I'm not a massive beauty junkie but one thing I can't get enough of is fake tan. I'm asked regularly to review beauty products and I mostly decline...however I'm always game to try a new tan. Simply because I've found tans I love to use but the holy grail of the perfect tanning product has always eluded me if I'm honest. They've improved loads over the years but still....
So a couple of weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to try a product called BPerfect tan which has been developed by a local guy, Brendan McDowell. He started his business with a brow product (which I also reviewed - more below) a few years back and has expanded it to include lash products, mineral powders and this 10 second Tan:
Brendan recently appeared on the Irish version of Dragon's Den and secured an investment of €80,000 from two of the dragons - that's how impressed they were with the products. Would I be similarly impressed?
The product is a spray formulation - like a fine mist - that's applied with a soft velour mitt. I tested the darker shade but there is a lighter one too. You need to work fast as it does dry within 10 seconds but the mist has a colour so you can see where you've applied it. Accuracy is key - I was a bit sloppy the first time I used it and ended up with a white gap on the back of my leg. But the second time, I took my time to ensure every inch was covered.
As well as getting a nice light colour to the skin when you put it on first, the tan deepens after a few hours and the 10 second drying means you can dress straight away. Both times I used it, I put skinny jeans on after a short time and the tan developed perfectly with no marks from the jeans.
The verdict? I'm impressed. I layered it up the first time and the finish was exactly how I'd be after a salon spray tan. Deep and dark - perfect for a concert or a formal event. The colour stayed even and with minimal fading for 4 full days, after which I removed it in the shower with my favourite tan removal mitt...brilliant for these kinds of tans.
The second time I put it on, I got a lighter outcome, which is more what I'd want for day to day. But it is the staying power I'm most impressed with. Even 4 or 5 days on, the tan is visible and I don't feel any need to top up. It's not fading that much and is still lovely and even.
A few caveats.....
- I'm pretty good at putting tan on and apply fake tan year-round. I think the more expert you are at tanning, the more impressed you'll be - though having said that, practice makes perfect!
- The spray formulation (as opposed to a cream formulation) does dry the skin out so I put on lots of Aveeno lotion each evening before bed, which I think has helped the tan hold well.
- I didn't test it on my face as I prefer to use a face-specific tan there.
I'm super fussy with tans and wouldn't endorse many but this one is definitely going to be my go-to body tan for this summer. I've tried others that have given a comparable tan but nothing that's got the lasting effect and the clean wear-off I'm getting with this one. Oh and there's no smell from it - genuinely. Not even a particularly watermelon-y fragrance...just lovely and neutral.
Before I finish, I just wanted to give Brendan's brow product a mention too.
I've used a number of different brow items over the years and for me, I always come back to a powder as I think it gives the most effective and least 'fake' looking finish. What set the BPerfect product apart for me is the brush - it's fantastic and makes it easy to apply the powder in a subtle way, which is what I want. Now you can use it to give yourself full-on HD brows too (and it comes with some nifty stencils to help with this) but I just want a subtle filler for those few weeks when I know I need a tint but I can't find the time to get down to my brow queen, Lynne!
Both products are available on the BPerfect website here and in local pharmacies - stockists on this link.
PS - if you were expecting white leg/brown leg photos...I'm sorry I've not delivered. I'm leaving that to the models & young things on Brendan's website!
Disclaimer - I was provided with product to test but wasn't paid to write this blog post nor was I obliged to. I'd never endorse anything I'm not 100% happy with. If it doesn't pass the grade, it doesn't appear on here.