He-Shi self tan: Review

Last week I was invited to go along to a blogger event for a PR company as an introduction to the brands they represent. One of which was Irish self-tanning brand, He-Shi. At the event it was lovely to meet one of the mother-daughter duo behind the brand who gave me a bit of background and a demonstration of the product.

Whilst it was lovely to be introduced to the tanning products, after a winter being ‘au-natural’ (also known as so pale I may turn transparent) it was a slight shock to the system to wake up with a random glowing patch on my arm. BUT, on the plus side – the colour was really lovely, natural and definitely not orange.
I think it was the lovely colour and the slight insanity of the morning sleepiness that possessed me, the very next morning, to grab the tester bottle and give the whole body tanning a go.

I know, I know – what of earth was I thinking. Tanning in the morning (and yes, I was running late already…) who knows – I think it was the promise of not looking deathly pale again.

When I got going I realised that the application was an absolute breeze. Using the foamy tanning mitt (lined with plastic so it doesn’t soak through) I used the He-Shi Express Liquid Tan, and it really is an excellent speedy tan. The liquid formula meant that it was really easy to apply, blend and almost ‘buff’ into the skin – totally avoiding streaks. The tanner is tinted, so you can see exactly where you have covered and where you have missed. Another huge plus, it dries amazingly quickly – so there was no problem with getting dressed within ten minutes.

I actually made my foolish early morning tanning idea even worse by deciding to wear white… but I was pleasantly surprised by how little it transferred (there was some, but only minor and has washed out easily as the tan is water based).

So far, so good. Applies easily, blends, dries quickly and doesn’t stain clothes. Oh, and it doesn’t have that fake-tan smell.

So after my hasty, impulsive application – I was a tad worries when sanity set back in and I realised I was potentially going to turn streaky orange by lunchtime – like magic, before my colleagues very eyes.

But I was pleasantly surprised – actually more than that – I was very impressed. The colour that developed was lovely. Very natural, and very healthy. No one at work noticed anything dramatic – big plus – but courtesy of my hasty application I realised I had totally missed my back. In summer, this would look ridiculous, but in winter it was actually a good chance to compare the difference.
Since I applied it, I have found that it has faded really well and really naturally. Not something I find with St Tropez – which tends to go patchy after a couple of days – this hasn’t happened with the he-shi, it has faded almost as naturally as a real tan. Which on a pale-y person like me, is a good thing as patchy bits look really bad.

So, my over all view – I am hugely impressed. Putting aside the childish ‘he-shi’ jokes (the name is because it’s a uni-sex tan, and is a play on the names of the two creators) this is a genuinely impressive product.

I do love fake tan, but I hate how much effort it can be – so anything like this that is so easy and quick to use is a winner with me. I will be using again and would definitely buy again when it runs out.

Go to http://www.he-shi.eu/ for more information. The Express Liquid Tan costs £20 for 150ml, so is a comparable price to other tanning products on the market. The range also includes a gradual tanner, a moisturiser, a facial tanner and a yummy smelling exfoliator.

**The Small Print**

This product was provided free of charge for consideration for review. All reviews are honest and impartial, regardless of source.


  1. February 16, 2010 / 10:34 am

    fab review, i wanted this as soon as i saw it!

    *adds to wishlist*


  2. Get Lippie
    February 16, 2010 / 12:57 pm

    As I saw you the same day you applied it (I’m still far too scared to play with mine!) I can confirm that it looked really natural, and very un-orange. You looked really healthy and glow-y.

  3. Anonymous
    September 4, 2010 / 5:54 pm

    It is the best tan ever….I have tried them all, from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Fake Bake, St Tropez bla bla bla…but this is the KING of fake tan. Amazing!! Plus the bottle lasts for ever, and people constantly ask me if I’ve been away. He-Shi rules!! xx

  4. May 1, 2012 / 8:43 am

    As a naturally ‘blue-white’ person I will def have to give this one a try out. Just like Anonymous, above, I have tried most premium brands on the market and would be loath to give any a 10/10. My main bugbear is early fading and patchiness. Thanks for the tip.

  5. May 7, 2012 / 11:59 am

    I have used this on my Daughter for her prom and found it fantastic! I will definitely be using this on myself.

  6. May 7, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    I have used this on my daughter for her prom and found it fantastic I will defiantly be using this on myself.

  7. May 7, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    I have used this on my Daughter for her prom and found it fantastic! I will definitely be using this on myself.

  8. He shi
    November 13, 2012 / 7:36 am

    The He Shi Express liquid tanis a great self tanner,that gives you an instant colour when you apply.I have seen great collection about it and which could be more helpful.

  9. Anna
    July 16, 2015 / 9:57 am

    I love He-Shi tans.. I know they’re expensive but they are quality and don’t give you that orangey cheep look. I am never without the 1hour tan. I couldn’t find it in my local town but found it online here and I think it was free postage too http://bit.ly/1JjzEMR

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