“ Brand: Boots / Type: Bronzer / Subcategory: Spray / Mist / What it does: Bronzes, „
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Ideally when I fake tan I would only use St Tropez and Fake Bake but unfortunately the reality is these are expensive products and I can only afford to use them occasionally and usually for special occasions and need to use cheaper brands for more day to day applications.
Luckily for me there are loads of different 'budget' fake tans which are good and don't leave me looking orange and streaky.
I quite like the Soltan range from Boot's when money is tight as they have a nice collection of different tanning products and they work fairly well.
They are also really good value and are a lot of the time on special offer such as 3 for the price of 2 or 1/3 off the price.
The dry mist spray costs £8.99 but I have never had to pay this as every time that I have bought it the tan has been on some kind of special offer. Currently you can buy this for £5.99.
This is a good one to use if you are in a hurry because it dries so quickly on the skin. It isn't my favourite when it comes to colour as it would take a few coats to get the colour that I would ideally want from it but it is good for a quick and light coating if I am looking a bit pasty.
The tan is so easy to use as you just push down on the applicator and the mist comes out in a fine spray and then you just make sure to continually keep pressing down on the applicator while coating your body. The mist really does make it easy to apply as there is no need for rubbing it in with a mitt or anything and it dries within seconds of touching my skin.
The colour isn't very deep but you can make it darker by reapplying the mist a few times until you reach your desired colour but I think that this defeats the purpose as I use it because it is so quick and easy and there are loads of lotions that I could use that would make me darker with one application though they do take longer to apply.
The smell of this is quite strong and it does whiff for a while after applying but a few squirts of perfume soon sorts that out and I have worn this on nights out and no one has ever commented on the smell of it.
I think this is a nice tan for light applications. It isn't dark but if you just want a little bit of a glow then this is ideal as it will give your skin a light golden glow that is very natural without making you appear orange or too dark so would be suitable for paler skinned people. It doesn't leave streaks but I would be careful when going over drier patches of skin such as knees and elbows and perhaps spray from further away because I have made the mistake of spraying these areas like I would with the rest of my body and they have went darker than the rest of me.
Thankfully I think we have had the last of the snow and spring/summer is finally on its way. I can't wait, except for the scary thought that I will actually have to be getting my pale white, chicken skin legs out soon and they are definitely not ready for summer having not seen the sun for quite a few months now.
I am quite pale anyway but I think everyone looks healthier and a little thinner with a bit of a tan so if I can't get it the natural way from the sun I am going to fake it. I like to use Garnier summer body lotion but this is quite light and although effective does not last very long so I decided to look for another fake tan. I haven't had the best luck in the past with creams so when I saw this bottle of dry mist I decided to give it a go. I thought that since this is the kind of product that the salons use when they give you a spray tan it might be easier to apply and produce better results.
I decided to buy the Boots one because at just £5.99 for a 150ml bottle it was a bit cheaper than the other branded versions and so I thought if it all went terribly wrong I haven't wasted much money.
The mist comes in a can with a spray feature at the top. On the back of the can it says, "this ultra fine self-tanning mist provides an instant golden glow and then develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan within 2-3 hours. Self tanning agents DHA and Erythrulose provide a streak free, golden tan with a light long lasting summer scent."
I must say that once I got used to it I found the spray quite easy to use and I thought it did to on better with better coverage than if you use a cream. At first I was spraying the liquid too close to my skin so I was just getting an orange liquid on my legs that would run down my legs but then I remembered that the can tells you to spray it as least 6 inches away from your skin. Once I did this it seemed like I was getting all of my body covered evenly in just a nice fine mist. I was even brave enough to give a quick spray in front of my face. I think it would help if you had another person doing this for you as they would probably be able to spray a bit more evenly and also on the back area but I think I did an ok job.
So, what results did I get? Well, I've used it a few times now and each application I am getting better. It's not as streaky as a cream can be in my opinion and I think it looks like quite a natural tan compared to some other product. I chose the light to medium spray so if you have darker skin you may want to try the darker version. I am still trying to perfect my feet and elbows etc, all the difficult spots as the first time I did this I thought I only sprayed them lightly but they came out very orange and fake. Now, having read the instructions on the can a bit better it does say to go sparingly on feet, hands etc so I only spray them very lightly and quickly and this seems to do the trick.
Well, in conclusion, if I can't get to the south of France this year at least I will look like I have. A good fake tanning product I recommend.