Review: Tantastic Self Tanning Mousse*
Mousse is really beginning to become my favourite way to tan (not convinced? See my review of Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan here). This one is no exception. I’d never really heard of the brand before getting a chance to try out the products and so my view of them wasn’t tainted by anything I’d heard before.
The Tantastic Self Tanning range includes a liquid, mousse and a bronzer. While the liquid and mousse work in a very similar way (and similar to most self tans) by developing over time and remaining on the skin for a while (I’ve found it can last for about a week with regular moisturising and exfoliation for even fade off), the bronzer is great for tanning newbies and those who are a little shy of commitment that comes with fake tan as it delivers golden colour but washes off with soap and water as it doesn’t contain any DHA, the ingredient which creates a tan and gives it its staying power.
So here’s the science bit… the range a unique triple action formula to leave skin feeling sunkissed, supple and smooth. It’s also full of nourishing ingredients including glycerine, vitamin E and aloe vera to keep skin in tip top condition – after all, keeping your skin tanned can be very drying.
The Tantastic Self Tanning Mousse is easily applied with a mitt and glides on smoothly, making it pretty easy to get a streak free tan. It has an instant guide colour, a property which I’m really beginning to look for in my self tans, as it makes it really easy to see where you’ve missed a bit so you can revisit and top up. This speeds up your application time as well.
It dries quite quickly leaving no stickiness, meaning you can apply in the morning before going to work or for lunch and you don’t need to worry about staining your clothes. The mousse contains 8% DHA, compared to the liquid’s 6%, and so it’s great for darker complexions or if you’re just a tanaholic like me. Even so, the colour did look really natural and I even got compliments on my tan at a family party I recently attended.
The formula of the tan is really light and doesn’t dry the skin out at all, leaving it really moisturised and nourished.
The only thing that I wasn’t keen on with this tan was that it was quite difficult to maintain around the feet. I went out for a run a couple of days after applying which left my tan really streaky around the joints of my toes. Even after several attempts at exfoliation, this was quite difficult to remove which ended in a bit of a cringe moment when I visited my beauty therapist for Shellac toes a few days later. On the plus side – this does mean that the tan stays put!