With August getting off to a rainy start, you may want to hop into the bathroom and cheat your way to a sunkissed glow (which is safer anyway!). These two from Superdrug's Solait range won't break the bank either.
Solait Self Tan Tinted Bronzing Lotion* (200ml, £7.99, link)
Although mousses are my preferred formula when it comes to self-tanning, lotions often come in at a close second, and this one was really easy to apply as it has a great colour guide so you can see exactly where it's been put on and what areas, if any, have been missed. Consistency wise, it feels like a regular body lotion that's slightly on the sticky side, and it takes a little longer than others I've tried to fully absorb into the skin.
I tried this out in the shade Medium/Dark which gave my light olive skin a gorgeous, natural looking tan colour - no orange! I applied it with a mitt and didn't have any issues with streaks or patchiness. I left it on for just over 4 hours to develop as instructed, but would recommend leaving it on longer or doing a second application if you wanted a darker tan (I'd say this is definitely more of a medium tan shade than a dark one). Lasted about 3 days before I started to notice it fading, and when it did, it went away evenly. All in all, I liked it a lot with the only downside being that it has a very strong, traditional 'biscuits' fake tan smell whilst it's developing.
Solait Self Tan Tinted Bronzing Mousse* (150ml, £7.99, link)
For mousse fans like me, this one is a great budget buy to try out. Like the lotion above, it has a dark tinted colour guide so you can see exactly where you've applied it (ideal for beginners!), and the mousse formula spreads evenly over the skin. It does take a little while to dry though as it feels a bit sticky when you first put it on, but it doesn't smell as bad as the lotion does (still reminiscent of that biscuits smell but nowhere near as strong).
You can leave it on for 1-4 hours depending on how dark you want the tan to look and I tried it out in the Dark shade. I left it on for the full 4 hours and achieved a much deeper, but still natural looking tan than I got from the lotion - loved the results! No streaks or patches, lasted again around 3 days and wore off evenly after that. Pretty good stuff for less than £8!
What are your favourite budget-friendly self-tanners?
Have you tried anything from this Solait range?