Disappointing Product Review: Face Of Australia Bronzer Instant Tan Streak Free Tanning Gel | KITSCH/SNITCH

Disappointing Product Review: Face Of Australia Bronzer Instant Tan Streak Free Tanning Gel

November 9, 2012


I want to say one thing before I start this review and it is: sorry Face Of Australia, I am a fan of your brand in general (see my rave review on your nail polishes here), but this product was not good!

So I haven't used any fake tan in over a year, and I went to the shops yesterday trying to hunt down my old favourite fake tan, which is the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion. I couldn't find it in Coles, Priceline OR K Mart, so I ended up buying this Face Of Australia Bronzer, which is the same kind of concept. It is tinted so you can not only see if you have missed spots, but you can also what the tan will come out like. I was tempted to get a new Garnier verison, but the whole Face Of Australia tanning range was on sale for $5 from K Mart so I decided to try it out. This normally retails for $11.29 at Priceline


As soon as I got home I had a bath, shaved my legs, exfoliated, so I did all the right things to make fake tan apply well, and here is how I went...


So it comes out of the tube looking like vegemite/black molasses... which didn't put me off, I actually thought this was quite promising!


Starting to look like a tan colour...



Fail! Ok so the above photo is after I have tried to work this product in for at least 5 minutes. I found that the more you blended this in, the more the product tended to clump together, rather than sink into your skin. I would have taken a photo of what it looked like after I continued to rub it in, but sadly my camera ran out of space, but pretty much what happened was that the product clumps together so much that you have huge white patches of skin, and then thick clumpy sections of heaps of product... I also found that it stuck to my hands more than my legs. The photo above is definitely the most even I could get it.

Before you comment, I did not put any products on my legs after I had a bath, so nothing was able to affect the application, in my opinion, this is just a bad product. I must say, I am happy that I could see what was happening, because if it was just cream and it developed like this, I would have been super angry. I ended up jumping into the shower and washing this off before it could do any semi-permanent damage!

I am very sorry Face Of Australia, I commend you for bringing out a fake tan range, and I still love you... but I wish I could get my $5 back.

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14 comments

  1. Oh no! I don't personally use fake tanner but I hear St Tropez is one of the best!

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    1. Serves me right going for a cheap brand! I am going to track down the L'Oreal one and do a comparison post on it

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    2. Oh but if you had a winner you would have been cheering! I am like you though. I am more inclined to "risk" it with cheaper products :P

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    3. Very good point! If it was a winner I would have done back and bought 4 more. The gamble didn't pay off this time :P

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  2. Oh no! Well luckily you could get it off before it did full on damage! Don't think I'll be trying this one anytime soon...

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  3. That's interesting, because I've just done my whole body with this stuff, and it rubbed in beautifully and I'm lovely and tanned already!
    I exfoliated the night before, moisturised the dry bits then tanned about lunchtime. I did however use good ol dish washing gloves, matter that's the trick?

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  4. If you use the mousse one, it looks much better - but thats not the point - It has the 'immediate fake tan' colour so that you can see where you already applied and how much - it doesn't supposed to look great, just be very visible for yourself. You need to put it before you go to sleep or have a shower about 4 hours after you've putted it, and all the fake instant stuff washes away - and you stay with a really nice natural looking tan, very very even and looks great. once again - the mousse is much more watery and easy to apply. btw, if you put creamy mosturiser before you put the gel - its much easier.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, but I won't be using any tanning products from them again. Also a moisturiser may help applying it, but all fake tans say to apply it to clean skin so things like moisturisers don't make the tab patchy

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  5. This would have been a more useful review if you had left the tan on long enough to develop, instead of freaking out over the 'colour guide' not blending and washing it off. I've never tried this product specifically, but I'm a fake tan junkie and have tried many different products.
    I find that (assuming you have rubbed everything in well, as you did), the appearance of the tanning guide does not reflect how the tan will actually look when developed. A few products I've tried that had a guiding colour looked clumped or streaked during application, only to come out beautifully after developing and showering. The real problem I think, is products which look to be rubbed in properly according to the colour guide, only to come out with streaks at the end, which is what actually happened to me with the St Tropez gel a few years back when I was less experienced in application!
    I probably won't try the Face of Australia gel because it sounds a bit messy really, and I don't have time for that. As I said, it would have been helpful if your review also included information about the developed tan too. There are some who would accept the messiness as a pay off for the cheap price.

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    1. I wouldn't actually stay on my skin, it was balling up and clumping... I'm sorry but I'm not willing to keep that shit on. You are more than welcome to try it for yourself

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  6. I've just tried it, after shower shave exfoliate used tanning glove to apply. It did the same, went streaky no matter how much I tried to smooth out or rub in. But I'm happy to see how it looks in the morning. I too am hopeful that it's just the 'colour guide' gone streaky, and the end result will be good :)

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  7. Yes im am a fan of Face of Australia products too. Love the cream blusher. But this instant tanning gel is not a green based product, it's nice and easy to to apply comes out brown when you put it on and doesn't smell that bad. But sadly you end up looking Orange the next day and is streaky. Sure its cheap but not everything has to be expensive to get a good one. You just have to try to find the right one. Garnier natural bronser spray is just as bad so dont try that one either. The one I do recommend is Face of Australia Bronzer Shimmer Gel Natural Glow goes on easy and instant tan. It washers of the next day and without coming off onto your clothes for a healthy glow for the night out on the town. Love it

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