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Thursday, 13 September 2012

List of the top fake tans, WHICH IS THE BEST FAKE TAN ON THE MARKET


 If you read my blog a lot, or know me as a person you will know that I am a fake tan fan. Admittedly, I used to wear a lot more fake tan than I do now, I think too much is tacky and I'm actually embarrassed at how ridiculous I used to look with too much on. I do think it's important to know how to apply it, i'd rather be insanley pale than be one of those people who applies it and looks green and scaley (ewwwhh) I think that's why quite a lot of people just use sun beds, but I am anti-sun bed and have never used one, of course because I know of the health risks associated but also, because I know I will get addicted. I do have naturally olive skin, which is a plus. After years and years of using every single tan on the market, I decided I would find the ones that I have in my bedroom currently and give you a post about which ones to go for and which ones to avoid. Here goes...

The first ever fake tan that I used was St Tropez, my Mum bought me it for Christmas and I was sooo excited. Of course, it didn't look like the ones above as they have changed all of their packaging and revamped lets say. I did absolutely love it, and it was as if it was the only tan that existed to me and my friends back in the day, but I remember going into Boots and paying about £25.00 for a spray on bottle, the colour looked amazing, but I used the whole bottle in one night... since then I stopped using St Tropez because I just couldn't afford it for the teeny amount that you got. However, I got the middle 'gradual tan' free with a magazine recently and i've got to say it is still an amazing formula, i'd personally never use the every day gradual tan as my 'every day tan', i'd always use normal fake tan first, and then apply this every day for a week to keep my colour up. This product does work really well but it is around £20.00 and I usually just use a Dove every day gradual tan which is around £4.00 after I've tanned, i'd say they're both equally as good. I was lucky enough to win the other two bottles of tan from other bloggers giveaways, I was really excited because the packaging has changed and they seem to have gone for a new look, I have to be honest and say that I haven't used the bronzing lotion yet (I will go and try it now and report back) but I have used the bronzing spray. I used this because I was in a major rush one night and just grabbed it, applied the tiniest bit and had an instant colour, however, you can never see the real effects of fake tan until the morning after - I was quite alarmed when I woke up and I was a greeny shade, but I know that some fake tans do go green so I took some deep breaths, washed it off and I was left with a gorgeous colour to tell you the truth. It retails at £26.49 which is good, but I wouldn't personally say it's the nicest colour i've ever seen. The tan does smell nice but it doesn't feel as nice or as kind to the skin as other fake tans i've used have.I think I need to use more of their new collection and then I can really decide how I feel about St tropez. 

After been hooked to the old St Tropez but deciding I couldn't afford it, I moved onto St Moriz. I was so against this tan when I first found out that people were using it as they've even copied St Tropez' name, but then I was hooked. I couldn't understand why i'd been paying so much for fake tan when this little beauty ranges from £2.99 to £4.99. I've used the mousse version and the spray can version, the bottles last a long long time, even if you put as much on as I used to. The only problem is, because it is an insanley cheap fake tan, if you put too much on ,you do go orange, or green. When you wash it off, most of the colour comes off unless you make yourself look black the night before. Because it's cheap, it seems to really pick up colour on dry patches such as your knees and your elbows, so on  a night out you will have very dark knees and elbows unless you're really good at applying it. Finally, it smells disgusting, that horrible fake tan smell. Now I have seen ALOT of girls have fake tan distasters with this tan, they may think it looks good (like I used to do) but it just doesn't, it does look cheap and fake... it's a shame because I did used to swear by it and when it's applied correctly and worn correctly it does look really nice - but I think it's difficult to not go over board with this tan. It makes you feel stiff and really smelly after applying it, unlike more expensive tans which smell nice and are moisturising. It also flakes off in the least subtle way ever. If you do want to try this and you are going to apply it properly, you can buy it from any sort of market/cheap beauty shop and they should stock it. It is worth a try, I find that on some of my friends skin this looks absolutely flawless yet on other friends it looks green and messy, which isn't what you want. I did love it, I think the only reason i've gone off it is because i've gone back to expensive tans and realised how incredible they are.


