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I was looking for a new fake tan to try recently as when ever I have used them in the past they never look good they always appear quite streaky. My friend told me about this one so I was keen to give it a go.
My friend got me a bottle of it and it was around £20 which I did think was quite expensive but wanted to try it because if it did a good job then I felt it was definitely worth it. SHe bought it from a beauty salon but I think its available in a lot of places now.
The product looked good when it arrived it came in a cardboard box and inside was a scrub, some gloves which are used to apply it and also the tanning lotion. I think the product looked like it was good quality and expensive so I thought it would work really well if the looks were anything to go by.
The first thing I noticed when I tried it was the smell, it was awful. The lotion itself is brown in color. I followed the instructions which advised you to use the exfoliater first and then apply the lotion afterwards. Make sure you use the gloves or your hands will look a right mess.
The lotion is quite easy to apply although it does seem to take a while to be absorbed into the skin. The tan looked really good though once it was done it was not streaky at all and looked quite natural not orangey like some of the fake tans I have tried. I will definitely use it again and have recommended it to friends. The only negative is that I have found the tan does come off on the bed sheets which didn't go down too well with my husband ha! After you have showered the tan does fade quite quickly so it really only looks good for a day or two but its excellent for a special occasion if you want to look good.
Being a bit of a sun junkie, I decided it was best I stopped using sun beds and opted for a more healthier choice in fake tan. I have used many different brands in the past - St Tropez, Garnier, St Moriz, Johnsons gradual tan - but none of them really gave me the glowing tan I was after.
However, after receiving Fake Bake original once as a gift, my prayers were answered!
The tan comes with a pair of blue latex gloves to apply the tan with, however, I decide to use a tanning mitt instead. This is personal choice and you simply need to try both to decide which works best for yourself.
I try to apply my fake tan after exfoliating but sometimes I simply do not have the time to exfoliate (or I am too lazy!) but this never effects the result of my fake bake tan. I have never had a problem with fake bake being patchy or streaky, nor have I ever had a problem getting wet whilst wearing the tan.
I find the tan can look quite dirty the morning after applying (I always apply before bed) therefore I wouldn't recommend tanning in the morning and going to work hoping to wash it off later! Once I have showered, the tan looks golden and very natural.
The tan DOES get on bed sheets and clothing, although it doesn't stain if you wash your bedding on a high temperature wash.
The tan lasts around three days and comes off gradually without leaving patchy marks on your skin :D
Being a self confessed fake tan addict, I couldn't help but try every product in the shop which gives my skin a darker tone. I hate being pale!
Fake Bake is one of the best known tanning brands, selling products to salons aswell as ones for you to use at home. I originally tried Fake Bake when I went to my friends salon whilst she was training for her spray tanning certificate (if that is what you call it when your qualified to tan?). She used Fake Bake in the spray form which is produced to be used in salons (and I could swear its better than the one you use at home!). Whilst doing my tan, I was speaking to her and her tutor about how the tan works, which is by working with your skins melanin to give you a natural looking glow as if you'd been on holiday.
If you don't know what melanin is, it is basically the thing which determines your skins colour. When the melanin is changed, it gives you a darker tan - probably not the best description but you can see where I am coming from.
After getting this gorgeous tan at the salon, I loved the result so much I couldn't help but research on the internet to find out where I could buy some either online or in a store. I wasn't surprised when the price for a bottle of the tan was around £25-£30, but luckily my friend worked in the local department store, so when they were on sale at £20 she got me a bottle.
The bottle I brought is 'Original Self Tanning Lotion' which is in a 170ml bottle. The bottle is an oval shape with a slight curve, its dark brown and has the flip top lid at the bottom. Fake Bakes signature logo is on the front with all information needed on the back. I quite like how the bottle comes in a box along with some latex gloves. I find these to be a good way to apply tan, but I do prefer a mitt sometimes. The glove is good when you'd like the tan to be applied quite thick and dark.
The tan itself comes out in a very thick dark brown, which is the colour it stays on your skin just more even. I like that it comes out dark because it means you know exactly where the streaks are and where on your body needs doing. I tend to give myself two layers (because I'm a little obsessed with the stuff).
