As the weather this summer in QLD has been shithouse to say the least, I needed some help in the sun-kissed sector. I had a wedding to attend, and even though it was pouring rain, I didn’t want to look pasty and white. So off I headed to Myer, I had my eye on the latest release from ModelCo, their TAN MOUSSE.
You can purchase ModelCo from Myer, David Jones, Priceline or any other participating retailer, but I headed to Myer as I had a few other things to get. As a promotion before Christmas, Myer had a gift pack containing the TAN MOUSSE (AU $35.00 for 180ml) and the TAN EXTENDER (AU $24.00 for 200ml) all for only AU $39.00. It worked out to be only $4 more to get the tan extender, YEHHAW!
ModelCo TAN MOUSSE is a super lightweight, easy-to-apply, self-tanning and instant bronzing foam for body (I don’t use this on my face), that provides a deep, fast tan that will last for days. And when I say days, I mean DAYS. Try 7 days, that’s how long mine lasted. That rivals the longevity of a salon spray tan!
Now, I’m an avid fan of the Ella Bache Great Tan Mousse, so this poor lass had major high standards to compete with. My favourite product of ModelCo’s was their Spray TAN IN A CAN, and I was hoping that the mousse would give me the same great colour, but with easier application. The pleasant smelling foam, is caramel-tinted leaving a bronze glow as you tan so you can see where it’s applied, leaving you with perfectly streak-free tan everytime. The DHA self-tan develops within hours, the colour is great and definitely streak-free. TAN MOUSSE contains 6% DHA (the highest amount of tanning agent used in ModelCo tanning products) and Caramel Extract for its unrivaled natural colour.
The TAN MOUSSE features a new innovative fragrance technology which is supposed to lock out any chemical odors, so there’s no tell-tale ‘fake-tan smell’ – this was true for when I first applied it, I was left with a somewhat sweet caramel scent. However, after a few hours of it developing, the tell-tale ‘fake-tan smell’ reared it’s ugly head. I guess that just comes with the high percentage of DHA.
I applied the tan the afternoon before the event with my Ella Bache buffing mitt (see below for ModelCo alternative) and slept in it overnight. I awoke the morning of the event, stumbled into my ensuite and looked at myself and thought “Holy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, I am ORANGE!”
I then jumped into the shower faster than you could say “Wonka Nerdilicious Sour Sticks” and scrubbed feverishly to try and tone down the colour by exfoliating the hell out of my skin. I think it worked, because the colour didn’t seem so orange after that.
Here is the result of the colour, sorry the image isn’t very big and there isn’t too much to show of it. I had to crop other people out of it.
I was happy with the end result and I will keep using the ModelCo TAN MOUSSE.
Tips for application of ModelCo TAN MOUSSE
STEP 1. Shake bottle well before each use. For optimum results, apply to clean, exfoliated skin within 10 minutes of showering. For even, streak-free results, apply using ModelCo BLEND BUFFING MITT (AU $11.95).
STEP 2. Gently massage the foam into the skin, working on one area of the body at a time. Use sparingly on knees, elbows & ankles. Wash hands immediately after use.
STEP 3. Wait 10 minutes before dressing and at least 4 hours before washing.
TAN EXTENDER is the latest exciting addition to the ModelCo TAN range – use it to intensify or extend the life of your tan, whilst nourishing and toning your skin. Or, simply use TAN EXTENDER on it’s own for a natural-looking sun kissed glow all year round.
TAN EXTENDER contains nourishing active ingredients such as Green Tea, Caffeine, Ivy Extract, Bladderwrack and Horse Chestnut Extract, which all work to improve the skins tone and texture.
GREEN TEA (CAMELLIA SINENSIS) EXTRACT
• A potent anti-oxidant, acting as an anti-inflammatory & preventing the visible signs of aging.
• Stimulates blood flow in the skin,
• Rich in tannins, acting as an astringent, constricting blood vessels and the skin
• Skin feels more toned as puffiness is reduced.
IVY (HEDERA HELIX) EXTRACT
• Works as an astringent and a decongestant, firming body tissue by eliminating excess water.
BLADDER WRACK (FUCUS VESICULOSUS) EXTRACT
• Contains skin-softening properties as it improves the skin’s elasticity through its water binding properties.
HORSE CHESTNUT (AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM) EXTRACT
• Has astringency and anti-inflammatory benefits.
• Skin appears more toned and smooth as fluid retention is reduced by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the reabsorbtion of excess fluid back into the circulatory system.
I haven’t used the TAN EXTENDER long enough to report on the skin benefits above, but the product lives up to its tan amplifying effects. I believe this helped extend the life of my tan to a week and made sure I didn’t get the patchiness when the tan eventually started to wear off. The lotion itself is sweet smelling and rubs into the skin considerably well. I would use this self-tan extender only when I have a tan on, as the product contains Mineral Oil which I am not keen on, however I can’t deny it does a wonderful job at keeping my skin hydrated and provide a longer lasting, natural-looking tan.
[Image Credit: ModelCo]