Although I'm a redhead and allergy prone, I don't tend to be allergic to many beauty products. I spot tested this product on my arm and neck before applying it all over, and I didn't have any reaction. However, after fully applying it everywhere, I got hives. It was pretty awful and I had to return it. Just a warning for some of those girls out there who have allergies to some products, this may be one of those!!!
Ok, I've been wanting to try this particular tanning product for almost a year now & after extensive research resulting in fantastic reviews I finally justified spending the money on it ($50-$60 Aus) I've been fake tanning my pale but olive skin for 9 years & never had an experience quite like this one. I applied it accordingly, exfoliating & moisturising dry areas before application. I also shaved my legs the day pryer to avoid it seeping into my pores. The mousse applied like a dream, as usual using my tanning mitt to smooth it over my skin, the colour guard made it easy to ensure even coverage. I put on a generous coat, starting with my legs & working up to my arms so i dont get creases on my stomach from bending down to reach my feet. I use whats left over on my mitt after tanning my legs to do my feet & knees, same for my hands & face after doing my upper body. I ended up feeling very sticky! It's smelt lovely for the 1st few hours but did eventually get the tell tale fake tan smell. I applied it before bed & when I woke up I was a gorgeous deep natural brown! Sooo excited!! In the shower even after the colour guard washed I was still pleased with my considerably darker skin! Looking in the mirror afterwards I was a different shade completely & far more golden than brown... I was a little concerned but still reasonably happy with the result! It wasn't until I went outside in natural sunlight that I realised how incredibly unnatural I looked. I resembled, with a little St Tropez gold skin illuminator a Egyptian Goddess! (That sounds awesome right?) Glowing a deep golden bronzed YELLOW, I felt radio active! It was beautiful but definitely very unnatural even without the illuminator that I only applied later that day hoping it would make it appear that's just the look I was going for. On my trip to the shopping centre before I had applied the illuminator I noticed people staring at me (still hoping I was paranoid) out of interest, I asked several random women of varying ages there honest opinions on what they thought about my tan. All of them saying along the lines of its a "nice" colour but obviously UNNATURAL.
In conclusion although I admittedly LOVED the colour unfortunately it's not for me. I can understand the great reviews & how it would work for different people but I want a tan that looks natural not supernatural!
If you don't mind looking mystical or your already naturally tanned & want an intense golden glow this would look stunning! As for me I will continue my search for that perfect DARK NATURAL looking fake tan & when I find it I will be sure to let you all know! 😊
I have purchased this product 3 times and it NEVER ceases to disappoint. It is a flawless, streak-free, easy application tan that works wonders if you are looking for a healthy glow! I am a huge sun worshipper, but I live for SPF. I don't need to worry about ruining my skin now that I've been using St. Tropez mousse for months now. I like it MUCH better than the spray, as application is easier and quicker (in my opinion) because it shows up on the skin right away so you know it will be a flawless application. I definitely recommend the mitt to buy with it. I have two so I can alternate between applications. I just use a make up sponge for the face, although they have come out with new face applicator mitts (I'll still use my make up sponge- works wonderfully!) It's expensive, but it lasts me about 3 months for one bottle! You don't need much with this dark serum. BUY IT!
Considering all the hype around St Tropez, I decided to cave in any buy it...now, keep in mind that in Australia this retails for OVER $50!
The tan itself is lovely...no marks, no horrible orange tinge. A little on the light side, I must say, but I looked like a had a healthy glow. However, the thing that BUGGED me about this product is the application. This mousse dries unbelievably fast, leaving you desperately trying to rub at your skin causing unnecessary friction. Now, this would have been excusable if it weren't for the fact that this tan was also very difficult to rub in. It took a lot of elbow grease, and I found myself feeling sore and puffed out after application.
All in all, the tan is just fine. If you're pro at application you won't have any problems with streaking, however if you're not, beware of the deadly duo - dries too fast and is hard to blend.
Would not recommend.
Holy Cow- this product rocks!!! Easy to apply the mousse with the mitt (don't even try to do it without the mitt). Lasts longer than the other st tropez mousse products and almost as long as the lotion. Make sure you get the tan enhancing moisturizer to blend out the pale areas so it looks natural, also apply to hands, knees, feet and elbows prior to application. By exfoliating before you can get an easy 4-7 days out of one application and can prolong 2-3 more days if you use the boosting lotion every 2-3 days after your first application Price point is $40-$50 depending where you go and you can get 2-3 months out of this product if you are using every 8-10 days on majority of the body (average size person). Packaging is nice, easy instructions and the best part- U Never Go Orange!!! In a nutshell I am in love.
Okay, I'm revamping my review for the third time. Again, to summarize: The first time I used this product I was happy enough with the color it gave me but was disappointed that it wasn't as dark as I'd have liked. It gave me more on the lighter side of a medium tan; definitely not dark. I would have settled for solid medium color. So the next time I applied it I did things a little differently. I showered, shaved, cleansed (using a different body wash), and exfoliated, then moisturized the necessary areas directly before tanning. (The first time I did the exfoliating that morning and tanned at night.) I also applied a lot more product during the application process. (I was so disgustingly wet and sticky the rest of the night! Bad idea.) I definitely got a dark tan that way, but it was also very coppery orange to the point of being embarrassing. Unfortunately the first day of that tan was very overcast which made the orange stand out even more.
