Is Bondi Sands The Best Self Tanner Out? Review


I have a confession...

I'm becoming obsessed with fake tanning.

I swear I'm not going over the top looking like a girl out of Geordie Shore or Snog, Marry, Avoid. 

There's just something about having a tan which makes me feel SO much more confident. I look more healthy, more toned, more lean..etc. I used to never get the hype around tanning but now that i'm doing it more regularly I notice the difference it makes. Particularly because I live in a hotter climate and have no choice but to wear summer clothes 80% of the year a tan is a nice thing to have.

After seeing this Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark featured on many blogs and used by a lot of YouTubers I decided it seemed worth giving a crack. Usually I neverrr go for things labelled 'dark' but lately as i've gotten more confident in my self tanning skills I thought I could give it a go.

Price: $20.00

What the website says about this product: With Bondi Sands, you can have the ultimate sun kissed Australian tan is just minutes. Enriched with aloe vera and infused with a scent of fresh coconut, Bondi Sands tanning foam will leave skin glowing like a day on Bondi beach.

How it applies: This applied like any other tanning foam I have. You just put a few pumps on your skin and blend it all out with a tanning mitt (a mitt is essential, don't use your hands otherwise they may go orange!). What's good about this product is that it goes on quite a dark colour so you can see what areas are a bit patchy and need more buffing out. It smells like coconut which is a big plus.

How long to leave it on: The bottle says 'Skin may be washed after one hour. For a longer lasting darker tan leave on skin for up to 6 hours'. Even though this was the first time I had used the product and it probably would of been wisest to just do an hour and see how it goes...I did it for 7 hours accidentally. I thought I had applied it at 2pm but when I looked back on photos my phone actually said 1pm. So it went left on an hour extra than needed, oops. Go hard or go home right?! Haha. After the 7 hours I washed it off in the shower gently and went to bed in which it developed further over night.

The results...

As you can see I went a gorgeous bronzed colour! I'm so shocked looking at the before and after pictures of how well it developed and turned out. This is the darkest i've ever tanned and I was incredibly pleased. The outcome is very bronzed, this product doesn't have a base colour so I would say it turns golden. Because I accidentally did an extra hour I think that's why it went ever so slightly orange. Not terribly orange where my legs look like cheetos but just slightly. That was my fault though and I think if I did it for the 6 hours it would have been fine.

How did it last: Pretty well! It wore well for a solid 4-5 days but then it started to go a bit patchy on my shoulders and other areas on day 6 and 7.

Is Bondi Sands the best self tanner I've used? I would say....probably not. I really, really liked it and will definitely use it again but I think I prefer my Le Tan Coconut Water Self Tanning Foam slightly more as it's green based (giving more of an olive tan). Yesterday I stripped off my Bondi Sands tan as it was fading and the one I went back to was my Le Tan one which says a lot. So basically I really liked it and will probably use again at some point but it isn't my holy grail tanner.

Have you guys used this before? And do you have any self tanner recommendations? I'm always up for trying more!

Holly xx

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  1. That's such a nice shade! In the photos it doesn't look too orange to be honest!
    Aleeha xXx

  2. I don't think it looks too orange at all Holly - certainly not like someone from Geordie Shore. It makes your pedi stand out! I've never tanned (pale AF always) but I admit I'm keen to try it at least once, even though I'm terrified of screwing it up & looking like a pumpkin. Or patchy. Or both.

    Shell // The Novice Life