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Tanning products for a bronze glow

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

TAN: Self tanning products reviewed by Faye Cosford.

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Make Believe Fake Tan Bronzer, £24.50, Superdrug

This is a lotion and has a guide colour which means you look brown straightaway which is great if you haven't got time to wait for it to develop. However, it is a very dark colour and looked a little bit muddy on my pale skin.

The lotion takes four hours to develop and when washed off left a very natural golden glow, which was a shock after how dark it originally was.

Verdict: 3/5. Smells amazing, good if you want instant colour but a bit messy and in my case wore off slightly patchy.

Vita Liberata pHenominal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion in Medium, £37.50, Boots

The most expensive product of the three but it promises to last up to four times longer than other brands, and contains mostly organic ingredients.

It also contains a guide colour which is natural and dries really quickly which meant I could get dressed quicker.

The tan took a around four to five hours to fully develop and when washed off left a golden colour rather than a deep bronze. The range does have a darker version.

Verdict: 5/5. Great colour, lasted longer then normal, non-drying or irritating on sensitive skin, no "biscuit" smell, and fades perfectly. Loved this product.

St Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Lotion, £33, Boots

This is meant to give a darker result then St Tropez's regular fake tan products and contains antioxidants to promote a streak free finish and promises to have virtually no fake tan smell.

This is not a product to be used in a rush or before you go out as the guide colour is green, yes green. So I applied it before bed and washed it off in the morning expecting to be a bronzed goddess.

Verdict: 2/5. Considering the claim I didn't find it much darker than other products. It didn't have the telltale smell though. I found it difficult to apply as it dried before you could blend it, and the green colour guide is a bit weird.

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