Only recently have I only really truly discovered the world of fake tanning. I have used Dove’s Summer Glow Gradual Tanner for a few years, but I then decided that 2017 was the year I bit the bullet, and got myself a ‘proper fake tanner‘. I got myself onto Boots.com, and clicked switched my usual ‘Low To High’ drop down to ‘Bestsellers’. Bondi Sands Dark Self Tan Foam was one of their bestsellers, and since I had heard a lot of good things in the past about this, I decided to buy this over the other fake tans they had. The Bondi Sands tan arrived a couple of days later, and I then stumbled across a blog post about fake tanning, and remembered about another brand called Skinny Tan that had been so highly raved about. I straight away hopped onto their website, and saw that they were having an INCREDIBLE deal on, which included two of the Dark Mousse Self Tanners, a tanning mitt and a free mystery gift (which ended up being the Pre Tan Primer worth £9.99), all for £29.99. Baring in mind that just ONE of these mousses are £26.99, and this bundle is worth £68.96, that’s definitely what I call a bargain.
Now I’ve tried them both out, I thought I would give you my honest opinion on these two raved about tanners. So let’s find out what really is the best tanner – Skinny Tan or Bondi Sands?
Bondi Sands Self Tan Foam – Dark | £14.99
The Ultimate Australian tan in minutes.
A lightweight, Self-Tanning Foam that’s simple to apply and gives a flawless finish, every time. Enriched with Aloe Vera and Coconut, this is a salon quality formula. Simply smooth on for an even, streak-free tan. We recommend the Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Dark Foam for those with an olive complexion or those who prefer a darker glow.
As soon as this arrived, I instantly started to slap it on. The bottle says to put this on in ‘long strokes’, which I stuck to for about half the time, and the other time I just used circular motions, since this is what I heard works best.
The bottle says to leave on between 1-6 hours, and even though it was my first time, I thought go hard or go home, and planned to keep this on for 6 hours. That was until my mum scared the hell out of me, by walking into my room with a completely shocked and disgusted look on her face, and telling me I looked about 5 shades darker, so I instantly ran into the shower, hoping that I didn’t walk out looking like an Oompa Loompa (Google told me it was spelt like ‘Umpa Lumpa’, but I don’t trust them).
Once I stepped out of the shower, I nervously walked to the mirror, to discover I thankfully wasn’t orange, but I was a nice bronzed colour, that looked like I had a long weekend in the sun. RESULT. I think in the end, I had the tan on for around 3 hours. I do wish I kept it on longer, but I wasn’t disappointed with the results either.
Another good thing I noticed about this is that it didn’t make me look like a loaf of tiger bread, and it just gradually faded. I did exfoliate like crazy every time I showered, so obviously that helped, but it also fades faster that way. I would honestly recommend exfoliating everytime you shower, just so it doesn’t go all blotchy.
Price: Erm £14.99?! Definitely a steal. If you haven’t tried this out yet and end up not liking this (very unlikely), it’s not going to feel like that much of a waste.
Packaging: It sounds stupid, but I actually really like how it’s in a dark bottle since I’m the messiest person ever, and I like to pretend that I’m tidy and organised, so this works for me.
Scent: I honestly love the smell so much that I wish it stayed on your skin after you wash it off. I actually went out and bought a coconut scented body spray after using this!
Easy To Apply? Like I said, this was the first ‘real’ fake tan that I had used, and I loved this. The guide colour made it SUPER easy to see whether I had missed anywhere. I also found myself getting distracted by the TV whilst I was applying this, so left the foam just sitting on my skin in a massive blob. After a few minutes, I then realised I hadn’t rubbed it all in properly, and it still blended into my skin like normal! No weird blotchy tan!
After Application Thoughts: I honestly thought that I would hate having to sit in this for hours, but I honestly didn’t even feel like I even had it on! No stickiness, no horrible smell, na-da. Amazing.
Any Colour Transfer? I learnt the hard way, and sat on my bed whilst I was flicking through my phone, only to discover once I stood up, I had left a nice arse shaped stain onto my white sheets. Great. I then popped down a towel and sat on this the whole time whilst it was drying, and when I went to wash it off, there was honestly quite a bit that had transferred onto the towel.
Colour Results: I was happy with the colour the first time, even though I washed it off before I was planning too.
