I have been meaning to write a blog about my favourite self-tanners – that I currently have at home – for some time now. I thought it might be easier to do in video blog. A summary is below for those who don’t have the time, or indeed the inclination, to watch!


Fake Tan Body –

Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse £21.50 for 125ml –

I like this self tan so much, that I wrote it its own blog a couple of months ago, so for any more information than I am giving here, have a read of that. I love the colour that this white mousse develops into. I love that it contains SPF 15. And I love that no matter how quickly I have applied this, it has never streaked.

To Buy – http://www.lookfantastic.com/clarinsmousse (currently on offer £18.25 and they offer free worldwide postage)  or http://www.clarins.co.uk/clarinsmousse


St Tropez Bronzing Mousse £30.64 for 240ml

After discovering the St Tropez lotion, at about 16 years old, it opened my mind to effective and natural looking self tans. Until that moment, in my mind anyway, they had a terrible reputation for being orange. The Bronzing Mousse became my favourite product in the St Tropez range – so easy to apply with their mit – a natural colour, and in my opinion one of the best on the market. Don’t leave a bottle open for months on end – you will get a slight green tinge!

To buy – http://www.lookfantastic.com/sttropez 

Lancome Flash Bronzer Magic Mousse £23.00 for 150ml –

This was on offer in Dublin airport for €17.00 all of last year. It is always on and off the offer in the airport there, so do check for a good price in any duty free if you are flying. The retail price in regular stores is more, but after using it regularly, I would definitely pay full price. Very easy to blend in – gives instant golden colour. Streak free – pretty much foolproof – as is the Clarins mousse that I have mentioned above.

To buy – http://www.boots.co.uk/Lancome


Famous Dave’s Tanning Mousse Gold Edition £24.95 for 200ml

Being raved about and highly rated. This is the premium mousse in their collection – the gold edition! I am yet to apply this, and for it to be streak free – but potentially I could be to blame for that – and not the product. Very nice colour. You can use this tanner, on the face, as well as the body.  I have been applying this with the Xen-Tan Tanning Mitt. I think it’s better quality than many of the mitt’s I have tried (£4.00).

To buy – http://www.famousdave.co.uk/gold – it is cheaper on their website, and free delivery too, than it is in Boots


Loreal Sublime Bronze £12.45 for 150ml –

The easy to use self-tan that can be found in supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug etc. Non greasy gel that sinks well into skin, and gives even colour. It is often on offer – currently it is in both Boots and Tesco.

To buy – http://www.boots.com/sublime – on offer at £9.65


Marks’s and Spencers Suncare Formula Self Tan Face & Body £7.50 for 200ml

The product that I was saying didn’t do very much for me, has indeed been reformulated and their current version has the word NEW attached to it. I haven’t used it. Let me know if you have. Their old version wasn’t a tan that I loved. It didn’t have much impact. It is still priced at £7.50.

To buy – http://www.marksandspencers.com/tan


St Moriz Self Tanning Mist 150ml and Mousse 200ml – each £4.99

I forgot to bring my St Moriz Mist back from the theatre, to include in the video, but I mentioned it anyway. I have used, and liked, both the mist and the mousse. Very reasonbly priced. The RRP is £4.99 but I am frequently finding this on offer. It’s quite dark – work quickly when applying the mousse – I would recommend a mitt. For such a low price , it’s very worth a try. The bottle that I took to Australia , of the mousse, lasted me extremely well. A spray will always be the version of a self tan, that runs out the quickest.

To buy – http://www.amazon.co.uk/stmoriz-Mist – currently £2.79 on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/stmoriz-Mousse – currently £2.95 on Amazon http://www.tesco.co.uk/StMoriz – £4.99


Daily Hint of Tan Moisturisers Body –

Dove Summer Glow Normal to Dark £5.69 for 250ml –

My personal favourite of the daily tanners for the body – esepcially of the ones sold in Boots and the supermarkets. Smells really nice, and builds a visible but subtle colour. I would wait to find it, rather than buy a different option, if this was out of stock.

To buy – http://www.boots.com/dovesummerglow


Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Body Lotion £26.40 for 150ml –

I started using this after loving their face version. And I would definitely say on price and product comparison, the Dove one is the better buy. It’s cheaper and bigger. And gives really great colour too. This Clarins Lotion does feel very nice on the skin however, but there is quite an extreme price difference, between these two products that I use.

