This celeb fake tan has a new Ultra Dark shade – so we braved it on pale skin

With the world in lockdown, there’s never been more need for a flawless fake tan. We can’t go to the beach, so we need to bring the beach to us, in bottle form.

One brand promising to do just that is Bondi Sands, who has just cooked up its deepest tan yet. Its new Aero Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam, £19.99 here, promises to feel featherlight, be touch-dry in seconds and then deepen into the ultimate Aussie beach babe glow.

Bondi Sands certainly has an impressive pedigree for believable bronzed glamour. The tanning brand has a host of celebrity fans, with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Megan McKenna raving about its formulas.

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But how does its new ultra dark formula fare on pasty civilian skin? Will it create a deliciously deep A-list glow or might it end in a tangerine disaster? OK! beauty director Lynne Hyland has been finding out in her lockdown beauty diaries…

Lynne says:

Like many pale girls I’m a seasoned self-tanner, but even so, I was taken aback by the ferocity of the guide colour of this one. In one sweep of the tanning mitt I went from milky to muddy. There was certainly no chance of missing any spots.

When I ventured downstairs, my family took one look and burst into gales of laughter. ‘Mummy, you look like Donald Trump,’ my nine-year-old daughter spluttered, once she’d stopped rolling on the floor.

“You won’t have any trouble getting people to stay at a safe social distance looking like that,” my husband smirked.

Normally, the humiliation would stay behind closed doors, but alas my tanning experiment coincided with my turn to brave the supermarket. I slunk out of the house, sunglasses on and very much hoping I wouldn’t bump into anyone I knew.

However, I couldn’t quibble with Aero's "featherlight" claim. As promised, the foam had dried in an instant so there had been no claggy sensation on my skin, or a sticky wrestle to get into my jeans.

The guide colour only seemed to intensify as the hours ticked by, leaving me wondering what might be cooking underneath. I watched the clock anxiously until the six hour mark had passed, then dived gratefully into the shower, watching pools of rusty water swilling around my feet.

To my relief, a mirror check revealed I had not turned into Magda from There’s Something About Mary. Yes, I was definitely a good few shades darker on the Dulux chart than I had been that morning, but definitely in the bronze spectrum rather than the orange.

My colour did continue to deepen slightly over the next few hours, and by the time I’d reached peak tan, I had a nice Aussie beach girl glow that even my family couldn’t fault.

In fact, it wasn’t even THE deepest tan I’ve ever tried. Having worked myself up over the "Ultra Dark" tag, I wished I’d been a bit braver and left it on for even longer. It’s a great shade and I’d happily turn it up a notch.

Next time I’ll give it a few more hours’ developing time – but this time I’ll be doing it strictly in isolation…

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