The Worst Tan? // Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan

After hearing nothing but rave reviews about this tan, I thought I would finally pick it up when I saw it was finally on the shelves in my local Tesco. I was so excited to give it a try that I pretty much put it on as soon as I got home from buying it and I was nothing but disappointed with it, I honestly do not understand why everybody loves it so much because there isn't one thing I even like about it! I never normally do negative reviews but I had to share my opinions on this one because of seeing nothing but good reviews on it! 
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan Review
Lets start with the application. I hated it but thought it might be worth it in the end if I am left with a gorgeous colour. I really didn't like the texture of this tan, it was more of a foam which I found quite difficult to apply because even after I stopped putting the tan onto the mitt it carried on coming out and I honestly had no idea how much to use, I would have preferred a pump. The colour of the foam was almost nonexistent, the colour was so light I couldn't even tell where I had applied it which resulted in missing parts which is the worst when it comes to fake tan. 

For a fake tan that claimed to have 'no fake tan smell' it sure as hell does. During application, there was no fake tan scent, it applied with a very floral scent but as soon as it was left on to develop, the fake tan, biscuit scent begun to linger. I don't think I have ever smelt so bad from a fake tan before and it was so strong too. I don't think it would have bothered me so much if it didn't claim to have that fake tan scent when it clearly does. 

Scent and application aside, I was still hoping for a gorgeous colour. Nope, didn't get that! I left it on for almost two hours before I had had enough of it. It felt my skin looking patchy and with a slight green tint to it which I was so annoyed with. Family members actually told me I looked extremely dirty which put me off this fake tan all together. After around two hours of letting it develop I had to rinse it off without using any shampoo, soap or shower gel as recommended and it rinsed off almost all of the colour which I was pretty happy about because I didn't want to look green or dirty! I had wasted two hours of my evening trying to get a gorgeous tan but all I got was a stinky fake tan, terrible application and no colour. Another thing I need to mention is that, after I rinsed off the tan, it actually stained my towel which I have never had with any other fake tan I have used. 

I truly don't understand why everybody seems to love it so much as it is possibly one of the worst beauty products I have ever tried and I am so annoyed I wasted £7.99 on this. Has anyone else had an experience like this? Please let me know. 



  1. It's a shame you didn't get on with this.
    I actually quite like it (not as much as all the people who rave about it) but I think it's a good budget tan. It does really stink though and the applicator is even worse when you're nearing the end of the bottle. It's soo hard to get out.

  2. Thanks for such an honest review! Hearing negatives is just as important!

    Kim .. REALITY

  3. I've heard so many people rave about this, so it's a shae it really didn't work for you! Thanks for the honest review :)

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  4. I'm SO glad you wrote this review! I tried a sample and wasn't fussed either

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  5. It's good to hear the negative reviews as well as the bad so thank you. I'm about to try the new Bondi Sands tan which sounds impressive so I'll try and blog about that soon.


  6. Its such a shame you didn't like it as i have ready so many good reviews lately x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  7. What a shame you didn't get on with this. I personally love it for a light hint of colour. Never seen a green tint though, wonder if it was a bad batch?!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

  8. Aww such a shame you didnt get along with Cocoa Brown! The first time i used it, i wasnt a big fan! But i recently started trying it again, and i found when i slept with the tan on overnight, it definetly looked better and darker!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  9. Love reading an honest review! <3
    Chloe xx


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