I’m sure, most of you with fair and light complexions can relate to my problems. Whether you embrace your pastiness like me, or you’re one of those people who just can’t tan even if they try, we all want to get a little color to our skin from time to time.
Don’t brand me as a traitor to the alabaster community just yet, I’m still hating on the regular self-tanners just as much as I did before. Honestly, they just never worked well for me, my skin would just look orange and totally weird and unnatural. And let us not forget the unforgiving nature of those concoctions – make one mistake and it’ll stay with you until the color fades! Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Wash-Off Body Bronzer is, as it turns out, very different.
Beautisol was founded by a fellow beauty blogger Sinead Norenius from SelfTanningQueen, and as the name suggests, that blog was dedicated to anything and everything tan related. She is also the founder of iFabbo (International Fashion and Beauty Bloggers Organization), that sent me this product to try. After doing my homework, I could see that this product was made by someone who is very passionate about tanning, so she definitely knows something I don’t, and one week after I requested to review Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Wash-Off Body Bronzer, I had a lovely little USPS box standing by the door.
“This revolutionary Wash-Off Body Bronzer is an instant tan in a bottle with no major commitment! Just put it on and wash it off!”
First of all, this is not a fake tanner, it’s a temporary bronzer, think paint for your skin. It comes in a 4 oz foam pump bottle together with a nice mitt suitable for all hand sizes. One side of the mitt is some kind of thin cloth, and the application side is made with the material that closely resembles a makeup sponge. They also included a chart with recommendations on how much product to use on each part of the body, which I found very helpful.
I made sure to scrub away all the dead skin and add some lotion to my driest parts, like knees and feet. In the pictures they look a little stained, but trust me, it could’ve been much much worse! The foam is dark brown in color and smells really good (despite what it looks like *giggle*). It’s no wonder that it does, because the ingredients include Rooibos Tea Extract (which is pretty high in the ingredient list) and Green Tea Extract. The product also includes color correcting pigments to help hide spider veins and other skin discolorations.
After applying one good layer to my body I allowed it to dry for about 3 minutes, made sure that my skin isn’t sticky anywhere, and took a couple pictures for you to see. Now, I’m no model and I don’t think my legs are particularly pretty, but I just really wanted you all to see the before and afters. Because of the reflecting particles it’s hard to tell that my legs got a lot more color, but trust me, they look like I’ve spent a couple days in the sun as opposed to a thousand years in a deep dark cave. However, on my arms you can very clearly see the difference. The bronzer washed off completely and cleanly with just soap and some water, just as it was advertised on the website, so no complaints there as well. I was wearing a light mini dress for the pictures, and it didn’t seem to stain it, although I only wore it for about an hour.
The verdict: Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. For once, I got the bronzed tan (not orange), that I can wash off just as easily as I can put it on, and it doesn’t stink like those self-tanners. I still think at $22.90 the product is a bit expensive, but I can see myself splurging on it for special occasions. I liked that it’s really fool proof, if I messed up with application I can literally wash it off with water and redo it all over again until I’m satisfied.
Have you tried body bronzers before? What do you think about this product?
Disclosure: I received complimentary products in exchange for my honest opinion and a review of my experience. I did not receive any other compensation or incentive nor was I required to write a positive review. Individual results or experiences may vary. You may obtain more detailed information from the company’s website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”