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Last year a friend bought me Xen - Tan as a christmas present. She said she had read a review in a magazine and bought it and carried on using it. It is safe to say i wasn't disapointed either - i love this product! It has a really nice chocolatey smell when you put it on and is also quite runny so it it spreads easily and evenly unlike some tans which are very thin and hard to know if you are covered properly.
I don't use fake tan a lot, but this bottle has lasted me a really long time. Its great for building up a tan too. I have fair skin so i use the light colour which is perfect for using even just one, but if i wanted to be a bit darker i would have a perfect tan after two coats. Xen - Tan also comes in different shades so is perfect for everyone! i love it!
I could not disagree more with the other reviews!
I tried this tan after reading a good review in a magazine and I was not disappointed. Yes I agree that the consistency of the creme is not that great and it is a bit slimey. The smell also isn't that pleasant.
However, the fact that it gives a fantastic colour makes it a winner. It is the most genuine colour I have ever seen - it looks exactly like a real tan. It is even better then the professional spray tans I have paid for in the past.
In addition to the colour it is easy to apply. I have to admit I tend to slap it on last minute. Despite this I was left with a very even colour and no streaks.
The luxe version lasts a few days so my reccomendation is to put it on before you go to bed. A shower the next day removes the smell and voila a beautiful tan!! You can do the same the next night to deepen the results.
Xen-Tan Transform has to be the WORST self tanning product I have ever used.
I was EXTREMELY disappointed with it after it claimed to do so much and be so revolutionary!
My main gripes are as follows... (quotes taken from the manufacturer's website, essentially the tanner's specific unique selling points)
1. 'Transform doesn't look like a self tanner' - no it doesn't - the bottle is so small. Usually self tanners come in much bigger bottles. What a rip-off! 177ml? What kind of quantity is that? I'd rather have had 150ml just to be more even about it. Tanners usually come in 200mls or other more sensible rounded quantities. 177ml? Pardon?
2. 'Transform doesn't smell like a self tanner' - er, yeh, yeh it does. It smells like the worst self tanner on the face of the earth! I mean, self tanning can be a smelly procedure but the odour from this was stomach churning. It woke me up from my sleep! Vile. Just so so vile. The smell wouldn't wash off my skin much either! Terrible!
3. 'Transform doesn't feel like a self tanner' - um, no, they're right on that one. Most tanners I've used have been nice to apply, creamy, buttery or milky. This was an awkward fruity gel/cream sticky thick non absorbing formulation. Big let down. Not nice to work with.
I think they meant that it looks, feels and smells much better than usual tanners. Trust me. It doesn't. It's worse. Much worse. It's like they took everything one could hate about a self tanner and made it into a real product.
The one thing I will say is that the colour was very very good. It had olive undertones rather than orange and it didn't seem to go patchy or freckly as it fades. So the end result was good but totaly not worth the trauma!
Unfortunately the entire experience was so repulsive (don't put this obviously pore blocking stuff near your face either - ew) that I only used it once and even though I paid premium for it (given the quantity) I could not and will not ever be able to face using it again!
It's one of those big regret purchases for me sadly.
Can you give no stars in these situations?!? Ok it can have one star. That's for the colour. But it's lucky to be getting that!
i am extremely dissapionted with this product after hearing such good reviews i was really excited to use it ! i bought the product off feelunique.com for £11.20 RRP price £14.95 !
Before using the product i exfoliated i then used the product on my face as i had already found the perfect tanner for my body to my horro my face swelled up with this product and i ended up coverd in sores i was in pain i think i had an ellergic reaction to this product or my skin may be to sensative with this product , people with sensative skin should take precaution when using Xen tan as i have ended up in a right mess because of it my face took weeks to get back to Normal and for a product that was suppose to boost my confidence it sank me even lower take care if You are going to use this as i wouldnt like anyone to be in the state it left me in !!
Every year I buy a different type of fake tan. This is due to the fact that every fake tan I have tried makes my legs look really orange and often quite streaky. I have even tried gradual tanners, but they don't give enough colour on their first application, and then look too much on their second.
I was therefore dubious about buying another self tanner when I came across the Xen Tan website. There has been quite a bit of press regarding this brand in magazines and newspapers. It has been hailed as the first fake tan with natural olive undertones (rather than orange ones!) and supposedly did not have the usual vile self tan smell to it.
Eventually (bearing in mind that St Tropez and Fake Bake were around the £20.00 mark), I decided that I would give Xen Tan a try and had a look at their UK website (www.xentan.co.uk) to see which product would suit me best.
The site gives information about each of the products that XenTan produce, including the dark and deep bronze tans. There is a section explaining which type would suit you better, and as I am fair skinned, they state that a dark tanning product should suit me better as lighter tans would naturally make my skin look more orange. For people that aren't particularly used to fake tan, they also suggest the above product, Xen Tan Transform, which is a gradual self tanner, enabling you to "build up" the level of tan. I decided to opt for this product, mainly because you can purchase it from Feelunique.com for £11.99 delivered (170ml).
The tan comes in a plastic tube with a screw top lid. It has a small hole in the tube for you to squeeze the tan out of and this is quite useful as you don't get too much out at one time. The cream itself is white in colour, which I was a little dubious about, as I'm always aware of the fact that I may miss bits unless there is a guide colour. Xen Tan assure you however that it doesn't matter if you put too much on, as the tanner will only give you a certain level of colour at one time. The only way you will come out streaky, is if you put on too little and don't cover yourself. The cream smells absolutely lovely and has a fruity aroma to it rather than the horrible fake tan smell you usually get.
As usual, I had exfoliated the day before and had used body cream on my legs a couple of hours before application. Just before I applied the tan, I applied a little more body cream to my knees and ankles as I tend to find that these area attract more of the self tan, and the body cream evens things out a bit.
Applying the fake tan was relatively easy. I started at the thigh and worked downwards, only using what was left on my hands over my knee and ankle areas, and making sure that it was rubbed in in circular motions. It took about 5 minutes before my legs felt dry enough to dress again.
The tan takes about three hours to develop. The instructions on the bottle state that you should not shower or bath for that period time as it will affect your tan.
After the three hour period I could see that my legs had developed a lovely light brown tint to them which was nice and even and looked as if I had natrually darker skin that I actually have. I would say that it took a further hour for the colour to totally come out, and I must admit that once it had developed, you could then smell the fake tan smell.
There were a couple of small areas on my ankle bone (which is natrually quite a dry area), where it did look a little darker, but after a shower this seemed to even up.
I applied a further coat of tanner the day after, and I now have lovely golden brown legs, which don't have the tango affect.
XenTan is not the absolute perfect fake tanner, mainly because I don't really think that such a thing exists. You do still have to watch how you apply it to the drier skin areas such as your knees and ankles, but this is more to do with your application and preparation than the cream itself. It does however give the most natural looking tan I have found for my skin colour, which I think is really important, as if your legs look naturally brown, people won't necessarily notice that you have a miniscule area on your ankle which is slightly browner (but they will do if it is florescent orange!).
I would certainly recommend this self tanner, especially for the fairer skinned. If you are darker, or want a deeper tan, one of the other products from the range may well suit you better.
For a sunless tan!