Xen Tan's Luxe formula claims to deliver an ultra sheer instant colour and the fresh scent of vanilla whilst releasing an extra intense boost of deep olive colour meaning you can tan during the day and look great as soon as you apply… and it lasts up to 7 days.
Here's what I have to say:
- COLOUR - It doesn't deliver an instant tint, the colour blends out to nothing which doesn't alter my complexion. It takes about 1-2 hours for me to notice a natural looking olive tan, not even the slightest hint of orange.
- SCENT - It smells like vanilla on application, then the scent disappears and once the tan has developed it has the horrid fake tan smell.
- APPLICATION - When applying with my hands, I have to wash them after each body part as the colour stains my hands, using a tanning mitt is the best option which works well. Drying time is a few minutes as the product sinks right in leaving no sticky or oily residue.
- PERFORMANCE - It lasts about 4-5 days and I have never had it going streaky on me, it does go ever so slightly patchy at the end but not as bad as other tanning options I have tried. Reapplying once a week with regular exfoliating will keep you tanned for as long as you want.
Overall I love the initial vanilla scent, but hate that it disappears.. I really wish that it still smelt like that even after the tan had developed. The best smelling fake tan I have used has to be the Garnier gradual spray tan. I do however LOVE the colour that 'Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe' gives, it looks SO natural as it has olive undertones, see picture below in direct sunlight. It just looks like a better version of my natural complexion. I use this one on my face as well as my body.
Price: £20.95 at Beauty Bay RRP £25.95 (236ml) check Xen Tan for more information.
Would I recommend? Yes, but I'm not sure it lives up to the hype. I do like it, I probably will repurchase, I certainly prefer it to St Tropez. I also ordered the Xen Tan Mist Intense at the same time which I haven't tried yet, so I will see how that goes. But, overall I am happy.
Have you tried Xen Tan?