As a naturally pale gal, I do embrace my skin a lot of the time. But when I want a little confidence boost or to try something a bit different, I love using self-tanners. Naturally, I don’t tan well, I just burn and damage my skin! Personally, I would never use sunbeds, so for me, fake tan is a quick, safe and easy method to switch things up and look a bit more bronzed.
I am yet to find a fake tan that looks completely, 100% real but the closest by far is Bondi Sands. I discovered how much I loved their range last year and have built a little collection ever since. I love sharing my favourite products so here is a little round-up of my thoughts on their products. I’m definitely always open to new brands of tan to try though, so please leave me any favourite recommendations below!
Bondi Sands are an Australian brand that are now really easy to get hold of here in the UK. Their products range from about £11-£18 and seem to be excellent quality! Their products are all cruelty free and smell incredible. I’m a big fan of their packaging too. They have plenty of products to choose from, both instant and foam/gradual tans. The best part is the colour. They all have a tan-like colour – more yellow/brown toned than some of the red and green colours I’ve tried from other brands.
This was the first product I ever tried from Bondi Sands, which was perhaps a little risky given how pale my skin is naturally. I was so impressed, right from the initial application. Since then, I have used about 5 bottles of this and now always keep one in my collection. So, this is a lovely, deep tan colour (not red or super orange!) without looking muddy or too dark. It applies well with a guide colour, so you never miss a spot. I would say this lasts around 4 days looking freshly applied on my skin. After that, I do need to exfoliate as I wear because I have dry skin that just doesn’t hold tan that well. This is the best one I have tried. As with all of the Bondi Sands products, it has a gorgeous, coconut scent.
I have written a much more in-depth review of the dark foam on my blog already if you want to learn more about this one.
So after trying the dark foam last summer, I switched to the medium foam through the winter. Again, the formula is much the same as the dark one! I use this one the least from the collection – not because I don’t like it though. If I want deep tan, I use the Dark foam, then if I want light tan, I tend to layer up the gradual tan instead. So this one is a little neglected in my collection. Two layers of this is the same as one layer of dark so you get more control of the colour with this product. As for value for money, I’d say you get about 10 full body applications from the bottle.
Does this one sounds more like your type of tan? I have a Bondi Sands Light/Medium foam tanning routine up on my blog to have a look through.
This might be my favourite product of them all, simply because I cannot fault it! So, this is one of the newer products in their collection. I believe this is the only gradual tan foam on the market, at least that I am aware of! So, it is just like a gradual tan moisturiser, but in foam form. (you probably didn’t need me to tell you that!) It is colour-less but I have never experience missed patches using this. This is my favourite for a few reasons. This one sits the best on my skin. An even, smooth colour all over that has the best wear time. Another amazing perk is that you have complete control of the colour. I apply this two nights in a row for a medium, yellow-toned glowing tan. You can apply this daily without build up. No scrubbing to remove patchy tan here.
I chatted all about this star of a product in this blog post. I just can’t get enough of it!
This is the newest addition to my little collection! I rate the foam version so much that I bought the moisturiser too. Same concept as the foam – apply each day to build up your desired colour. This is the one I like to use as a top-up for other self-tans. Alone, I have found it can be a little streaky on my legs, but layers perfectly on top of the other tans. So if your colour is starting to fade, use this in the evening after a light exfoliation and your tan will be refreshed by the morning!
Using this one alongside the foams will extend the wear-time of your tan by a lot and all you need to do is moisturise. I apply this one with my hands, so be sure to wash your hands after applying, then simply rub the backs of your hands together with a little more product to ensure an even colour.
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So, that is my current Bondi Sands collection. I’d love to try the Liquid Gold Oil and the Ultra Dark foam too. If you’ve tried either of these, let me know what you thought of them. I’ve also heard amazing things about the new Tan Eraser too! For a mid-price range tanning brand, Bondi Sands get 10/10 for me.
What are your favourite tanning brands?