I’m obssessed. As in, utterly and completely head-over-heels for a product. This doesn’t happen often — maybe a few times during the course of a lifetime? — but when it does, it’s major. I can remember the last time it happened: summer 2009, when Giorgio Armani launched Eyes to Kill mascara. But before that, it’s hard to tell when I was last so fully in love with a product.
I bought the big bottle (16oz.) of Bare Escentuals Faux Tan and kabuki brush because I’d heard rave reviews about its true-to-life natural tan results. If you’re anything like me, very fair with skin that just does not tan (only burns), it’s nearly impossible to flaunt sun-kissed, healthy-looking skin during the summer. Fake tans from self-tanner look ridiculous 99% of the time. The market is flooded with self-tanners that are sticky, orangey, streaky, and smelly. What’s the point if it doesn’t look real? You don’t want everyone to know your tan is fake.
Faux Tan comes out thick, the color of molasses, much like the St. Tropez sunless lotion I wrote about last week. In fact, the two formulas seem very similar (I haven’t compared the labels yet, but I suspect they’re sharing a lot of the same ingredients).
This is where it’s at: the Body Buffing kabuki brush. This makes all the difference in the world. The brush is limited-edition, and even if you’re not using Faux Tan, I recommend you get this brush while you can if you use any kind of sunless tanner. It’s a little miracle worker.
Squeeze a bit of Faux Tan into the palm of your hand, and dip the kabuki brush in it, picking up a small amount. Buff the brush over your skin in a circular motion, and you’ll be able to see exactly how it blends. There are 2 big reasons why you’ll have zero to very few streaks/mistakes when using this brush: it diffuses the tanner into an even application, and you can see exactly where it glides on and how it blends, making it simple to correct mistakes before they develop. There’s not much else to say, other than this tanner imparts gorgeously tanned, glowing skin. Not orange, not fake. In fact, it looks like a professional airbrush tan, which I think is the most realistic way to tan. The slogan on the bottle reads “better than real,” and I have to agree.
A few helpful tips:
1. Dry skin soaks this stuff up, which can leave you with dark spots. Apply a light layer of body lotion to any dry areas (elbows, feet, heels, ankles) before you apply; it’ll act as a barrier cream and prevent the tanner from fully absorbing.
2. Faux Tan sinks right into the palms of your hands, and dries quickly. Use rubber gloves to make your life easier. Or wash your hands immediately after application, using an exfoliating hand wash only on your palms. If you still can’t get the color out, rub a lemon wedge over your palms; this will lift the stain.
3. I like applying Faux Tan before bed so I wake up glowing, but it will stain your sheets and pajamas. I sleep in old pjs that I don’t care about, and before I wash my sheets, I treat them with Shout. This helps lift the stain–for the most part.
Have you ever tried Faux Tan? I’d love to hear your thoughts!