To buy  – http://www.escentual.co.uk/radianceplus


Tan for the face

Xen Tan Face Tanner Luxe £20.00 for 80ml-

My favourite face tanner – well the one that I find to be most effective in colour – and feel on my skin. The colour it develops into, is deep and yet natural. I heard the hype about Xen-Tan, before ever trying it. A friend of mine, who is particularly fussy about tan, told me I must give it a go. I originally bought it in the USA, where it is made, and it just so happens that the prices in the UK are equal if not less.

To buy – http://www.feelunique.com/xentan – Free shipping worldwide, and a great offer price of £15.95


St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Face £14.39 for 50ml-

I have found this product to be surprisingly disappointing. Being the brand that introduced me to quality self tan, I have a certain expectation of it, and I don’t find the products in the everyday range impactful enough on my skin for me to look forward to using them- aside from the clear spray – as I mentioned in the video. My friend Kate purchased this recently, and I know was also unimpressed. Their ‘everyday’ range sells extremely well, so maybe this all simply depends on skin type.

To buy – http://www.boots.com/sttropez-everyday-face


Lancome Flash Bronzer Night Sun £23.00 for 50ml-

I’m struggling to find this exact version of Lancome’s Flsh Bronzer range online to buy. I bought it originally in Dublin airport, and I am nearly certain I saw it there not so long ago. The closest product to it, that is available online, is their Flash Bronzer Face Gel. I will look for this product in stores as soon as I can. I really hope it hasn’t been discontinued!

To buy the gel – http://www.debenhams.co.uk/lancome-flash-bronzer-gel


Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Cream-Gel  £28.00 for 50ml-

The day to day tanner that I would chose to use on my face. Natural, subtle colour, feels good on skin. Would use this generally in the mornings on top of a light moisturiser, for a little more colour throughout the day.

To buy – http://www.escentual.co.uk/clarins – a current special offer price of £22.40 (sadly their special delivery is over £30.00) and http://www.thehealthandbeautyshop.co.uk/clarins – have it priced at £20.95 but it is – at this moment in time – out of stock!


As for Sun Believable, for anyone who saw that part of the blog, please do let me know if you have tried it, and whether it is worth me trying it again. I hope you were as amused by that picture, as my friends were! I am used to tan mousses that you can apply and let develop whilst in public – the Clarins, St Tropez, St Moriz and Lancome – are all ideal for this. I think Sun Believable would have been more suited to an overnight experience, however I would have been quite nervous to lie down with my skin that colour, on sheets that were not my own, in the house in Portugal!


My office today, was The Harbour Lights Guest House in Lowestoft!












11 Comments on Fake Tans – The good, the bad, and the scary

  1. Great blog as always Susie and on a hot topic at the moment. I do recommend trying out Karora Self Tanning Mist, I’ve been using it for about a year and really love it, it’s an Irish owned company but I’m sure you can get it in the UK too, I do find with liquid sprays that latex gloves are the best thing to apply them with for even coverage

  2. Hi Susie!

    Congratulations on compiling such a fun, informative & user friendly site. I simply adore Blusher and Blogging and really enjoy watching the video blogs. You always look so fresh faced and gorgeous in them and are such a great endorsement for the products you speak about. Bought a few of your choices recently & loved them!

    Do you have any tips on essential products to pack for holidays? I would love to hear your recommendations on skin care/make-up/hair care for a sun holiday.

  3. I really really rate Vita Liberata! I find it a great subtle colour and look natural. I always get compliments when I’m wearing it

  4. I have to say that I swear by Boots aftersun with a hint of tan and use it religiously – it’s the best gradual tanner I’ve ever used!! Like AnneMarie I also really rate Vita Liberata for my face too, and like to treat myself to a Fake Bake spray tan in a salon for special occasions.

  5. hi enjoying your blogs,i didnt get on with st tropez everyday face moisturizer either,im using there everyday body tanning at the mo,gives a great colour and great ingredients,but its thick and sticky and takes 30 mins to dry so wont use again.I love the orignal tan,but being pale would only use if id been abroad for a few weeks,wandered if you have a idea,ive used the orignal on my face,forehead a grea looking tan,but the rest of my face goes a brick red colour,which isnt good !!, any ideas why please

    • When you applied St Tropez, the skin on your face went bright red? No, I have no idea why, although it sounds as though you may be allergic to it, as obviously that isn’t meant to happen. I would try a different self tan.

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