When it comes to scent - this one is no different from the rest. It smells biscuit-y and luckily this doesn't linger on your skin very long. If the scent stayed on the skin after washing, I probably wouldn't like it because it is off putting.
HOW TO USE:
To apply the tan you need to first exfoliate 12-24 hours before, moisturise and make sure you don't shave within 12 hours of applying the tan - especially your legs! The tan will just sit in the dots where your hair previously was which is never a good look.
Put on your gloves and squeeze a tiny amount onto your hand and smooth it onto your skin in circular motions making sure you don't leave streaks or patches. I find it quite easy to use the gloves because you can smooth the tan easier, with a mitt its quite hard to get into the little areas like between your fingers and toes, around your ankle etc.
Once you've applied the tan to your desired area (I only do my top half or arms/chest in winter because my legs are never out), you need to allow it to dry before dressing. Once its dried, you can dress yourself and wait 12 hours or more before washing your tan. The quicker you wash it, the less time it has to darken. During your bath/shower after the 12 hours, you will notice the water going a little brown and your skin fading a tiny bit. This is down to the excess tan coming off your skin, all the tan which could make you darker has sunk in and done its job!
To keep the tan gorgeous you simply need to exfoliate, tan and moisturize regularly. If you don't it will become patchy and streaky quickly.
Tip: use a hairdryer quickly over your body to dry faster without it going tacky.
In my opinion, this is one of the best tanning products and I can see why its so highly priced. I suppose you are partly paying for the brand name but I do love this tan. It darkens nicely on the skin and gives a lovely, even tan. I like that the scent of biscuit doesn't stay on your skin, this could be partly down to me moisturizing once I'm out the shower but I'm not sure.
The only thing I will say is don't apply tan before a night out or on a rainy day. Before washing it off the tan will run and you will become a streaky mess. That is about the only downside to the product really. I had an experience on a night out where a drink got accidentally poured down my leg, it wasn't attractive walking around with streaky legs all night - especially when it was in the pub before going to the club! Lucky the toilet attendant had black tights or I'd of been miserable until I got home!
I would say price in the 'disadvantage' category but for such a good tanning product you've got to pay a lot. Nothing good is cheap nowadays.
I bought this fake tan for the first time a couple of years ago, and for a long time, it was my primary fake tan. Since, I have swapped to the cheaper St. Moriz, but that does not take away the excellence of this particular product.
- When you apply the fake tan, there is a colour guide which comes out as a sort of muddy colour. This is really useful, because it allows you to see where the fake tan has been applied and you can really get the colour even and not streaky.
- The fake tan dries quite quickly, after about 5 minutes. Useful, so you dont have to stand around waiting for it to dry
- After washing the fake tan off, the colour is really natural and you can apply another layer if you want it stronger, which is useful as well
- It does not smell bad like I find St Tropez to be
- It is quite expensive, and to be honest, it does not last that long. I would say that a bottle of Fake Bake lasts me around 2-3 weeks, and at 20-25 pound a bottle, its quite a lot
- You have to apply this product before you go to bed, (because of the muddy colour) which can be a pain, so you cant apply it short notice
I have used numerous fake tans expensive and cheap and have found this to be the best tanning lotion suited to my skin even though it is quite expensive. My friends had used this and recommended this but to be honest the cost had put me off as I had only seen it in a local department store and priced at £25 I thought it was far to expensive, so I went online and found that if you search about you can get this alot alot cheaper and sometimes you can buy it in multipacks so a good bargain if you split the cost with a friend. The lotion goes on dark so you can see where you applied it which is good, a problem I had in the past was when it was just a normal lotion you couldnt see any bits you missed or streaks until you showered and usually by then its too late! The smell isnt too bad and my hubby didnt complain about the smell like he has with previous tans i have used. I found this lotion to give good even coverage, i preferred applying this with a mit rather than the gloves provided!! Good value for money and gives a long lasting natural colour!
Fake Bake is a leading salon professional self tan brand in the UK. It contains special natural tanning agents that apparently work with your skins own melanin cells, which have been designed to give you a most natural looking, long lasting tan that compliments your own skin tones.
The average cost is £25 a bottle, but you need to look around. The cheapest i found was on ebay for about £15 for 170ml. In the box i got reusable application gloves which prevent your tan from streaking.
