“ Brand: Boots / Type: Self Tanner / Subcategory: Lotion / What it does: Moisturizes, Tans, Bronzes, „
I do love Boots products and lately, I have wanted a nice tan without the sun, possibly because the sun isn't here at the moment!
Why I wanted this....
While my fiancé is away, I thought I would get a nice tan, do myself up a bit to make myself a bit better. I have tried other tans and because I am so pale, most of them go streaky. I have always relied on Boots so I thought I would try their self tan.
The lotion comes in a bottle. A pump form. The bottle is a bronzed colour, with the name on the front and how to use on the back.
What my senses thought...
I was surprised to see that the lotion was white, this makes it much harder to see where you are applying it.
The lotion has a nice smell at first, however after it being on a cople of days, you get a self tan smell,personally I think it has a slight scent of curry!
I find it a very quick drying lotion and it does not stain clothes or my bed sheets.
As I said, I just wanted a nice tan. Anyway, I applied this on the night, it took me a good half an hour, covering my whole body, I was careful to put a tiny think layer on and to not over do it. When I had finished I let it dry then applied moisturiser on my ankles knees elbows and all the, places. I went to sleep, woke up and the next morning I had a slight hint of a tan, but I was impressed at how even the tan went.
It is available in Boots online and in store.
The product is around £6-£7.
In my opinion, I would most definitely use a mitt too apply,I found no matter how many times I washed my hands, they still come up orange. It was very easy to apply, but having tried the spray as well as the lotion, I would definitely opt for the spray. I don't think you can buy any false tan without the smell to be honest, in one form or another you will get a slight scent. This did not put me off anyway as I always use moisturiser on top. That is the biggest tip I can give you, to keep your skin hydrated with moisturiser, your skin absorbs the tan miles better. I would also apply it a couple of hours before going to bed as it takes 2-3 hours to develop but don't tan and then go straight to bed, you cold mess it up and make it streaky. Make sure you give it ample time to dry.
How to use...
Make sure skin is cleaned.
As well, what I do, brush my skin and exfoliate to get even skin.
Use gloves or a mitt.
Disperse and massage onto skin, evenly
Leave to dry
Enjoy your tan in around 3 hours.
One of the best self tanning lotions I have used,
The smell is not as strong as some other tans.
Does not go an orangey colour, gives a nice tanning look if you start of applying thinly then building up.
The price, but if you use it sparingly it will last quite a long time.
Would I recommend...
Yes I would, but I would definitely say try the spray self tan too.
I've never been much of a self-tanner (as a goth in previous years I would do anything and everything to avoid even the slightest bit of a tan), but as my sixth form prom approached I heard nothing but talk of self-tan, sun beds and spray tans. As an amateur I looked online for subtle lotions and came across Boots' own brand Soltan 'Beautiful Bronze self-tan non tinted moisturising lotion' and went to buy it at my local store.
I applied it two evenings before the big night just in case it all went horribly wrong and woke up the next morning with a very healthy even glow. Now, I say even because I spent a good 45 minutes applying it, rubbing it in A LOT and I had a system to ensure every part was covered. I only applied a tiny amount on my face and continually washed my hands throughout the process (I would definitely recommend a mit). It didn't make me orange and you wouldn't think I'd just come back from a month in the sun - it was just a lovely natural tan. It faded a lot after one wash so I reapplied it just before going out and I was very pleased with the results. This product is really designed for one off occasions where you just want a little bit of colour and not for everyday use as it's quite a lot of effort. A bottle lasts about 10 months using it in this way.
One big disadvantage is the smell. It's not really an unpleasant smell; it smells a bit of sun block, but it is very distinctive. And it does linger for a couple of days after you use it. No problems with staining clothes or bed sheets and it doesn't run if you get it wet.
Sometimes we spend forever trying to find the perfect dress for the perfect night out. However, why do none of them suit me? Well I used to ponder over this question, until I asked a shop assistant for her honest opinion on a dress. This 19 year-old woman whom I could have sworn was a walking-talking tangerine, said whilst vigorously chewing some Wrigley's, "well, you are ghastly white". Despite the fact a banana would look white compared to her, I knew she was talking some sense. I could never find a foundation to suit me because of my pale skin. So, I set out find a nice self-tanning lotion.
