Budget Beauty Buys: False Tan

Staff writer Aoife Walsh gives us the lowdown on cheap and cheerful false tanners.

bBold Tan Liquid 200ml- 9.95

The bBold Tan Liquid is my dream budget tanner. It comes in a dark and medium shade, and claims to be a non-streak, even fade, nourishing, anti- ageing and refreshing tanner that delivers a natural looking result. Although without long term use I can’t confirm whether it is effectively anti-ageing or not, I can definitely adhere to the rest of the brands claims. Despite the colour not showing up straight away, it was easy to apply and to blend into the skin. This is most likely due to the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in the formula. It is scented with Calla Lilly, Pink Peony and Vanilla Orchid which gives it a fresh, distinctive smell that does not often come with cheaper tanners. bBold Tan Liquid is currently on promotion in most pharmacies, meaning that it is now €9.95 as opposed to its usual cost of €16.92.

With our Irish climate, maintaining our ‘after Santa Ponsa’ glow is no easy feat. We’re two months into the college semester, and the bikinis are well and truly packed away and have been swapped for a list of assignments and a stack of books. However, that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to golden skintones. To combat this, I compiled a list of some of my favourite budget tans on the market at the moment to help you look like you did when you stepped off the plane after your holiday abroad.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Instant Tanning Mousse 150ml- €13.95

This is the tan Sally Hansen fans have been eagerly awaiting since the release of the brand’s cult classic Airbrush Legs Glow, which is essentially leg makeup. Since its release in early 2017, it has won awards such as the RSVP Beauty Award for Best Instant Tan, and has had some overall positive reviews from bloggers, including Pippa O’Connor. It is currently available in two shades, 01 and 02. Similar to Sally Hansen’s previous tanning products, the tan promises an “instant healthy colour” that should last you for up to seven days, and develops in an hour. The brand describes their tanning mousse as “velvety” and “quick drying”, along with being transfer resistant, without odor, and streak free. Provided you give the product enough drying time, transfer is minimal. Subsequently, the tan is buildable, but a beautiful glow can be achieved with little product. It is in fact odor free, leaving a cotton dry smell. With frequent moisturising, the tan does last 7 days: however, as the days go on it does fade quickly. Overall, for the price of the tan, the natural glow, and easy application it provided, this tan will become a favoured addition to your weekly tanning routine.

Iconic Bronze Luxury Tanning Lotion –€10.00

Iconic Bronze Tan hit Penney’s shelves in June of this year, taking its place alongside Cocoa Brown and Sally Hansen. I purchased the dark shade; however, it is also available in medium. Similar to the other tans mentioned, Iconic Bronze aims to provide you with a “quick drying, streak free, olive tone tan”. The olive tone is definitely noticeable, which for me makes it stand out among its competitors. It also has ingredients which benefit your skin, such as Sunflower Oil, and Omega 6 and 9 to aid your skin’s hydration. This also helps achieve a seamless blend on application, making the process easy and stress free. The colour develops between 1 to 3 hours, however the colour on application is sufficient to go out with straight after putting it on – so it’s suitable for anyone who decides to go out at the last minute! It does dry quickly, and there is none of the dreaded smell that often accompanies fake tanners. Instead, it smells like a floral perfume. This tan also performs well in regards to not transferring all over your lovely, clean, white bed sheets. Finally, it is free from parabens and harsh chemicals. How could you not love it?