There is a whole range of Fake Bake products available for all your fake tanning needs.
To prepare myself for application, i took a hot shower and exfoliated my skin. This will make your tan last longer and look even and smooth.
I applied the tan all over my body starting at my neck and working my way down to my feet as advised. The colour guide is really helpful. not only does it make you instantly brown, but you can see exactly where you've done and where you missed. Fake Bake drys very quickly and is easily absorbed into your skin so you arent left feeling greasy and uncomfortable, which is one thing i really hate about other fake tans. you are able to dress in loose clothing after about 10 - 15mins. I usually can't stand the smell of fake tan, but this one is really quite pleasant. I then went to bed and left my tan to develop. you are told to allow the tan to develop for at least 6-8 hours, so overnight is best.
In the morning i jumped in the shower and washed off the colour guide until the water ran clear, and was left with gorgeous golden brown skin as promised!
Having very pale skin, i have been searching for the best ways to look tanned for as long as i can remember. Fake Bake origional self tan is the best fake tanning product ive tried so far, and there have been many. all which left my naturally pale skin look orange, patchy or streaky and very fake looking. I am so impressed with the natural colour, i look like ive just got back from holiday every day and i get so many compliments! The tan starts to fade after about 5 days, but this is gradual and doesn't go patchy or flakey. A bottle lasts for a while based on me applying once a week, id say it lasts 2 months.
The only down sides i can find are it will stain if the gloves arent used, it will stain your hands badly! And it also stained my bed sheets but it does wash out easily so this wasnt a big issue.
I Highly reccomend Fake Bake to anyone who is after a most natural looking fake tan. I really believe Fake Bake is a cut above the rest out there, and will continue to use it for as long as i shall live!
The Fake Bake website contains a lot of useful info about application and how to maintain your fake tan etc.
I will begin by telling you that I'm blonde, blue-eyed and my skin looks like I've never seen the sun! Perhaps unsuprisingly I've found it very difficult to find a self-tanning product that doesn't look orange/patchy/mahogany/streaky/generally terrible. That was until I found Fake Bake. It costs a fair amount and this put me off for a while - I'd tried so many fake tans that it didn't seem worth the expense for something that I assumed would be as rubbish as the others I'd tried. Eventually I caved in and bought some and I'm very happy I did!
Fake Bake is a rich mahogany coloured cream and when I first saw it I recoiled in horror! Do not despair though! The brown colour is in fact a 'guide' colour which allows you to see exactly where you've applied the product and gives you a rough indication as to how evenly you've applied it. Guide colours in general are an exceptionally good idea as it takes all the guess work out of applying the product. In particular it stops you going over patches you've already tanned and making a big streaky mess of it all. This particular guide is a remarkable colour and I look like I've spent 3 months in the Caribbean (which I have but no-one believes me due to the lack of tan!!) after application. I'd recommend the use of a tanning mitt (£3 from Boots) as this makes the whole process 50% easier at least and gives a really streak-free even application. Sometimes after I've applied Fake Bake I realise the guide colour's not looking so even - do not panic! This doesn't usually result in an uneven tan once the guide colour's washed off.
For best results the tan should be applied before bed (wear long sleeved PJ's to stop it rubbing off on your sheets - it doesn't happen too much but just in case) so that the actual tan can develop overnight. In the morning I look like a bronzed goddess (a little poetic licence there maybe!) and always wish I didn't have to shower the guide colour off.
After showering I'm left with a really natural-looking, normal coloured tan. This is seriously a miracle when I think about all the orange, splodgy, streaky fake tans I've experienced in the past. The colour isn't too dark as to look silly on my white skin and I imagine someone with an olive complexion might think it too light even. This can be remedied with a repeat application on the 2nd night and I've always acheived good, natural results when adding layers of colour in this way.
I always keep my skin well exfoliated and moisturised when using fake tan and find that the tan fades evenly for me. If I've just applied one layer then after about 5 days I can see it's visibly faded. Two nights worth of application lasts me a good week though and maybe a tiny bit longer. Reapplication every 6-7 days keeps me looking happy and healthy.
