Australia is known for being a sunny country (unless you live in Melbourne, in which case it’s either extreme heat or icy cold). So when it comes to golden, sun-kissed skin, we’re pretty much an authority. But if you don’t want to fall victim to the perilous effects of the sun, don’t worry, because we’ve also got the best fake tans in Australia for an easy, faux glow.
Whether you’re after a deep bronze look or more of a natural vibe, there is a multitude of fake tan brands out there to cater to your taste. Some may prefer gradual tans for an easy transition from winter to summer, but if you’re looking for instant golden goddess results, a fast-developing coat of colour will do the job.
If you don’t like sleeping in fake tan overnight, these days most formulas only require an hour to three at most to do their thing. Plus, the smell has gotten a lot better.
So whether you’ve got money to spend or if you’re just after some cheap thrills, here’s our edit of the best fake tan in Australia.
7 of the best fake tans in Australia
#1 Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam – Dark
We say: With a 4.8/5 star rating and multiple awards under its belt, the black Bondi Sands bottle is undeniably one of the best fake tans in Australia. According to reviews, the best part of its formula is that it fades evenly and naturally. No flaking or unsightly patches here.
You say: “I bought this purely due to the AMAZING reviews of it, and I wasn’t disappointed. It gave me a streak-free natural tan on my very pale skin without looking abnormal. I got so many compliments when I went out for the first time with this tan because it didn’t look orange or patchy.” – Helenexxx
$17.99 for 200ml at Chemist Warehouse
#2 St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
We say: St. Tropez has always been seen as the gold standard of tan and for good reason. Formulated with a unique aromaguard fragrance technology, this quick-drying formula reduces odour by 70 per cent, leaving a light and subtle fragrance. AKA it’s ideal for those who can’t stand the smell of fake tan. Plus, it’s infused with aloe vera, for a glowing tan and lightly moisturised skin.
You say: “It has a very natural colour. I have very fair skin and when I tell people I am wearing fake tan they don’t believe me. It does not have a smell.” – jilabee
$29.97 for 240ml at Chemist Warehouse
#3 Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse – Ultra Dark
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
#4 Tan-Luxe Hydra-Mousse Self Tanner
We say: They don’t call it ‘Tan-Luxe’ for nothing. And while it may be the priciest tan in our edit, if you’re someone with a busy lifestyle who needs a clear formula instead of a colour-guided one, it’s the best there is. Simply go about your day while the skin care-infused formula gets to work. No stains, no worries.
$55 for 200ml at Sephora
#5 SugarBaby READY SET GLOW
We say: If you’re prone to skin sensitivity, this lightweight mousse could be the one for you. Made to soothe and hydrate the skin while it develops, the coconut-water infused formula avoids common irritants and synthetic fragrances. It’s dermatologically tested and is made in Australia.
$29 for 200ml at sugarbabybeauty.com.au
#6 LYCON LYCO-BRONZE Self-Tanning Foam
We say: To replicate a summer glow year-round, this vegan and cruelty-free formula is built with premium natural pigments that nourish your skin while it tans. It takes just one hour to develop but you can leave it on for three in order to develop a deeper colour.
You say: “So happy that I think this foam will now always be my go-to tanning product” – louisechild
$32.95 at lyconretail.com
Read more LYCON LYCO-BRONZE Self-Tanning Foam reviews.
#7 Elle Effect The Self Tanning Mousse
We say: On the pricier side, but worth every penny. Influencer Elle Ferguson’s first foray into the beauty world is really, really good – it smells like roses (great for those who can’t cope with the traditional tan smell!). Plus, it’s an amazing colour for all skin tones. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s currently out of stock both at MECCA and on the brand’s website. But it’s definitely one to keep an eye out for if you’re a true fake tan lover.
Elle Effect, $44.95 at elleeffect.com
Main image credit: @elleeffect
What’s your favourite fake tan?