Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel Review

Cocoa Brown Instant tan bronzing gel
It’s been a few weeks since my trip to Dublin for the launch of the new Cocoa Brown Instant Bronzing Gels and I’ve had some time to really get to try these products and put them to the test. The new Cocoa Brown Bronzing Gels come in two different finishes; matte and shimmer, do you remember back in the day when you’d dowse yourself in the Rimmel Instant tanners? I”ve had a few tanning disasters with that product, way before I knew about tanning mitts id end up with uber dark tanned hands and very streaky legs so it actually put me off instant tanners until now.

When I became a mum I quickly discovered that I have even less time to tan, do my hair and have a  general pamper so quick fix products are now my go to and the new bronzing gels have fitted right into my every day routine a treat! As you may know I tan once a week using the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Dark Mousse, it’s my go to tan but I always like to make sure it’s completely gone before next application to avoid patches and build up so I now use the Matte bronzing gel towards the end of the week when I need a little pick me up and it’s so good. 

cocoa brown bronzing gel before after
I absolutely love the gel formula, Marissa took a lot of care and thought when it came to creating this product she wanted to make an instant tan that would be very easy to apply and something that would dry instantly and she has got that on point. The tan glides on like a dream and dries within seconds, I often pop it on before rushing out the door and put my clothes straight on with no problems at all. The tan is very lightweight and is also non-comodengenic which means it’s safe to use on the face so you don’t have to worry about break outs, I don’t tan my face very often so it’s a great way to add some colour instantly by just mixing a tiny amount with your every day foundation. You also don’t have to worry about that awful fake tan smell because with these gels there is none, it’s beautifully scented with Cocoa Browns signature scent Tahitian Gardenia.
cocoa brown bronzing gel
I’ve spoken a lot about the Matte gel which is definitely my favourite of the two but the shimmer is definitely one to grab too, I like to use the shimmer gel down the centre of my legs to create glossy supermodel pins and I also add it to the collar bone area and cheekbones to highlight and accentuate. To apply both gels I use the new Cocoa Brown Double Sided Deluxe Pink Velvet Tanning Mitt, as you can see I have a very cute personalised one which is adorable I use one side for the shimmer and the other side for the matte and it works a treat.
I’m so impressed with the new Cocoa Brown Bronzing gels they would be perfect for those that are often in a rush, need a quick tanning pick me up throughout the week and just want something quick and easy to use that gives a flawless finish every time. Seriously what next from the Cocoa Brown ladies? I’m excited to find out because everything so far has been amazing, oh and for those of you who want to create completely flawless pins then I must add that Lovely Legs had just had a little revamp with a new formula and finish, the colour is a fabulous golden bronze and it really works well at creating perfect looking skin covering any imperfections, veins or stretch marks! It’s a miracle worker.
You can buy your Instant Tan Bronzing Gels for just £5.99 or €6.99, from and in Cocoa Brown stockists now!

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  • wow the difference looks amazing! I think the before and after pics are swapped around 🙂
    I've not heard of this before, but looks a lot more promising than all products I've tried in the past, streaky lines everytime!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Ah Pam thanks for spotting this, that will teach me for editing with a toddler around to distract hehe! x

  • I'm SO excited to try this, I love Cocoa Brown and know I'll get so much use out of it 🙂

    Claire | | xx

  • This looks amazing- anything that makes the tanning process quicker and easier is a winner in my books!!
    abi x

  • I'm not a fan of the 1 hour tan as its a little bit too light for me, but the gel looks great! Love your photos to show the products too x

    • Oh you should try the 1 hour dark tan, whole different ball game 🙂

  • I absolutely LOVE Marissa Carter's tan, such a natural now and so easy to use!

    Abigail Alice x | Travel, Fashion & Beauty

  • Adina Z

    I gotta try this. It looks amazing

  • I love the gradual tanner and have just received the 1 hour tan to try, this one sounds and looks amazing too, she's knows exactly what she's doing when it comes to tanning. Great photographs too xx

  • Caz

    This looks amazing! I always struggle to find a good tanner so I definitely need to try it 🙂
    Caz | thisiscaz