLD liquid spray in dark
Rating – 3.5/5. The colour being a little dark it coming off patchy is the reason for the 3.5. Perhaps the medium shade would be better for me as it might have more of a bronze hue than verging on orange.
2. Cocoabrown (1 hour tan)
Rating: 2/5. The smell, the colour and how it came off were deal breakers for me. But you really can’t argue with the price and it applied so easily. If you’re on a budget, apply it lightly, moisturise around your ankles, knees etc and it should be ok. It’s drying, so keeping slapping on the moisturiser.
3. Vita Liberata – Phenomenal 2/3 week tan
Colour pay off – this tan is a very nice golden brown shade, a deep colour but not OTT. Very fond of it.
Longevity – day 5 it started to come off. Day 9 it was gone completely. 2/3 week tan my eye! I was so outraged about it I sent an email to the company ( yes I am that person!) . I never heard back from them.
Ease of application – easy to apply, I could see where I was putting it. Velvety application.
How it comes off – quickly! Not patchy to be fair, pretty even.
Smell – As fake tans go, it was pretty good. I wasn’t conscious of it.
Price – €43!
Rating – 2/5 Good colour, good application, came off fine, but oh my, 2/3 week tan that is completely gone in 9 days, the outrage! If it lasted, I wouldn’t mind the price. But it doesn’t, so only 2/5 from me! Plenty of tans out there that does the same job for less money.
4. Bellamianta Lotion in Medium
Rating – 4/5. The only downfall for this one was that I found it harder to spread than most. It looks a little ‘mucky’ when you put it on. Other than than that, it’s a firm favourite.
5. Cocoa brown extra dark
Rating 0/5. Ooooooook, so this happened to me before so I don’t think it’s too unusual with this tan. I got the one hour tan about a year ago; it came out of the bottle green, I contacted the company and they said that air must of gotten into the bottle, that it was a faulty batch. Fair enough, they sent me out a new one and took the old one back. Good customer service. It happened again with this bottle and I just wasn’t bothered with the hassle of sending it back.
6. Bperfect tan
Rating: 4/5 I will definitely purchase this tan again, it really took to my skin. It came off and started to fade a little sooner than others and slightly dried my legs out but other than that it was pretty perfect!
7. Bellamianta mousse dark
Rating 4.5/5 I really really wanted to give this tan 5/5 because I love it so much however I just can’t simply because when you apply it you are preeeeeettty brown and mucky which means you housebound for four hours! Other than that I find it to be a really beautiful fake tan. I like it so much that this will be the tan we get for our bridal party. And that alone says quite a bit.
That’s it, plenty more tan brands out there but unfortunately my wallet, skin and bedsheets could take no more!
Now go forward and find your inner Kim Kardashian!
These opinions are ours and we acknowledge and appreciate that other people will have different opinions and that tans will react differently to different skin types. We are not working with or have ever worked any of the tan brands mentioned so all opinions are unbiased.