Fortunately though I've been noticing that as time passes, the color has turned into an amazing, deep bronzey/brown tan with an olive undertone. The last few days it's looked great! Today is now the *7th* day of wearing this tan, and it's honestly looking so good. At first the olive undertones were so strong that it was a bit too much for me (and I even have a bit of natural olive in my skin) but now that's faded nicely and the brown is really showing through. No sunless tanner has even gotten me this close to my natural tan color before. In fact, it's pretty much exact. The only fading I can see today are some areas on the under sides of my arms that have a little bit of the "lizard skin" thing going on, but it's so subtle that I doubt anyone would notice it but me (and I know that's just due to overapplying). I can't believe I still have this much color after a full week. I guess that just shows you how much I applied! So it seems that maybe the key to this product is figuring out the right amount of product to apply. I've been loving this color so much the last few days that I would say if I can perfect it and keep getting this result, I would definitely continue using and would repurchase. For $44 I wanted to absolutely LOVE the tan this product gave me. At first I didn't and now I finally do! I just received a bottle of the original Bronzing Mousse and will compare the two when I'm finally able to tan again. With the way this color is holding on, I think that might be a few days!
I will list the pros and cons I've experienced with this product. Keep in mind that when I list these, I'm referring to the first application I did (the normal one). The second one was definitely more difficult, but that was my own fault and due to my own error.
PROS: Quick and easy application process, pleasant florally scent, Aromaguard technology really does mask the DHA developing scent, gives beautiful bronzey/brown/olive color, tan lasts long (even the first one lasted a solid 6 days), fades evenly, did not cause any skin irritation, tans my face very well.
CONS: For some the scent may be too strong and overpowering and/or might irritate their skin, product never fully dries but is definitely tolerable unless you've applied too much product, color guide will rub off on sheets and clothes (but washes off completely), must apply at night due to freakishly dark charcoal/brown/olive color guide, must figure out perfect amount to apply that will work for you (can take some trail-and-error), while I said it does tan my face amazingly well I suspect it breaks me out and I'm not at all acne prone, and lastly, the cost, at $44 per bottle.
I usually use the regular St. Tropez bronzing mousse and I can say that the darker mousse takes much longer to dry and does not go on nearly as evenly as the other one. I was noticing all types of problems with this product that I never had with the original (very dark knees, freckles on my legs, line across the back of my neck). Although the colour is darker (not as dark as I was expecting honestly) and I don't have to reapply as often but I think I'm going to stick with the original once I finish this can.
I bought this in the hope of achiving a darker tan that my usual St.Tropez Self Tan Mousse gives me after one application. I find it just as good in terms of ease of application, but the color seems to be a bit more orange and not really darker than the original formula. I will use up the bottle, but would not repurchase.
Since I like to be very dark, I decided to give this mousse a try. I had used their regular mousse before.
The color I got from it was absolutely outstanding.
It was very dark and very even. Plus it lasted 5-6 days. The only thing I didn't like about this product was the extremely messy application! The mousse didn't rub in very easily and felt extremely gross and sticky on my skin the entire night before I went to bed. I used the tanning mitt as instructed as well.
So overall I think this is a great self tanner, but the application and very sticky feel are tough to look past :(
I love to be tan, and I've tried too many products to count, from high to low end, in the search for the perfect tan. My usual favorites are fake bake flawless spray tan, or the sunlabs dark lotion if I want a darker look, with the occasional tan towel when I'm lazy. I've been eying this tanner for a long time, but always turned away due to the price! I wish I had tried this sooner! Here's my breakdown:
*Color*: true to the name, gives a dark tan, probably the darkest of any fake tanner I've tried. The base is VERY green (again, greener than other green based tans such as the sun labs lotion). The green base gives a more natural looking tan, but I would recommend applying this before bed as it would probably look pretty funny during the day.
*Application*: I used an ulta tan applicator mitt, which is what I generally use with liquids products. This is hands down the easiest tan to blend, and may even be quicker than using a tan towel! A little goes a long way; I'm used to applying multiple pumps of product to get the color I want, but in his case two pumps on my leg was wayyyyy too much! The only downside is that since the product is so saturated with color, you need to take some time blending on your back if you're applying it alone; I usually slap on tanner willy nilly on my back, but it's much easier to get a friend to help you with this product.
I also used to apply tanner two nights in a row to get the color I wanted, but one application of this stuff is just right! The drying time is also very fast.
*Smell*: No typical fake tanner smell AT ALL. Smells great!
*Staying power* This tan lasts a solid week with minimal flaws, that could stretch to 10 days if you dont mind some patchiness. Still, a week is great for me, as I'm used to applying every 3-4 days to maintain my tan.
*Value*: Yes, on paper, this product is expensive. However, there are multiple things to consider which I think make this product equivalent in price to tanners that cost half as much (such as fake bake): you will get a dark, long lasting tan in one application, rather than multiple. Additionally, because this is a mousse and not a straight liquid, youre using much less product per application. I love to save where possible, but I'm an instant convert, and will continue to repurchase!