I'm one of those people who loves to have a tan all year round. However, being quite pale means this is difficult for me to do naturally and the fact that I've not been abroad to sun-worship for a while (thanks to the birth of my son) means that I have to fake it to acheive this look.
I am in the category of people that can't ever tan very well. Even when I do go on holiday I don't ever tan properly so even then I use fake methods to acheive my desired results. With the dangers of sunbeds always being reported on it's now not something I would consider. I used to use sunbeds to tan and I can't fault the result after a month's worth of using them if you continuously put the work in to maintain it. These days I'm not as vain as I was when a teenager and wouldn't risk my health for a tan, I have a son to think of these days!
All this said I've spent years fake tanning and along the way tried hundreads of different products by many different brands. I would say I've become the expert!! My opinion is that the Fake Bake brand are the best on the market for acheiving natural, nice tanned skin. My personal favourite in their range is this Self Tanning Mousse.
Fake Bake Self Tanning Mousse comes in a can of 118ml and depending on your chosen retailer you should look at paying between £20 and £25 for it. Places like Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraiser etc all carry the Fake Bake range and you can buy it from most of these types of shops. You will also find it in many independant beauty shops, hairdressers and beauty salons too. This is often because it's the tan brand of choice by experts as well as the public.
The mousse itself comes supplied in a box with one pair of disposable gloves for your first application. However I found these gloves to be really durable and as long as you wash them properly you can get many more applications from them.
Application is easy. There is a long nozzle that lets the mousse out and although it comes out quickly you will need to shake it a bit before trying to use it otherwise it can come out as liquid which is VERY messy. The texture is very soft, not as rigid as hair styling mousse. It's much softer and lighter and comes out in a light chocolate colour.
To apply to your skin you need to rub the mousse over your selected area. BUT the key is not to rub it in. This mousse settles on your skin immediately and dries within seconds. So to avoid gettings lines you will need to do it quite quickly and not rub it in to the skin. Just rub it on to the skin. The great thing about this tan is being able to see where you have put it, thanks to how fast it dries. However this is also it's biggest downfall because on those hard to do areas you can easily miss bits and it's too late after only seconds because of it's speed at drying.
Generally this application process is super quick. You only apply one coat or it goes blotchy and with the sharp contrast between it's colour and my natural skin tone using several layers at once isn't what I would recommend!
Because it dries so quickly there isn't time for the product to generate any sticky residue. This means you can apply during the day if needs be and wear clothing over the top without too much of a problem. All it will do though is lighten if you wear tight clothing where it rubs against your skin. It's also it's speed in drying that means the colour is instantly quite dark and noticeable, but not really the sort of tan you want to be walking around in! Like all top notch fake tan products you need to let the colour develop over a recommended 6 hours (although fake bake recommend over night development to acheive best results) which is why it's more black than brown at the start. Over the first few hours it will deepen but not much visually and will leave you looking, well, dirty!
I have applied this before bed and also as a day time application when I need a tan that night. Both are effective and to be honest I don't notice a positive difference applying overnight as the result is the same. It's just more comfortable to apply overnight I guess. But I don't avoid day time applications as it does have some results to it.
When you do come to wash the mousse off you may perhaps be disappointed with the results. Especially after seeing yourself so dark while it develops on your skin. I would say after the first application you are more sun kissed than tanned. However the best way to acheive a lovely looking tan with this product is to apply two night in a row. Wash off after the first morning and complete your day as normal without applying more. Then come the evening, re-apply and by the following morning you should have a lovely, natural looking tan. It's not the darkest tan I've come across from a product but it's natura and light and thanks to it's ease of applicationg and speed of drying it's why I rate it highly and always revert back to this for day-to-day tanning.
Overall well worht five stars from me, easy, no mess on the bedsheets (or very little), good price because it lasts for months, good colour and great brand. Recommended from me (a.k.a a tan lover!)
Naturally I'm really quite pale but I prefer to have a bit of a tan. Unfortunately I don't tan at all easily and I would probably never use a sun bed because of the risks involved, which means that I end up using fake tan a lot. Normally I use gradual tans but I have tried loads of instant tanning mousses as well. I prefer gradual ones for everyday use but sometimes I want a darker tan, or if I don't have time to wait for it to develop, then I'll use an instant one instead.
