Sunkissed Gradual Tan Review

Monday, October 06, 2014


Back in the day gradual tan was definitely my beauty product of choice, I pinched a bit of my mums 'Johnson's Holiday Skin' lotion one summer when I was about thirteen and was hooked. This was before I discovered the joys of foundation, and so a product that made my pasty face look a bit more healthy was always going to be a hit! I loved the natural looking, subtle tan that it gave- but by the time I was eighteen and going to nightclubs every weekend I was after something that was quicker, darker and didn't require layers and layers of building up. Ever since then I've mainly used instant and mousse tans (perfect for last minute nights out and 'slap on some fake tan before leaving the house because I look like death' moments) but for the last couple of weeks I've been trying out a gradual tan which has changed my mind, and is by far my new favourite tanning product.

The thing about gradual tanners is that they usually need doing over the space of a few days to get the best effect. On the plus side, you get a light and natural looking tan (and don't look like you've taken an overnight trip to the equator) but on the downside they're often so light you can't see much of a difference until you've applied it for a couple of days. However I found this one to be different, and after just one use I looked significantly more tanned. I'm not sure if it's the result of using a 'medium' shade on my ghostly skin but I loved how it came out, the result was natural looking but it still made a noticeable difference without having to layer it up. This stuff smells really nice too, most fake tans smell like digestive biscuits gone wrong but this has a nice sweet scent. Over the next couple of days it built up to a gorgeous looking tan, and without any dodgy looking patches that mousses and instant tanners can sometimes give (I usually have to spend ages making everything look even with foundation if I use these kinds of products on my face, so this was a nice change!)

If you're pale and are looking for a natural looking fake tan I highly recommend giving this a go in the shade medium, it gives such a nice colour to the skin without being scary dark like most mousses but it's not so light that you're spending days getting a noticeable colour like most gradual tans. Just don't make the same mistake I did and remember to apply using a mitt- I stupidly thought that I'd just wash my hands after applying it with it only being a gradual tan, but ended up staining my hands and spending the next day with my hands in my pockets...smooth. Aside from that I love this, and at less than a fiver from Superdrug it's a bargain too!

Have you heard of Sunkissed gradual tanner? What's your favourite fake tan?


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6 comments

  1. This sounds great I don't usually tan as i'm so pale and none have ever worked nicely but this sounds goood! Great review :)

    Jamie-Lee.
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    1. it's tricky finding fake tan when you're pale isn't it, it seems as though most fake tans are better suited to people who already have a slightly darker skintone! This is great though, I definitely recommend :) x

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  2. this sounds amazing, I know what you mean it can be a pain to layer gradual fake tan so it's good that this one shows up without piling it on x

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    1. it showed up really nicely after one layer, I love it! x

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  3. We don't get Sunkissed here, but I'm too impatient for gradual tan! When I used to fake tan, my favorite was Fake Bake. These days, I've just given up and decided to just work with what I have (I think it's because I don't like to spend time applying any kind of body moisturizer). :-P
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    1. I love Fake Bake too, I just wish it wasn't so expensive! I know what you mean, body moisturising/ fake tan is a bit of a pain but sometimes I need it just to not look like death haha x

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