Monday, March 11, 2013

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Review


If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may know that I'm an avid fake tanner. I'm not a tanorexic by any stretch of the imagination but I do like to have a light glow at all times - it just makes me feel better.  Mags doesn't understand my devotion to it, but she's naturally blessed with a skin tone that I need a week in Marbella to achieve. My natural skin colour is milk bottle white with a blue tinge. Nice. 

Given that we are apparently a nation of fake tanners, it's great to see Irish brands entering the market (we've already reviewed Karora here) and Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter is the newest kid on the block. Marissa is the owner of Blackrock salon Carter Beauty, and so knows a thing or two about tanning. (Mags visited Carter Beauty for a spray tan and wrote about her experience here). Marissa has taken that expertise and developed Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan*.  

The main point of difference with this tan is that it develops in one hour. Oh, and it smells good too (Tahitian Gardinia). No more sleeping in smelly tan! One hour gives a light tan, two hours a medium tan, and three hours gives the darkest tan. Of course, you can still leave it on overnight if you want to, which is what I usually do. It gives a really natural colour that lasts about four days on me before it starts to fade.

Things I love about this tan: 
  • It looks really natural - just a really nice golden bronze without a trace of orange.
  • The packaging is lovely.
  • It's easy to apply - it's a mousse formula which is not too wet and is easy to spread and blend, meaning no streaks. 
  • It dries very quickly with no stickiness.
  • It 'adheres' (for the want of a better word) to my legs better than any fake tan I've ever used . For some reason, dry skin perhaps, fake tans usually don't stick well to my legs but this one does. 
  • I don't get any of that wet biscuit fake tan smell on application (I do get a faint whiff of it in the mornings but at that stage I'm washing it off anyway).
  • Once it does start to fade, it's easy to scrub the remnants off. I hate fake tans that won't feck off when you want them to!
  • The price - €8.00 for 150ml. Great value and there are a good few full body applications in the can. 

So, it's safe to say, I'm a fan. Apparently 1 Hour Tan is the first launch in a range of Cocoa Brown products. Can't wait to see what Marissa has up her sleeve next! 
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16 comments:

  1. Just found out the pharmacy near me stocks it. I'm planning on going out tomorrow night.......so guess what I'll be trying out! Can't wait to try it out myself after reading all the great reviews about it.

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    1. It's really, really good. My new fake tan of choice! Just a bonus that it's so well priced as well :)

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  2. heard it doesn't stink like other fake tans

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    1. Nope, it actually smells quite nice :)

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  3. I have it! Amazing!!

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  4. I was recommended this around xmas. I went and bought it. It is the best tan I have used. I was regular fake bake user,which is a lot pricier. The result is so much better than with Fake Bake and application so much easier. And result is so natural. Love it and recommending it.

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    1. It's great, isn't it? I was a regular Xen Tan and St. Tropez user and always thought you had to spend money for a good fake tan. So delighted with this one :)

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  5. V disppponted..no colour from this.Applied a 2nd night and a little bit again on the 3rd night..to give it a fair chance.A waste of time and energy. I certainly didnt want a dark tan but this gave a faint glow..was v suprised after three applications.Only positive is that it dosent smell like false tan. Will revert back to other trusted brands

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    1. Yeah I agree it's not the darkest tan but it does give a nice natural colour, on me at least. I love it for everyday. Pity it didn't work for you :-( What do you normally use? I find Xen Tan Dark Lotion and Tan Organic darker.

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  6. hi... :)
    can you leave dis tan on overnight? i have it on as we speak... & also if i top it up on sunday will it leave me orange??

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    1. Hiya, sorry only seeing your comment now. Yes you can leave it on over night! It will just give you a slightly darker tan than leaving it on for the 1-3 hours, but still very natural. Topping it up won't leave you orange at all, it is a very natural olive toned tan.

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  7. Thought I ws on to a winner, lovely colour on aplication and very even, but Didn't work for me at all! Left on for an hour and 20min, and washed off-every single bit of tan washed off down the drain, complete waste of time, had to apply instant tan after. Not even a hint of colour developed by next day either

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  8. I really think you need to leave this tan overnight, the 1 hour claim isnt exactly accurate

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  10. last time i applied this tan left it on for 2 and a half hours and it all washed off...going to leave it on overnight now and see how i get on! hopefully the colour will be a lot darker overnight!

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