Unlisted Brand • XEN-TAN • Self Tanners
|Would buy this product again.||71%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Absolutely LOVE this product!!! I have been faithfully self-tanning for 15+ years and basically tried every brand out there. This is hands-down the best self-tanner!! I can put it on in the morning, wear it all day and sometimes even forget I have it on. The color is gorgeous & it makes my skin feel amazing!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have used self tans since about 2000 first being a St Tropez worshipper then I changed to this xen tan dark lotion after seeing how great it looked on my sister. When this tan was sold in the older style bottle( before it came in a cardbord box with the bottle inside and before they changed the design of the bottle) I adored this tan. It was FOOLPROOF you could literally slap it on any old way and guarenteed you would have a flawless golden tan the next day. Fastforward to the new style bottle and I am not a happy bunny. Although denied by the comapny the product definitely changed the same time the bottle design and packaging did. I first noticed the smell had changed from a lovely rich cherry/marzipan to a stranged chemical smell with another odd fragrance trying to disguise it. The consistency is also different. The first two bottls were horrendously runny which I noticed a lot of people writing up bad reviews about. Then it suddenly changed in the next new bottle to a much much thicker, dryer consistency. Now I don't have dry skin but this manages to dry my skin out!. The worst part about this new forumla is I am always streaky somewhere whether it be my hands, shoulders or feet and its bad. I am a pro at this and it still happens. The tan does not last as well or fade as well as the older forumla , b day five i look like i have freckle on my hands but its just the way the tan fades this NEVER used to happen. I ALSO HAVE NOTICED STRANGELY I CANNOT SLEEP WHEN USING THIS NEW TAN iI HAVE PANICK ATTACKS! Very strange, I do wonder what odd ingredient may have been added to this new formula as I could sleep no problem before. Would I go back to St Topez?. I am definitly considering it because something has changed with this tan and its not a good change!.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I heard a lot of UK bloggers rave about this product, having tried the St Tropez and loving it, I wanted to give other products (that were highly rated) a shot. I ordered this off feelunique, it was pretty expensive but I was expecting it to be fairly good so I didn't mind.
This is a lotion instead of the mousse which I am used to, however since I have dry skin I thought that might work better. I apply it using the mitt (from st tropez, which I must say works much better for mousse then it does for lotion, you lose a lot of product) and it went on a bit patchy and couldn't be built up at all, you'd lose parts if you tried to go over it again. It dried quickly in some parts but not in others (and I do moisturize beforehand).
The first time I did it, I left it on overnight, and after washing it off it looked okay (not as dark as the st tropez mousse that I am used to however). If I let it set only a few hours (recommended on bottle is 4 hours I believe) after washing it off it was like I hadn't put anything on, so disappointed.
I say stick to the st tropez, it's much more accessible to use in North America and is a better product imo.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I'm reviewing the Xen -Tan Dark Lotion. Ok so I have pale skin, my skintone is NC25, with yellowy-olive undertones. With tan, either real or false, I then go up to NC40-45. I have never used a sunbed. So, after 2 years of reading glowing reviews of the Dark Lotion, I decided to purchase it. Now, I'm more accustomed to mousse formulations, so I didn't know how well I'd fare with this tan. I went through my pre-tan prep, shaving, exfoliating and then applying cocoa butter. The lotion is a dark brown, and smells exactly like cherry bakewells! I love that you can see exactly where you've applied it, and I applied the lotion with a tanning mitt. I left it on overnight, then woke up the next day and showered to remove the guide colour. I was left with a beautiful, DEEP dark tan, which looked very natural! The lotion has olive undertones, which is why it looks so real, you can apply layer after layer and never go orange. The best aspect of the lotion is that it fades so elegantly, not that horrible scaly, patchy mess that other tans go like that resembles a skin disease! It's more or less fool-proof to apply, has a gorgeous deep colour and smells great, will keep repurchasing.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a review of Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Lotion
This is an awesome product, goes on smoothly on the skin, it moisturizes at the same time, it is not patchy or streaky and both the colour guard and the tan it leaves are of a nice golden brown colour tat fades in about week without going patchy. It smells good, like milk chocolate.
I would recommend to anyone and everyone. It is definitely worth the price.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is for the Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe product. I purchased it directly through their website.
This worked ok for me, but not as great as some of the reviews around the internet would lead you to believe.
It was very messy putting this product on. The tint they add to the product that's supposed to serve as a guide ended up all over my sink, on my towels, and all over my bedsheets.
The color I got the next morning after application wasn't bad, although it was little streaky.
