This week’s Treat Under a Tenner is Sunkissed Rapid Tan, their new self tanning mousse. Here’s a review of how it performs.
I’m very wary of self tanning products, as I’ve had the full range of problems with different ones over the years: allergic rashes, the delightful orangey tango effect you get with extra pale skin types, that nasty stale digestive biscuit smell that won’t go away, stained nails and palms, and uneven applications ranging from stripes to tide marks.
Think it’s fair to say that I’m a tough customer. Basically, if it can go wrong on me then it will go wrong on me, so it was with great trepidation that I tried it out…
The colour I tried was ‘Medium’, and I don’t think they make a ‘Light’ version. You need to give the can a good shake, and then press down on the side of the nozzle. There’s strong pressure inside the can, and you get a largeish blob of mousse out with very little effort.
The mousse is a fine, even texture, and it’s tinted brown so that you can see exactly where you’ve applied it and how thickly. The company recommend using an applicator mitt, and I agree that this is probably the best idea as it gives a very smooth, easy and even finish.
The mousse dries very quickly indeed, and there’s just enough time to rub it in at the edges so there are no ‘tide marks’, and to make sure you haven’t applied too much to the ankles, knees and elbows.
I was able to get dressed less than three minutes later, which is unusual for most fake tans, especially in this price bracket. No hanging around for ages waiting for it to dry, no worrying about it getting wiped off onto clothes and so on.
That’s very convenient indeed, but do also remember that if you get any of the fast-drying product on your palms accidentally that you need to wash it off right away. Fortunately I didn’t get any staining there.
The manufacturers say that the tan is ready in 60 minutes, but it was fully developed on me when I checked at the 35 minute mark (it might have been even earlier than that, but I wasn’t looking at that point).
So, what was the final result? No orangeness, and no streaking or dark areas where the colour usually grabs on to dry skin, just a surprisingly natural looking light golden tan. Oh, and it smells of coconut instead of smelly socks and stale biscuits, which is a bit of a bonus.
If you want to, you can shower after an hour to stop the tan developing further, but I was quite happy to leave it on as it only darkened a tiny amount after that.
This is the best high street tanning product I’ve tried so far, and it performs as well on my skin as similar products from premium brands. I’ll definitely be buying some more of this self tan mousse after this canister runs out.
Sunkissed Rapid Tan mousse has an RRP of £4.99 for 150ml of product. It’s available directly from Sunkissed for £4.99, and it’s also available at Superdrug for £3.99 (look out for multi-buy offers too).
For more Penny Choose reviews, have a look at the Treats Under £10 section.