Now, as you may or may not have noticed, we’re finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel that is summer, and with summer comes the obligatory pastels, short shorts and tanned limbs. However, you may have previously read that whilst I’m a fan of gradual tanning lotions such as Garnier and Dove, and whilst I’m also a little in love with L’Oreal’s True Match foundation, I don’t tend to go in for foundations or fake tan on my face during the warmer months, instead opting to go for a tinted moisturiser so as not to get too ‘bogged down’ in the heat.
However, after receiving an intriguing message from the lovely folk at Fake Bake, I decided that this was the year that I was going to try a proper facial tanner. As a naturally rather pale and freckly lass, to say I can be intimidated by genuine fake tan (as opposed to the aforementioned gradual tanning lotions and tinted moisturisers) is more than a little understatement, but I took the plunge, and without ruining the ending of this little tale, I was very nicely surprised.
So first of all, let me give you a little introduction to Fake Bake’s newest little invention – The Face. Not only a facial tanner, this little number also provides anti-aging properties with a specialist peptide formula encouraging collagen production. Promoted as a product for women on the go, this promises to save you time and shelf-space, and practically do it all!
On to my experiences. I’m going to be honest, when I first squeezed out the pea-sized tester on to my hand, I was terrified. It’s a very dark brown colour – and the thought of applying it incorrectly and somehow ending up with a dark face and pale ol’ neck gave me a case of the jitters. However, trying to reassure myself with the promise that ‘there’s always foundation to cover up any mistakes’, I applied evenly to my face and neck.
The following morning, I woke up and practically ran to the bathroom (more out of fear than excitement) to see how it looked, and was more than a little relieved to find that actually, it hadn’t made a huge difference to my natural skin colour. I was still greasy, and as advised on the packaging, I washed my face with warm water to see how it looked. The packaging also mentioned to put on another layer now, having washed your face, but I wimped out and headed off to apply my day’s make up.
What I was really impressed by was the fact that it didn’t look streaky at all, and barely even noticeable to be honest, but once I’d applied foundation on top I definitely had more of a sunkissed-glow about me. I could still smell a faint aroma, but it was only when I got home after work that my mom remarked on how well I was looking that I realised how it really did help to make me look like I’d developed a natural looking tan over night – and I’m putting serious emphasis on the ‘natural’. Whilst you can build up a tan to whatever level you desire (directions indicate you can apply everyday and still look natural), as I’m sure you can guess, I did leave it a few days between each application to make sure I looked even – especially considering the fact that you do get darker as the day progresses.
(Obviously, please rub it in better than I have here if you’re going to try it out…)
Now here’s the bit you’ve all been waiting for – would I recommend Fake Bake’s The Face? You know what, I really would. If a friend of mine was after a natural looking tan that wasn’t too scary to apply (initial shock at the colour aside), and also provided anti-aging properties, I’d send her straight off to M&S with £22 to grab a tube – which, by the way, you must if you’re interested!
I was sent Fake Bake’s The Face to review free of charge. All opinions are my own, and are entirely honest.