Rachel Marie Walsh tests in­stant tans, body oils and vo­lu­mis­ing sprays — so you can use only the very best for the party sea­son

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IN­STANT TAN BEST BUY Isle of Par­adise Disco Tan In­stant Wash-Off Body Bronzer, €19.99

There is al­ways a good in­stant colour in my bath­room cup­board and — be­cause mag­a­zine/blog­ger re­views of these things are so of­ten praise for ad­ver­tis­ers and I never truly know till they’re on and dry — some so-so stuff, too. Disco Tan (also avail­able at Boots) is very pretty. The scent is un­ob­tru­sive and the brand hasn’t loaded it with the gold shim­mer that so of­ten keeps bronz­ers from look­ing even and nat­u­ral. The skin­care el­e­ment is ex­cel­lent, a lux­u­ri­ous mix of avo­cado, chia and co­conut that feels ter­rific. ★★★★★

Tan-Luxe The In­stant Hero Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Skin Per­fec­tor , €25, at SpaceNK and Beau­

This tan is very high in de­na­tured al­co­hol which, pro­vided your skin isn’t sen­si­tive, won’t do you too much dam­age the odd night. Al­co­hol is a de­hy­drat­ing agent and this tan will high­light dry­ness. It ab­sorbs very quickly and the tube has an in­te­grated sponge to aid blend­ing but un­even skin tone will have nowhere to hide once the colour sets. This tan is a healthy, Rich Tea bis­cuit-y shade and its shim­mer is flaw-blur­ring. ★★★★✩

Ben­e­fit Hoola Zero Tan­lines, €28.50

Hoola Bronz­ing Pow­der is one of Ben­e­fit’s best­sellers, its uni­ver­sal tint flat­ter­ing most skin tones. The body liq­uid is not ex­actly the same shade (def­i­nitely less lait in the café here), but it still looks more like tan than tango. I also think this quan­tity is a lit­tle mean for the price, but it comes with a smooth­ing ap­pli­ca­tor, smells trop­i­cal and lasts beau­ti­fully. ★★★★✩

St Tropez In­stant Tan Fin­ish­ing Gloss, €25

Chrissy Teigen, re­cently named a Glam­our Woman of the Year by her hus­band (you have to watch his speech, your heart will grow like the Grinch’s), has given this prod­uct some on­line love. It is pretty but also very sheer, the per­fect top-up for a Cal­i­for­nian com­plex­ion. You might use it to add a shim­mery bronze veil to colour you al­ready have. The for­mula is ve­gan and sen­si­tive­skin friendly but not too hy­drat­ing, so mois­tur­is­ing prep is a must. ★★★★★

BODY OIL Leonor Greyl Huile de Magnolia Face and Body Beauty-En­hanc­ing Oil, €34.62 at feelu­

I went search­ing for oil with a flat­ter­ing sheen here, a good tan-fin­isher above hy­dra­tion. Leonor Greyls is gloopy and glam­orously glossy. The per­fume is strong enough to clash with other scents but magnolia it­self is sweet and warm. The for­mula also has a nice mix of an­tiox­i­dants, in­clud­ing lots of repar­a­tive Vi­ta­min E. ★★★★★

Weleda Evening Prim­rose Body Oil, €27.96 at Hol­land and Bar­rett

Weleda said this oil is not so much about anti-age­ing as in­stant re­vival. I im­me­di­ately thought it must have added eu­ca­lyp­tus, horse­tail or some other ex­tract used to pro­voke mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tion, boost blood-flow and give skin some vim. I am de­lighted with this oil’s der­mis-fat­ten­ing for­mula, so high in es­sen­tial acids that it re­quires proper mas­sage to ab­sorb. The two com­bined do make skin look great but aren’t an ideal part­ner for in­stant tan. Heavy oils can cause smudg­ing, hav­ing the same ef­fect on one-night colour as an oil cleanser. ★★★★★

Dr Or­ganic Shea But­ter Won­der Oil, €13.44 at Hol­land and Bar­rett

I thought I’d like this one, it looks so lus­cious in the bot­tle. Alas, is has more per­fume that shea oil (or ‘women’s gold,’ as the brand says Burk­in­abé vil­lagers call it) and does not look as rich or glossy as I’d hope on skin. ★★✩✩✩

BEST BUY Hask Ar­gan Shine Oil, €8.99 at Boots

Oils for­mu­lated for the hair or both hair and body are best for ap­ply­ing over in­stant tan, in my ex­pe­ri­ence. They stay glossy longer than dry body-oil be­cause they need to flat­ter hair (which has no oil glands, obv), but be­cause they are also made to form a light veil do not make skin too greasy, so your tem­po­rary colour is safe. Bum­ble and Bum­ble Hair­dresser’s In­vis­i­ble Oil, €45, is the best hair oil in cre­ation but too ex­pen­sive to be slather­ing on ev­ery night. Thank­fully there are also lots of good qual­ity, af­ford­able for­mu­las on the high street. This pump bot­tle of ar­gan oil also con­tains soy­bean and grape an­tiox­i­dants and is paraben and sul­phate-free. ★★★★★

VO­LU­MIS­ING SPRAY Red­ken Guts 10 Vol­ume Spray Foam, €22.20 at feelu­ and sa­lons na­tion­wide

Party blow­dries should be su­per big and long-last­ing. Think Kaia Ger­ber at Valentino dur­ing Paris Haute Cou­ture Week in Septem­ber and break out your nat­u­ral-bris­tle bar­rel brush. A root-boost­ing, shine-in­duc­ing spray is both eq­uity and in­sur­ance here. This spray foam is what stylist Guido Palau used on Kaia, cre­at­ing awe­some body with a glossy fin­ish. The tex­ture is far lighter than mousse and nongunky. Sep­a­rate hair into medium roller-sized sec­tions and mist the roots of each to max­imise the ef­fect. ★★★★★

BEST BUY Kevin Mur­phy Body Mass, €34 at kev­in­mur­phy­s­

Kevin Mur­phy’s new spray uses vo­lu­mis­ing mas­cara pro­teins to thicken each strand tem­po­rar­ily and for­tify them long term. It is un­usual to mas­sage a styling prod­uct into your scalp rather than your roots, I think, but the brand’s in­cluded oleanic acid and some su­per­food ex­tracts for scalp health and cir­cu­la­tion. It may even en­cour­age hair growth, though I’d choose this prod­uct solely for the June Carter Cash-style roots it both sup­ports and helps keep from drop­ping. ★★★★★

Sch­warzkopf got2b Volu­ma­niac Root Lift Spray, €8.99

Like a body­builder, vo­lu­mis­ing sprays need lots of pro­tein to make a no­tice­able change. This can make hair feel a lit­tle gunked-up, even when freshly washed, so I’m pleased that no flex­i­bil­ity is sat­is­fied in achiev­ing this prod­ucts “crazy root lift”. ★★★★★

Davines Es­sen­tial VOLU Hair Mist, €31.50 at Cult­ and sa­lons na­tion­wide

This one suits all hair types but is es­pe­cially good for dry ends, em­ploy­ing pan­thenol and turnip ex­tract for hy­dra­tion. These in­gre­di­ents will not weigh hair down and the for­mula’s green, fresh scent is di­vine. I have an is­sue with the amount needed per wear, es­pe­cially given the cost. This mist clears fast: the brand rec­om­mends 15 spritzes a blowdry for mi­dlength hair of medium thick­ness. ★★★★✩

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