I love a good fake tan! But there is nothing I hate more than a smelly tan that wears off terribly. So when I seen all the claims of the Bellamianta Self Tanning Tinted Lotion for Face and Body I was intrigued.
So what does this tan claim to do? It promises to:
-Dry in 60 seconds
-Develop in 2 to 4 Hours
-Have a golden olive tone
-Have a ready to wear colour
-Be streak free and easy to use
-Be transfer and water resistant
-Even wear off
-Have odour neutralising technology
Sounds like the perfect tan right? Let’s see if it stood up to it’s claims.
Claim One: Dries in 60 seconds. I would say this dries quicker than that. I can instantly get dressed and although a slight sticky feeling remains until you wash it off it isn’t as bad as some other tans I have tried.
Above is before application
Claim Two: Develops in 2-4 hours. Again, it most definitely does this. I always wash this off after two hours and at that point I have a nice tan. However, it seems to develop slightly darker for another couple of hours after this. I like this as it still works after you wash it off which means that you can do this in the morning before you head out that night. Perfect for in a rush.
Above is Straight after application.
Claim Three: Golden Olive Tone. I love the colour of this tan moreso than most other tans I have tried. It is very natural and bronzed looking which is as a result of the golden olive tone I think. However, I do find when I first apply this and until I wash it off that my skin has a very orange/yellow tinge to it which is not that attractive. I have this in shade Medium which I think is actually the only colour available according to the website.
Above is After I washed the colour guide off.
Claim Four: Ready to wear colour. Following from the above point I don’t feel this is a tan that you can go out in after you apply it. I don’t think the colour guide is very wearable and infact it goes on quiet patchy even though the result when you wash it off is flawless and a beautiful colour.
Above is my face after application. It went on patchy on my face. It washed off perfect though. See below picture.
Claim Five: Streak Free and Easy to Use. As I mentioned above when first applied this can be very patchy, especially on the face I found but the streaks do not remain after you rinse it off (unless you totally miss an area completely). As far as the easy to use claim goes I am not sure I agree with this one either. I am a fan of mousse tans over lotions and so maybe this is why I find this one a little tricky to use. I just feel it needs a lot of rubbing in to really get it right and I noticed at one point that my arms were sore from all the rubbing lol. Bellamianta does have its own mitt which I did find nice to use although a word of warning make sure this is clean before use as I noticed that if it has any old residue on it then the new tan won’t blend well for you.
Above shows that once I washed the guide off it was perfect. It got darker after this too.
Another side note is that the nozel on the bottle dispenses just the right amount of product which definitely adds to the ease of application.
Claim Six: Transfer and Water Resistant. As far as I can see this is fairly accurate. It doesn’t tend to stain my clothes as much as other tans but it still does leave the odd mark on my bed clothes and on clothes if I wear lighter, tighter clothes.
Above shows it wearing off after around 3-4 days. Pretty great right?
Claim Seven: Even Wear off. Along with the colour of this tan it’s wears off would have to be my favourite thing about it. It lasts around 4 to 5 days and it really does wear off very well. It does get a tiny bit patchy on the inner part of my arm (back of elbow) but other than that it fades perfectly.
Claim Eight: Odour Neutralising Technology. When I seen this I thought “A tan that doesn’t smell? Really?!” but then after applying it I realised that it does still have the fake tan smell but it isn’t as strong or harsh as others are. So it definitely does neutralise the odours of that dreaded fake tan smell but it doesn’t totally get rid of them. The day a tan does this is the day I give up trying new tans. I really am not a fan of the smell of tans!!! Bellamianta do have a candle in a similar scent to the tan itself which smells yummy. It is obviously the DHA (ingredient that gives us the colour) that smells in this product and the pretty scent of bergamot that keeps this smell to a minimum.
So, there you go. My honest and thorough review of the Bellamianta self tan. Overall I think this is a fab tan and would definitely recommend it. On top of the claims mentioned above I think this tan leaves the skin very well moisturised and nourished. It also is full of natural ingredients, is non-toxic and free from all the nasty’s that we all avoid nowadays.
You can see that this tan does have some downfalls but if you are looking for a tan that develops in two hours, fades really nicely and has one of the nicest bronzed tones I have ever found in a tan then you will love this. I think I can put up with the downfalls of this product knowing that I am using a product that is superior in so many ways to many brands on the market. This has swiftly become one of my top three tans and like my other favourites this is also a brand originating in Ireland which is definitely an added bonus.
To buy online or to find stockists you can visit the Bellamianta website. It costs £14.99 for a 200ml bottle of this tan which is a fab price for such a high quality brand.
Have you tried this tan yet or will you be trying it out after reading my review? I would love to hear what your thoughts of it are if you have tried it. I have to try find a salon to get a Bellamianta spray tan soon. If anyone knows anywhere in Dublin please could you let me know? Thanks.
Bellamianta was kind enough to send me these products for review but all the opinions above are 100% my own honest views as I am sure you all know by now. If I don’t like something I will let you all know but this tan gets a thumbs up from me!!
Thanks for stopping by. It is so good to be finally back blogging.