Whilst my skin is pretty fair in the winter time, I do tan very easily and am not normally incredibly pale. A combination of the late appearance of the sun in the UK and the fact that I haven’t spent much time outside this year has meant I’m not looking my healthiest, and whilst pale skin is beautiful on some, it doesn’t suit my undertones when I’ve been holed up at my computer all day without some vitamin D. I’ve had this fake tan for a couple of months now but was yet to give it a whirl until a few days ago, when the words “dry mist” called out to me. It was bedtime (when I always apply fake tan!) and I wanted to bronze up but it hadn’t been the best day and the thought of rubbing lotion all over and waiting for it to try almost pushed me over the edge, let along roping Matt in to do my back. It wasn’t going to happen.
It was the first time using this range apart from the suncare (which I love) and normally my allegiance lies with Vita Liberata, but it’s so bloomin’ pricey (but perfect) that I save it for parties, holidays and times when I want to look extra nice. I was happy to just look a bit healthier this time. This Soltan offering is a spray on formula that comes out in a light mist like a dry body oil almost. It gives a hint of guide colour which is handy, but then develops overnight. I haven’t used a spray tan really save for a brief moment in my teens, so I missed a couple of patches on the underside of my arms and perhaps went a bit overboard on the old feet, but those were my mistakes thanks to tiredness and a badly lit room. The scent is nice, but it is an aerosol so I found myself opening the windows – definitely needs ventilation! It dried very quickly and did not come off on my bed sheets at all, which was surprising. The spray is very nifty actually as it works even when the can is being held upside down, and that makes this very easy to use. Eventually of course the fake tan smell develops but I absolutely hate that smell and I’m so sensitive to it, hence always fake tanning at night. I found this to have a pretty mild tanning smell!
The downsides are that you need to put a towel down. If I were you I’d do this in the shower/bath to save any hassle, but my flat has laminate floors so a towel (that now looks like someone had an accident on it) was fine for me because I knew I could mop up anything else quickly. This is not one for cream carpets! It doesn’t go everywhere, but it’s something to bear in mind. On me it is a very natural colour and matches really well with the face tanner I use – which you can read about here, but it is warm toned so that is something to bear in mind. I do have neutral skin that leans slightly towards pink on my face but more olive everywhere else, and I don’t have a problem with the colour of this light-medium shade at all, in fact it was noticeable only to me which is how fake tan should be. It’s still going strong almost 4 days in.
For £5.99 (currently on offer, usually £8.99) it’s a bargain and I will definitely buy more, really great when you can’t be bothered with mousse and lotion!
You can find this in Boots stores and online here. Have you tried the Soltan range?
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