Rated 4.37 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review SOOOO DARK! - Very suprising!
I read very mixed reviews about the Bondi Sands Aero Express - After trying the Aero light/ Medium, i wanted to try something darker. On the bottle, the Aero express says for a light/med tan leave for 30 mins, 1 hour only gives a dark tan result, and 2-3 hours for the darkest tan. I'll be honest with you - i thought " 30 minutes only for a MEDIUM tan that lasts? What rubbish " - , I thought well i'll try it. Imagine being tanned for a week after only a 30 minute application! I had to try it. LOL I'm a fair skinned aussie. I prepped as per usual and started applying - the aero is a lightweight dark mousse and it applied very easily. I did my whole body, back and face in about 20 mins. I left it for exactly 40 minutes, then had a long hot shower which took off the guide colour. I got out, i was the exact shade of pale as when i started. I honestly thought, meh - that was money down the drain. Cue to the next morning - OMG! I was DARRRKKKKKK! Like as if i was bronzed from wearing the Bondi Sands Dark mousse for 8 hours!! I couldn't believe how dark i was! But very natural... I was almost too dark lol. I was so suprised at this product. It was even, brown bronzed. Not a hint of orange or yellow. I hit the clubs Friday night and ended up with my shirt off and everyone was complimenting my tan. This is my new go too! From applying to showering off, was less than 1 hour. Usually i'm standing around for hours waiting to dry. I applied Thursday night, i have two showers a day. Its saturday now and my tan is still lovely and dark, just lightly faded. Hardly any fake tanner smell. Try it! Ps - It does not lie when it says 1 hour for a dark tan, so don't leave it on longer than you want. 40 minutes gave me a DARK tan, but takes overnight to develop. What a great product! Thanks Bondi Sands, you are game changers!!! I will never be without a can of this ever again!
Most Helpful Critical Review Pretty good
Not as dark as I wanted. I normally use loving tan 2hr express in dark and this doesn't get me as dark as that did even if I leave this on for the recommended 3 hours (to get the darkest per the bottle) But this is cheaper and you get more product. This also doesn't show up immediately after rinsing. It will continue developing after rinsing and you'll be darker the next day. I have VERY pale skin (too light for most foundation ranges pale. Maybelline matte and poreless shade 100 pale) with a yellow undertone. This has a green tint and can ALMOST make me look a tad green in some lighting. And this kind of makes my tan look dull and less sun kissed and bronzy. I think I prefer a more red based tan to even out my yellow undertone rather than emphasize it and make me green. This does fade incredibly though! When I first saw people saying it fades into nothing, I didn't know how that was possible. All my tans have always faded splotchy especially around my armpits and elbows etc. but this really doesn't. It just fades and then it's gone and you don't even notice which is great! Unless you layer it then it will splotch. Like if you have it on for a few days and it's started to fade and so you add another coat, then it will fade splotchy. Idk if it does that if you layer immediately after rinsing the first application I only did it after wearing the first layer for about 4 days. (It prob last 5 then nothing's really left on day 6 and 7) It applies nice and even but it's kind of shocking at first because the foam is a dark greenish black and unlike my loving tan, I cannot apply this and then leave the house while it develops because it makes me look like I rubbed black mud all over my body. It doesn't stay sticky for long but the more I use it, it seems like the sticky lasts longer and longer. The smell is okay. It's kind of strong. It's not like the typical tan smell but it definitely has a scent. I think I'd like to try another product by them. I don't see a lot of before and afters for this product on their IG but see a lot of super dark results with the liquid gold I think it's called so I may try that because I want a really dark tan. They do have GREAT customer service. My bottle came broken and they sent me another one with little to no hassle on my end and that was very kind!
Reviewed by 1949 customers Not my favorite
Katie B from Ohio
The first time i used this was on a Thursday. Kept it on maybe four hours then rinsed with no soap so that it could continue developing. I am so pale that my skin is pretty much translucent lol but this first application did almost nothing. The next day i put it on for more like 6-8 hours and i did get a nice color after rinsing. Unfortunately this nice tan was gone by Monday. So it lasted pretty much two days. It's definitely not an express tan and i wouldn't recommend but it did give me a nice color for a very short while. I liked how it spread and the texture. Not too sticky and seemed to dry fast. I cannot speak on the smell of it because i haven't been able to smell for over a year now due to Covid. :(
I never write bad reviews but
Bree from Minnesota
This stuff turned me green , I know good tanner and for some reason I look green when after applying , like I looked greyish green ! It was the worst tanner I ever bought ! Idk if it was a bad batch but don't even know if I can return it !
