Its the best self tanner out there. I always use it and it doesn't leave streaks as much as others
The short version: great price, very easy to apply, even coverage, no streaks, smell isn't overwhelming/unpleasant, VERY convincing color, even fading.
Full disclosure: I never used self-tanner before this - I never needed to! Though I'm of South Asian descent, I'm fairly light in the fall/winter, but I spend ample time in the sun every summer so I end up with a deep all-over tan (yes, even with responsible sunscreen use).
This summer has been woefully beach-less for me, thus far, so I had to look into something so I could actually show my legs in public without looking like I've been spending my summer hibernating in a dark cave.
I picked up the small size of this product as an impulse buy at Sephora, and I was so impressed that I repurchased in the full size.
This product is incredibly easy to use - it's basically foolproof. It is tinted with the superficial bronzer, so it's very easy to work with. The only thing is that even though it is a spray, you *must* rub it in to get even coverage. But that's it! I usually do one generous coat all over, and then do a little more in specific areas for further definition. It dries quite fast, and I've never had a problem with it rubbing off on clothes. As for the smell, I don't find it strong or overpowering, though know that's subjective.
Now for the color: You get immediate light color, and the real color takes a couple of hours to really develop. I was pretty floored to find that the final color looks EXACTLY as if I'd actually been tanning in the sun. I mean, 100% natural.
Lastly, I've found the fading to be very subtle, no crazy patches or blotches (I always do extra exfoliating and make sure to moisturize well the night before I apply, so that may help with this).
Now, I haven't tried a lot of self tanning products but every one I've used has literally made me orange. I picked up the sephora self tanning mist thinking it was a instant self tanner- It's definitely not. Even though it says it's tinted, I didnt see any change of color on my skin when I put it on...but after going to bed I woke up with an amazing bronzy glow. Even though it still turned out a little orangy due to my fair Irish-scottish skin It still looks amazing! I recommend this to people who have a light olive toned skin color. my friend is italian and she tried it as well and it worked much better for her. Here in canada it costs 7$ for a small bottle, which isn't the cheapest self tanner but not the most expensive. + if you're looking for a dramatic change in color rather than a glow I do not recommend this product.
It gives you a very nice actually brown color, but its kind of expansive and it has a very strong smell which isn't bad but like a concentrated floral perfume (which was too much for my nose anyway) um, also very sticky, but I am gonna give it a good rating just because you end up actually brown not orange, you go through the bottle fairly quickly, I finished it after about 2-2.5 applications, I don't know, probably wouldn't purchase it just because of price and you can get a just as good of a product in gel and bigger tube, if you have a party to attend or going out in 30 mins or so its a great spray for last minute touch up.
I think this is an incredible bronzer for fair-skinned people. For me - NC27/fair to medium Caucasian - the effect is quite mild. I'll continue to use it on my pasty white legs, because it does a great job of giving them some light, even color. (I'm someone who does not like to wear shorts or bathing suits in public because my legs are so white and sometimes have psoriasis. This takes care of that issue.)
But above the waist, where I'm a few shades darker, this barely did anything. I wish Sephora would come out with a darker version. Because it does apply beautifully (I spray and blend manually) with no streakiness or orangeness. The smell isn't awful, but it exists. When I tested it in Sephora, there was a heavy perfume scent that I figured would dissipate. I was right about that, but that familiar chemical self-tanner smell materialized within six hours - not nearly as bad as most products, but still present.
The reality is, the perfect natural-looking, scent-free tanner has yet to be invented and this is definitely a good choice for lighter-skinned people.
So I think this may be better for really fair skinned people? I am I guess fair but come summer I am medium. This did not make much of a difference, my BF didn't notice anything. I will try putting it on again (2 days later now) as this may be need to be gradual to get the color I want. It did give me a nice glow but it hasn't actually made me any more tanned :( The tanner is really so easy to apply - no streaks or missed spots, I think it may be impossible to screw up with this one. I was able to even spray my own back. But as I said the color matched my skin tone so I really am not sure if it would be so easy for someone with really pale skin. I will look for something with a darker result once I finish these two bottles. Also it had the same smell as most tanners.
*UPDATE* I applied a second time two days later and I noticed my leg looked more tanned. It doesn't streak which is nice and it slowly fades so it is not obvious I was using a sunless tanner. Smell comes out after a day or two but it's not as bad as some I've tried like foams.
Ugh! I can't believe this has an 89% would buy again rating! It smells soooooo strong...I want a self tanner, not a perfume! And I thought that I liked sprays but after using this, I've decided that I hate them because 1) there is a spot where it first hits your skin so you can't not rub it in (or I guess you could start spraying into the air and then go to your skin but then hello wastage 2) the tanner chemicals - including the smell - fills up the air in the room you are spraying it in for what seems like hours 3) i'm forced to rub it in with my hands (exactly the opposite of what I want out of a spray) because it doesn't go on evenly.
I am going to continue my quest for an HG self tanner (does such a thing exist...probably not until they find a different chemical to turn you dark that doesn't stink so cosmetic companies don't have to use strong perfumes at an attempt - usually failed - to mask it. )
Only thing I will use this for from now on is to spray the back of my hands after I have washed them.
I bought this (with my "collection" of tanners) a month ago, but didnt use it until last night. One word AMAZING! I have used so many tanners, I can open a self tanner store in my bathroom. This ranks right up there with St Tropez, like another review said, I think this is #1 in my self tanners, with St Tropez second. I am not a big fan of spray tans, I like a lotion or mousse, but this stuff gives off the best non orange, natural, somewhat dark, tan that we all want...but, I should not even be saying this but had to share this secret with you all. As of this posting 6-15-11, this spray tan was $12 at Sephora....it is on sale for $5!!!! I just placed an order for 10 of them, that is how much I love this!!!
I will never buy another bottle of St. Tropez! This stuff is so friggin good! I normally turn away from Sephora's house brand but the reviews persuaded me to try it. This stuff dries faster than St. Tropez (under 10 minutes), lasts longer (about two weeks), is easier to apply (spray instead of foam), and you get better colour payoff (rich bronze with one application). The nozzle is fantastic at getting at hard-to-reach areas and sprays perfectly even upside down and it hasn't clogged on me yet. I have also used this on my face and it hasn't broken me out or caused sensitivity, and doesn't cling to dry patches like St. Tropez. I am hoarding this stuff!
this gives me the most natural tan, and it smells so good i want to eat it.
it is not greasy, and easy to apply. but gloves are definitely needed
so much better than jergens and coopertone which never seems to get my face tanned.
the product is easily the best self tanner i've ever tried.
and i really need to stalk up cause they're going out fast.