He-Shi Three Step Fake Tan Review!

I’ve become a slight fake-tan junkie as of late and although I don’t apply it everywhere, I’m really enjoy looking a slightly tanned shade.  I’ve recently been using the He-Shi fake tan range which I’d heard lots about (mainly from Jess at StarViolet beauty; she loves it!) and so I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself.


I was sent the three step regime which includes an exfoliating body wash, a liquid express tan and a soufflé moisturizer!

Step 1 – Exfoliating Body Wash


This stuff smells incredible, like sweet strawberries!  Its a really nice exfoliator – not too harsh, but you can feel the little crystal bits in it scrubbing away.  I haven’t and probably won’t use this on my face although it says that you can, just because my skin is acne prone anyway and I’m weary of using fragranced products that may irritate it! 

Step 2 – Liquid Express Tan


I found this tan is super easy to apply because its a brown liquid so you can see exactly where you are putting it, which is good for people like me who are forgetful and don’t realise where they’ve missed.  It applies smoothly, doesn’t smell at all and sinks into the skin really nicely.  It doesn’t take too long to dry on the skin either, around a minute or two and your ready to go.  The tan develops over a few hours into a lovely golden which you can see in the pictures below.

Step 3 – Soufflé Moisturizer


I love this moisturizer.  It hasn’t got any actual fake tan in it but it helps your tan stay on longer because of the good moisturizing ingredients such as like Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, etc.  This smells lovely, sinks into your skin really nicely and also gives a nice matt finish to your skin which is nice, it makes the skin look really soft.  I’ve been using it daily all over (even without the tan) and it hasn’t irritated my eczema at all which is a plus!

Results –


IMG_0692 (un-tanned arm compared to tanned legs!)

What I think –  I’m really happy with the results – as you can see above its quite a noticeable colour difference but still natural and glowing.  It did go slightly streaky in some places – on my knees and neck area but it wasn’t too bad.  It is my fault because I’m terrible at applying it and tend to dance around slapping it on with my mitt not really paying attention, which I need to stop doing!  I applied this a week and a half ago and I still have a slight colour now which is nice.  Something else I liked about this was that their is hardly a smell in the fake tan and it didn’t transfer onto my pyjamas/bedding after I had applied it.

Please do take extra care when using this though – because I wasn’t expecting the tan liquid to be so ‘liquidy’ it went everywhere when I first applied it – note the change in bed sheets above.  Thankfully the spill did wash out of my white sheets so its not too much of a problem.

The Exfoliating Body Wash is £12, the Express Liquid tan £21 (150ml) and the Soufflé Moisturizer £12.50.  You can get all three products at the moment here for the special offer price of £29.99, along with the mitt which is great value for a starter pack with the whole regime in it, I think and you can buy it all on their website here.

Have you used He-Shi before? Do you think the colour suits pale skin?




  1. March 28, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    I've been really wanting to try he-shi, heard a lot of good things about it. Thanks for the review! The colour looks lovely, not too much, definitely something I'm looking for

  2. March 28, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    wow! this stuff looks great! i am on the lookout for an awesome tan I can do myself, and this looks like a good choice!

  3. March 28, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    It doesn't look too dark for pale skin at all, though I always find that darker fake tan can look good on legs and lower arms but face tan just looks silly on me.

    Tis a bit out of my price range, i'm all for sublime bronze


  4. March 28, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Defiantly have to give this a try been using vita liberta but its a tad expensive but it is amazing. have to see if this revivals it

  5. March 28, 2011 / 10:35 pm

    Ohh you make it so tempting to try! it looks great on you which, being a fellow super pale girl, gives me hope! maybe once the suns out a bit more and shorts are back on the agenda

  6. March 29, 2011 / 9:18 am

    Great review! I cant live without fake tan, and I'm constantly on the search for the good stuff! This looks great and the colour is brilliant, not tango! Definately going to have to purchase this xx :o)

  7. March 29, 2011 / 2:04 pm

    This looks fab! I think I'm as pale as you so hopefully this will work for me too! 🙂

    Maria xxx

  8. March 29, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    Great review, I love this range, the express liquid tan gives such a natural even colour. I've been neglecting the fake tan all winter but really need to start tanning again lol x

  9. April 7, 2011 / 12:51 am

    Oh this is great – have been wanting a review about He-Shi. I'm probably as pale as you and tend to use Xen Tan but try this for the summer! x


  10. August 31, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Wow! The effect is really visible!

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