Tried & Tested | Self Tanners

Winter nights. Cold air. Thick jumpers. And…pale skin. If you’re more ‘sun-worshipper’ than ‘snow-lover’ and love a year-round glow, faking it is the way forward. Once seen as a high-maintenance task, leaving you stinking of biscuits and staining the bed sheets, fake tanning has been made easier thanks to an array of application techniques, formulas and speedy drying times. We reviewed some of the most popular brands on the market to decide which one will be seeing us through to 2019!

*prices correct at time of writing

st moriz

St Moriz Tanning Mist in Dark RRP £2.99 for 150ml 

Don’t be put off by ‘dark’; if you’re still harbouring your sun-kissed summer look, this tan gives a gorgeous glow with an easy spray application. But for the more English-rose types…it also comes in a ‘medium’ shade. Dries within 15 minutes with minimal transfer, but does leave you smelling a bit cakey. 3/5

PS bronze

PS Bronze Radiant Glow Mousse RRP £3.50 for 150ml

Primark have come up trumps with a range that is toppling even some of the biggest names in beauty! This mousse has become a sell-out on numerous occasions, and with a pump-bottle design, amazing coverage and low odour, we can understand why. Comes in 3 shades. 4/5

abre solaire

Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Self Tan Mist RRP £11.49 for 150ml

This product – which also comes in 3 shades – has been on the market for many years in various forms and remains a firm favourite in the UK; thanks to its pleasant smell, multi-angle nozzle, and no-need-to-rub-in formula. The ultra-fine mist means you also get more coverage for less spray, so worth it in the long run. 4.5/5

skinny tan

Skinny Tan 7-Day Tanner RRP £19.99 for 125ml

The most expensive tan we tested...but sadly, it didn’t seem worth the pennies. Using natural oils, it does apply well to the skin and doesn’t cling to dry patches like some tans can, but the colour all but disappears within a few days - not the promised seven. Smells good and the gel formula is pleasantly cooling, but overall: not worth the hype. 2/5