I had been advised many different options, from sun beds, to spray tans, to many different products on the market. However, each girl I asked looked like they descended from a family of wotsits!. I almost gave up hope when I met up with my girlfriend from out of town. Long blonde hair, beautiful dress, and a stunning sun-kissed tan. I asked her, have you just been on holiday? She laughed in my face, 'you know I'm a natural ginger you nutter, it's a fake tan'. I got the name of the lotion in a second. As you could imagine, since I'm writing this review right now, it was Soltan!
I set out to boots to buy it, about £7 and it was buy one get one free at the time. Not that this came to much use! I also bought some moisturiser, a razor blade, and a self-tanning glove from my friend. I stated off by having a bath, and shaving my legs. I applied moisturiser (to all of my body, waste of money, yeah!), and squashed a blob of lotion on to the glove. Sometimes you have to press down the pump several times to get some out, I have no idea why. My eyes popped out of my head, the cream was white. I began to panic, how on earth would I see where I was rubbing this stuff? I took a large gulp and started rubbing. I did it evenly, smoothly, and all over my body. I had to stand naked for several hours to allow it to dry. The neighbours were delighted seing me woddle like a penguin around the house in the nude. I felt rather pleased with myself, my ghost days were over.
I went to bed that night, still as white as I was the day before. I woke up the next morning, and as you do, absent-mindedly forgot about my fake tan. I walked in to the bathroom, glared in the mirror, to see the reflection of a tiger-faced, patchy girl with a dropped jaw. I couldn't believe it! It worked on some parts of my body but not the other. I ran frantically to the full-length mirror. It was disgusting, just disgusting. A third of my body was brown, a third of it orange, and a third was white. I almost cried!
Suddenly I ran to the shower and tried to allow it to blend. However, I simply looked orange. No sponge, no brush (ouch), no soap would rub off these horrible patches of orange. It is safe to say I didn't leave the house for a few days, I stinked! It took about 8 days to finally get the last bit of orange off my skin. I burned the excess bottles.
Fake tan can go wrong at times. However, I used this product by the rules and still managed to find myself with a disaster. I have never used fake tan after this product, I recommend going to a salon and getting spray-tanned professionally. And really, all you tangoe'd ladies out there, what on earth are you thinking? We have enough racism and facisim in our society without creating a third skin colour!!
I honestly found this product a little tricky. I applied one layer of the lotion, which is non tinted so you don't see the difference for a few hours. A few hours later, the difference was minimal so I applied another layer. I then headed out to a party and I was quite pleased with how this had turned out, it had taken away the pasty legs at least, and helps cover up the bad circulation that I suffer from in my hands and feet. However, I woke up the next day, and I was orange. To put it bluntly. Which was quite embarrassing since I was staying over at the party. So it provided my friends with some amusment that morning but I wasn't too chuffed. I have worn it since then and been a lot more careful about applying it, and I've managed to avoid orange but next time I think I'd prefer to apply a tinted lotion, so I can see what colour I'm going to turn out. Orange wasn't pleasant. But for the price tag it's not too bad, since you do use a lot in one application, so I didn't think it was worth buying the designer brands.
I did first enjoy this lotion when i first discovered it; i thought ooh; self tan lotion with shimmer, that should be good the Boots worker also advised me to buy a mitt too; but i decided not to as i thought it wouldn't be THAT bad. So after my shower that night i thought i'd give it a go thinking it won't be that bad because it's like instant. When I used the little pump at the top of the bottle it came out really dark which made me get rather curious if i had the wrong colour; but i applied it anyway and it came out quite light. So seeing as i wanted a darker i applied another coating to my legs waited for it to soak in the colour before i went to bed was great. Next morning i woke to up which was literally tangerine legs; The colour was terrible and very orange; And even though I had exfoliated before applying I had achieved somehow to get orange knee's and elbows. I wouldn't complain if it was a golden brown tan. But when you wake up with a bright orange body, that just takes the mick. If i could minus stars this product i definately would seeing as i really did not like this product.