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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

xen tan dark lotion absolute luxe

Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe: £39.99* via idealo

This is a product that I absolutely 100% wanted to love. It's really not cheap at all, so I expected to think it was amazing just because I wouldn't want to fork out for it over and over again. Truth be told though I just can't get on with it. The smell of the product is glorious, so good I could eat it, but you'd think the colour of the lotion would be almost black what with the 'ultra dark' connotations..? Wrong. It's a pale toffee colour and once on my skin I can barely see where I've applied it - cue likely streaks and frustration the next day!

I think this would be absolutely fine for anyone who doesn't want a noticeable tan. I however feel like if I'm going to put the time in to applying fake tan I want a decent colour pay-off. The thing about this product that confuses me so much is the fact that so many people seem to love it. The packaging is amazing too! It's just not for me.

I will probably stick to using this on places like my hands, feet and face for a lighter glow than my usual tan from now on, or to top up between my weekly tanning sessions to possibly prolong my colour.

Have you ever tried this? What's your favourite self tanner? Spray/mousse/lotion? Let me know!

26 comment(s):

  1. This is my favourite tan but I do personally prefer mousse application, it's far easier to apply. On my skin it provides a really deep, brown tan and lasts around 7 days with no streaks at all!

    The colour guide for this product is barely noticeable like you say which is a shame because first time tanners may find it a bit hard to use. I'm always left thinking 'have I tanned this arm already...' ha! x

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  2. God that is such an expensive tanner!
    I use a gel tan, 'Garnier Amre Solaire original gloss bronzer self tanning gel' which was only £2.99 from a local make up stall, for the price you would think it would come out streaky, to my surprise it's better than the L'oreal gel tan, which is all horrible and greasy, the Garnier one you cant even feel on your skin after applying and you come out with a nice glowing tan that lasts days, would highly recommend!x

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  3. I completely agree, once I've showered the next day there's hardly even a hint of colour. Lauren's Way Glam Tan for me, darkest I've found and not orangey at all.x

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  4. I got the st moriz tanning lotion and mousse - i tried the lotion yesterday and the colour is really nice, kind of olive! i haven't tried the mousse yet but I bought the dark one so hopefully that will be a nice, darker tan. i've heard good things about st moriz and they're so cheap too, especially if you order them from fragrance direct! definitely worth a try!

    xoxo

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    1. I'm intrigued about St. Moriz now! Where can you get it? x

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    2. Tesco, or I have a cheap drugstore nearby called Supersavers which stock St Moritz - 2.99 bargain!

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  5. I had high expectation for this too, but reading your review, I don't think I'll try it anytime soon. Just sound like a waste of money. Off to Net-a-Porter I go!

    -Elodie x
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  6. Hmm doesn't sound too good! Thanks for the review, will save my pennies!

    www.littlekjf.blogspot.com

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  7. Hmmm glad i read this i was thinking of buying it , thanks for the review ! X

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  8. thats weird!! im glad i didnt waste any money on this!! check out my blog too if you want <33 xx

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  9. St Moriz is literally the best tan I've ever used and I've tried so many expensive ones (I'm also really pale and it's great). It's around £2.99 from places like bodycare, quality save, home bargains and I'm sure you could find it on eBay. The mousse is so easy to apply and it dries quite quickly too. I tend to get a bit fake tan happy and apply the mousse and then give myself a quick spritz all over with the spray too, oops. But the spray is also great for your face as it's really light.

    Rozi xo

    http://the-blonde-rose.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Thank god I read this review, I was about to splurge but I'm gonna reconsider. I bet there are a lot of self tanners that are just as good or better for a reasonable price. I really want to try the clarins liquid one.

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  11. I have never tried the Xen tan before, not sure I will now after your thoughts on it. My favourite would be a lotion, I found after using a St Tropez spray fake tan that it was too streaky. I use a Garnier gel/lotion at the moment, seems to do the trick :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. St Tropez have recently launched a new darker range, so my current fake tan is their Dark Bronzing Mousse.

    I've done a review of it on my blog if anyone is interested, also would mean a lot if you gave me a follow! <3

    trappedinafashionparadise.blogspot.com

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  13. don't know whether i'd be brave enough to self tan! would be interesting to try though

    http://studsanddreams.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Really want to try this!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  15. I had the same feeling as you when I tried this product, perfect for face, hands and feet but not tan enough for the body! The smell is great though x

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  16. I love this tan! I do find you have to be methodical when applying it and put a generous amount on so you know your body is covered but it always gives me such a gorgeous natural tan that fades much better than any other tan I've tried. I don't use this on my legs however, because for some reason the colour doesn't come out as strong, so I use St. Moriz on my them :) xxx

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  17. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. :) You can check out the details on my blog.

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  18. I absolutely LOVE fake bake flawless as I think it gives me a believable glow rather than the muddy tan that say St Tropez gives me. Would be interested to try this but I tend to make quite bad tan mistakes so maybe not! For a cheaper tan I would highly recommend a garnier intense bronze spray, then buffed into the skin with a mitt.

    http://sweetiesal.blogspot.com

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  19. You should use the dark lotion of xen tan... I bought this one too and wasnt happy. However, the dark lotion is good and its cheaper.

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  20. try fake bake tan its cheap and amazing xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I love the smell of Xen Tan, shame the colour isn't what you wanted!

    P.s. I've used St Moritz for ages now, and whilst the colour is fine and not streaky at all (if applied with a mit) it does absolutely WREAK... honestly, it's the smelliest self tan I've ever used. It almost smells like curry after it dries. My boyfriend won't come near me when I have this on until I shower it all off! Mind you, it's about £3 so what do you expect! lol

    I'm still looking for my perfect tan :-(

    Dayner x my blog - mozzypop.com

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