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21.6.11

Sun-believeable?

With a name like Sunbelieveable you'd have high hopes for a pretty ace tan. The new fake tan from nail guru Leighton Denny has already won The Times editor's choice award and had pretty good comments from the beauty experts in the know, but I wanted to try it for myself. The Sunbelieveable 'Tan Me' mousse was the first on my list, particularly as it claims to be odourless, streak free and quick drying. The product itself comes in an easy to use pump bottle that squirts out the foam easily and without mess, meaning its easy to get it onto the mitt and applied where you want.


The mitt itself is one of the strangest I've ever seen - made of a black velveteen type material on the outside and a black plastic on the inside... I hated it. Not only does the black colour mean you have no idea how much tan you've still got on the mitt, but the material collects dust and grime like a bugger which only ends up mixed in with your tan. The material malts too, meaning you have a slight black hairy coating on your skin as you work in the tan, which isn't in the slightest bit appealing. The black plastic coating on the inside also makes it a pain in the bum to change hands quickly (like I always do when applying tan) as you get stuck in it like Batgirl in her spandex. It's the biggest pain and I have no idea why they've provided such a hideous mitt to go with the product - I totally recommend you get your own from elsewhere!


The tan itself is a whole other issue because it comes out in a shade I like to call 'baby poo green'. In my book fake tans are supposed to be brown, but this for some reason comes with a pretty ugly green tinge that makes you look a bit ill. It was highly amusing to my friends on Saturday when I applied a layer and was told I looked seasick. Not a good look. Sunbelieveable say that it has been "created with an in-built golden glow for an immediate sun-kissed appearance" - unless you get that glow while travelling on a ferry and forgetting your seasickness tablets, you're not gonna want to go out in public with this on.

Not the best picture (it's hard to get a good colour representation)  

So how did it look when it was washed off? Hmmm, ok. Well it didn't look green when it washed off, which was a bonus, but it also didn't leave me with the golden glow I was hoping. It was so subtle I wondered if I'd actually dreamt applying it, leaving me with the slightest tint of colour that I could probably get from a bronzer or gradual tan lotion. Slightly disappointing. It didn't streak or look patchy (which was a huge plus after thinking I was going to end up with flecks of white where the malted mitt had been!) but it just didn't fit with my expectations. Coming from a guru like Leighton Denny I just expected more, especially as it's not cheap at £30 for only 200ml. I think there are loads of other tans out there that are better value and provide a more luxurious, rich tan, so I'll be giving this a miss from now on. *sad face*
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6 comments

  1. Such a shame that you didn't get on with it- I loved it! Think that might be because I'm not usually into fake tans so I liked the subtle effects. Agree with you on the mitt though- I'm hoping that after a wash the fluff won't come off so much!

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  2. So odd about the colour - usually they go green when they're going off (I had a spray-on one that was brown the first time I tried it, but went bright green by the next time - had to do some very quick showering to get it off). I wonder if this sample had been lying around for a while before it got to you? Be interested to see if other testers noticed the green tinge too. I hope you didn't get a dud.

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  3. I've got this to test and mine is baby poo green as well. I was even thinking as I used it 'I will have to write that it's baby poo green'. The finished tan colour is quite nice on me though.

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  4. Tis a shame it doesn't work on you. I've got pale 'ginger' skin, so the green tinge works well on me and prevents me turning orange! Agree with you on the mitt though, it's a nightmare - didn't they try it themselves?!
    Kat x

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  5. Glad to see it's not just me having 'baby poo green' and mitt issues. The colour was just far too pale for me - maybe better if you want a very slight hint or you're uber pale.

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