I picked this self tanning mousse up in either Boots or Debenhams (it was a long time ago so I can't remember exactly where I bought it frmo) one day when it was on offer. I bought some other products from the range at the same time because it worked out cheaper to buy them all together. I had never tried anything from the range before though so wasn't 100% sure what to expect. I had heard only good things about the range though and I remembered reading in a magazine somewhere that Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud was a big fan of the Fake Bake products. So I expected it would be quite good.
I liked the design of the gold bottle with dark writing on as I think it looks quite original and also quite classy, compared to a lot of fake tan products it really stands out and catches the eye. It came packaged in a dark crimson red card box with the same dark pattern on the bottom as is on the bottom of the bottle in the picture. Overall the bottle design makes a good impression of the tan inside. It makes it seem quite glam and luxurious - also I liked the slogan 'live the lie' as this too seemed to make it seem better than most other tanning products out there whose packaging in comparison seems a bit boring.
A big disadvantage for me though is the price. This is priced around £20 in most places which seems a lot especially when one bottle only lasts me a couple of months if I use it regularly. I don't use this all the time as if I did I would need to keep buying more which would cost a lot of money. However you do pay for what you get and this does seem like a luxury item compared to most of the other tans I have used in the past.
The most important part - the tan itself that this gives me. I did actually really like the gorgeous glowing shade of light brown that this turned me. It wasn't too dark and it wasn't at all orange. It was quite bronzey and gave me a healthy looking shimmery glow in the sunlight too, which I really liked about the product. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't glittery or anything but it was just nice and shimmery. Because I am quite pale naturally I probably wouldn't just go straight to using this tan from nothing in the winter, but if I've got a little bit of tan already in the summer and have built up a light tan with gradual tanning products and want to go a bit darker then I will use this as well so that it seems more natural. I can imagine this would be too dark for some people so if you are really pale and never tan at all then I probably wouldn't recommend this for you. I use this anywhere on the body as it is gentle and I have even used it on my face and it has been fine.
The tan felt quite creamy and had a sheer texture which felt lovely when applied to the skin. It was really easy to apply and not at all streaky. I used a tanning mitt to apply it though so I don't know if it would have been streaky if I had used just my hands to apply it.
Overall I really liked this tanning mousse and the only thing I have to complain about is the price. I have ran out of this product now but I will definitely be buying some more in the future. I am just saving up so I can afford to buy some! Recommended :)
I don't use fake tan very often......mainly because (yes, I know its bad for me!), but I like a real tan....spending time lounging in the sun and getting that delicious sun-kissed look that only a few weeks basking in the sun can really give you. However, in July this year, I was heading off to Spain for two weeks and I thought that I'd attempt to apply some fake tan so that I didn't look like a so-white-I-could-glow-in-the-dark Brit! Having said that, I was a little nervous as I didn't really want to look like a carrot either! For that reason, I thought I would buy a more expensive brand - stupidly believing that that meant I was buying a superior product - and so, on a personal recommendation from my hairdresser, I ended up buying the Fake Bake Self Tanning Mousse for £21.75 from Boots.
Because this was my first (and last!) attempt at fake tanning, I followed the directions religiously. I bathed, exfoliated, rinsed, dried, moisturised......honestly, for that hour my body was treated like a temple ensuring it was in the best possible state to receive the fake tan and ensure it went on and was absorbed evenly. I shook the can well, put on some disposable gloves, as per the instructions, and then.....with a little trepidation.....I started applying.
The mousse comes out of the can easily - and it arrived in my hand as a rich brown chocolatey mousse which looked rich and smooth. I rubbed it in thoroughly....over my whole body....some parts, much to my partners amusement, needed his help and attention. I did put a little on my fact - but was much more sparing here. It was applied easily and without incident, and the fact that it was so deeply coloured, meant that I could easily see any missed bits that needed going over. The smell of the mousse reminded me a little of fresh coffee....not a bad smell, but it also wasn't really my wish to smell like a coffee bean! It went from slightly wet and tacky to dry within a matter of minutes - and although I looked a little bit like I'd been in some sort of sun bed accident, at this point I felt quietly confident because I was certain I had followed the directions.....and this is a recommended brand after all!
