October 06, 2013

Quick Review: Karora Express Bronzing Mousse

In an effort to get through all of the products that I try out week to week (whether sent to me or purchased myself), I'm going to try to review more of them in singular, simple posts like this one - let me know if you think it's a good idea! First up in the series, we have Karora Express Bronzing Mousse* (€29.99).

Essentially, this is a quick-developing tan and the premise is the same as Cocoa Brown's One Hour Tan - leave it on for an hour or two and then hop in the shower. Nothing new, except it is almost four times the price of the original. I don't want to come down too hard on what is another Irish brand, but I did find it hard to swallow a press release claiming that this is ''a true luxe investment'' when there is such a similar, cheaper and hugely popular product out there already. 

In the interest of fairness, I did give this a good trial. It's grand, but just not worth the splurge, in my opinion. It smelled a tad more than Cocoa Brown, too, and the mousse wasn't as creamy or easy to blend. The colour looked fine on me and was not overly orange, but again, I prefer the shade of CB. It wore off fairly evenly and lasted about the same amount of time as both Cocoa Brown and Tan Organic do on my skin.

Overall? Good, but not good enough for the price. I didn't reap any benefit from the "skin caring" botanical ingredients this claims to have, but to be fair, I would not be expecting that from any tan, no matter what the claim! It has lovely packaging, but again this is not a dealbreaker for me - my tans live in my bathroom cupboard, after all! I suppose this is a bit of a meh review, and my apologies for harping on about Cocoa Brown as it has had its fair share of coverage here and elsewhere, but it really is better and cheaper than this particular product.


  1. I really like the packaging on this but that's a crazy price, especially pitted against Cocoa Brown which has fast become my favourite and go-to tanning product! xx

  2. Your honesty is what keeps me coming back. Thanks for the review :)

    Dee x


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