A while back on Twitter, I noticed fellow beauty bloggers Laalaa and Annie talking about developing a blogger project to test out instant tans on women of colour. Naturally, being the
nosey inquisitive person I am, I asked to be involved as it sounded like an awesome idea; self-tan for darker skinned gals? Interesting! There are 11 of us spanning across different skin-tones (sorted by MAC foundation colour) who will each be reviewing a tan. I am in the group with skin-tone “NC50”.
Fast forward a few weeks later, the project has officially begun and I’ll be starting off with GOSH’s Bronzing Instant Tan Gel!
” GOSH Instant Tan Gel gives a beautiful, instant and natural looking tan that washes off with soap and water. Free from DHA, simple to apply and absorbs easily. Non-greasy and streak free.”
“….Formulated with DayMoist CLR; a neutral based moisturiser which provides long-lasting hydration.”
I decided to test the tan out on my forearm, so I prepped first by shaving my arms (baby smooth!) and using a body exfoliator to rid of any dead and loose skin so the tan wouldn’t smudge or blotch.
For a gel, the consistency was quite runny and the thing that hit me first was the smell. To me, the scent reminds me of a very strong bleach. It was quite offputting at first, however you kinda get used to it after a minute or two.
As I didn’t have any tanning mitts, I used some makeup sponges which did the job just as well.
Taken just after applying the tan.
Here is a photo of my arm about 10 minutes after applying the tan.
I must say, I’m very impressed with the colour! It gives a very subtle glisten on my skin, leaving a dark golden sheen that’s quite noticeable.
Here’s another photo taken of the tan after one hour:
tan on the left – normal on the right.
The tan is quite noticeable, so I think in future, I will use less of the gel as it has also made me quite dark too. I would recommend this as it gives off a lovely bronze colour. I would use this on my décolletage (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence) and legs – once I find a way to get rid of the smell!
Check out the bloggers involved in the project below and their reviews of the GOSH tan!
Annie – EpiphannieA
Sophia – Tattooed Tea Lady
Grace – All That Slap
LaaLaa – DolceVanity
Hafsa – Muslimah Beauty
Lola – LolaStar Hearts
Dija – Dijas World
Yinka – Vex in the City
Safiyah – FrootiBeauty
Tass – UneTasse