I left it on until the next morning (about 9 hours) - and then I got into the shower to wash and rinse.....hoping, when I stepped out of the shower, to be left with a gorgeous golden tan that would be the envy of my friends. Well, unfortunately that wasn't to be, because once the mousse had been rinsed off, it left me with basically the exact colour skin I had before! I was really disappointed! I even reapplied it again a few days later....thinking maybe it takes a while to develop......and again.....nada, nothing, zero! It was a waste of my time and my money - and so unfortunately, I did go on holiday looking like the so-white-I-could-glow-in-the-dark Brit I was trying to avoid looking like!
I used the 2010 version which is in a silver can with pink writing but I guess it's the same stuff as the picture here. I've always been dissappointed with fake tans until this one. I tan ok on my arms and shoulders and face but my legs are always scary white. (I don't show much more skin than that!) so I only wanted to turn my legs a similar colour to the other bits that showed. The mousse went on fine and had an even brown guide colour. It was a great colour and I had no hesitation going out with it (I tried it in the morning) but was very slightly sticky. Colour didn't transfer though! I wasn't sure whether to wash it off so I tried to keep my legs dry! Not easy and after the second day I washed it off. But that was the best thing then I was a lovely natural golden colour with no stickiness and a sort of glow that was not there with the matt guide colour. No streaks, no orange, I love it!
I have wanted to try Fake Bake Instant Self Tan Mousse for a long time now as my usual self tan (rival St. Tropez!) just doesn't work for me any more. It's just not dark enough !
I noticed that I was able to purchase Fake Bake in my local Superdrug/Boots etc for around £21 at 120ml. As it happens, I ended up purchasing Fake Bake Mousse in a department store not far from where I live for £18 at 118ml. I was a little disappointed because they did stock Fake Bake mousse but only in the gold bottle.(old stock) You see Fake Bake have updated most of their stock and you can now find the Fake Bake range in a Silver bottle with Pink writing (the bottle in the picture is old stock). And you get more for your money too!
But there was some sort of offer in Boots and Superdrug that day, regarding Fake Bake, and all the new stock had been sold out!! Everywhere! I had no choice but to buy the gold bottle version of the Fake Bake Mousse from the department store.
So this review is about the gold bottle Fake Bake Mousse (pictured) because there is a lot of the gold stock left at the moment (mainly in department stores) Once I have tried the new stock I will review and compare the two!
So I got home after the purchase and proceeded to apply
To dispense the mousse, you need to press a little firmly on the tip of the bottle. I pressed a little too hard at first and LOADS came out! Spurted everywhere! you really need to control how much you release!! And once the mousse had come out, it proceeded to expand!!! So a tiny pump of the product is all you need and the mousse expands to about three times as much!! Quite unusual!
The mousse itself was quite a faint colour of bronze. A very creamy bronze. It looked like pale, chocolate squirty cream!! I was very pleased to see that the mousse was coloured so that I could see where to put it!!
The smell of the mousse was quite like the smell of regular mousse that you would use for your hair! Not unpleasant. More like a salon smell.
Before applying, I rubbed a little moisturiser into my elbows and knees and hands only as I find putting moisturiser on all over can make the colour of the tan less effective. Fake Bake supply an oil free moisturiser to use in the same way which I think is a great idea as Oil based moisturisers can break down your tan (fake or real).
I then used my tanning mitt to apply the mousse (very important!).
I was pleasantly surprised because as I smoothed the mousse on, the colour went from pale and creamy to a much deeper, rich bronze that was more transparent. Completely different to how it had come out of the bottle!!
I was able to see where to apply this gorgeous colour with ease. The mousse sank in very well but not too quickly so I was able to blend the tan where needed.
After the tan had been applied I waited about 10 minutes before going to bed. Applying any self tan before bed gives better results (deeper colour). Fake Bake recommend 4-6 hours before washing off anyway.
I noticed the tan was slightly sticky on my skin. But not as sticky as a lot of self tan lotions that I have tried.
