Is it just me that thinks this summer is absolutely flying by? It feels like I only just received this tan to try a few days ago but the reality is I’ve had it for a good few weeks now. With the weather being so blah, I’ve mostly just been using light gradual tans to add a bit of warmth to my skin and saving the darker tans for special occasions and big nights out. I like to use a tan a few times before I post a review of it so that is another reason it’s taken me so long to get to do this post. Sometimes the results you get from using the same tan at different times can vary due to the state your skin is in before application and the amount of time you have when applying it.
I’ve used the Karora Ultra Dark Bronzing Mousse (€29.99) a few times now and have found that each time it has developed evenly with no streaks or patches. It also fades evenly over the following week with gently exfoliation, leaving a clean slate for the next weekend. By gently exfoliation, I mean that I use a puff in the shower to gently buff my skin with a moisturising shower wash and I would use a good body moisturiser all over the day before the next application. It is labelled as extra dark, which might sound scary to some but I found that it developed into a natural looking tan. Considering how pale I am naturally, I do have to be careful with dark tans. Surprisingly I can carry off a dark tan but only if the result is just the right shade for me, it can’t be orange but it can’t be too olive either or I end up looking dirty. I think the Karora Ultra Dark Bronzing Mousse is the perfect match for me.
The mitt that I was sent along with this tan may be part of the reason application is so easy and the result is so even. I normally buy the cheapest of the cheapest mitts and bin them after a few goes but this mitt is velour, like a “Juicy” tracksuit velour. It feels so nice and its machine washable. I find that mitts often absorb / waste a lot of product so my tip is to pop on some rubber gloves, apply the tan in sections (i.e. from knee down to feet, then from knee up to top of leg, lower back, upper back and so on) with the rubber gloves and then put the mitt on over the gloves and buff that section gently with the mitt before you move on to the next section, so you don’t end up with streaks from the rubber gloves. It really doesn’t take that much longer, you get a better finish and you don’t waste as much product.
I really like this tan, I always find mousses a lot easier to work with, the guide colour helps me see if I’ve missed any bits, the developed colour is perfect for me, and it develops and fades evenly. I also have to say that I don’t think I will ever use a cheap mitt again. So while I was sent this for free, I would repurchase it and I will definitely try out some of Karora’s other tans.