As the old saying goes, tan-liness is next to godliness (err, something like that anyway). As such, I’ve always taken my quest to find a good fake tan v. seriously indeed, and I’ve tried a lot of brands in my time. One that I’ve heard a lot of buzz about but hadn’t got round to trying myself yet was Skinny Tan, so when a bottle passed through work recently I seized the opportunity to try it out (along with one of the application mitts and an exfoliation mitt too – in for a penny etc).
I chose the Skinny Tan Mousse in Ultimate Dark to try because duh, it’s me and I want to be as dark as possible. Skinny Tan say that the Ultimate Dark Mousse is “a whipped coconut scented tanning mousse with a deep dark tropical tan that lasts up to 14 days straight. Easy application and always flawlessly streak-free this is the tan for experienced tanners or those who dare to go dark.” The ‘skinny’ part of Skinny Tan comes from the fact that it includes ingredients to smooth and firm the skin, allegedly reducing the appearance of cellulite.
So far, so good mon amis! But what did I actually think of the tan?
Okay, I won’t beat around the bush – I LOVE this tan. It applies really nicely, with a strong guide colour so you can clearly see if you’ve missed any bits. I even let my boyfriend tan my back for first time and he didn’t balls it up, so that speaks volumes. I will point out that it has a slightly green undertone to it, so it’s not really a tan you can apply and then go out and about while it develops. However don’t let the shade put you off – in my experience, a slight green tinge is usually indicative of a deep, olive-toned end shade (unless it’s like, bright green – then your tan might have gone off and/or you are transitioning into the Hulk, I don’t know).
The fake tan smell doesn’t tend to bother me anyway, but if you’re not a fan of the classic biscuit smell then you’ll really like the coconut-scented Skinny Tan. And the claims about it being streak-free? One hundred million percent ACCURATE. Despite my many years of tanning experience, I’m still what the experts call ‘a cack-handed moron’ and so my application skills aren’t the best – however, something about this formula makes it kind of idiot-proof and I woke up streak-free.
And then we move onto the shade. While I personally still wouldn’t mind a shade or two darker (heehee, what am I like), the colour I’m left with after showering was REALLY nice. It’s very deep, even and olive rather than orange. Because it is so much darker than my natural skintone, I know that I’m best off not letting this fade naturally, and so I’ve been using the Skinny Tan Exfoliating Mitt to buff away dead skin cells around 4-5 days after application. I then re-apply the tan, and so far it’s always gone on like an absolute dream again.
The one downside to this fake tan? It’s £26.99. Yes, almost thirty English pounds for a 150ml bottle. This is definitely more than I’d usually pay for fake tan, but to be fair I haven’t had to use much for each application. I think I’ll get through this bottle and see how long it lasts me before making the final decision on whether I think it’s good value; but it is uh-mazing quality, so if you don’t mind that price then I definitely recommend picking a bottle up!
You can find out more about Skinny Tan here. Have any of you tried it? Let me know in the comments!