|The NEWEST baby in the Cocoa Brown Range!|
What I do like is the new sticky seal around the cap that prevents "people" from "testing" the product. Yay for hygiene seals!
|The new hygiene seal and a love letter from Marissa|
So from now on you will need to look on the side of the tin to choose between the classic 1 Hour Tan and the newer dark shade. Although honestly, I am not entirely sure there is a massive difference between the two as you will see further into this review.
|The new Dark Tan... Looks just like the Original tan|
The Dark version comes in the same can with the same dispenser as the original version, and it dispenses as a mousse that smells like awesome flowers. Tahitian Gardenia flowers to be exact. And provided you rinse the tan off after 3 hours you won't get the fake tan stink that you get as the DHA develops. Although I have left the original version on over night and showered in the morning and the smell was there, but it wasn't over powering.
The Dark 1 Hour Tan Mousse has a higher concentration of DHA and so should develop a deeper colour, but the fake tan smell is a little more evident after the three hour guide time. Well it was for me. Anyways, I followed Marissa's pre-tan tips and then got stuck in applying the mousse to my legs, using my mitt. Easy enough.
|Before applying with my Official Cocoa Brown Mitt|
The Dark mousse is also tinted like the original version so you can see exactly where you are putting tan and which bits you may have missed. I really like this about this tan, because I am hopeless at getting it non-tinted tans distributed evenly and I always end up with a gorgeous patchwork look.
Cocoa Brown has not let me down in the even application department yet though, and for this they are my go to tan.
|Immediately after application, Note I cropped out my tootsies so as not to offend!|
As you can see in the picture above, I have freshly moussed legs, the guide colour is light but lovely and there is not a pale patch in sight. But this is where it goes a bit ehhhhhh....
You see the tan just didn't develop a colour further than the guide colour for me. I left it on for the first time for the recommended 3hours to get a good deep tan and then I hopped into a quick shower to rinse the mousse off and I got this:
|After 3 hours of developing... not much colour at all and I'm a bit disappointed|
I was a little disappointed! I would have been happier if I had turned Oompah Orange (strike that, I would have been mightily pissed if that happened). But I honestly expected a deeper colour than the pale tint that I received.
Did I try it again, I sure as heck did. I waited a few days, scrubbing religiously, moisturising with Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip Oil Free body lotion (OMG that stuff is Awesome) and then I tried again, being a bit more heavy handed with the mousse. But I got the same thing. I didn't even bother taking a picture of the 2nd time because I was flummoxed. Pale and Flummoxed..
Did I get a dud of a can? Was my skin rebelling against being dragged so suddenly into the light of Spring? Was I destined to be vaguely pale for the rest of the summer? I have no Idea. I am honestly hoping I just had a dud tin and that another tin will do me a bit better.
Or do you recon I would be better off just sticking to the original as it has treated me really well.
I know other bloggers have had better success with this Dark version of the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse, but sadly I am not one of them. And I think I will be passing this tin on to my sister-in-law to see how she gets on with it...
If you want to try it for yourself, you can get Cocoa Brown Products in Penneys/Primark Stores across Ireland, Superdrug stores and many, many pharmacies!
*This product was provided for review and I was not paid for my opinion
ps: Happy Easter!