Now I'm not fussed by the smell of fake tanning products and really don't know why people think they smell of digestives. Obviously this is just me as everyone else 'gets it.' If this is you then I'm afraid the bad news is that Fake Bake will probably smell like digestives to you. To me it doesn't smell strongly of that fake tan smell but it definitely does smell like fake tan, and it gets stronger overnight. 100% worth it though.
I have used Fake Bake a number of times now but I still feel like there is something missing! I probably did not get off to the best of starts with it as when I purchased the first bottle from John Lewis when I went to use it it was bright green, whilst I had never used it I was pretty sure it was not supposed to be that colour so promptly returned it for an exchange! Apparently Fake Bake only lasts about a year and after that time it turns green and you can no longer use it so it is worth noting that if you do not use fake tan very often then it is best to avoid Fake Bake!
When you first apply Fake Bake it is very dark and it can sometimes look a bit patch but do not be too alarmed about this as once you was off the excess a few hours later it does reveal a nice even tan! It is definitely something that needs applying with a tanning mitt as without this it can be quite difficult to rub in of you just use gloves.
I would not recommend this fake tan for first timers as I think it can be more tricky to rub in than a moose is but Fake Bake do also do a moose so it might be better to use that first.
The biggest problem I find with Fake Bake is that once you have applied it I seem to get tan building up in certain areas and it starts to become uneven and this happens despite the fact that I moisturize daily and exfoliate on a regular basis.
I am sure some people use this and have no problems but I personally do not really like it so will be avoiding it in the future.
At £21.99 this fake tan was twice the price of the one I was already using (L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Gel) which I was quite impressed with, so I had very high expectations for Fake Bake. It comes with a pair of gloves for application which I would definitely recommend using (I didn't use them with the L'Oreal tan and the top of my hands always turned out much darker than the rest of me, even though I don't find it too difficult to get it off palms). The bottle makes it easy to get the tan out, and the tan liquid is a very very dark brown when it comes out of the bottle, but once it has been left to develop and it showered off in the morning (I always leave it on overnight to develop properly, the bottle says this takes 4-6 hours) it is actually much lighter so don't worry if when you apply it it is much darker than you want it to be. To get a deeper tan you need to apply 2 or more nights in a row, but after 2 nights of applying it I still want it darker. It does dry quite quickly when you apply it, and I found it quite hard work to blend it in properly. I did apply quite a lot, but it was still more difficult to blend than the L'Oreal one. However, even though there were some darker patches where I have dry skin, these washed off in the shower and the tan that was left was very even and there were no streaks at all.
I think the colour looks quite natural, though probably no more so than the L'Oreal one (am just comparing it to this one to help those who, like I did, wanted to know whether Fake Bake so much better than cheaper fake tans that it's worth paying more for), and when I first applied it, though it was darker than I wanted, it did give me high hopes for a much darker and browner tan than the L'Oreal one gave, which weren't met. I find it doesn't really matter if you get a bit on your finger tips as it washes off completely the next morning. The same applies to the skin patch test it recommend you do before using it for the first time; I applied a patch the size of a 50p piece to my inner upper arm and it completely washed off which I was glad about! Fake Bake recommend their oil free lotion to be applied beforehand, just to dry areas like elbows and knees etc. if you don't have particularly dry skin, but I just moisturised ten minutes before applying it with E45 lotion and the tan turned out fine (Fake Bake warn against using lotions other than their oil free one and say it can effect the tan), and at £2.60 for 200ml or £5.50 for 500ml (prices take from Boots.com) it is much much cheaper than £12.50 RRP for 170ml of Fake Bake Oil Free Moisturiser or £12.00 RRP for Fake Bake Skin Smoothie Oil.
