The Fake Tan Diaries: Part II
Sol Mate Self Tan Souffle
Without doubt the easiest self tan formula I've ever used, this has a light, airy consistency and can be applied just like a regular body cream. TempleSpa actually recommend applying moisturiser all over before using this on top, which definitely helps to keep the colour streak-free and even. The downside is that this has one of the most potent 'fake tan smells' of those that I've tried so far, but the results after a quick rinse in the shower make this by far my favourite to date.
Lux Golden Bronze Original Fake Tan
Before this one I'd never tried a tanning product from Fake Bake. They're probably one of the most talked about brands on the market, but after using this I'm really struggling to see why. I first applied it straight after exfoliating as recommended, but even a blob the size of a 10 pence piece proved to be way too much. I ended up rinsing it straight off in the shower mid-application after realising that the product itself just wasn't going anywhere. The gloves provided seemed a little strange to me, so I applied it again a few days later using my trusty mitt - but still no. I was left with a streaky mess that took well over a week to scrub off.
Light Glow Airbrush Legs
Less of a fake tan and more like makeup for your body, this has only appealed to me this year thanks to the sudden appearance of stretch marks down one of my legs (yep, just one - I didn't even know that was possible). This does a fairly good job of covering them and I've been pleasantly surprised by its texture and longevity. The only issue I have is the shade itself. It's definitely a little too orange for me and dries to look almost completely one-dimensional. In fact, I'm not sure where the 'glow' in the name comes from. With an ultra light hand I can just about make this work, but it's definitely not something that I reach for regularly.
Goldentini Body Oil & Glaze
Goldentini is probably the closest thing to a wash-off tan that I've tried so far. It's a rich, golden oil that leaves a flattering sheen on the skin, even when my legs haven't seen the sun in a while. My skin feels soft incredibly and moisturised when I use this, but I wouldn't say that it delivers a noticeable colour. Still, it manages to take the edge off my pasty limbs and the added sheen definitely helps to give my skin the illusion of being healthy and sun-kissed.