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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