Bondi Sands Self-tanning Foam review

By SugarPlumPosts - 20:09

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium – Buy HERE

Thought I'd give tanning a try. I'm not unhappy with my extremely fair skin tone but as summer approaches I thought I might spice things up with a bronzed tan! This is an Australian made tan which has recently been introduced to Superdrug in the UK. This is the only tan I've ever used, so I don't have anything to compare it to but I thought I'd share my first experience and what I think of this product. I got the shade light/medium and the foam formula, which I would recommend for beginners as you can see where you are applying the product and the application is pretty fool-proof.

So, here are my steps for a smooth, even, streak free application!


Before applying your tan you need to ensure all dead skin cells are removed by exfoliating. For this I use exfoliating gloves (I purchased some cheap ones from Superdrug: buy HERE) but you can use a mitt or any exfloiating tool. I will then follow with a body scrub just to be extra sure my skin is well polished and will be smooth all over. I usually will use one of the two body scrubs mentioned in my Battle of the Body Scrubs post.


This shouldn't be done on the day that you tan. I will exfoliate and follow with a moisturiser a day before I tan so that I have chance to make sure my skin is oil free before application. I will moisturise my whole body to make sure it is well hydrated and that there are no dry patches. I'm loving the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion at the minute (buy HERE).


To apply your tan I would suggest using a tanning mitt. They're really cheap and ensure you don't get stained hands and they provide a smooth application. I use 2 pumps for each part of my body massaging the product into my skin in circular motions. I use whatever is left on the mitt for my hands and face.

The tan has a guide colour so you can see where you have applied the product so you don't miss any patches. The guide colour is a lot darker than the actual results so don't worry if before you wash it off your skin tone looks a lot darker than you wanted. 

application with the guide colour still on

It doesn't smell unpleasant. It has a sweet coconut scent which is actually rather nice. It was very easy to blend into the skin without leaving the skin feeling sticky. After applying, I leave it about 2 minutes before putting on something baggy, which is a onesie for me. It does transfer onto clothes so I'd suggest wearing something old and something that's not white. However, it does wash off clothes so don't worry too much.

This tan can be washed off after one hour but for a deeper tan it can be left on for 6-8 hours. I left mine on for 6 hours before washing off when I took the photo below.


Before pictures of me without any tan and a picture of me after washing off the product. 

Bear in mind the first picture is from when I was in Greece, you know, in the hot sun all day... and I STILL didn't get a tan haha. Also, believe it or not my arms are actually naturally slightly darker than my legs. 

Tan after washing off guide colour

This tan is supposed to last for up to 7 days. I have found that with regular moisturising it can last for up to 10 days. It fades nicely and doesn't look uneven.

Overall a very good product. It's not really cheap but it's not very expensive either, so for the result it seems worth the money. Will I purchase again? Most likely. Self tanning is not something I want to do on a regular basis but if I do this is the product I will turn to :)

What self-tanning products have you tried and loved?

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