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Tales of the Pale: A TanTastic Self Tanning Liquid and Mousse review.

So here's a thing, I'm pale. Paler than pale. There is no Ivory there is only Irish White. Proven last week when I was getting my make up professionally done and Rebecca actually had to add some White Illamasqua Skin Base to the lightest foundation she had! 

I'm pale. 

So I'm always little bit wary when it comes to self tanning and the glaringly obvious ways in which it could wrong. I've tried dozens of tans in the past and few have passed muster. 

So you can imagine when the lovely folks from TanTastic sent me their Vitamin E enriched Self Tanning Liquid & Mousse I was hopeful but sceptical. 


The first thing I noticed was the clever packaging. You open up the box to find a very detailed application guide, and a guide to the individual products, printed on the inside. It's the first time I've seen it and made me pay much more attention to the actual instructions rather than on an additional, easy to lose, leaflet; saving both trees and hassle. 

The second thing I noticed was there is no shade. These are a one size fits all product with deeper colour built up by layering rather than formula. They are instant colour formulas though so you can see what you're doing which is always nice!

The Mousse - £18

I started off with the mousse as I always seem to gravitate towards mousse tans. I just love how easy they are to apply and this one is no different. It spreads across the skin nicely so I'm able to get a full limb out of only 1 or 2 pumps. The glove is great and doesn't suck in too much of the product so I don't feel I'm losing half of it in the sponge.

I applied this at night, an hour or so before going to bed, because that's when 90% of us do our tans isn't it? And I was relieved when I woke up the next morning that I was noticeably tanned but not tangoed, there were no marks on/from the bed sheets and the colour had stayed consistent. Over the next week the colour washed well and faded nicely without patchiness or looking dirty.    



The Liquid - £15 



I was more nervous with the liquid as I've had some huge disasters in the past with these. I was put at ease when I realised that it was another Instant Colour product so I could see what I was doing and where I was going wrong throughout the process. I also did this one during daylight hours, better light made for better application of a product which doesn't spread as easily as the mousse and dries super quickly! Seriously, it's so fast. 

Verdict

I really enjoyed both of these actually. They are slightly darker than I would usually go, even with only a single coat but still look really natural so I have no worries about feeling self conscious without makeup during the day and would feel more than happy on a night out knowing that I'm not a day-glow Orange! I'm a bit of a convert to the liquid although I will be sticking to the mousse for my night time use. I didn't notice any smell or feel sticky before showering which is always nice and the final developed colour was soft and very wearable. 

A big thumbs up! 

TanTastic is available from various chemists including Gordon's & SemiChem. You can also find it online here at TanTastic and from Very.co.uk  






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  1. For this you will need to have some cream that will saturate your skin once the tanning session is over. tanningway.com

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