The next morning I awoke to a fabulous, deep, bronze colour all over! I had even applied the mousse to my face and it looked great on my face too. Nice and even. Of course, I still needed to wash off the colour guide in the shower.
After rinsing away the colour guide I was still happy.
I didn't look Orange but deeply sun kissed. I was very pleased and I have not gone back to using my St. Tropez Mousse! Fake Bake is darker and a much better tone for myself (I have Olive skin). My bed sheets were left slightly marked, but not really noticeable. Quite good seeing as I have cream bedding I thought!!
Streak free, Orange free and even Paraben free! The safest and easiest way to get that gorgeous tan you want! I've tried a lot of Self Tan Lotions, Mousses etc, and Fake Bake is by far the best! Am looking forward to reviewing the updated version of their products.
I know everyone says they have tried like all fake tans, but i really have form 99p to £39 so i know my stuff!
It was a hot sunny day in london ( alejulah ) and i strolled to my local superdrug in holloway with one thing in my mind. To finally buy fake bake mousse.
I had tried the liquid before and really didint like it as my skin felt tacky for hours afterwards and it got on my nerves, but i noticed they had been improving formulas, so i thought go for it scarlet and got the new improved mousse.
Now fake bake is up there with the best and even has celebrity users, even victoria beckham used it, now that had to mean it was good!
I paid £22.50 for this now alot of you will think omg thats so expensive thats days worth of food, but when it comes to me and beauty prodcuts i dont care what i spend and £20 a bottle is nothing to me ( no i am not rich ).
The bottle it comes in is different to what is shown, it is no longer gold it is silver with pink writing. It is called beyond bronze by fake bake and says there is a new improved formula at the bottom of the can. There is 207ml in a can. There are some brief instructions on how to apply on the back of the can, but you can always check out fakebake.co.uk for more help.
Getting started make sure you exfoliate, invest in some of the clothes you can get from superdrug and boots they are like £2 i got some hot pink ones. Then get a good thick and creamy body wash or an exfoliating body wash or even salt and apply it on the clothes and then start rubbing your skin in circular movements starting from your legs and feet upwards and finish at your back and decolatage.
Then rinse off all the product and get out of the bath and gently dry your self. Next get some moisturiser or body butter and apply it to elbows, feet and hands and ankles if they are very dry.
Now get the tan, put on some gloves or a mitt which is also £2 from superdrug and start on your legs you will need 3 pumps for each leg and thigh, maybe four if your a curvy lady :). Now a word of warning before you use the product please shake the can it is important, or it all pops everywhere, it went all over my sofa oops lol. Also when the mousse comes out it gets bigger if that makes sense it sort of expands. The tan comes coloured which is known as a colour guide and is a deep brown, this is helpfull so you dont miss any spots! Anyway rub it in circular movements on your lower legs going up towards your thigs. Next get one more pump and apply to your bum and then 2 pumps and apply to your stomach boobs and sides.
Next the tricky bit applying to the back, if you have a willing friend or partner or family member you wont have a problem but if like me your prefer to do it yourself then i have a trick. Get a piece of cling film a long 5cm wide strip and apply some small blobs of tan on to it and then rub it up and down your back it really helps and gives a streakless application. Otherwise just try your best with reaching all around it is possible just check in the mirror afterwards and reach the bits you missed.
Then apply to your neck and face, now i sadly cant use it on my face becuase it makes me sooo spotty grr, so i stop at my neck and then just use makeup on my face. Alot of people like the tan lighter on there face than on there body so mix with some facial moisturiser if this is also the case with you.
Then go to bed, your best off doing it before bed so you can wash it off in the morning. However as the scent isent too strong you could get away with going out with it on, i have gone out with it on my legs before and it was fine. But i choose to do it before bed when i dont go out. Leave on for 8 hours and then shower off in the morning. The good thing with this product is that you have NO scent the next day, st tropez and famous dave etc always leave me with a faint scent which i hate! But also very sadly nearly all the colour guide washes off and the tan comes out SO LIGHT!
Now some people like a light tan but for £20 i dont expect that i wasent impressed. Even my mum remarked yesterday your legs look very light scarlet, thanks mum for rubbing it in! I applied it too my legs twice and 2 days and there still not dark, so for anyone who is fair or likes to look natural this if for you, it also did not streak so this is a good thing i guess.
