Having quite the love affair with gradual tan at the moment. Had always favoured a proper self tanning mousse, one and done, the full monty. But then I got the Tan-Luxe The Gradual as part of a set, and it completely changed my mind.
That isn’t to say that the Tan-Luxe one is without fault. I’ve used the entire thing now and I’m not sure I would buy it again. The streaks. Cannot deal. But there is something so easy about using a tanner that you don’t need to wash off. Particularly when it has enough colour payoff to make it worth your while.
Fortunately I have discovered a new gradual tanning product, one that I prefer. Enter Bali Body, an Australian self tanning brand that has recently launched in the UK. I say discovered, full disclosure, the team at Bali Body sent me the products to try which was clever of them because they have at least one new customer now. I love this tan. It’s a gel-cream formula, thick but easy to rub in and hydrating. A little goes a long way, you need to use less than you think otherwise it can take a while to dry.
Like the Tan-Luxe equivalent, this has a decent amount of tan in it, you can see a difference after a single application and the colour is spot on. Unlike the Tan-Luxe, it isn’t streaky, not a bit, have applied it many times without a single mishap. It is also genuinely fragrance free, the only hint of self tan smell is when you shower the next day, unlike the Tan-Luxe which has a gorgeous fruity scent that turns biscuity over time.
I compare it to the Tan-Luxe The Gradual as they are similar price points and produce a similar result. If choosing between the two, as you might have guessed, the Bali Body Gradual Tan would get my vote all day long. It’s a superior product. I also prefer the packaging, a simple squeeze tube with that nice soft matte feel. I use a mitt to apply it to my body but instead of using it on my face I’ve been using the Bali Body Face Tan Water. You pump a little out onto a cotton pad and swipe it over your face, as you would a toner, after cleansing. The result is very gradual with this one, it also smells quite strongly of alcohol but I haven’t found it to be overly drying, even when used every day. It’s irresistibly easy to use. Neither product stain my white bed linen. Both look nice in my bathroom cabinet. Love.
Bali Body Gradual Tan, £21.95*, here.
Bali Body Face Tan Water, £25.99*, here.
Til next time,
*This post contains PR/gifted items. All opinions are my own.