I pulled together any 'random' tans that I have in my bedroom, by random I just mean that I don't have the collection, I just have one of each. The other day I used Makebelieve, which I was kindly given at the Leeds Blogger Event, I didn't really know what to think when I was piling it on, but i've seen it in House Of Fraser and Boots before and have always been intrigued because I like the packaging, I was so excited to try it. You get ALOT in a bottle, probably the most i've ever seen in one, so the value for money is good. It feels really moisturising which is what I love about a fake tan, it actually felt like it was doing my body some good, I massaged it into my legs and I felt really moisturised which is what I look for in a tan nowadays. The best part about this is that it actually has antidoxidants and lots and lots of good oils/butters in it which help to fight against cellulite, this is great for girls and it's my legs which I hate and the reason I go to the gym is to tone my legs, so this is the perfect solution for me. It does smell beautiful as well. I noticed that this tan wasn't streaky at all, unlike St Moriz the colour was faultless. The only one problem I did have (which is my fault) is that I put far too much on my hands so my hands went too dark, that's just me been rubbish at applying it though so I'm not juding my hands by it, it was still a gorgeous colour. This retails at £24.50 which isn't bad to say it acts as a moisturiser, cellulite fighter, fake tan AND it will last you a long time. Big thumbs up for Makebelieve. In my randoms there is also a Soleil Beauty which was just from Tesco when I quickly needed some cheap tan, erm it is okay apart from it feels like you're spraying sun tanning oil onto your self, which just makes your body feel stiff. The colour wasn't that great unless you put the whole bottle on and I don't even think they sell it anymore, so I wouldn't reccommend it for a really strong colour. 

Dove summer glow is one of my fave products, it's just amazing. I put it on the day after i've fake tanned and continue to do this for at least a week, it just ensures that your colour stays vibrant but also stops your tan from flaking off. Rimmels instant tan is good, but be careful not to put too much on as it can go a dirty brown/grey colour. It has ALOT of shimmer in it which isn't really for me but you can't really see it in the dark, people have commented on how nice the colour is but it does feel sticky for a while, the other downside is that when you jump in the shower, it all comes off because it's instant, but If you like instant tan then it really does serve its purpose, I got it on offer at Superdrug for £3.00 which is really worth it. I have a bottle of Piz Buin in the photo and I do believe that as a brand they've kind of dissolved from the fake taning market, i've personally never noticed it being that good a tan, but I did used to use it years ago, I think today they may have changed the forumla and I have used their sun tan lotions, but I also wouldn't reccommend these as they didn't improve my tan whatsoever, they're also VERY expensive.From this random list i'd go for Makebelieve and then Rimmel instant and of course, Dove colour is essential as well as fake tan it's self. 

 Last but not least, and 100% I have saved the best til last, Xen-Tan. I'm pretty sure you'll know by now that I am a Xen-Tan obsessive. However, if you don't believe me when I say how good it is, many girls have bought it after reading my previous reviews and have sent me messages to say how good they also found it! I have used most of their tans, I loved the spray tan version because it just smelt delcious and the texture was silky and moisturising yet acted like a spray tan. I've also had proffessional Xen-Tan spray tans before and it's just the deepest yet most natural colour i've ever seen (you can get these at Saks salons). Who said that such a deep colour can be so natural? I have done a deatiled review of most of Xen-tan's products on other blog posts. Click here to read about the Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe and here to read about their Mist Intense.  Needless to say, they are by Xen-Tan and therefore, they are amazing products, each and everyone of them, for different reasons. My favourite tan OF ALL TIME, out of the thousands that i've used, has got to be the Dark lotion, which I am yet to do a single review of. This is the tan that I wear all the time, it's only £21.95 and I swear by it. It's their best seller for a reason, it's moisturising, smells heavenly and is the most natural, streak free yet deep colour i've ever seen. You get endless compliments when you wear this tan. Also, at the Leeds Blogger event, I was lucky enough to get the Xen-Tan Face tanner to try, I was sooo excited as I've wanted to get myself a face tanner for ages, I now put it on every time I fake tan, I actually went to the supermarket the other day with no foundation on as this face tanner left me with such a sun kissed glow on my face. I also put it on underneath my foundation now as it shines through like you've been sunbathing, I am in loveee. For a big bottle it's only around £15.00 which is good as it will last you forever as the face is such a small area to tan. Recently I cheated on the dark lotion with the mousse intense which is just as fabulous, it does look greeny to begin with, but this is meant to happen! So do not worry, and I assure you, when you wake up, you will have the most perfect tan. Lucky for us, Xen-tan now do little sample versions which are £3.99 for 30ML, so not that small at all! Even if you just fancy having a really professional looking tan for the Christmas season, you can try it with this.  I promise you won't regret spending your money on Xen-tan. It's now an essential part of my life. If you want to buy my favourite tan for cheap, I reccommend Feel Unique - get it here.


