Thursday, 5 August 2010

Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review

So a few weeks ago I was sent the Xen Tan Dark Lotion to have a play with. In fairness I was extremely eager to try this after seeing the many reviews in the blogosphere of late, and was about to splash the cash and purchase this anyway.
This isn't going to be a long drawn out post, because it doesn't need to be. Bottom line this product is fantastic; possibly the best fake tan I've ever used.


The colour is fantastic, it lasts a good length of time, if fades nicely, its not smelly, it looks absolutely gorgeous on, give a gorgeous glow to your face, need I say any more?

It has one niggle and that is all.

The only downside for me is the application. This goes on as a dark lotion (as the name suggests) and takes approximately 3 hours to develop. After this developing time, whether it be 3 hours or whether you leave it on overnight, you do need to shower it off.

(You need to rub it in more than shown in the above picture - I took this so you could see the colour and consistency) 

Now I'm used to just spraying on my ambre solaire or dove gradual tanner and off I go, however with this there is the whole rinse off process, which like I say is the only downside to this product.

Other than that though this fake tan is bordering on Holy Grail Territory - it really is as good as everyone says it is!!

I've recently bought a tanning mitt from Boots, its currently reduced to about £1 which is fab and I'm going to try apply the tan with the mitt tonight and see if it looks even better applied this way. I've never tanned before using a mitt so I'm interested to see if it makes any difference.

I will 100% be repurchasing the Dark Lotion when this runs out. I also really want to get my hands on the facial tan too! Look out for a fake tan review from my old ball and chain Adam over the next few days too to give a male perspective on fake tanning! :)

You can buy it here!


  1. Lol at ball and chain. I recently got rid of me. Ah god its so good, lol.
    I'm gonna try this when my latest St moriz application fades away. It takes ago, tho, Boooooo!

  2. *Got rid of mine ;)

  3. aww you look all lovely and bronzed! I love Xen Tan anyway so will definately be purchasing this! <3

  4. It gives you such a lovely bronzey glow :) I will be purchasing this when my St Tropez & St Moritz run out! I always use a tanning mit (the Boots one!) and it gives me a much better finish.

  5. You're looking B-E-A-utiful ;)

  6. I've got that tanning mitt, it works great - I haven't tried this xen tan that you have tried, but I'm not finished with the other 2 bottles I have, next I will probs try this, you look great, fab review! X

  7. I do like this stuff, but it doesnt agree with my face - sinks in my pores :(

    I will need to get this mitt though as i bought the Xen Tan one and it was AWFUL - it shed while using it which caused a mass panic as i was trying to rub in the tan and pick out the lil fluffballs!!



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