The beauty review- Skinny Tan


Tan has become a part of Irish culture with us girls and it’s kind of one where you have to try a few before you find the one for you.

During the summer, Lifestyle were kindly sent a package from ‘Skinny Tan’. This new tan launched in Boots this summer and comes in a wide range of products, from instant tan to shimmer oils.

One of the products we received was the exfoliating mitt and the Skinny Tan Primer. This scrubs off your tan nicely but is also quite gentle and creamy, leaving your skin soft and smelling of coconut. With the primer coming in at €13.50 and the mitt at €8, it is quite pricey for an exfoliator, especially as you do use quite a lot of the product at a time.

The second item we tried was the ‘Express Mousse’ using the velvet mitt that came with it. The colour payoff is a medium to natural tan with an olive-brown tone but is buildable depending on how long you let it develop. The tan claims to be streak-free and smooth in application but there were parts of the arms and chest that the tan just clung to and dried onto weirdly even after exfoliation. Overall I would try this tan again, but probably only because I got it for free. This retails for €38 which is not only out of reach for many student budgets, but also a lot more expensive than some of the better tans out there that do just as good a job, if not better, for a fraction of the price.

Finally, I tested the gradual tanner. This was a little strange. The product came out in a rather thick, cream-like consistency which proved tough to spread evenly on the skin. It dried in quicker than anticipated and after wearing it overnight it developed into a beautiful, sun-kissed looking tan with the slightest orange undertone. However, the downfall is in the price as you just have to question if it’s worth paying €20 for an average gradual tanner. As a broke student I don’t think I will be repurchasing, but I will probably use the remainder of this complimentary bottle.

Katie Gallagher

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