Beauty review: Bondi Sands PURE

I’m a self-confessed connoisseur of the faux glow, and have tried pretty much every formulation out there - with varying degrees of success. It is still the safest tan out there for tanning at any time of year, and with New Zealand skin cancer rates constantly on the rise it’s time to pick a formula that works for you rather than baking under what are some pretty damn dangerous rays.
One of the most popular brands on the block is Australian runaway success story Bondi Sands, who continue to innovate and create a multitude of tanning options at super affordable price points. Their products seriously delivered, but I know a few people that chose not to use the brand due to concerns about sustainability and the like. And the brand clearly listened, with the end result being PURE.

Bondi Sand’s most conscientious self-tanning range yet, PURE is packaged in ethically sourced, 100 per cent recyclable packaging to limit the impact on our environment. PURE’s packaging is made from ethically sourced, 100 per cent recyclable plastic with zero metal to limit the impact on the environment, meaning you can simply place your product into the recycling bin once you’ve finished.
Formula-wise, the range combines the iconic Bondi Sands glow with a carefully chosen collection of skin-loving ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, Vitamin C for radiance and Vitamin E for repair. The purpose of each of the ingredients has been identified on the packaging to highlight the transparency of this range, and it’s also vegan, cruelty, fragrance and sulphate free. Love that.
The range includes a Self Tan Foaming Water, Gradual Tanning Lotion, Self Tanning Drops, Self Tanning Sleep Mask and Self Tanning Face Mist, and I’ve been trialling the first two with some great results. I was totally intrigued by the idea of the Foaming Water, and have to say I’m now a fan. Available in Light/Medium and Dark, it is dye free and gives a really warm, bronzy glow in about six hours. It doesn’t need to be washed off, and it comes with a first to market foam application and zero metal foam head, that is 100 per cent recyclable and made from recycled materials. Despite wanting to, don’t shake product as the air in the bottle is required to create the perfect foam texture for ease of application. You apply it straight to your bod and then blend using an application mitt, for a fool proof glow. It goes on clear and doesn’t transfer, and the fact that it has no tell-tale smell gets a big tick from me.
I always say that if you’re nervous about self tanners, start by making a gradual tan your friend. Not all are created equal, but the new PURE Gradual Tanning Lotion is an absolute winner in my books. Fast absorbing and also hydrating, I use this straight out of the shower and it literally disappears in an instant. Enriched with the aforementioned skin-loving ingredients, it can be used on its own to build a natural glow over a three day period with daily application, or use it in conjunction with your favourite self tanner to maintain your glow long after it usually starts to fade.
Super easy to use and incredibly well-priced to boot, you can find out more about this stellar range here.

Main image Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash


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