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Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil Review

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About Bondi Sands

Bondi Sands is a mid-range self tanning brand made in Australia but sold all over the world. I have tried a few of their products, but this review will focus on the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil. Bondi Sands are a cruelty free brand that sell a range of gradual tanners, fake tans, sun protection and skincare. Their Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil is one of just many vegan products they have to offer.

Inspired by Australia’s most iconic beach, and a desire to make the ultimate tan accessible to everyone, our salon quality self tanning formulas work to give you an even, naturally golden tan that hydrates and nourishes the skin, meaning you stay bronzed for longer.

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Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil Review

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil Review

The amount of self-tanners I have tried over the years is borderline ridiculous. Being half-Sottish, half-English, I have very fair skin and very dark hair. Obviously I have absolutely nothing against pale skin, I just really don’t think it suits me personally. I feel much more confident and much more ready to go makeup-free with a bit of a glow.

For a long time I switched between trying to use gradual tanner every evening (and failing, because keeping up that routine is hard!), and spending a whole morning a week on fake tan. Honestly, neither of those options really work for me (except during lockdown 1, when fake-tan-Saturdays were something to do!).

I had heard of spritz-on-and-go tanning oil before, but it didn’t sound like my bag. For one, this Bondi Sands tanning oil was expensive (£15 for a small bottle!). For another, I’d read that you had to be an expert at applying it to avoid streaks (and a streak-free expert I am not).

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Packaging & Style

I eventually gave in and splashed out on a bottle when I moved to Spain last year. I wanted something that would give me high-impact without taking up too much space in my rucksack. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil seemed to get the best reviews, so I ordered a bottle, half assuming that it would end up being a bright orange waste of money.

I was wrong. I am a total convert, and even after moving back to the UK this dry-oil is the only fake tan in my toiletry bag. I still love that it’s compact – one 150ml bottle of Liquid Gold will last me up to three months (depending on how religiously I use it). I also love how easy it is to apply – you do have to massage it well until it’s nearly dry to avoid streaks, but it dries in seconds and then you can dress immediately. You don’t even need to wash it off, you can just apply and go.

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil Review

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Application & Performance

I’d recommend applying this before bed. Although the initial smell is Bondi Sands’ iconic coconut cream heaven, it does develop into the usual fake-tan biscuit smell after a few hours. I find that I can shower off the smell the next morning, and still retain my glow. Apart from the few times I’ve occasionally sprayed it onto my bed (yeah, I’m that clumsy), I’ve never had a problem with this staining my sheets, even white ones!

The formula is basically liquid, but it comes in a spray bottle to apply directly onto your skin. Although Bondi Sands recommend applying this dry-oil with a mitt, I personally prefer to use my bare hands. I find it’s much easier to apply it evenly this way. After applying Liquid Gold all over my body, I thoroughly wash my hands and use a large makeup brush to cover the backs of my hands and fingers. This sounds like a faff, but honestly just takes a couple of minutes.

On the occasions that I have used it during the day, I notice my skin starting to brown after around two hours. As it says on the bottle, it takes six to eight hours to fully develop. I reapply this every three to four days, and in that time it has noticeably faded. It doesn’t last as long as a full-scale fake tan routine would, but I’m happy to forego that for the ease of using this tanning oil. (This quick-fading is not helped by my love of boiling hot showers!)

One thing I have to mention in an honest review is that, as with all fake tans, this oil is drying. If I don’t remember to moisturise regularly (which is most of the time) I do notice the colour starting to go patchy in areas of dry skin, such as near my elbows and around my ankles. However, other than gradual tanning moisturisers, I’ve never found a fake tan that doesn’t cause this.

Liquid Gold Tanning Dry-Oil Price & Range

As I said above, I was hesitant to purchase this Bondi Sands Dry-Oil due to its’ price tag, but I honestly think it was so worth it. One small bottle of this dry-oil probably lasts me as long as a full bottle of fake tan, because it goes on so thinly, not to mention the time it saves! I couldn’t recommend it more in this review.

Although this only comes in one shade, Bondi Sands do have other products in their Liquid Gold range if dry-oil isn’t really your thing. They also have an Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil if you prefer something a little more subtle.