Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Tanning Foam Review. ♥

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here

Ok, so you guys have been asking me for ages to write a review of the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam, which has been the talks of the beauty bloggersphere for the past year and for good reason too! Bondi Sands is a relatively new love in my tanning collection, for years I was using Gradual Tanners from High Street brands like Garnier, Palmer's, and Dove, and then I tried the Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam and it just changed the tanning game forever, for me. Read my full review of my favourite tanner, ever Bondi Sands, Dark Self Tanning Foam here. It's been the only tan I've been using since March, which is HUGE for me as I'm such a tanning addict and I'm forever swapping tans and trying new ones. Obviously when I heard that they did my most favourite tan, in an Ultra Dark shade, I had to see what all the fuss was about. So here are my thoughts: 

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here

♥ Price -
I thought we should get the price out of the way first! This little beauty is slightly on the expensive side. The Ultra Dark foam is priced at £17.99 rather than the Dark Tanning Foam which is priced at £14.99, which is a shame, but you're obviously paying for darker results, which is understandable, although the medium/light option of this tan isn't any cheaper than the dark shade, so I'm not sure why Ultra Dark is slightly more expensive! I know that this tan is obviously in the higher end section of tanners, however if you like the results and how dark, yet natural you look, you can justify the price tag, that little bit more.

♥ Scent -
The scent of the Ultra Dark foam is similar to that of the Dark tanning foam by Bondi Sands. It has a lovely scent which reminds me of all things coconut and Summer holidays!  Amazingly there isn't a trace of that biscuity smell, that we all hate, that is disappointingly, in so many other great tanning products! The scent also sticks around, which is a lovely addition to the product, leaving you smelling like fresh coconuts, until you wash the tan off in the shower, it doesn't develop into any other scent whilst the tan develops either = winner!

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here

 ♥ Application and Formula- 

I apply the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark tanning foam, with the Bondi Sands Exfoliating Mitt, which is £5.99 but is so worth the purchase if you want ease of application. It preps your skin for tanning, whilst applying the tan so it's a dual purpose tanning mitt that makes application a dream. I use the pump function, to pump out 2-3 pumps of the tan, onto my mitt, and then I apply the foam in circular motions. Like the Bondi Sands Dark Foam, Ultra Dark is a brown shade that is darker than my skin colour, this makes application really lovely because you can see any areas that you've missed easily, and apply more foam accordingly. The formula has green undertones in it too, which should ensure you don't go orange, but instead turn into a tanned goddess! More about that later! Anyway back to application, the colour is like I said, a dull, dark brown, don't be alarmed by this because this isn't the colour that your tan develops into. 

The texture of Ultra Dark is the same as the Dark version, it's quite velvety, smoothing really easily into the skin, with no fuss! Application isn't messy, and best of all, the foam doesn't stain everything it comes into contact with! Much like the Bondi Sands Dark Foam, this is a really simple, easy and fun tan to use, even if you're a tanning newbie and want to plunge into Tanned Goddess mode, you cannot go wrong with this stuff! I found the Ultra Dark Foam slightly stickier than the Dark Foam, which wasn't sticky at all, but it's not unbearable and after around 30 minutes there is practically no sticky residue at all. You can put on your clothes pretty much straight away, as the tan doesn't transfer at all. With the Dark tan, I do slightly have a red/brown transfer (not sure why it's red) especially on my sheets, but with the Ultra Dark I have no transfer at all - which is always fab!

I tend to apply just 1 coat of the Ultra Dark tan, as any more would probably look ridiculous on me! 

Once you've applied your tan, got your clothes on and are chilling with some magazines and a hot chocolate, it's up to you to decide how long you'd like to leave the tan on to develop. Bondi Sands say that you can leave it on to develop anywhere up to 6 hours, depending on your desired level of tan. Obviously the longer you leave it on, the more tanned you will be. I tend to apply this after showering and prepping my skin by exfoliating, and then leave the tan on overnight. Don't quote me on this, but I'm guessing the tan will just stop developing after 6 hours, so it won't go any darker than the maximum level of 6 hours, as this just makes application really easy for me being able to wear it overnight! I've had no problems doing this. 