Lasted one day
Loydi from West palm beach
Got this because it was on sale ... im a weekly tanner and honestly im shocked with these good reviews.. the tan didn't work in my stomach area for some reason i had to put a second layer at the next day just to notice that the first color was already fading so basically u look tan for a day lol
MrsRollans from Little Rock, AR
This tanner is great! Easy to use, blends like a dream and dries in 10-15 minutes. It gives me a nice natural medium tan in 2 hours which is perfect for me as I like a lighter, more natural tan. When you go to wash it off, you will see the colour guard come off in the shower, but just wait until the next morning and you will see the full colour appear. This is the first tanner that I can use and not give myself awful orange patchy feet which is a godsend!
Bronze Goddess in 1hr
Dallasfitchick from Dallas
This is by far the best self tanning product on the market. The color is beautiful.... no orange, oompa loompa color, and the convenience of a tan in 1hr ( although I usually leave on for 2 to 3 hrs) makes this mousse a no brainer. The foam is tinted, and thick, making application a breeze. I use a regular mitt, and the Bondi back applicator.
Color is even, streak free, and by using the Bondi gradual tanning lotion, my tan stays beautiful for a week.
Doesn't get me dark
Kimmy from Omaha
Literally sleep In it and only get like a medium shade
Nice golden glow
Amanda from Ohio
This product gives you a very good GOLDEN tan… If you're looking for olive tanned skin, this aint it. It's ALMOST borderline orange - not my favorite, but not the worst. The smells is amazing, easy application. Leave on for 2-3 hours, wash off lightly. Don't use a loofah or pouf. Pat your skin with a towel. The tan then develops more over the next few hours. Not streaky. Don't wash hands even an hour after application (it will get streaky). Overall a good, affordable tanning product!
Tashyshashy from Florida
Not sure how I feel about this. The first time I applied I left on for 3 hours per directions. I looked maybe half a shade darker. Then I reapplied again the next day for six hours and turned a couple shades darker. I like how the foam isn't as messy as sprays I've used but that's about it. The color looked really strange on me, almost green. For reference I have fair skin with freckles. Made me self conscience the whole time wearing. I'll be returning this. I'm really confused on the good reviews
not a fan
kris from Kentucky
I tried this product with high hopes, but it left me streaky and faded off in chunks... will never be purchasing again. i wasted my money.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Brit from Tulsa Oklahoma
All self tanner comes off in the shower right after! DHA IS ACTIVATED WITH WATER! It will still take hours to develop after you rinse it off! Stop giving products bad reviews for user error.
This is the one!!!
Brooke from Shreveport
I love the share this gives me. It's so natural! I leave it on for around 3-4 hours for the deepest tan. It fades beautifully, some of the other Bondi sands patch off pretty badly. I will only buy this product for all of my tans!
First Bondi Sands product
Camille from Ohio, USA
I am so glad I tried this foam. It actually dries down quickly and I'm not sticky at all. Guide color is pretty but obviously isn't the final result. First time I used this I left it on for about 2.5 hours. The next day it didn't seem dark enough so I did another layer of it and left it on for about the same amount of time. The color was absolutely gorgeous and natural. Even my husband liked it and he isn't a huge fan of self tan lol! I only knocked off a star because I wouldn't call this an express in what it's advertising because I think depending on your skin you almost need AT LEAST two hours before rinsing for some color. I leave it on now for about five hours and the color the next day is perfect for me. I'm a pretty pale Italian-descent so I tan pretty easily. No orange tones on my neutral skin. I would say it lasts about 5 days which is no problem for me because I love doing it lol!
I know some people take to DHA differently so that's why there is a lot of variation in effectiveness. Haven't quite figured out why though so if one product doesn't seem to work try another!
Give it time to develop!!!
Amanda from Cleveland, OH
I see so many negative comments saying this didnt work and they were the same shades before after a shower. Same thing happened to me. I was the same pale shade after showering this off, but the next morning I was a very natural medium dark glow. Very pretty glow! You have to give time for the DHA to develop from this product. Trust me, it's so worth it!!
Good for fair skin/ freckles, a nice tan after a few hours
Katie from USA
The first time I used this was the first time I'd used the aerated foam type tanner. I don't think I put enough product on. I left it on for 2.5 hours and rinsed. The color was extremely light after rinsing, but continued to develop overnight and was a nice light tan color in the morning.
The second time, I used more product and left on 4 hours and achieved a very nice tan.
I am very fair skinned. This isn't a super dark tan, which I like. I think at 4 hours I got perfect color. It even looks natural on hands and feet. It got a bit dark on my face so I will not be leaving it on my face for 4 hours again.
It fades fairly evenly. I'd say it lasts 4 days before I need to remove it, unless I add gradual tanner to prolong it.
The smell isn't too bad and it dries down quickly.
Christmas all year long!
Skelley from Sacramento
I don't know why my results are so different from others or if this product just doesn't work with the ph of my skin but everytime I applied this it would turn red and green all splotchy everywhere! I looked like I dyed my skin for Christmas! After I would shower the red and green would go away but I wasn't left with a tan at all. Loving Tan is the best I have found so far
Left absolutely no trace of tan
Kate from Wisconsin
I'm an avid self tanner as I am pretty pale (first neutral shade in almost every foundation) and I was pretty excited for a quick tan. This product left me with literally no color after leaving it on for 1 hour 45 minutes. For a "medium tan" after only 30 and a dark after 1 hour this was extremely disappointing….I have no clue how people on here claim this gives them a dark color when im so pale you can see my veins and I didn't even get a hint of color.
