Instants have come a long way since the gloopy orange mess I battled with as a teenager. There are now some incredibly sophisticated formulas competing for attention – lotion, spray, mousse in golden, olive or mahogany – they’re all covered. Here are a few I’ve been testing out on your behalf…
NB It is advisable to apply these products with a tanning mitt – I haven’t as I wanted to let you see how they would affect your hands if you don’t have a mitt available, since my biggest instant tan mare has always been orange palms!
First up: Fame Instant Mineral Tan by Rockstar Tan
Pretty pink packaging and an impressive skin friendly, mineral rich, organic ingredients list. Non-comedogenic, paraban, animal testing and talc free, Fame contains skin firming qualities and is fragranced with natural organic essences.
Before pic with product: if you look closely you can see little particles of golden shimmer through the chocolate brown creamy gel.
A quick wash with soap and water = perfectly clean hands immediately after application.
Overview: I absolutely adore this product. I’ve pictured it with one coat, but it can easily be built up into a deeper golden colour and I normally apply a couple of layers. It’s a very natural colour, quick and easy to apply, richly moisturising and water resistant – so no worries about your tan running down your legs if you get caught out in a shower! Oh and it smells good too – fresh and slightly fruity. All that and it’s good for your skin – I really can’t fault it.
Best for: Light to medium skintones, anyone from absolute beginners to tanning pros, those who want to nourish their skin while instant tanning.
Price: Available online at www.rockstartan.ie at 19.99 euros
St Moriz – Instant Self Tanning Lotion
Simple yet cleverly designed pump bottle makes application easy and minimises mess.
Before pic with product, which is very thick, sticky and dark – almost treacle like. This isn’t a bad thing as a super runny consistency would be more difficult to work with.
The colour is more olive toned than the golden Fame, so may be suited to darker skintones, but I still loved it on me.
Eek… post St Moriz hands after normal wash with soap and water. I’d stick to the tanning mitt with this one!
Overview: I have to admit that I was taken aback by how impressive this product is. I honestly didn’t expect it to be such good quality and such a lovely colour. Streets ahead of the self tanning mousse from this range in my opinion. It was very quick and easy to apply, though I wouldn’t use bare hands next time. To me this feels a lot more expensive than it is and if instant tan is something you would only use occasionally then this may well be the best choice for you.
Best for: Anyone who wants to achieve easy instant colour without blowing the budget. Particularly good for those with olive skintones though I still liked it on my fair to medium skin.
Price: Widely available, the RRP is £4.99 and the cheapest I found this for was at Fragrance Direct for £2.99 – bargainous or what?!
anatomicals tanatomicals body and face instant tan
Fun packaging and I do love the taglines and tongue in cheek branding on this range.
Before pic with product, a thick dark gel.
Applies easily and evenly, though a touch orange toned for my skin which was quite pale at this point. More suited for darker toned skins.
Lovely clean hands after a quick wash with soap and water!
Overview: Easy to use, pleasant smell, deep even colour, straightforward to apply. Quite a deep colour which didn’t really match my skintone but could work well with an existing bronze tan or on darker skins. Softly scented and completely inoffensive to wear. A well priced product for the quality and packaging.
Best for: anyone with a base tan or dark skintone.
Price: Available from ASOS for £7
Are you an instant tan fan and do any of these sound appealing?
* Samples provided for review. Opinions 100% genuine *