Now that I have tried quite a few fake tans, I find myself more and more curious to try ones I haven’t before. Also hailing from Ireland, Karora seems to be quite a well known brand, one I have heard of quite often myself so when I was offered the opportunity to try their Instant Tan, I jumped at the chance.
Firstly I am a huge fan of their sleek purple packaging. It looks both glamorous and expensive. All Karora products are infused with natural skin-caring botanicals and this mission statement is carried over on to their packaging with its floral design. The Instant Tan features grape seed oil, horse chestnut extract, sweet almond and macadamia oil. I also like the tube as it makes application a doddle and means you can use every last squirt.
As far as I can tell from the website, the Instant Tan is only available in one shade ‘medium to dark’, something that strikes fear in my heart. When squeezed out, it looks like a shimmering gold cream.
I used a tanning mitt (as suggested) to apply the cream tan to my legs. I decided against doing it all over my body as a) I am lazy and b) I was worried about how it would turn out. The tan itself was virtually odourless which is always a plus.
There is a visible colour as you apply it to your skin so you can see a guideline of where it is going and don’t miss any bits which is a complete necessity in my eyes. Within several minutes, the tan is visible – quite a healthy warm shade that looks quite natural. (Apart from on my toes, which I am absolutely terrible at tanning!) I was really quite impressed with how it turned out. But alas, I have one bone of contention.
It sparkles. We’re talking the Edward Cullen of tans up in here. There are glitter particles in it. MILLIONS of them! Now, from a distance, my legs looked incredible – all glowy and slim and healthy but up close there was no denying the fact that I was covered in glitter. I know that some people like shimmering tans but I don’t really think they are for me. While it made my legs look fabulous, I wouldn’t necessarily want a sparkling chest or arms.
This tan promises to be water resistant and I certainly had no issues with it streaking or blotching or anything of the sort. It is removable with soap and water. I actually applied this straight after a shower and it was two days later (well, a day and half) when I showered it off. I noticed during that time it did fade quite a bit but it isn’t designed for long term wear so that is neither here nor there. I sort of forgot to remove it in the shower so there was no intentional scrubbing or anything but it was pretty much gone when I got out, bar a slight sparkle. I should point out that at no stage during application or wear did this smell like fake tan. I found it completely odourless although the website informs me that Karora products “smell divine”. I’m not complaining. I’d much rather it was scent-free than barely masking the burnt biscuit pong!
In all, I was impressed (minus the sparkle) but I do think it would be brilliant for Christmas parties, New Year or the likes as it is the season for it! If I’m feeling brave and going out partying I may attempt it again all over to see how it fares! A 100ml tube will set you back €17.99 and I would imagine you would get a good few uses out of it. It has certainly opened my eyes up to the brand and I wouldn’t hesitate to try anything from them in the future.
What do you think? Have you tried anything from Karora? Do you like tans with a shimmer?