Fake tan c/o Fake Bake (buy here)
In my last post I lamented the paleness of my legs, and the reason that I tend to steer clear of fake tan is simple: I can't do it. I always end up patchy, blotchy, streaky, and orange, and no matter how much I wash my hands, I end up with muddy looking wrists and dirty knuckles. Never a good look!
I had been using Garnier's 'Summer Body' lotion which is a gradual tanning lotion, and I liked this, but unfortunately there was a bit of patchiness even with (what I thought) was extensive exfoliation prior and the odd orange ankle. The scent, however, is lovely - I would use it as a body lotion anyway, as it was really moisturising as well as quick to absorb.
Fake Bake kindly sent me their Flawless Tan to try out and I was quite sceptical. I have tried fake tans before and I can never seem to get it right, but this did seem fairly idiot proof so I thought I'd give it a go. I tried it on a weekend so that if my legs went tango-toned I would at least have a couple of days to wash it off!
I need not have worried. The Fake Bake tan includes "a combination of cutting edge, naturally detrived tanning agents that work together with the melanin cells which lie in the top layer of your skin to develop into a tan that compliments your skin tones for results that are natural looking."
It definitely delivers on its claims. The box contains gloves (which you must wear despite being provided with a mitt) the bottle of tanning lotion which comes with a detachable spray top, and a velvet mitt to apply the product. To use, you spray the product onto the mitt and apply in circular motions to the skin.
First impressions of the tan was that it was quite heavily fragranced but the scent was not the typical fake tan smell; rather, the scent is quite tropical and not unpleasant. The tan applies quite dark, which is great as you can see where you've applied it (unlike my body lotion with which I always seem to miss patches!) and then it 'bakes' for 4-6 hours, during which time you can't get it wet. They recommend that you apply it overnight, and then you can rinse any residue in the shower in the morning.
I was super impressed with the colour and the coverage of the tan; especially when applied by someone like me who is notoriously bad at it. It looks really natural, there's not a hint of orange, and the coverage was fantastic. The box advised to 'glide' the mitt over elbows, knees and feet to avoid tan lines, and it seemed to blend in really nicely, leaving no marks.
This tan isn't inexpensive, but it is certainly the best I've ever tried - I would thoroughly recommend it, and I will continue to use it. You can build the colour up over a week or so by applying it nightly, and then it should last a further week or so before beginning to naturally fade.
This post is in collaboration with Fake Bake