Dark Self Tan: He-Shi, Sun Believable & TanTastic Mousse


In the third and final of my self tanning series, I bring you… The Darks (my favourite!).  My top three formulas for a just-back-from-holiday tan are He-Shi Dark Foaming Mousse, Sun Believable Tan Me Dark Mousse and TanTastic Mousse.

He-Shi Quick + Easy Dark Foaming Mousse  here - does exactly what it claims and  has become my go-to self tan  this Summer.  It applies as a tinted mousse (slightly orangey, but this washes off) and I can do my entire body in 5 mins tops.  The He-Shi mitt is a good one (don’t even think about tanning minus a mitt) and applying this is as easy as putting on body lotion. The colour is a deep golden brown. One coat is enough for me (win!), but darker skins might like to add a second layer.  It lasts at least a week on me and wears off nicely.  I genuinely can’t fault this formula - a winner in my eyes.

Here is applied…


I’ve literally snapped my arm right now as I type up this post, three days after application.  I’m also wearing it in this Instagram pic though I think the image is a bit overexposed.

Sun Believable Tan Me Self Tanning Mousse here - is from nail king, Leighton Denny’s self tanning range.  I must admit I got a fright from the darkest tint I’ve ever seen, though I know of several people who love it and happily go out with it like that.  The tint is just a colour guide that rinses off, leaving an incredible, realistic looking deep colour. Anyone with a deep olive toned skin who struggles to find self tan that’s dark enough will adore this!  It also comes in medium and is available in 100 or 200ml bottles (I wish more brands would do this!)

Tan Tastic Self Tanning Mousse here - my sister tested this one for me. Her skin is quite a bit darker than mine and more olive in tone and she adored this. As much of a self tanning fanatic as me, she’s tried more than her fair share and found this super easy to apply with a lovely long lasting deep colour.  We had family visit from New Zealand this week and her legs were an identical shade to their natural tan - impressive!

So what do you think - could any of these be ‘the one’ for you?

Incase you missed them, here are my posts on self tans for light and medium skin.

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