I got the Xen-Tan Mousse Intense in Medium-Dark to try out as well as the applicator mitt to use with the mousse. Can you believe that this is the first Xen-Tan false than that I've used? Crazy, considering how much I love false tan. I guess I'm just very loyal to my Fake Bake Airbrush, well until now...
|Xen-Tan Mousse Intense in Med/Dark, £23.99 for 118ml|
I love this tan, absolutely love it. The formula is a light foam, the application is quick, fast drying easy and straightforward, the developing time is quick and biscuit scent free and the end result is a very natural deep golden tan- think two weeks in the Carribean. The colour lasts for ages, it really is a once a week tan and it fades gradually and evenly too, not patchy in the slightest. I use a hot cloth cleanser every morning, exfoliate my body every few days and I go swimming around four times per week so I was really impressed at how the Xen-Tan could withstand this and keep its colour. One thing that I was particularly impressed with by the Xen-Tan mousse is that it isn't drying on the skin, it's actually quite moisturising which I thought was great as my skin is often pretty dry after applying fake tan and even after washing it off. I think this is what helps the colour to stay for so long on the skin too.
The product smells quite strongly of sweet vanilla and for the most part, it disguises that dreadful false tan biscuit smell. The longer you leave it to develop you can start to smell the typical false tan aroma but only very faintly as the vanilla can always be smelt quite strongly, at least on my skin.
|Xen-Tan has a green tone to the mousse which ensures a golden, orange free tan|
Xen-Tan offer different shades of tan as well as different formulas like lotions and mists, so you will always find a formula you like in a shade you like. I'd only tried one other mousse tan before this and I wasn't impressed but this one has really changed my opinion on mousse false tan. It's a clean way of applying tan as there is no mess left in the bathroom afterwards, unlike with other tans where it is up the wall and staining the grout... yes, I'm talking about you St.Moriz mist! As for the colour, I got the Med/Dark tan which was perfect for my fair complexion. It gives a very sunkissed and deep but natural looking tan. It looks natural because it is golden brown rather than day glow orange in colour. This is down to the green toned guide colour. I've tried other false tans in the past that have had a green tinge to them, namely the St. Tropez lotion but none that are as green toned as the Xen-Tan Mousse Intense which is reassuring to see as the more green toned a tan, the less change you have of turning out orange as one colour cancels out the other. The shade of the guide colour is perfect as it is light enough to look fairly natural while its developing but dark enough for you to be able to see while you're applying it.
The Xen-Tan Mousse Intense develops really quickly. I usually leave mine on over night, so for about 7 hours, but the first time I tried this I actually applied it before going to do my friends make-up for a wedding. I literally applied it at 8am and washed it off when I got back in at 11am and I couldn't believe the colour I had developed after only 3 hours; a natural, sunkissed golden tan that would rival tans that I've allowed to develop for 9 hours!
When applying the Xen-Tan Mousse Intense, or any false tan for that matter, I'd recommend wearing a latex glove on both of your hands and then some kind of mitt to really buff the tan evenly into your skin. There are a couple of kinds available. I usually use a towelling mitt but I've recently been trying out the Xen-Tan Deluxe Tanning Mitt which also works very well. You simply slide your hand into the mitt and then either pump the tan directly onto your skin or onto the mitt and then smooth it over your skin. The mitt can be used without wearing a glove underneath as it has a plastic coating on the inside to protect your palm however I would still recommend using a latex glove underneath incase the tan seeps through the side of the mitt. It provides a very easy, fool proof application that ensures an even, streak free tan. A mitt like this one below is great because you can use it regardless of whether you're applying a mousse, lotion or spray/mist tan so if you try out a new tan, you don't need to change your method of application too.
|Xen-Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt, £3.99|
|Wearing the Xen-Tan Mousse Intense|
Xen-Tan Mousse Intense in Medium-Dark usually retails for £23.99. It is available online on the official Xen-Tan store which also has a stockist locater and you can buy it in shops like John Lewis, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols and Space NK. I've also found some great deals on this particular tan, the mitt and the rest of the Xen-Tan range on feelunique.com.