Me and fake tan haven’t got on particularly well in the past. This is why for the majority of the last 22 years I’ve been walking around rather pale…
The first time I ever had a spray tan was a disaster, I went Orange, patchy, stripey and had to bathe in Lemon’s to try to remove the colour from my skin. I’d love to say that every other attempt at tanning after this was successful but I’d be lying.
When Technic who created Tan out of Ten were looking for someone to try their new range I thought I’d try it out… After all I hadn’t had any good experiences so in theory there had to be a tan out there that suited my skin right?. I have quite sensitive skin and rather pale so I had nothing to lose.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a selection of Instant Tan in Shimmer and Self Tan Lotion in Dark. The word dark scared me a little, keep reading to find out what I thought.
Technic Tan out of ten, Self tan lotion: Dark
As a result of having a bad relationship with tan in the past I didn’t have high hopes. I’m not a regular tanner so I didn’t own a tanning mitt, I know it’s shameful! I decided that the worst outcome would be going to work the next day looking a little Orange but it was Winter and everyone needs a little bit of colour in the Winter months right?
Pre tan preparations
To prepare my skin and give the tan a fair chance of working I shaved my legs, exfoliated and moisturised. (This was done 24 hours before applying the tan as suggested).
Applying Tan out of Ten Self tan lotion: Dark
The tan was applied to my body using gloves (as I had no tanning mitt). I was really impressed as I was 95% covered from just one sachet yay! The reason I tried to cover my whole body using just one sachet of tan because I wanted to know just how far the little golden packet would go.
Time was allowed so that the tan could dry for a little while before popping on some loose clothing. I made sure I had an old sheet on the bed (just in case there was any transfer) and off to sleep I went.
When I woke up for work in the morning I rinsed myself down to find that the tan had developed (apart from the 5% I missed).
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the tan developed and the number compliments I received at work the next day! Just in case you were wondering how dark this colour was I have inserted photos below for reference *hint* I wasn’t scary Orange…
I had hardly any patchy bits and the bits that were patchy were due to running out of tan or my own poor application.
Overall thoughts on the Self tan lotion: Dark
The colour lasted on my skin nicely for about 5 days and on day 7 it was starting to turn pretty patchy! Tan out ten self tan lotion doesn’t have that overpowering biscuity smell, it smells sweet but I’m not sure quite how to describe it.
I think price wise the Self Tan Lotion is very reasonable at £8.99 for 250ml at Fragrance Direct for example, if you were to use 15ml (the amount in the sachets I recieved) you would get up to 16 uses at around 56p per use, which seems pretty good to me!
Technic Tan out of ten, Instant tan: Shimmer
Pre tan preparations (number two)
I used this Tan about 24 hours after prepping my skin, feeling a little more optimistic now I’d tried the self tan lotion and having moisturised earlier on in the day. The formula was a shimmery gel-like consistency and I applied it (again) with rubber gloves and left it to dry for a couple of minutes.
After using the Instant tan in Shimmer, my legs had pretty even coverage with a slightly more tanned look. The tan left a slight shimmer which gave the illusion of a more sun-kissed look.
Overall thoughts on Instant tan: Shimmer
I can happily report that this one has a sweet smell and not one of biscuits similarly to the Self tan lotion in Dark. It was really easy to remove the tan as all you need to do is use a little soap and water and it comes off really easily!
Personally I think that £3.59 for 125ml of the Instant tan in Shimmer is a reasonable price to pay . Although this is a smaller bottle this is a product I would be more likely to use just on my legs if I was going on a night out so this sized bottle would travel pretty far.
Final thoughts on Technic Tan out of ten range
For someone who rarely uses Self Tan of any form I was very impressed with the quality of the products, especially as all of my previous experiences were not very good. I can happily say that I’d repurchase both of the above products because they are affordable, they work a described and they don’t go patchy or irritate my sensitive skin.
So where can I buy this wonderful stuff? That’s your next question right? Good news for you I have listed the retailers below:
- Fragrance Direct
Thanks for reading,
Love Saff x
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