Love-hate relationships are a part of life, but I have never had one like I have with fake tan. Some background; I grew up in Essex. Fake tan is a way of life. I also have the most Northern English heritage in the world (and a little Maltese which my sister inherited, but I did not). I do not tan naturally, and there’s always a sneaky little bottle of tanning product in my bag whenever I go away on holiday so I don’t return looking paler than when I left (factor 30 SPF will do that to you!).
That said, I’m no pro when it comes to fake tan, and I’ve had more disasters than positive experiences. I’ve been bright orange, streaky, or had it peel off in patches. I’ve kept away, letting the ‘pale and interesting’ look rest for a couple of years, before finding another tanning product that might just work. A few weeks back I tried out a St. Tropez Gradual Tanner (review coming soon!) and a few days ago I purchased the Bondi Sands Gradual tanner. But before I try that, I also picked up the Skinny Tan Express Mousse 1 hours tan.
I’ve heard good things about Skinny Tan, but I also found some of their claims about their products a little outrageous. Enough fake tans will claim to give you a streak free finish only to leave you bitterly disappointed. This tanner claims to leave you with no orange colouration, and apparently contains natural ingredients which work with the skin, meaning you physically cannot streak it. It also apparently leaves no nasty smells. So I went in skeptical, but more than happy to put it to the test.
Firstly, the product. I do love the packaging of this brand, with it’s attractive, stripey designs and pastel colours. This product is not pastel, but black and white. It still looks great though! It’s comes in a box, and then a white bottle with a mousse pump lid.
I used a mitt to apply it. The product looks like a self tanning mousse should; it was brown in colour and dispensed in a neat, bubbly pile.
The mitt is lovely and soft and, bonus, is double sided. I’ve often stayed away from mitts because the product seeps through and stains my hands anyway. This one works like a dream!
The product itself is tinted, and so you can see where you’ve spread it, which helps with the streak-free application. However, it doesn’t make it perfect! I did end up with a fair few streaks on my back, which is to be expected due to the fact I was applying it without any help.
Before applying this tanner, the instructions say to exfoliate all over and then put a little moisturizer onto dry areas, including elbows, knees and ankles. Then apply the tanner in a circular motion and leave on for one hour. Then you wash it off and pat dry.
The smell of this tanner is simply amazing! It’s got a lovely coconut scent and smells nothing like a normal fake tan. My boyfriend actually made a comment on nice I smelt as I walked around waiting for this develop. However, it does smell like fake tan when you wash it off! I used a scent free body wash, and the fake tan smell is sitting now. Ah well; can’t have too much of a good thing!
As for the no orange claim, I have to give it to them! This tan is olive toned, and goes on brown rather than orange. I was in no fear that I might end up looking more tangerine-toned than tanned!
And the no streaking claims? I’ll take them with a pinch of salt. It’s not impossible to apply tan without it streaking, but it does take years of practice and sometimes sheer luck. If you miss a spot, that’s obviously not going to tan. When I asked my boyfriend to check if my back was streaking, he actually pointed out a big white patch on my arm. Cue me running to the bathroom to slather on some more tan! Whilst I can’t deny I have a few darker patches, there aren’t any obvious streaks. They do blend pretty well. They’re still there, but it’s not as obvious other tans!
The tan needs to develop for one hour before you wash it off. I quite liked the colour it was going, and it was substantially lighter when i washed it off. I could’ve let it develop for longer, or layered it up to get it darker. But the resulting tan is beautifully natural and light! I’m really impressed! Here are some before and after shots!
So as you can see, the colour is a very natural darkening of the skin.
The final thing to point out is the moisturizing power of this product. It’s loaded with oils and left my skin feeling very soft and smooth!
Overall, I have to recommend this product! It’s by far the best tanner I’ve used. Although it won’t give you a scentless, utterly streak-free tan, it does better than other brands at delivering this promise. This is my new favourite brand of fake tanner, and I’ll be buying again. Also, it’s cruelty, paraben and sulphate free, vegan, and filled with feel good ingredients. What’s not to like?
What are your favourite fake tanners? Have you tried this brand? Let me know in the comments!