Saturday, 16 August 2014

Save, Spend or Splurge | Gradual Tan


Palmers Natural Bronze £5.35 
Karora Gradual Tan* euros 17.99
Elemis Total Glow* £34.50  

You are probably aware of how super pale I am so tanning is an area of beauty I've never really ventured into because of fear I'd end up looking like I'd rolled in mud or just orange! Before I jump straight in to trying out proper fake tans, I've been spending the summer testing out quite a few gradual tans and my favourites cover three different price ranges from budget to higher end.

Palmers Natural Bronze- With their famous cocoa butter formula you can imagine how delicious this first smells. It's a heavy formula, very hydrating and takes 15 minutes to sink in. The cocoa butter smell does disappear and the 'biscuity' scent is noticeable as the tan develops but that doesn't bother me. Out of the three this is the one I have to take the most care with as it is prone to streaks. After 24 hours the tan is a golden shade that's ever so slightly on the orange side but is good for the price! Admittedly it's not been reached for so much since discovering the next two tans.

Karora Gradual Tan- I was really impressed by the Karora Gradual Tan as I hadn't heard of the brand before. It's a lotion formula that sinks in within 5 minutes and smells like fizzy sweets with only the slightest fake tan smell when it develops. It's hydrating and because of it's lighter formula works well on my face too. One application leaves me bronzed as if I'd spent a week on holiday. It would be more natural on someone less pale but this gives me a deep glow that I love and is my go to when I want to be fully bronzed. It's a middle of the range price that's really worth it and I'll definitely be ordering again.

Elemis Total Glow- I'm a huge Elemis fan so when I heard about this new launch I was very excited to give it a go. It's a very lightweight formula with a slight floral scent and no fake tan smell at all. It sinks into the skin straight away making it really convenient and easy to use. Elemis recommend applying a few layers to get a darker tan but for me one is enough to get a natural sun-kissed tan. Because I'm so pale this works perfectly if I'm after something natural and build-able, it will be great in winter when I want to look less ghost like. It's pricey but for me worth it and I'll be using this again and again.

Whether you fancy saving, spending or splurging each one of these gradual tans are worth their price and for someone who has always stayed away from anything with tan in, they have become slightly essential for me!
What's your favourite Gradual Tan?

*pr samples, review 100% honest as always

14 comments:

  1. The St Tropez gradual tan is my fav. I'm also pale so this one is great for me as it's very natural looking. x

    www.misslinnyo.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooo I'll have to try the St Tropez one out if it's fab for pale skin!x

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  2. I love the Palmers one & use it all year round. It gives the most amazing bronzed glow to my skin & looks like I have been sunning myself on a beach. I love the price too - SO budget friendly. The Elemis one sounds great too.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. So glad you are a fan of the Palmers too! It's great for the price :) xx

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  3. I've never heard of this tan but I think I'll have to try it, I'm super pale too :(

    http://holley-marie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad I've found some the work for us pale girls!x

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  4. Ive been really tempted to try the palmers gradual tan - I always use Sienna X which I LOVE!!
    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

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    1. I haven't tried Sienna X! Definitely give the Palmers a go :) x

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  5. I love the Cocoa Brown gradual tan, or the Dove one is actually pretty good too! Love the sound of the Karora one, might have to give it a go for myself x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. I am really impressed with the Karora tan, especially as I wasn't that aware of the brand before!
      I've heard so much about Cocoa Brown, I definitely need to try it out soon!x

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  6. I am such a big Elemis fan, but this has definitely made me tempted to try out the Karora first if it's a bit cheaper! Lovely review. xx

    www.theamberspyglass.co.uk

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    1. 100% give it a go, I was really impressed considering I didn't know much about the brand before hand!x

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  7. I have only used the Cocoa Butter Fake Tan and it's worked well for me, I will have to try the other fake tans great reviews.

    P.xx
    GreyWalls

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    1. Ooo anything with cocoa butter in sounds lovely too me!x

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