So, I'm in no way an expert on self tanners, but I've used enough of it now that I'm quite decent at DIY marinating! Therefore, given the recent changes and improvements in self tanners, I was a little taken aback when I found that Bondi Sands' new ultra dark self tanning foam was meant to take about 6 hours to develop. However, I was intrigued by the promise of ultra dark, and I figured that was worth the 6 hour wait!
First off, this has quite a nice and firm foam pump, and it's easy to get the self tanner out. It smells like coconut, which I don't mind, and I'm not much for coconut scents in general. While it gets on the mitt just fine, I think the formula is actually a little runnier than I would like, making application a little tricky. My tip? Work fast and efficiently!
Going over the skin in circular motions will produce a mostly smooth finish, but make sure you're quick, because this stuff stains really well! The first time I used this, it overlapped a little bit, making parts of the tan a little darker than other parts. Thankfully, I didn't find this to be a permanent thing once I washed it off! I was concerned I would get an overlapping tan, but it's all good!
In regards to fading, it's relatively even, and not terribly patchy - a definite plus! My one gripe with it would be the dry down time. I must be spoilt from all the 1 hour tan products I've used, because I found this left me standing for about half an hour, doing a little jig while waiting. However, once it's dried down, I could comfortably pull on my track pants and potter around the house while waiting for my skin to darken! Perhaps not a self tanner to use in a cold room in the dead of Winter, but otherwise, the results certainly outweigh the little inconveniences!
Have you tried the Ultra Dark by Bondi Sands yet? Are you a dark, or ultra dark kinda babe?
* This product was provided for editorial consideration