Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Kiko Self Tanning Spray- Dark Review

Over the last couple of weeks, the false tan I've been wearing is the Self Tanning Spray in Dark by Kiko who are an Italian professional cosmetics brand who have newly launched in the UK.  I've been trying out lots of their products in recent weeks and I'm loving what I'm using.

I've tried many self tanning body sprays in my time but none like this as it is completely different to anything I've used before.  For a start, the tan does not need to be buffed into the skin whatsoever, you're simply able to spray and go.  Providing a light misting is used, i.e. so that the spray isn't held down continuously in one area causing the product to turn to a liquid rather than a spray, then you can simply spray on and go which is great for those who are in a rush or who like to apply their false tan and then go about their day.  The tan doesn't have a scent which helps this too- when sprayed, there is a typical aerosol smell but once on the skin, it doesn't really smell too much of false tan.

The tan takes only 1 hour to start to show a colour and the maximum tan is achieved after only 3 hours so even if you're going on a last minute night out then you will be able to still go out looking bronzed and able to get your legs out!  I find that when I have a tan, I feel so much more confident and even slimmer.

Tanning Mishap
One major factor to bear in mind when choosing this tan is that it has no guide colour whatsoever.  This is both an advantage, as it means that it doesn't have to be washed off, and a disadvantage, as you can't see where you're applying it.  It is a feature of the tan that you will either love or hate.  Now before using this tan, if you'd asked me to use a colourless tan, I'd have refused as you simply don't know where you're applying it.  However, I didn't see it noted on the packaging that the tan didn't have a guide colour and after I'd first sprayed it down my leg and discovered its lack of colour, there was no going back!!  I've been applying false tan for years and even I was a little apprehensive when first applying the tan.  It isn't too difficult as the spray is very cooling on the skin so if you work quickly then you can feel where you've sprayed it.  The first time I applied this tan I had one little mishap on the side of my hand but apart from that, the tanning application was flawless and the second time I applied the tan, there were no mishaps at all which I was very surprised at give than it is a completely colourless tan!

Gorgeous, sunkissed tan
Whilst this is sold as a dark tanning spray, I wouldn't say that the colour pay off is dark at all.  This is more of a beautiful light sun tan shade.  It looks very natural and gives the skin a healthy, perfected glow.  I love the colour that this gives my skin.  One application isn't dark enough for a really glammed up night out for me, but it is perfect for formal events and occasions where it wouldn't be appropriate to be super darkly tanned.  I'm wearing this false tan in this outfit post and in this post.

The tan fades gradually over the course of about five days.  It doesn't go patchy, the colour just gets lighter and lighter which I love.  It doesn't feel as though it is a colour sitting on the top of my skin, rather that my skin is just naturally tanned.

The Self Tanning Spray is available direct from the Kiko website for £11.90.

How do you feel about self tanners with no guide colour?  What products have you tried from Kiko?

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  1. Ooh it looks gorgeous on you... you're such a babe xx

    Gemma | ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  2. This colour looks great on you! It's like the perfect tan :D I always find that when tanning products say 'dark' they're not nearly as dark as I'm expecting hmphhh. I'd definitely use this though :) the colour looks gorge! How well did it last before going patchy? Great review xxxx

    1. Hi Hannah

      I found that it lasted about 5 days. It didn't go patchy it just faded gradually xxx

  3. Hi there!
    Just landed here because me too I've bought this spray and I'm looking for hints, it will be my first time using it!
    For example, did you use cream on hands and feet before spraying? Or just applied it after a shower and a scrub?
    I've seen some YT videos about self tanning spray application and most of them show the girl applying a cream in certain areas (even elbows and knees)...
    Thank you in advance :>

  4. Ok, sorry, just found your guide post on fake tan :D

  5. Hi, it's me again :P
    Sorry for bothering you, but I'd need a couple of more specific advices about this spray: I used it today (I have the light version) and I'd like to apply a second layer, because * I think * I got some patches on thights (not sure though), it was the first time using it and I didn't know how to do it properly :D

    I've read you too applied this two times, so I'm wondering: did you scrub again before the second application?
    I exfoliated using a mix of sugar and cleansing milk, can I repeat this step before second application or the tan will wash out?
    Did you re-apply it after 24 hrs from the first application, or less?

    Sorry again for the questions!

    1. Hi

      Really it depends on your skin. For me, I have rough, dry patches on my wrists and elbows so I exfoliated those and then reapplied to my whole body. I would usually only recommend exfoliating the body after the tan has been on your skin for 3 days and thereafter exfoliating usually encourages the tan to wear evenly.

      Since the Kiko tan is so light, I wouldn't suggest exfoliating. I'd just wait 24 hours after application and then reapply xxx

  6. I had tried it this morning...and I love it! it gives golden tone to my skin. and have a nice smell!

  7. I had tried it this morning...and I love it! it gives golden tone to my skin. and have a nice smell!


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