One thing I did like was the smell. It's a vanilla scent that kind of reminds me of ice cream for some reason.
So this isn't a terrible product, but it didn't blow me away either (especially considering its expensive $40 price tag)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I am quite a novice when it comes to self tan. I have always used a sun bed when wanting a bit of colour (bad I know!). But after realising that I shouldn't be using them I decided it was time to venture in to self tan. I purchased Xen Tan perfect blend. I had a St Tropez spray tab done last year bit it looked far too dark and orange on me so after reading about xen tan I decided this was the brand for me. It is designed to enhance olive complexions which is my skin type. I applied it mixed in with moisturiser with a tanning mitt and woke the next morning to find an even tan which did not appear orange on my skin and worked well with my make up. I ordered the facial tanner so im waiting to receive that so I will post a review once I have used!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Medium Eyes: Black
this is the review for the gradual face tanner in light/medium.
i love it because it was oil free and doesnt make my skin break out!
when i used it, loving the mix of the vanilla and citrus smell! but yucks as time goes by the smell of the self tanner (you know that sweat smell) tend to develop! other than that i love it. im asian and my skin is fair medium, using this self tanner, it help to even out my skin tone and the redness that was caused by my acne! use it everday in the morning as a subtitution for my mosturizer, i hope it come with a spf thought. but becareful for those who use it 4 to 5 days in a row , it tend to make you orange, but not for me because i have a slight olive skin tone though. but for those who have acne skin and on their cream medication (most of the acne night cream will make your skin peel) becareful because you will peel out easily which make your face look like a zombie wearing a tan mask! the hole is to large which mean you have to carefully squeze the tube or else it will lead to an excessive liquid coming out from the tube (what a waste!)
will definitely buy the gradual tanner for the body!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
This review is for the Xen-Tan Mousse Intense in Med/Dark.
I purchased this at Ulta in my continuing search for an HG self-tanner. I'll tell you what...Xen Tan may not be totally HG - BUT - so far, for me, it's come pretty darn close.
I have a bad problem with self-tanners turning orange - like cheeto, dayglo orange - on me, particularly on my face. Xen-Tan mousse is the first one I've ever used that does not come out pure orange. It looks very natural in any lighting (although, in photographs, it does have a slight tinge of yellow that gets pulled out - more so with crappy lower-res cell phone cameras than a a good digital cam). I have found, though, that the trick to not turning orange with this, is NOT to moisturize beforehand, and also NOT over-apply it. Literally applying JUST enough to cover the desired area results in a beautiful, olive-y brown tan. Using more than that (as I did once, thinking "the more I use, the more even it will be and I won't risk streaks!") leaves me living in Dorito-city for a day or two until it tones down. Also, once I tanned at night after applying lotion to my body/face in the morning, and it went really bad traffic-cone orange....I think maybe the combo of lotions and the tan was to blame. Since I have stopped over applying and never applied over lotion again, I haven't gotten that orange result.
The mousse itself is tinted a scary green/brown color that literally leaves you with a bit of greenish tinge til it sinks into the skin. So expect to look like The Hulk for a few minutes after application. I apply the mousse with latex gloves at night prior to bed, after I have exfoliated well with a loofa and let my skin completely air-dry with NO lotions on. It smells lovely, sort of like vanilla cake, and doesn't really go that funky "self-tanner" smell. I use a makeup sponge to blend knees/elbows/ wrists/tops of hands. Wear junky clothes and use old sheets while you tan, because it stains your sheets like mad. It's a bit sticky for about an hour after applying. The next day, the greenish-brown guide color will rinse off in the shower, and you will be left with a nice, light, brown glow. This is NOT a super-dark tan. It's very natural, and I like that, because I don't stick out like a sore thumb in winter/spring when everyone is pasty.
Nice color if applied correctly
Lasts ~5 days on my skin
Can go really bad orange if over-applied, or applied on top of lotions
If you apply without exfoliating, it's a patchy nightmare
I will continue to use this one until my HG comes along...IF it ever does!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Review of xen-tan dark lotion:
My new favourite fake tan! I honestly don't see the point in me trying another fake tan because this is the near perfect fake tan for me!
Smell: When you first apply it, it smells amazing, like marzipan. After you've applied it the smell of marzipan is still there but only slightly, not overwhelming at all. After the tan has developed there is a slight fake tan smell, and i mean VERY slight, its hardly noticeable.
Application: I prefer to apply it with a mitt, but i know some people prefer to use their hands. If you use your hands make sure to wash your hands very well after because it will stain them! The product comes out a dark lotion, kind of like green tinged chocolate sauce,haha. It goes on very smoothly, and you have a guide colour so you can see if there are any streaks.
