I’m a sucker for tan, there’s no doubt about that. I love trying new formulas but one tan I always go back to is Bellamianta. I am a devote user of the Irish tanning brand, but I love to try new products as much as I can.
However, I saw a lot of people talking about Iconic Bronze, which is another Irish brand and stocked in Penneys around the country. For just €12, I had to pick it up. People all over the internet have been raving about it but I didn’t think that it was as good as they said. In fact, I noticed a lot of the people endorsing it didn’t look as bronzed as I personally like. Yes, they were using medium and I pick up dark in almost every tanning shade, but I really didn’t expect much. What interested me the most was that these influencers all mentioned the smell of this tan – or lack there of.
Right, enough waffle, time to dive in. First, I’ll start off with the mitt.
I love the packaging of this mitt – it’s a metallic pink, and I’m a sucker for anything pink. At just €8, it’s a steal! The mitt itself feels luxuriously soft before any tan goes on it. I almost didn’t want to put it on! When I did put the tan on the mitt and rubbed it on my skin, it didn’t feel as soft. The smoothness went away and it was almost like a fresh towel feel, if that makes sense. That said, it applied the tan evenly and was great at buffing any lines away.
Now, let’s get to the real reason you’re reading this – the actual tan.
Before we dive into my thoughts, there is a HUGE list on their websites of the benefits. “Instant, ready to wear colour.” “Long lasting with even wear off.” “Olive/Golden Glow.” “Moisturising.” “Quick drying.” Are all these true? Mostly. When I applied the tan, it instantly showed up and grew darker over the first hour. By the time I woke up in the morning, I didn’t want to wash it off because the tan was so wonderfully dark. Like I said, I love a dark tan. It was quick and easy to apply but I did find I had to wait longer for it to dry than with Bellamianta or Cocoa Brown. Think it took about five minutes before I felt comfortable to put on clothes, which isn’t bad – but is longer than the others.
As I applied more and more tan, I realised that less is more. I needed under two pumps for my back and just one pump for my arm. When I washed it off, I was left with a lighter tan but I was still impressed. It was a nice golden tone that didn’t have an orange hue like most other cheaper tans. I’ve been wearing it for just over a week now and have to say I do really like it. It wears off well and doesn’t come off too patchy.
But is it moisturising? Well, certainly more so than most. It has sunflower oil in it, which helps moisturise the skin. And the more supple your skin is, the longer lasting your tan will be. The tan is also loaded with omega 6 and 9, which will help give your skin a lush glow. I didn’t feel I had to put on moisturiser as soon as I washed it off the next day, which is always a good thing.
One thing a lot of people online have been talking about (you know, those paid to talk about it) is the “floral” smell of it. While it didn’t smell like usual fake tan, it certainly didn’t have any of the floral notes mentioned on it’s website. Honestly, it didn’t really have a smell. There was one note that stuck out to me though – cedar. The woody smell is one of the base notes, but it rose to the top for me. This could be different for everyone, though, as scent depends on your own natural scent and your body temperature.
So, is Iconic Bronze worth the fuss? For a tan that costs just €12, it definitely is. My go to tan will still be Bellamianta’s tanning lotion in dark but at a third of the cost, Iconic Bronze will keep me happy until payday.