ALL DHA PRODUCTS WILL TAKE A GOOD 12 HOURS TO DEVELOP
Hollyg23 from OK
For those saying that you showered 1-3 hours after applying and all of the tanner washed off- what you are seeing rinse down the drain is the bronzer/color guard. DHA, which is the active ingredient in ALL self tanners, takes at least 12 hours to fully develop. The purpose of the express tanners is not to give you a completely developed tan in 2 hours. The purpose of these fast tanners is they give you the ability to rinse off the product much sooner than traditional tanners so you're not spending all day or night with sticky, staining bronzer on your skin. They will still require the same amount of time to develop as traditional self tanners that recommend not showering or rinsing until at least 8-12 hours after application. DHA is what causes your skin to tan. DHA is completely clear. All of it. No matter what brand you use. When you use a rapid tanner, you're going to look very dark right after application because of the bronzer/color guide. When you shower after the 1-3 recommended hours, you are going to rinse that bronzer away and will look exactly like you did before applying the tanner. That is normal. Over the next several hours, the DHA that your skin absorbed will start to gradually develop. I think there's a huge misconception that rapid/express tanners give you a tan much more rapidly. This is not the case. Their purpose is to allow you to rinse off sticky product much sooner than you can with traditional tanners, because no one likes stained bed sheets.
LOVE the Express Tan!
KJSA from NY
Ok I'm obsessed. It does dry fast so you gotta work fast BUT the express formula works so well on me. I hate wearing self tanner to bed because I have white sheets and I can't wear it all day. This is the best. NOTE color will keep developing after you wash it off!! I'm pale and I leave it on for 2 hours. When I wash it off, it's darker but not drastic. When I wake up, it's drastic. The color is slightly olive on me. Wish it were a little cooler toned but it totally works on my skin still and I have red hair even. LOVE THIS STUFF. I even like it better than Ashley Graham.
Meg from Dallas
I've been having issues as the other 1 star reviews. No matter how long I kept it on it just immediately washes off. I'm gonna be taking mine back and going back to loving tan
B from Massachusetts
The good: When I first tried this, I was shocked at how good it smelled! Be warned, you need to work quick with this stuff because it dries to fast. It is not sticky at all when you apply it and it is honestly the most beautiful tan I've ever had.
The bad: it washes off immediately! I've tried it three times so far and each time it washes completely off after one shower. The first time, I followed the directions and kept it on for a little over an hour. The second time, I kept it on for 6 hours. The third time, I kept it on overnight. It's incredibly disappointing because this stuff isn't cheap and to only get one day out each use is ridiculous. I've never tried the other bondi tan products so I'm not sure if this is how the rest are but I don't think I'll ever buy from this brand again.
My new favorite tanner
Izzy b from New Jersey
The tanner itself smells great but after having it on for awhile it does have that spray tan smell to it but that doesn't bother me. I put it on before bed and was in the morning and it gives me the best tan it isn't super dark I have olive skin tone and it does not make me look orange at all and looks so natural I always get so many compliments when I have it on!!!! My new go to!
KZM from NM
I have seen many bad reviews for this product, but I believe it has been misunderstood. The tan takes the same amount of time to develop BUT you are able to rinse it off after only an hour so that you dont smudge it on your stuff. I rinsed it off after 1 hour and of course the color guide rinsed off, yet kept developing in the next few hours. The times I've used it since I just keep the color guide on so I look tan from the start. I personally loved it. I have used loving tan and liked it somewhat, but I am very pale and I feel that it looks green so I hardly ever used it. I used the st. moriz and it gave me hives so I had to get rid of it before it even got to develop. I would definitely have to say that this one is my favorite hands down from the delicious smell to the unbelievable ease of application and even the fact that it does not dry me out even though I dare say I live in the dryest, dustiest place on earth, haha! I have never been able to apply any other tanning product so effortlessly as this one. I have a loving tan mitt I had and get it wet like a blender sponge then squeeze out all the excess water. It goes on flawlessly.
DOESN'T STINK - NOT ORANGE
VNobes from Florida
I usually can't use self tanner as it makes me look ORANGE...as in horridly orange. And they STINK!!! This is the first self tanner I have used that DOESN'T STINK and has a green undertone; which means NO oompa loompa orange. HIGHLY recommend.
Don't like it
Mk from CA
Too messy it's not worth the 💰
not worth it
lou from south carolina
I have a hard time with this blending in. something about the aero formula is very drying to the skin as well. I prefer the regular formula but don't like how sticky and tacky it stays while it's on. I recently switched to tanologist and love their formula so much better.