Colour: This is why i gave 4/5 instead of 5/5. I was expecting the colour to be darker than it is. The first time i used it i put one layer on, and it wasn't dark enough for me. The colour was noticeable but now i use 2 layers instead of one. However, this is good if you want a subtle tan instead of full on looking like you've been on holiday. And i guess it is good that it is buildable, like it says on the bottle. The actual colour is really nice, not orange at all.
Price: I got this for £17.99 on lookfantastic.com, which i thought was quite pricey for a fake tan, but after trying it, it is def worth the price. And you get more product than with other brands like st tropez.
Overall a great fake tan :) x
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This gives a beautiful color IF you apply it correctly. I am naturally medium-fair, so a MAC NC/W 25-30. This lotion in dark makes me look like i've just come from a week in greece. Love it.
How to apply:
Start with your feet--work up from there. Rub carefully into toes, top of feet and ankle/heels area. Rub it in well! You don't want weird stripy feet!
Move up to your legs.. pretty straightforward. Big circular motions and check for streaks. Same with arms, torso, and face. The hands are the only annoying part.
Finish your entire body (and face), then wash your hands (top and palm) with hot soapy water until they are NOT BROWN ANYMORE. then take a cotton pad and pump the lotion onto that. Carefully bronze the tops of your hands and your wrists. Voilą!
I love this stuff, it doesn't turn me orange and people always ask how I'm so tan :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
I'm reviewing the Xen-Tan Transform LUXE (the gradual tanner). I'm an NC23 naturally, so find it difficult to find a foundation that matches my skin as I'm always inbetween shades. I use gradual tanners to boost myself up to an NC25 so I don't have to mix my MAC C1 and C2 foundations together, and can just use the C2 alone.
I only apply this once a week and it deposits the perfect amount of colour for my needs. I end up with a subtle glow that it golden toned in colour, not orange or yellow. The smell is very tolerable - upon application it smells very sweet, almost sickly, like vanilla. As time goes on you can smell a very slight hint of self tanner, but it's barely noticeable. I get no streaking at all when using this.
It's pricey at retail price (nearly £25) but you can get it cheaper online. The tan lasts me a good couple of days (baring in mind I only apply once a week) and fades naturally without leaving those awful looking patchy looking skin like some tanners do. I will definitely be repurchasing, this is the only self tanner (and I've tried loads!) that I'm happy with.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Glycerine, Dihydroxyacetone, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Xanthan Gum, DMDM Hydantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is for Xen -Tan Dark Lotion:
I am like the fat, less attractive version of snow white; my skin is white as snow (well, pretty damn close), lips as red as blood (as long as I'm wearing MAC's Russian Red, but don't tell anyone I admitted to that) and hair as black as ebony... And sometimes I just want to be browned and healthy-looking without risking skin cancer by dowsing myself in harmful UVA & UVB rays.
The lotion is very dark brown and smells like sweet almonds or a bakewell tart, which certainly covers the smell of DHA in the morning :P but I'll get to the smell in just a moment... The colour of the lotion is super dark, which is kind of frightening, but fear not, just smooth on the lotion onto exfoliated skin, leave for a few hours, rinse off the base colour and you're left with a beautiful, NATURAL looking tan underneath (due to the olive undertones in the fake tan as it develops on your skin) - which is saying something, considering most fake tans leave me a golden/orange colour, which is horrendously embarrassing. You can keep layering the lotion on, day after day, until it is the desired colour. I am fine with just one layer. Also, I love the fact that it can be put on your face and body, so there's no need to buy another tan for your face <3
On to the smell; like I said, sweet almond/bakewell tart - which is a super yummy, delicious scent, and it's a pleasure, smoothing that kind of smell all over your skin. The problem is that it wears off after maybe an hour, and then you're left with the not-so-yummy smell of the DHA as it works its magic to turn your skin from pale-and-sunless to sun-drenched-golden-goddess.
Xen -Tain claims it can last up to a week - which on some people, it can. On me it only lasts about 3-4 days, after which it starts coming off in patches on my arms, face and neck. This is not from lack of exfoliation or moisturising - I have done everything the way Xen -Tan told me I should (I emailed them about the patchiness) - it's actually due to my body - it sheds skin faster in different areas than others, like above mentioned problem areas, so that's just my bad luck.
Despite those problems I still love it, I'm still giving it 5 lippies and I will still repurchase it as long as its not discontinued. 3/4 days of tanned skin is better than none, I say.