I hope that this has helped, please let me know which fake tans you use, which you love and which you hate. Above is a video of me disussing my own fake tanning routine and how to fake tan and the other is me applying fake tan. Don't forget to leave your Youtube URLS below so that I can subscribe to you.
Lots of love, Em x x x

35 comments:

  1. My all time fave gradual tanner is the No.7 one :D loveeee it! My all time fave instant tan at the moment would be a toss up between St Moritz & the Rimmer water resistant one :) However, i'd love to give St Tropez & Xen Tan a whirl :)

    http://sophiameola.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. Oooo never heard of it before, I will have to give it a go, thank you! Yeah good choice, didn't know that they have a water resistant one so I will have to trial that one out. Thanks for stopping by xxx

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  2. Yay! Thank you. I also love St. Tropez. It is def worth the splurge and it smells good too (unlike so many fakies). Maybe I will try the Xen Tan next. I used to be a solarium addict... I worked at one... You're right it is SO addictive, and SO bad for you!! Much better to fake it.

    www.meetfrankiefranks@blogspot.com

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    1. Aww, glad you like my post lovely:) Ooo, I will have to try the rest of their stuff! You know what they say, fake it to make it ahhaa! xxxx

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  3. I love how we've both just posted a review on tan! I've used gel tan recently and really like it. I love St Moritz for every day. I've never tried Xen tan but only heard amazing things! :) xx

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    1. ooo I will have to read yours! Ooo, never used a gel tan, will have to try one! Me too sometimes aha! Yeah, i've not heard a bad word about it:) x x x

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  4. This is soo helpful! Im also such a tan addict ever since I tried dove gradual and johnsons gradual back in the day for the under 18's 'club nights' haha. I love the sound of the makebelieve one, as Im a little stuck on what to try next, having also gone through about 9 of the ones you posted a picture of! I've just tried vita liberata after hearing Millie Mackintosh from made in chelsea wears it, but it honestly gives you the most scaly, sterotypically tanned person look, you know when you see those girls with the orange knuckles - I had to file my knees to get the orange off!! Just thought Id leave my comments as a fellow addict, and I never see tan posts, its almost a beauty taboo and I loved your post! Rachel xx

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    1. Awwh soo glad you find it helpful wooo, aw yeah I used to do that hahaha and I used to put far too much on! Hhahaha, ooooo I wont ever use that, ever than thanks for warning me! Awww, well i'm glad to smash a beauty taboo out of the window, we shouldn't be ashamed to wear fake tan, even though some people think its bad when people wear tan! thanks so much for your comment:) really appreciate it xxxx

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  5. I'm surprized at how much you dont like St.Mortiz ...I use it all the time & always get asked which tan I wearing (I have been doing tan for years & have gotten pretty good at it so that might be something to do with it). I always use L'Oreal sublime bronzing lotion face & body which is about £14 - its a great fake tan, the only downside is it takes a while to dry but even after you get washed it leaves you with a gorjiz caramel colour. You should do a review on it.

