Like many others, I hopped on the Isle of Paradise bandwagon after seeing countless Instagram posts from bloggers showing off their bronzed and glowy skin as a result of using the products.
We’ve started to see a hint of spring in the last couple of weeks, and my pasty legs were doing nothing for me, so I visited my local Boots to see what all the fuss was about.
Firstly, the Isle of Paradise branding is gorgeous, and I am a sucker for pretty packaging. The range comes in three different shades, pink for a light tan, green for a deeper glow and purple for full-on bronzed goddess. They are also 100% vegan, cruelty-free and organic – which ticks all of the boxes for a great beauty find.
So far I’ve bought three products from Isle of Paradise, and I’ve had different experiences with each of them:
Dark Self Tanning Water
As somebody with skin paler than Snow White, starting off with the ‘dark’ shade was probably my first mistake when purchasing this product. I was definitely being overzealous with my choice! I was excited to use a tanning water, usually I go for a mousse or gel, however a water seemed much more hydrating and potentially less messy too.
I made sure my skin was prepped for tanning, exfoliating 24 hours beforehand and covering my elbows and knees with moisturiser to avoid any streaks. The instructions said to spritz the water all over until the skin is saturated and then blend with a mitt.
The first thing I will say about the tanning water is that there is absolutely no colour to use as a guide. If you are a tanning newbie, this may not be the product for you. The transparent colour made it very difficult to work out where I had sprayed product, and it was easy to miss spots or go over areas several times. Also being a mousse girl…I may have forgotten about the spray reaching the floor and then stepping in it…
I like to sleep in my tan so I went to bed that night, eager for the morning to come so that I could see my tanning results.
Oh my god. The tan certainly works.
Had I applied it like a pro, I would have looked like I had just stepped off a plane after a fortnight in the sun because the colour was beautiful. However, the lack of guide colour resulted in patchy arms, legs and orange hands. And my feet…I can’t even. I spent most of that week scrubbing in the shower.
Key takeaways for the tanning water – pick the right colour for your natural skin tone, pay serious attention to where you apply it and buff like your life depends on it. This product has such a potential to be incredible – but is it worth the hassle?
Dark Self Tanning Drops
I used the self-tanning drops at the same time as using the tanning water, and couldn’t believe how simple they were to use. I find tanning your face is always quite difficult and can never quite get the perfect tan ratio to the rest of my body. With this product, you simply add 1-12 drops to your usual moisturiser, depending on how bronzed you want to be. I went for five drops, mixed it in and applied generously to my face and neck, making sure to blend it in nicely.
When I woke up the next day, I was really impressed with how naturally tanned my face looked. There were no streaks, no funky biscuit smell and I didn’t need to apply much foundation as the tan did all the work.
Key takeaways for the tanning drops – because you can control the number of drops, buying a darker colour is less risky. If you are pale like me, go for somewhere in the middle and make sure to cover your whole face in moisturiser. Definitely one to add to your spring/summer wishlist!
Medium Self Tanning Mousse
After my tanning water disaster, I wasn’t quite ready to give up on Isle of Paradise and decided to try their third product, the self-tanning mousse. Having found the purple shade too dark last time, I went for the green shade, which promises a ‘golden glow’.
I felt much more at home applying this tan and it felt good knowing that I could see where the colour was going. Like the other products, it doesn’t leave you with that horrible fake tan smell.
Again, I kept the product on overnight and used the darker tanning drops on my face.
I woke up the next morning with a big smile on my face. This was what a tan should look like! My whole body was left with a lovely glow that wasn’t too intense for my usually pale skin and the guide colour had meant I was left with an even coverage.
Key takeaways for the self-tanning mousse – I can’t fault this product, it was so easy to use, not drying in the slightest and the colour is amazing. I am so glad I went back for the mousse! It’s even tempting me to get the purple shade as we move into summer…
Have you tried any Isle of Paradise products? What were your experiences? Let me know in the comments.