Another thing is all night i feel tacky and cant sleep properly, it is quick drying but its also tacky to the touch.
However sadly this means it is not for me and i will be trying a different tan in the xen tan range instead i cant cope with this colour lol!
No smell the next day
Easy to get hold off
Way too light
Dosent dry to bone dry, so you feel sticky and tacky
Even after alot of applications still quite light
Breaks my face out
Expensive for the results it gives
So all in all if you want a slight glow and uncomfortable sleep go with this, i however am back on my fake tan mission! Adios amigos :D xx
This is one of the better fake tans on the market. To have it professionally applied it costs around 25 pounds and upwards and to the buy the can yourself it costs around 21.50. Although pricey this is one product that is worth it as it lasts, gives a natural, deep tan and doesnt have that horrible smell.
It comes in a gold container (similar to a hair mousse aerosal) with the black fake bake logo. It can be purchased from most depepartment stores and larger boots stores etc
It comes out really dark when you pump it out which can look a bit scary but I find this a good thing, as you can see where you are applying it onto the skin and so you can apply it more evenly. If you can get hold of gloves to wear this will prevent the stain from being left on your hands.
Simply apply it to your body and it dries pretty quickly. I usually wait around a couple of minutes before putting clothes on. I put it on before bed though and leave it to deepen overnight. Then when you have a shower in the morning the excess tan washes off and leaves no streaks whatso ever. Its a miracle! No streaks, no horrible smell and the tan doesnt make you look like david dickinson!
Definately the best fake tan on the market
I am a very pale skinned personl naturally which doesn;t bother me so much, but sometimes I just look pasty and need a bit of help, which is where Fake Bake comes in! I first bought this product when I was in LA as it is miles cheaper over there. I used the mousse version which I prefer to lotions as it doesn't tend to streak as much and blends in better.
This product doesn't have that rancid smell that many other self tan lotions and potions do and upon looking at pictures of myself with this on, it really does look very nice and natural. It goes on very dark which is a bit scary but then when you wash it off in the morning it leaves a nice golden glow.
I even had a Fake Bake spray tan when I got married which was a real treat but looked great.
I do like to have a natural tan, but I tend to take quite a while to actually get tanned. However once I start to tan, I often develop into a nice golden colour. My natural skin tone is inbetween dark and fair, my mother is fair and my father more dark. So I do tan after a while, this is everywhere appart from my legs which always seem to stay nice and pasty. This is why I choose to fake tan. I only ever tan my legs as the rest of my body seems to be much of a darker shade. This fake bake is one of the best fake tans which I have ever tried, I borrowed my friends as I find it rather pricey, but still cheaper than a spray tan. The results were amazing, I loved the mouse, I felt that it ensured a really even coverage and the colour is so very natural. The tan lasted for at least 7 days and didnt go all weird towards the end. This is deffinetly a great product and I challenge any fake tan to be better than this gem.
Fake Bake Self Tanning Mousse
Fake bake is the name of a premier range of fake tanning product that are available for self or professional application.
I have had fake bake applied professionally on two occasions. It was applied in a beauty salon by means of an airbrush. On both occasions I found that I had a beautiful, really rich and natural looking tan, almost as though I had been abroad for a fortnight. To have Fake bake professionally applied costs around £25 so with my budget it really has to be a special occasion. This is why I decide to try Self Application in the form of Fake Bake Mousse.
Fake Bake Mousse is available on line and from some beauty salons and department stores. It costs around £20 and is enough for several applications. It comes in a can with a push nozzle application. It looks very similar to a can of hair mousse. The tin is attractive and looks as though it cost twenty quid.
To use fake bake you simply apply the mousse to the skin as directed and the colour appears instantly. The initial colour is generally very dark so you can wash it off after twelve hours to reveal a paler tan. This is the recommended way to use the product. Ideally you should apply twelve hours before you need the tan and then shower.