I think all pale girls should try this at least once in their lives
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is my favourite sunless tanner. I bought it before going on vacation, and it is really easy to use. I like that you can see where you've applied it and I love the smell. I bought the 8oz bottle of the dark tan lotion from ebeauty.ca for about $40, which is totally worth it for me...the cheaper brands I've tried have never looked natural like this one.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
Wow what's not to love about this product! When it goes on it goes on olive like colour it's simply irresistible! Smells like almonds. Colour lasts long without fading , t doesn't smell like some other lotions/creams do and the colour is gorgeous never streaky! Picture perfect! p.s I'm more whitish on winter (lazy to tan) so it never streaked me talk about wow!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Grey
I have been using kae tan for about 5 years now stating with fake bake dark lotion wich I loved at the time fealt it gave a really nice deep brown but hated the smell and after the first time was conscious of not using it on my face as it caused bad break outs and I was only 19/20 at the time so not ideal. About 3 years aho tried St Tropez lotion and was again really impressed gave a slightly more olive tone smelled slightly better and applied more evenly but last summer I had just got bk from a year in Australia and had a night out at the weekend so wanted somthing to top up my tan and was advised to try out xen-tan deep lotion, I bought it at a sunbed shop and was told it was way better than fake bake or st tropez and honestly I have to say it really is have been using it for a good 18 months now and it smells really nice gives a great deep olive colour. I usually apply it at night and rinse in the morning and for a slightly daker colour apply it again the next night and rinse in the morning so say you have a saturday night out and want a really deep tan apply it thu night and again fri night and you will have a great holiday natural deep olive tan :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Coarse Eyes: Green
I've used quite a few products from the XEN-TAN line and haven't been overly impressed. The face tanner and the deep bronze luxe were both disasters for me; orange and greasy, not to mention the face tanner broke me out quite badly. The mousse and the transform luxe are the better ones of the line.
I only use the mousse on my legs as it is quite dark and I don't like to look that tan. It's so easy to apply and blends with virtually no streaking if done carefully with a mitt. The transform luxe is what I use for my chest/arms/neck area. It's designed to be a daily self-tanner (aka gradual tanner) but I only use it once a week as the colour I get from one application is fine enough! It isn't tinted so you have to make sure you've got everywhere evenly covered. It has that signature sweet vanilla scent which soon develops into a DHA smell but not too overwhelming compared to other tanners I've used previously. The colour it gives is pretty natural - very golden rather than orange, although it can turn orange if you apply too much. I only need 1 thin layer and that gives a real nice golden glow.
Another aspect I'm happy with is the lasting power - once a week usage lasts me the whole week with minimal fading and no patchiness. It's very moisturizing aswell, especially good for winter. I will be repurchasing the transform luxe and maybe the mousse, but none of the other products from the line.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is a review for the Deep Tan Luxe in the tube bottle. This product seems to be getting good reviews, but from my experience, keep your receipt. This went on ok initially but the colour wasn't amazing - slightly yellow cast which got worse as it faded. It definitely didn't go on completely streak-free (I'm pretty good at self-tanning) and I hate how it fades. I goes quickly (2-3 days tops) and it quite an odd, patchy want. I think this is a really poor product, especially considering the price. Try as it works for some people, but as I said, keep the receipt and maybe not try it before a big event. HTH.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
- Olive based
- Streak free
- Long lasting
- Small bottle
- Smells after a while
I have been researching self tanners for a while now. I have extremely pale skin naturally that just doesn't hold color. Decided to give Xen Tan a try, using the Dark Lotion. I have been using it for two weeks now and am extremely happy with the results. The lotion has an olive base and my skin has not turned orange at all, though there is a little bit of a golden glow to it. The color is very dark for me (probably the equivalent of a medium tan) and has a really healthy, streak free look to it. I've noticed a lot of people complaining about the instant color washing off, but I've not experienced this problem yet. I let the lotion sit for at least six hours before washing it off (usually apply at night then shower in the morning), and my skin losses very little of the color. The bottle is extremely small for the price, and while the lotion smells really nice when first applied, the nasty fake-tan smell surfaces only a few hours after application, but I think this is pretty much unavoidable with self tanning. Overall, I really like the way this product makes my skin look and will continue to use it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
This review is for the Xen Tan deep bronze lotion.
I absolutely love this stuff! It smells like chocolate when you apply it, and while the fake tan smell does creep in eventually as it develops, it's not as bad as St. Tropez or fake bake. The colour is so natural, it gives more of a "glow" than a deep tan, so if you were looking to get a dark tan then you should try the dark lotion. It is so moisturising and luxurious on the skin, and the colour is still lovely after 3 days.