The tan does last longer than the L'Oreal one before going patchy; after about 5-7 days I notice it isn't quite as smooth-looking as when I applied it but this isn't really that noticeable and I do have naturally very dry skin, so if you don't this may not happen at all. I wouldn't recommend this for people who have never used a fake tan before as the L'Oreal one is much easier to apply, and I personally would prefer to spend around £10 on a good cheap tan such as the L'Oreal one and get used to applying it, as opposed to use a £22 bottle trying to get it right. I'd try getting used to applying tan with gloves before using this as well. I have been using fake tan for nearly 2 years and so it only takes me about 15 minutes to apply, but the first time I used Fake Bake it took me an hour! I would say though to apply a bit less than you normally do if you have been using a cheaper tan as I find I don't need as much as I did with the L'Oreal. The first time I used Fake Bake I applied a lot, probably 2 layers worth, but then the second time when I used about 2/3 of the amount I did the first time, it deepened my skin colour just as much, showing it doesn't matter how much you apply in one go. I do find though that it doesn't get much darker on the second night and so on, compared to how much darker your skin appears after one application. I would say it lasts longer and is of better quality than cheaper alternatives. It does have quite a strong smell, and not a very nice one, when you apply it, but it is hardly noticeable after washing it off, and the smell actually seems to me to change after showering it off and is better. It's less sticky also than the L'Oreal one was; I was surprised at how comfortable it was to sleep in as I used to hate applying it as it was so uncomfortable to sleep in, but I think Fake Bake is a slightly thinner and lighter liquid.
Ideal for creating a salon quality tan in your own home. I have tried and tested a lot of self tans in my time. I have a lot of experience with tanning products and the Fake Bake range is by far my favorite. The original solution is perfect for creating a base color and gives you a natural sun kissed glow. Before application use the Fake Bake Passion Fruit Body Polish in the shower to exfoliate the skin and remove any dead skin cells then proceed to apply the tanning lotion in circular motions across the body. If you have trouble reaching your back get a long piece of cling film, put a little lotion in the middle of it and move it up and across your back like you would when you dry your back with a towel. The lotion has a guide color to help you see where you are applying your tan and helps to avoid any nasty streaks. The lotion dies very quickly and is not too heavy on the skin so you don't feel uncomfortable. It is also important to make sure that your skin is free of deodorant, make up or body lotions as this can affect the development of the tan and can sometimes appear with a slightly green tinge. It's best to apply this tan at nighttime so that you can give it the 8 hours it needs to fully develop. In the morning, wash of the guide colour in the shower. Don't panic when you see what looks like the tan washing off as this is just the guide colour and you will notice that you are left with a nice natural tan with no sign of that tell tale 'orange'. While the tan is developing you do have a slight 'biscuity' smell from it but that will disappear when you wash it off. It is by far a lot more pleasant than other self tanning products. I have learned that maintenance is important with self tanning as it helps to prolong the color and keeps it looking fresh therefore I use the oil free moisturizer everyday to keep my skin nicely moisturized. For instant results I'd also recommend Fake Bake Airbrush as it gives you a gorgeous glow from the minute it is applied and develops into a long lasting tan. If you buy a lotion and you use it for the first time and it looks as though it has a green tinge, it is likely that your tan has been affected by heat or light and has not been stored correctly. This is not the condition you should receive your Fake Bake therefore I recommend that you try and return your purchase. This is usually the case with very cheaply priced Fake Bake or Fake Bake bought from sunbed salons. As tempting as it is to get a bargain, try and stick to Fake Bake stockists for proper quality and value.
Fake Bake, now where do i start? This is the best fake tan i have ever used (and i have used a lot!!). A lot of people say that it is similar to St Tropez but ive found that St Tropez was a little orange looking by the finished result and i disliked the smell!!
The good thing about fake bake is that it gives you an even, glowing tan. You can reapply over 2/3 nights if you want a deeper colour. I recommend 'sleeping' in the tan then it has time to develop and always lay a towel on your bed so as not to get it on your sheets (however i have got it on my sheets and it has come out in the wash no problem)
I think also that when you use it, make sure you put a little moisturiser (oil free) on your elbows, knees, and any other dry areas you might have)
You can use fake bake on your face however i suggest getting the fake bake face tanner because although this lotion can be used on your face, ive always found that it shows in your pores a little, whereas the face one doesn't.
The product smells nice and it is easy to apply. The mousse is also good.
I have an obsession for fake tan and after reading great reviews for this on the internet i was persuaded to give it a try.
it is quite expensive but a small amount of cream does cover a large amount of the body.
My first thought when seeing how dark it was, was my god im going to look like mud has been thrown on me.
i prepped my skin as it said in the instructions, applied it in small circular motion and waited for it to develop.
After a few hours i went to wash the residue off and most the tan came of with it, how dark i had developed i was expecting to look like i had just stepped of a plane but i ended up looking quite dirty.