    Nicole x

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    1. mm, it's more of a love hate relationship... I think you must just be one of the lucky people who knows how to apply it well!!! It can look incredible, but when it goes wrong, it goes very wrong! I think the secret to it is, wash it off the next day and moisturise, otherwise you just look and smell dirty (which isn't a great look!) i'm glad it works for you though! I've heard great things about sublime bronze, i'll have to give it a go! Thanks for the reccomendations lovely x x x

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  6. I love Fake Bake's tan! The Fake Bake original lotion and their airbrush tan are my faves! I also just bought their 60 minute tan which I used for the first time yesterday and love! It smells nice and has the same spray consept as the Xen Tan intense you done a review on (which I bought because of your review haha such a good tan aswell!) You should really try some of Fake Bakes items if you haven't already, FeelUnique sells some of their products for cheaper than the original RRP and if you use FakeBake.co.uk and put 'fbnowsept' in the voucher box its giving you 10% off right now :) xxx

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    1. I used to use that! But like years ago so it may have changed now, the air brush one sounds amazing oo and 60mins... Awww i'm so glad that you bought it because of my review, so so glad that you liked it. Yeah I will have a look on FeelUnique i've heard great things about that site! Ahhh thanks so much for all your help, soso helpful:)

      xxxxxx

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  7. I hate the smell of fake tan but I think you may have persuaded me to try the Xen Tan. It sounds amazing!! x

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    1. Me too, but I love the xen-tan ones, I think the smell of it has really advanced in the years, most fake tans smell yummy nowadays xxxx

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  8. i will follow u:) great Blog

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    1. Awh, thank you, glad you like it x x x

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  9. Lovely blog! I'm following and I hope you do the same :) Kisses

    www.mylovelyfashionstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you for following. I'm glad you like my blog:) of course i'll follow x x x

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  10. Honey I'd 100% recommend you try out Sienna X's Dark Glowing Self Tan. I'm really fair naturally but this one is perfect for all skin tones and gives a lovely colour!

    This post was really helpful though, thanks!!
    Emma xxx

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    1. So many people have said this! I am 100% going to try this, thank you so much for reccommending it :) Thankyou, so glad that you liked the post xxxx

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  11. Great post! I'm always looking for a good fake tan!
    Now I have tons of options!
    Just started following you.. and I'm your 1500 follower.. feeling kinda special! haha

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. So glad you like the post, you must let me know which one you try if you try any of them. Wowwwwwwwwwww, you've made my day. Cannot believe that i've hit 1500.. that's actually crazy! Thank you soo much:) xxxx

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  12. St Moriz really is awful, I used to apply it like there was no tomorrow and finally realised I looked horrible with it. So green and really does smell bad but I moved onto Sienna X which is amazing! It's the best tan I've ever used and smells fruity and delicious you should give it a go :). Xo

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    1. I'm so glad someone has had the same experience, sounds exactly like me! I've heard wonders about Sienna, I may have to give it a try... and the fruitiness of it sounds perfect for me! wooo, thanks so much for the reccomendation lovely xxx

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  13. Aw yayayayy ,a happy customer! soo glad that you liked it xxxx

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  14. oh!! love your blog!! Im following u honey!!

    kisses!

    http://pequedivine.blogspot.com

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  15. have you tried L'Oreal Instant Bronze mist? I've sworn by it for 3 years, I'm naturally very fair but the color delivered is intense while still looking natural. Such easy use, streak free :) Your blog is too cute, btw!
    <3 Em
    http://theskinnybyemily.blogspot.com

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  16. LOVE this post, so helpful and informative. I'm a Xen-Tan devotee and definitely won't be straying now!

    Only just found your blog...you have a new follower in me. I've just started my own actually, would love it if you check out. Thanks again for the great review :)

    Ellie

    http://theellenextdoor.blogspot.co.uk/


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