Friday, 27 May 2016

Bondi Sands Review | Gradual Tanning Milk, Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium & Self Tanning Foam Dark


Bondi Sands has been top of my wish list of fake tans to try for absolutely ages – for a while it seemed as if every blogger out there had tried it and loved it! I knew I had to get my hands on it as I am a huge fake tan lover, so when Boots recently had a 3 for 2 offer I jumped at the chance to buy some Bondi Sands products and see for myself what all the hype is about. The three products I bought are the gradual tanning milk, the self-tanning foam in light/medium and the self-tanning foam in dark.

Gradual Tanning Milk
Let’s start with the gradual tanning milk. Although I prefer proper fake tan rather than gradual, there are often occasions when gradual tan is exactly what I’m looking for. This is usually when my skin is feeling dry so I get the benefit of moisturising as well as colour, or if I already have fake tan on and want to give it a subtle top up.

My favourite gradual tanner for such a long has been the Garnier Summer Body and I always end up going back to this one, so the Bondi Sand gradual tanning milk had a lot to live up to! What attracted me to trying it the most was that it has a cocoa butter scent and this is definitely one of the best things about it. The smell is gorgeous – when you apply it there is no hint of that fake tan smell at all.

As for the colour…. It is absolutely great. For a gradual tanner the colour comes out fairly dark (be weary of this if you are only looking for something very subtle). As I like quite a noticeable colour this was perfect for me. The shade is a lovely brown and not orangey at all, this is always something I worry about with any type of fake tan!

Another great plus with most gradual tanners is that they are pretty much fool proof and don’t leave you with any harsh lines or patches. The Bondi Sands is no different, I applied it all over my body and it blended in really well and didn’t leave me with any streaks when I washed it off.

I’m really pleased I tried this Bondi Sands gradual tanning milk, however I’m not sure I will be repurchasing it. Although the colour and smell is gorgeous and there is nothing really wrong with the product itself, it is quite pricey at £11.99. My Garnier favourite is usually around £5 and is often on offer in Boots or Superdrug. Another issue I had with the Bondi Sands gradual tanning milk is the bottle. I like the squeezy pump as it does make the product come out very easily, however it is not convenient at all for packing as you can’t secure it once opened, also when you get to the end of the bottle it is really not very easy to get the product out of the bottle.

Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium
Bondi Sands do a lotion form of their tans as well but I went for the mousse because I prefer the formula. Mousses usually dry really quickly which is convenient so you don’t have to sit around waiting too long before you put some clothes on! This Bondi Sands self-tanning mousse does dry very quickly, this is a plus for me however it does mean you have to make sure you apply and blend it in super quick otherwise you may be left with streaks.

The mousse can be washed off any time after one hour but you can leave it on as long as you want depending on how dark you want your tan to be. I normally apply fake tan just before I go to bed and leave it on overnight then wash it off in the morning. A slight downside I noticed with this tan is that did transfer a lot onto my clothes and bed sheets, more than other tans I have used. This wouldn’t really be an issue though if you don’t keep it on overnight like me.

The smell definitely makes up for the fact that it transfers, it is coconut scented and I’ve never smelt a fake tan like this before. It is an absolutely lovely scent and it lasts as well, so even after you’ve washed it off you can still smell the beautiful coconut. I love the smell of coconut, but if you don’t then I probably wouldn’t recommend this!

As well as the amazing scent I’m also really impressed with the colour of this tan. It isn’t orangey at all and leaves you with a beautiful brown shade.  Another big plus is that it fades really well and doesn’t go patchy.

The light/medium description is very accurate. If you are worried about a fake tan being too dark this is the perfect option. It gives a noticeable colour but still remains natural and subtle so it doesn’t leave you looking obviously fake tanned. It retails at £14.99 which I think it quite reasonable compared to some other brands of fake tan.

Self Tanning Foam Dark
Lastly and my favourite of them all is the Bondi Sands self-tanning foam in dark. I won’t go into too much detail about this tan because other than the colour, it is pretty much the same as the light/medium self-tanning foam. It has the same gorgeous coconut scent and is the same formula when applying.

The big difference is the colour you get from using the dark rather than the light/medium. I applied this before bed as I did with the light/medium and washed it off in the morning. After washing it off, I was left with a very dark tan. This shade will probably be too dark for a lot of people, but for me it is exactly what I wanted. Although I love the light/medium shade, I do tend to prefer to apply it two nights in a row to get the dark shade I like. With the dark formula, one layer of it is perfect and enough to last about 4-5 days without feeling the need to apply anymore.

The foam itself is a very dark brown shade with a greenish tint - don’t worry about the fact that it looks green as this is what ensures it doesn’t end up looking orange. You can see the colour as soon as you apply it which is great, as it means you know straight away if you have missed any areas so you can go over them. It gives me a beautiful, dark, but still natural looking colour which I absolutely love. Out of these three Bondi Sands products, the dark shade is the one I know I will definitely repurchase. It also retails at £14.99.

I’m so glad I’ve tried out these Bondi Sands products and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. Have you tried any of these? What’s your favourite? 

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