REVIEW: NEW Le Tan Uber Dark Fake Tan

I just tried fake tan for the first time in 10 years, and this is what happened

If you don’t live in Australia, you may be wondering why the hell someone would use fake tan when the average summer day hits 30 degrees and breathtaking beaches line the coast.

Being from England, it made no sense to me until I quickly realised two key factors:

  1. People have to work. Those things called jobs get in the way of us getting out in the sun.
  2. Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. This makes them more careful than us Brits; we love to fry ourselves on the beach in the 35 degree heat.

It’s far safer to fake it, but I’m probably the only one of my friends that doesn’t use it.

During my late teens I’d tried fake tan wipes, lotions, gradual tan body creams, and sprays. All of them gave me a streaky, patchy and uneven finish.

So when Le Tan asked me to try their new Uber Dark foams, which they claim is “next generation”, I decided after a decade it was time to give it another whirl. Plus the only suncream I use is Le Tan’s, so I was pretty confident that if there was going to be a fake tan I liked, it would be by them.

Le Tan Uber Dark Ash Base

The new range is made up of 4 bases:

  • Ash Base. A dark cool tan for fair skin tones
  • Green Base. A dark olive tan for all skin tones
  • Marula Oil. A hydrating tan for all skin tones
  • Violet Base. A dark bronze tan for olive skin tones

Because I had no bloody idea what I was doing, I decided to try the lightest shade for fair skin tones, the Ash Base.

All formulas are light, moisturising foams that are easy to apply. I only did my lower half, so that if it all went tits up I could put on a pair on trousers and pretend the whole debacle never happened.

I applied the Ash Base foam one pump at a time to my clean, exfoliated skin. Thanks to the Le Tan tanning mitt, I managed to achieve an even, streak-free finish.

I couldn’t smell any of the product during the application, and before I read that it was fragrance-free, I opened bottle to get a whiff, dripped some on my nose, let out a little cry, and ran to the bathroom to rub it off before it left a stain. Somehow my nose got away with it, but my fingers weren’t so lucky. Anyway, the point is it doesn’t have that horrible fake tan smell I always hear other girls complain about.

Looking at my stained fingers, I had no idea what to do during the three hours I had it on for. How long would it take to dry? Should I be naked? Will I turn everything I touch brown like some dirty comic book villain?

I waited a few minutes then chose the dignified option of clothing for the sake of my housemates, and put on the baggy, bleach-stained t-shirt dress I use for housework.

Le Tan Ash Base Before and After

I left the tan on for the minimum 3 hours, but if you want a darker result you can leave it on for 6-8 hours.

Once my three hours was up, I hosed myself down and used an old towel to pat my skin dry, then I was left with a natural looking sun-kissed glow. Result!

Le Tan say that the colour will continue to develop over for 4-6 hours once you’ve washed it off, but I didn’t notice a colour change – perhaps I needed to leave it on for longer than the minimum time.

Nevertheless, I was stoked with my golden skin, which lasted about 6 days before I noticed it had pretty much gone. As it disappeared, I didn’t get any patches or brown cracks around my knees; it just slowly faded away.

So bravo Le Tan, your Uber Dark foams have really won my pasty self over. I won’t be tanning myself every week (aint nobody got time for that) but I’ll definitely be reaching for them in the lead up to an event.

They’ve just hit the shelves at Chemist Warehouse and Priceline. Will you be getting your tanning mitts on them?

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