I will always remember the day I was approached by Famous Dave. They knew I loved my fake tan, they approached me in a very friendly manner which at the same time oozed confidence and pride in what they do. I was very excited. Both my friends Cat and Ellie were had been raving about it but deep down I was thinking that there is no way that Famous Dave could be better than my Xen Tan. Xen tan changed my tanning life, you see, I am emotionally attached to it. But I wanted to give Famous Dave, the gold edition a fair chance to impress me.
This is what they say about the product:
"Famous Dave's New Luxurious Gold Edition Tanning Mousse is a new and more refined version of our original Tanning Mousse formula that quickly became our best-selling product and scored 5-star ratings from the beauty industry. Developed as an all-natural luxury self tanning product that is paraben-free and has no added fragrance, we use a carefully selected blend of anti-ageing ingredients, natural antioxidants, moisturisers and EHA (a natural agent that tans a deeper layer of the skin for a more realistic and longer-lasting tan that fades evenly) to deliver a self tanning mousse works with all skin tones. The result? A flawless, natural looking tan that now lasts even longer and cares even more for your skin"
I am so glad I went beyond my very quick judgemental first impressions (The font of the logo is a little bit too cartoonish and nothing good can come out with a relationship with a Dave) as I would have definitely missed out on a great product. They were really not mincing out their words when they described this gold edition product as a luxurious self tanning experience. Luxurious is definitely the operative word here. The mousse was very light and an absolute dream to apply and I couldn't even notice the scent. They did such an amazing job at locking out the smell of fake tan, I am absolutely blown away.
Whenever I have tried self tan mousse before, I've always tended to be a little bit of a daredevil and go for the dark version. The Famous Dave Gold Edition perplexed me as it only exists in one colour and claims to adapt and work with all skin tones. I realised I worried for nothing and the following morning (I usually apply my colour overnight you see) I woke up to a perfect deep tan. No streaks in sight, and I got even darker than with my Xen-Tan Luxe in dark. I am so overwhelmed, this stuff is amazing! As far as durability, I found that it lived very well on my skin and faded out superbly.
So, will you ask, which one is better? Xen Tan or Famous Dave? Famous Dave lasts 5 days on me, Xen Tan around 7 days, but in return Famous Dave gives me a deeper tan. I find it hard to choose. I am all about emotions and feelings: Xen tan was the first one who rocked my boat (yes, Dave, turned out that you were not the first one after all) and I will never be able to forget the experience. Price wise, they are very similar but famous Dave wins the battle of accessibility. I love the fact that I can save up my boots advantage cards to get some Famous Dave, something which is not possible with Xen tan. You know how Boots discount all their left over Christmas gift sets on boxing day? Well, I am trying not to think about the possibility to have a Famous Dave Christmas Set discounted to half price because I will get too excited for words.
Price wise, they are roughly very similar and both Xen Tan and Famous Dave retail at £28.99 for a big tube/bottle. Famous Dave however, for me, wins the accessibility card hand down. I love the fact that I can go to my small local Boots and get some when I run out, something which I will never get with Xen Tan. I love the fact that I can save up my boots advantage card for it.
Famous Dave: your name might not the most exotic tropical sounding name out there (not as japanese feng shui as Xen tan, not as Italian sounding as vita liberata, not as French Côte d’Azur as St Tropez) but you have completely won me over.
what: Famous Dave Tanning Mousse Gold Edition, 200ml
how much: £24.50 (from online store, free delivery, kerching) or £28.99 at Boots
Disclosure: Product was offered for review purposes. Views expressed are my own.