One of my least favourite parts of getting ready to go out is tanning, you need time for it to develop, during that time you have to endure smelling like a biscuit and if it's too hot for a onesie you leave an orange body shaped print on what was your beautiful crisp white sheets! When I saw reviews of a tan that developed in one hour floating around I knew that was what I needed in my life.
Cocoa Brown claims to develop a light tan in one hour, medium tan in two and deep tan in three. To start with I love the bright pink packaging, it's so girly and I probably would have picked it up because of that even if I hadn't read the reviews (marketers dream!) I applied this with my old faithful Primark tanning mitt and the texture was different that I thought it would be, it's a lot bouncier and thicker than any other tanning mousse I've used before, think more hair mousse. It smells really nice and fruity and even when it had been on for a while it didn't develop that tan smell we're all more than familiar with! What I would say about this is that it dries quickly so when you're applying you need to work fast or risk ending up a bit patchy. I left it on for 2 hours before showering the first time I used it and was really disappointed because there was only a tiny bit of colour pay off, nothing majorly noticeable. I left it a couple of days until I tried again and this time left it on for over 3 hours and was also more generous with the mousse when applying it and ended up a much better golden brown colour that I was really happy with. There's nothing sticky about this while you're waiting to wash it off and the guide colour isn't ridiculous either so you could actually leave the house and not feel like an oompa loompa! It's meant to last somewhere between 5 and 7 days but after 3 I was getting really patchy around my wrists which I've never experienced before (it's usually my knees that suffer) and my legs started looking slightly uneven. I will definitely be using this again for when I need a quick fix of tan but I think I'll stick to my stained sheets and Sienna X for those girly nights out when I want something that little bit darker.