So back in June we decided to test 3 local tans and see which came out on top. Now I have to start by saying how surprised I was with all 3 products, it made for a hard decision to make.
A true lover of tan, since my teens I haven’t gone a week without an application, but I don’t have time for huge amounts of preparation, so the real test here was… is it quick to apply, does it give a long lasting colour and how does it come off!
For consistency before each tanning session I gave my skin the same treatment. A nice warm bath, shaved my legs and used Vita Liberata moisturising exfoliator (because I already had some and it’s a great exfoliator)
9/10: B Perfect – 10sec tan – Coconut
BPerfect – 10 second tan, I purchased in a local beauty salon The Wee Beauty Room, Randalstown (£25 including the velvet tanning mitt)
As the name suggests this really is a 10sec tan! I used the B Perfect mitt to apply and 10 sprays for each leg, arm, core and back.
Honestly, the mitt didn’t impress me, it is soft on the velvet side, but I found it moved around a lot when applying to skin and it took using it a few times to get use to how slippy it was.
Once I was over the mitt, the application was simple, the product is liquid and just glides onto your skin, the glow is instant!
I love, love, love the colour of this tan; it is so natural, the perfect shade for my skin (which is just a little above a ghost)
I achieved an all over, natural, streak free shade which didn’t begin to fade until day 3. If I wasn’t trying all 3 I would have re-applied or indeed added two coats on application in the beginning.
The colour fades naturally and I wasn’t left with any patchy elbows, knees or ankles that we all have experienced in the past.
B Perfect 10 second tan is available in a number of fragrances and claims not to have the smell we associate with tans in the past.
The scent is indeed the welcomed smell of coconut, but it didn’t last long and by morning I could sense a little scent of false tan; morning shower and it was gone.
All-in-all this is a great self tan and will remain in my bathroom to use through summer.
I have used it since, but with a different mitt (sorry guys, I just can’t take to the mitt) it is so quick to apply and the results are fantastic. I found giving myself 2 coats gave me good coverage for a full week.
This was the most expensive product, but well worth the extra couple of pounds.
Have you tried this tan or the watermelon? I would love to hear your opinion.
HeShi – Express Liquid Tan 150ml & Tanning Mitt Gift Pack (£18.99) – Purchased from Medicare, Lisburn Road.
I was a regular user of HeShi in my early 20’s but, I was really surprised just how quickly this liquid tan can be applied in, just 10 minutes to cover my entire body.
The mitt has no airs or graces, but it does the job and it didn’t move or slip during application.
The liquid applied easily and dried in seconds, not a smear or streak in sight!
You can see the colour appear on contact, which is great for good coverage. The colour was deep and glowing, I was really impressed.
The following morning after my shower I did have one or two patches on my legs, but they were easily touched up with a little more tan using the HeShi mitt.
By day 4, the tan began to fade and it did become a little patchy on my shins and around the usual tan fail areas – knees, ankles and elbows!
Not one word of a lie, this tan didn’t smell, not on application, not after or the next day! This for me was a major plus; I hate the smell of self tan!
I have re-found my love for HeShi, in fact I can’t remember why I stopped using it. Reasonably priced, great product and glowing results.
It didn’t quite make the 7-10-day coverage, and I wouldn’t recommend applying over the old tan, but taking it off and reapplying wasn’t an issue.
Everything you want from a good self tan and only requires a small amount of product on each application and great coverage!
Have you tried this tan or another HeShi product? I would love to hear about your experience.
8/10 Lusso Tan
Lusso Tan – Self Tan Lotion For Face and Body (£19.95) & Flawless Tanning Mitt (£7) Purchased in the Secret Day SPA, Belfast.
Lusso is the new kid on the block, and has had glowing reviews from beauty bloggers across the UK, Ireland and further afield, so we were super excited to get applying!
Now with the other 2 tans we had become accustom to a quick application and either straight to bed or out the door.
I decided to apply the tan before attending an early evening event; first fail! I only had 15mins and it really didn’t do the tan any justice!
Unlike the others this is a thick gel like tan which should be applied in straight lines and the colour built layer-by-layer, not just slapped on in a few minutes. I realised this very quickly, as the tan began to appear in patches on my skin – oh no!
To the rescue – after one leg I read the packaging again and hey-presto one beautifully applied golden leg.
I have to note the Lusso Mitt – it is amazing! The glove shaped, full velvet mitt is perfect for applying self tan, it is luxurious and soft and doesn’t absorb all the product like other mitts I have used before.
We got there in the end. I used small amounts of Lusso on the mitt which was great for blending, giving a streak free tan. The product dried very quickly and I was able to get dressed in minutes.
Lusso should be applied in small amounts until you achieve the desired colour. Not plastered on, honestly the first time I used it, I did apply too much and the colour was much too rich for me.
If you like a really deep golden tan, slap it on girls – it’s dark and I mean dark!
I was delighted my colour did last the full 7 days and faded very naturally – no top up required.
No smell alert; I can’t believe it but the girls behind this product have nailed it! Need I say more…
A beautifully rich product, reasonably priced and fantastic colour tan, if applied correctly! The mitt is defiantly worth a purchase!
I have used the tan since and choose to use it on a recent trip to Dubai, where I knew I would be surrounded by beautiful golden brown friends who live out there, and have sun on tap, to top up their tan.
Lusso have created 3 steps to the perfect tan and have a product to accompany each including:
STEP 1 – PREP – Create the ideal smooth and plumped canvas for your tan.
STEP 2 – TAN – Glorious natural looking golden shades evocative of a Mediterranean Summer.
STEP 3 – BOOST – Those perfecting finishing touches of highlight and shimmer.
Have to used Lusso’s full 3 steps? We would love to hear your feedback.
Honestly each of these local tans now has a place in my bathroom. I must also note not one of these tans left a mark on my clothes or bed sheets!
B Perfect was indeed my favourite but I have teamed it with the Lusso mitt which I just adore! I use this regularly. I love it because it is perfect to spray on, in super quick time and skip out the door with a beautiful streak free tan.
HeShi is my go to tan when I need a nice natural tan, applied quickly and I am not going out straight away.
Lusso have created a very luxurious product which I love to use for special occasions and when I have lots of time to prepare. When I know I have an event coming up, I take the time to prepare my skin and use Lusso as part of a real pampering session. I look forward to purchasing the 2 additional products they offer for the perfect 3 step tan and doing a full review on it.
My love of tan, just became an obsession and I can honestly say, I have a local tan for every occasion!
Have you tired any of the local tans above? Let us know which is your favourite!
Images by: John Murphy