Streaking?: Zero. None. Ziltch. For someone who is a complete self tanning novice, I was expecting to step out the shower looking like a zebra, but I honestly couldn’t find a single streak.
Would I Repurchase? A million times over. Bondi Sands, I love you. You’ve already won the debate of ‘Skinny tan or Bondi Sands’ in my eyes, unless the Skinny Tan is something incredible.
Skinny Tan Mousse – Dark | £26.99
No orange- No harsh chemicals – no animal testing – Just gorgeous natural actives that are good for your skin.
NEW Skinny Tan Mousse Dark combines not one but two green based certified natural tanning agents plus organic coconut for a delicious scent, organic Aloe Vera to help moisturise and of course the most popular cellulite active caffeine from naturally sourced Guarana Berries.
Skinny Tan Mousse Dark applies so easily sinking all the Skinny Tan goodness into your skin in a light fluffy mousse formula with a guide colour for amazing INSTANT results that develops into a medium to dark tan and lasts up to 14 days
After hearing amazing things about this brand, I HAD to get my hands onto some. Luckily, the first time I logged onto their site, they were doing this incredible deal of 2 x Dark Tan Mousse, 1 x Tanning Mitt and 1 x free mystery gift. I literally jumped at this as soon as I could, and kept checking my email for my dispatch notice every half hour.
It finally arrived! I never even heard of my mystery gift before (The Pre Tan Primer), but since I was too excited to get the tan on, I ended up not using this.
I actually found this more difficult to apply than the Bondi Sands, since its guide colour wasn’t too strong, and it worried me that the product wouldn’t be as dark as I was hoping. I stood in front of the fan for about 10 minutes before I put on a baggy bed top, and a pair of black underwear.
I learnt from my mistakes, and put down a towel straight away so that I wouldn’t get any transfer. Surprisingly, this didn’t transfer onto the towel at all, but again, the guide colour was super light, so even if it did transfer, it wouldn’t have been overly noticeable.
Turns out that this doesn’t stand up too well when you’re leaning on your wenis (elbows) all day.
The one thing I did find with this is that it was quite sticky, especially in the creases of my arms and legs, and I actually couldn’t wait to wash this off.
The bottle said to leave this on for 6-8 hours, and I decided to wash it off after the 6 hours, since I couldn’t bare the stickiness any longer. I hopped into the shower, and washed away the guide tan before hopping back out again.
Like before, I nervously walked to the mirror to find out that I wasn’t orange. Or peachy. Or even bloody tanned. I honestly thought that my eyes were messing up, since I left this shit on for 6 hours, for NOTHING to happen.
I managed to convinced myself that somehow, the colour will appear in the morning. I woke up, and still nothing. For a fake tan that states it’s DARK, I wanted to step out the shower, looking like I spent the week in Ibiza. Not looking the exact same. Prehaps if I used the Pre Tan Primer, then I would have gotten results, but from the videos and reviews I’ve seen, it’s not essential.
Also, its name ‘Skinny Tan‘ comes from the fact that this has ingredients in that not only help to moisturise, but also helps to reduce cellulite. It was only when my mum pointed out that you would have to use this every single day to find any benefits from it. Nice try Skinny Tan, but I’m not buying it. Literally.
Price: I’m so happy I got this on sale, since NO WAY would I pay £26.99 for ONE bottle.
Packaging: Like I said, I do prefer the darker bottles for fake tanning products since I find they look less messy, but I did actually like the design on this.
Scent: It said it was coconut scented, but I couldn’t hardly smell anything, whereas the Bondi Sands scent literally lingered in my room for 2 days.
Easy To Apply? I didn’t notice any streaking when I was applying, but would have preferred a darker guide tan colour.
After Application Thoughts: ‘Where the fucks the colour at?!’
Any Colour Transfer? Apart from whatever my elbow guide tan transferred onto, I didn’t notice any on the towel.
Colour Results: Point blank shit.
Streaking?: I would have actually preferred a streak or two than wasting £30 on a product that does nothing.
Would I Repurchase? Not in a million years.
I don’t feel like this will be a surprise to ANY of you, but obviously for me, the clear winner is the Bondi Sands Fake Tan in this ‘Skinny tan or Bondi Sands’ battle. I personally don’t see how Skinny Tan is so raved about. If anyone is still wanting to try Skinny Tan out, you’re more than welcome to look in my rubbish bin (or my eBay). You can also view the full range of Bondi Sands tanning foams HERE.