Fake tans are usually horrid things. Unpredictable. Given to making skin look muddy. But, then, things are a-changing. Last year saw an explosion of fake tans offering diversity in texture and finish with more reliable results and two in particular shone – St Tropez’s Self Tan Dry Luxury Oil for the body, and Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, for the face.
The first is a dry oil that develops into a nice, subtle tan once absorbed (this happens pretty quickly as the ‘dry’ bit suggests), the second a liquid that is added to skincare and turns any serum/cream/SPF/oil into a fake tan of whatever intensity you’d like.
This year, both companies have switched it up – St. Tropez has unveiled a face version of the body dry oil and Clarins a body version of the face fake tan. Both are delights to use: the St. Tropez oil is lightweight and quickly absorbed (I usually apply it at night and then follow with a serum), the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body is every bit as clever as it’s predecessor.