Once you've left the tan on to develop for your desired amount of time, it will probably appear quite dull and darker than you'd imagine, however this is just the formula of the tan and not the actual tan itself. You simply wash it off in the shower with medium heat water. If it's too hot it will ruin your tan, if it's too cold it wont wash away properly. Don't use shower gel or anything, simply use the water to wash away the tan. Once you've washed the tan away, you're good to go! 

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here

♥ Results -
Although I'm naturally pale, you guys will know by now, I LOVE to be tanned! So I obviously was really excited to see the colour results of the Ultra Dark Foam and how they differed from the Dark Foam. Light to medium tan options, barely touch the surface for me. I always buy the Dark option no matter what tan I use. I was really impressed with the Bondi Sands Dark Foam. It gave me tanned results I could only dream of, it wasn't orange in the slightest and I just felt amazing wearing it as it was so sun kissed and incredibly natural, making me look naturally olived skin. The Ultra Dark tan results were pretty amazing too, and quite similar but obviously darker- but not massively darker! I would say I achieved similar results to using the Dark Foam twice on my skin, by just applying 1 coat of the Ultra Dark foam. Which is obviously amazing as it saves me time and I get basically the same results - the Ultra Dark Foam has a slightly different undertone once developed though, possibly aimed at the more olive skinned gals and guys, and not aimed as much at us pale folk! The Ultra Dark also has the teeniest, tiniest amount of orange tone in it once developed too, which I was disappointed by as the Dark Foam was the most natural shade of brown/tan ever and looked like I'd be on my hols for a month, with no orange tones AT ALL. Sadly, with just one coat on my elbows, and over my legs and feet I wasn't left with the same colour pay off or results as my beloved Bondi Sands Dark Foam, the results were slightly patchy and far too dark over my elbows/feet/knees. In all honesty, this is probably because I'm too pale to use this tan and I think the dark foam suits my natural skin colour better. I might even try only applying this for just a few hours, before washing away, and see if results differ.

 ♥ Lasting Power -
The Dark Foam has lasting power that is out of this world. Honestly I'm obsessed with that stuff can you tell? It is the best tan I've used both for colour results and lasting power. The Ultra Dark tan is also quite impressive, it lasts me around a week before fading, and starting to go slightly patchy in some drier areas, although nothing noticeable, (this is probably my fault because I don't moisturise as often as I should, it would probably last longer if I did) however the longer I wear the tan, the more slightly orange it gets - which is such a shame! Don't get me wrong, it's not noticeably orange, but I can see some tones of it, the longer I wear it which doesn't happen when I wear the Dark Foam - at all. I think I've just noticed this because I love the Dark Foam so much, and that can do no wrong in my eyes! When it starts to patch, I will  do the same routine over again, shower, exfoliate and reapply. It's really simple and straightforward.

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here

 ♥ Cons- 
So as you've probably noticed, I don't like the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Foam as much as I do the Dark version. The Ultra Dark Foam is an amazing tanner - please don't be fooled. But once you try pure heaven in a bottle, that gives you the colour pay off, staying power & results that you've always dreamed of, there's no going back. I think that the Ultra Dark Foam is aimed at more olive skinned gals and guys, as the colour results once applied are slightly different and lean towards a finish that would compliment more of a slightly darker or olive skin tone. Nevertheless, try this for yourselves, I've read some glowing reviews on it, it's a good tan - it does the job well, giving you a sunkissed, dark, olive look, that lasts but at £17.99, I'm not sure if I'd repurchase! For me, nothing will beat Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Foam. Read my full review on that here and see why I love it so much! It's such a dream - honestly - hands down - THE BEST TANNER I HAVE EVER USED. 

I'm really looking forward to trying more Bondi Sands products (I'm loving their Tan Eraser at the moment - let me know if you'd like to see a full review!) I'm just not sure they'll live up to my fave Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Foam!!!

♥ Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam* - £17.99 - available here 

Have you tried Bondi Sands Ultra Dark? What did you think?
What is your favourite tanning product, ever?! 

Have a lovely day,

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