Back in 2014, something orange happened. I started self-tanning.
Since then, I feel like I’ve used every self-tanning product under the sun. After many unfortunate ‘you’ve been tangoed’ moments, St Tropez became my long term favourite and when I couldn’t afford it, St Moritz. That was until I discovered Bondi Sands ultra dark. This is the self-tanner of dreams for me, the colour is beautiful and long lasting. I’d say it lasts a good 4 days before it starts to go patchy but when it does, it sucks. I usually end up scrubbing myself silly until my skin is red and tender ☹
So when Bondi Sands announced they were releasing a tan eraser, I couldn’t wait to try it for myself! Of course, I was sceptical as it sounds too good to be true. It is advised that the tan eraser Works best on 3+ day old tan. Apply and leave for at least 5 minutes, then rinse off with a flannel. Sounds simple enough!
Firstly, I like how they have kept the same simple package design. The bottle is white though so there’s no getting confused between this and your Bondi sands dark fake tan. It’s a foamy consistency that needs to be buffed into any areas you want to remove the tan (I’d recommend paying more attention to your elbows, knees and ankles as fake tan has a tendency to collect in these drier areas). Because this needs to be applied to dry skin, I find myself applying the product often. The foam dries in seconds but I found my skin actually started to feel a bit itchy and tingly on application… After waiting a good five minutes I jump in the shower to rinse. The instructions do recommend you buff with a flannel but I used my exfoliating sponge which worked a treat. Once I was out the shower and dried, I checked for any patchy bits? Low and behold the tan does come off! My elbows, knees and ankles still have slight remnants but apart from that, I was sorted. A fresh blank (very white) canvas ready to become sunkissed once again.
I made a bit of a faux par when false tanning over the weekend. I got it all over my knuckles and by the time I’d noticed it was too late! I applied the eraser and left it on for 15 mins, I scrubbed it then applied more. I can confirm that the eraser definitely doesn’t work on a freshly applied false tan. 🙁
I know a few people have tried to use this tan eraser with other tanning brands. I don’t know how effective that would be as this has been developed to use with Bondi sands. I think I’ll leave it on for a little longer next time to see if I get better results on my knees/elbows. Bondi sands tan eraser didn’t remove every trace of my false tan but it did a pretty good job!