Basically I should stay away from fake tans. I am a danger to be let loose with them. The mousse was easy to apply and felt nice and soft on the skin. It did have a slight smell (hard to describe) but faded after a couple of hours. I managed to apply without any streaks and was happy with this. After twelve hours I showered and hey presto ready to go. There were however quite a few uneven patches on my arms and legs. It looked as though I had applied more to some parts of my skin than others It looked not too bad but certainly not like an expensive fake bake mousse. The colour in general though is really good a natural looking. Very brown, no tangy orange bits.
I think this is a great product but just not for me.
I am quite the Fake Bake fan. I have had plenty of experiences with other fake tans of turning all different shades of colour, of patches of fake tan being removed in the rain and of having hands ten times darker than my body, but in my opinion Fake Bake products do not leave you with any of these results.
I first tried Fake Bake because I wanted to try something a little bit more expensive than my previous fake tans since I had to admit the results hadn't exactly been desirable. I hadn't really heard a lot about Fake Bakes itself but when I tested a variety of the fake tans on offer in Harvey Nichols it seemed to be the one that suited me the best.
I first tried the Fake Bake Airbrush Tan which I think was around £25. The thing I love about all the Fake Bake range is that they give a very realistic looking tan, and turn you a far more desirable brown than a tacky orange. Although I really liked the airbrush for the results it gave, it was relatively tricky to use and it took a bit long to dry. I myself am a very impatient person and I often get bored of letting tans etc dry and this is often where problems occur!
So my next purchase was the self tanning lotion. This is a really good product which I really do recommend, however it again can take slightly longer to dry and this frustrated me a little.
Last week I returned to Harvey Nichols with the intention of purchasing Fake Bake Lotion again but a friend I was with said that she generally got better results using fake tan in a mousse form.
Not being one to pass up a friend's advice I decided that there could be no harm in giving the mousse a try and when a tested it on my hand it appeared to have the same dark brown even tan that I experienced with previous Fake Bake products.
The mousse itself is really easy to use and it is dispensed in the perfect amount from the top of the bottle. It spreads easily onto your skin because it is air whipped and it means that it is easier to apply.
The bottle is a golden brown colour with the signature gold writing by Fake Bake so it is hard to miss. Very few retailers seem to stock Fake Bake however so you often have to loo in places like Harvey Nichols, in beauty salons or on the internet.
All the fake tan products come with application gloves which are really useful because they prevent your hands from turning a really dark shade and making it clear that your tan is fake. They also make it easier to rub the mousse in and it means that you can easily get rid of any streaks that appear while applying your tan. I can however suggest that you purchase a tanning mit to really ensure that your tan will be even, such as the one on offer from the "Boots Soltan" range, although I wouldn't say this is entirely necessary; only perhaps as a safe guard against streaks!
The tan is instant and although the top coat is simply an indicator if I am going out to clubs then I often find that I will put the tan on a couple of hours before I go out because I tend to look an acceptable colour even with the indicator still on. You have to wait about twelve hours before you wash the tan off if you want it to stay so sometimes if you don't want to go out with the top coat still on (which can be quite dark) then you have to apply the tan the night before you go out and wash the indicator off in the morning.
Similar to most of the Fake Bake products, the tan lasts for usually around a week at its best and it is easy to maintain so you don't find yourself turning patchy. You can simply re-apply as necessary or let the tan fade with the help of regular exfoliation, whichever suits you best.
If you like a lighter, more subtle tan then this might not be the best product for you. Although you can apply less of the tan it tends to turn out with less of an even finish if you do so and so generally you are better to use a fair amount at a time. The results are usually quite dark and therefore may not suit paler skin, but I am not sure since I am not generally pale skinned myself so some people may have different experiences.
Fake Bake is quite expensive, I paid £22 for a 118ml bottle of the mousse, however I have looked on the internet and some places such as www.bodysourceonline.com seem to offer a bit more reasonable prices.
If you are looking for a cheap tanning product then this probably isn't for you but if you want a dark, genuine looking tan (and you are prepared to pay a little bit more) then I highly suggest that you give the Fake Bake Self Tanning Mousse a try!
Fake Bake Self Tanning Mousse / This mousse dries within seconds and can be quickly applied in the morning for daytime wear / The mousse is great for use on the face because it dries so quickly and does not show up in the pores / Water resistant.