I also noticed it had a green tinge to it which fake tans have when they are out of date ( i checked it was in )
And after about 2 days the tan was patchy and ended up washing of patchy.
This tan would be perfect if you didnt have to wash the residue off, i feel like as soon as the water hits it, it goes from a golden brown to a dirty mud color.
I have tried many different fake tanning products over the years and this is one of the best, without a doubt!
When you first open the bottle the smell is a bit off putting but it washes off just fine. I've found that one bottle will last me a couple of months, applying it twice a week to my arms, chest and face. Although it's quite pricey you definately get value for money.
When applying the lotion with the rubber gloves provided makes it quite difficult to get good coverage so I would definately recommend buying the Fake Bake mitt which ensures that you get a great colour and no patches or streaks! The product has a colour guide which makes it easy to see where you're applying it but if you're leaving it overnight it does leave your sheets in a mess so be warned!
I found that applying it a couple of times a week would keep me at the same golden colour so it's not a very high maintenance product which is good if you're a busy person like me!
I first stated using Fake Bake when a friend recommended it to me. I used to be a sunbed addict but stopped using them after a tv show I watched revealed all the serious life threatening effects it can have you. However, I didnt want my tan to go so decided it was time to invest in some fake tan. Originally I was going to buy the st tropez because it was the only one I really knew of but when my friend came to work wearing fake bake decided to give that a go.
I bought a bottle from debenhams for about £23 which I didn't mind paying because I was so scared of looking streaky and like i'd been 'tangoed' that I thought by investing in a well known brand this would reduce the risk. You can also buy this product from many places on the internet and in some beauty salons. It comes in a brown cardboard box which contains applying gloves and a small tube of exfoliating scrub which smells lush, shame I can't say the same for the tanning lotion. This comes in a brown platic bottle which isn't that good for keeping track of how much you have left and it's quite tricky to get the lotion out when your running low.
It is brown in colour and has a rather strong, unpleasant smell to it. I find it takes ages to absorb and have sometimes woke up the day after the night of application to find white patches from where ive been sleeping.
After showering off the lotion, I find that the strong smell is still present on my skin and lasts all day which isn't very nice. The end result colour I do like, it is a nice, even golden brown not orange and streaky like some, but it only lasts for the day. Thereafter it starts to make you look a bit dirty rather than tanned.
If you love fake tan you will love Fake Bake :)
I first came across this product whilst at the Clothes Show at the NEC. I was a faithful St Tropez fan & didn't think anything could live up to it.
I brought it in a pack which came with the tanning lotion, oil free moisturiser & a lip gloss.
The man on the store advised me on the best way to use the lotion.
I showered & exfoilated head to toe. I always leave the exfoliator on for around 5mins as it absorbs any grease on your skin & also gives it time to work. I then washed the exfoliator off throughly. I then moistursied my skin paying extra attention to any dry areas such as knees & elbows. The Fake Bake assistant advised me to use an exfoliator and moisturiser that contain no oils, as this helps the tan apply more even.
I then applied the lotion. I used the gloves supplied to apply the lotion starting at my toes and working up. Its best to do a small area at a time so you don't rush. When applying to my face i am always extra careful as this is the place everyone sees the most. My boyfriend did my back for me but you can do it yourself by using cling film. I leave my hands til last. To apply the tan to my hands i simply put some lotion on cotton wool & wipe over my hands & around my wrist. It normally takes me around 20mins to apply a full body of tan.
The initial colour is a very dark chocolate brown. The smell is bearable even though my boyfriend cant stand it! I left the lotion on over night. It does wash out the bed sheets so dont worry about the tan staining them.
In the morning i showered straight away. I believe it is best to have the water at quite a cool temperature as having it too hot can make the tan wear off quicker.
I was amazed with the results. I had an amazing tan that made me look like i had just got back off holiday. It made me a very deep brown with no orange tinge. I am very fair so i was pleased with the deepness the tan went.
The tan lasted around 3 days which i then top up to keep it looking even.
The bottle lasts me around 3 months.
Your Fake Original Gold tanning lotion comes with re-usable application gloves and application guide so you've got everything you need to get tanning straight away /