Unlisted Brand • mystic tan • Self Tanners
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Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I've always been extremely pale; never in my life have I had a nice natural tan. I just have the type of skin that burns or freckles but never goes brown, especially on my legs. A coworker of mine has a similar skin type and she came to work a couple of weeks ago with a mystic tan in the color "Glow". I thought it looked nice, and considering my inability to get a tan naturally I thought I'd give it a go.
It being my first time, I found the process a little unnerving. The woman giving me directions was quite snitty and seemed annoyed that I kept asking her questions. She told me to go for the color "light" even though I was a little apprehensive about choosing something darker than the lightest shade. Anyways, the actual spray process was pretty quick but a little freaky, I wasn't given any nose plugs so I did end up inhaling some of the tanning solution but the woman there assured me it was fine. When I got out I was sticky and I stunk to high heaven, definitely don't make plans to do anything strenous or social afterwords.
I noticed a small amount of color at first, but nothing major. By hour four my body was developing a small amount of color, my face on the other hand looked like I had rubbed a mixture or dirt and orange face paint all over it! It was so awful me and my mom just stood there and laughed, luckily after I scrubbed my face and used an astringant the color lightened into a nice glow. The next morning I showered, scrubbed my face again (as it had darkened even further over night) and moisturized really well.
Honestly, I'm still not sure how I feel about the color, I think it might just be because I was SO pale going in. I've never actually experienced having a tan on my body and it just looks so unnatural and foreign to me. I will say though, the color isn't especially dark and I'm glad I went for "light" instead of "glow", but the tan definitely has a sort of orange cast to it that i'm not especially thrilled with. I was told not to put the barrier cream on the bottom of my feet and now the soles of my feet look like tangerines haha. My hands on the other hand are very white (I used a ton of cream) which I suppose is better than them being orange, but they definitely look a little weird next to my darker for arms. I might try putting a little bronzer on them.
My biggest gripe with the process is the price. I live in Canada, and after opting out of the bronzer and the scent (although I did by the extender) they charged me $46, which to me is absolutely bloody ridiculous and totally unreasonable considering the results were just okay and it only lasts a week. I won't be doing this again, for $46 dollars I'm definitely willing to embrace my pale skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I just did a tan yesterday and I am not all the happy. Color not very even and much darker on my legs than arms one arm is also tanner than the other and I'm not sure why . I will try again and hopefully the next one will work a little bit better!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I really loved my Mystic tan! I'm literally the color of copy paper and I had a very nice tone to my skin. I wish I could look that color all the time! I got the medium cartridge, and although I was very skeptical about it at first, it looked great. Very dark, but not orange. I loved it.
The whole process took only 2-3 minutes to do. The spray was cold at first, but I quickly adjusted to it. However, I felt like I needed to hold my breath the whole time because I felt like I was breathing in toxic fumes (don't worry, they're harmless!). I just tried to take quick, deep breaths when the nozzle wasn't aimed near my face.
Apply a LOT of barrier cream, or your hands and feet will turn bright orange, and I mean BRIGHT. Apply it all over the soles of your feet and your toes, and ALL over your hands. I would've dipped my hands in the barrier cream container if I had the option, haha. Just make sure that all of your knuckles and cuticles are covered very generously, the skin between your thumb and index finger, and your palms (that's where I had the most problem).
The technician said that my tan should take 4-6 hours to develop, but mine took 8-10 before I saw a big difference, and by 24 hours I looked like I had laid on the beach for weeks. Don't wear any makeup, lotion or deodorant the day of your spray tan. I took a shower the night before (exfoliating my whole body) and shaved. They give you a hair cap if you don't want the solution in your hair, but it won't turn your hair a weird color if you decide to leave it off.
I would definitely recommend it! The price of my Mystic was $20, which didn't seem very expensive to me but could accumulate very quickly. It lasted around a week and a half for me with decent upkeep.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Other
My experience with the Mystic HD has been good! I've actually only gotten the light color. I always buy the deepest/darkest shades available from brands like L'Oreal and Neutrogena, so I was worried it would be a waste of my time getting the light, which is what they recommended for me when I was a first-timer. I bought the unlimited monthly package (for Mystic HD and Versa Spa), so I figured why not. Surprisingly, I got a good amount of color! Comparing Mystic to Versa, I can see Mystic being a little more orange, but it still looked very natural on me. Scent is pretty similar. I didn't do any of the add-ons for scents or moisturizer. It was easy to do. I don't do any special preparation either.. I moisturize at least once per day and that plus using the barrier cream on my hands and feet was enough. No streaks and it looked very even, and fast! The scent of all self tanners isn't great to me (unless it's a very low amount of DHA), but it wasn't terrible or anything. I'll be curious to try adding a scent sometime. I've taken body spray to mist myself right after though, and that helps some. Although I've been using the Versa more often lately, I would definitely do Mystic HD again. They are both pretty good!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I did the mystic. I was absolutely not impressed by the young idiots working the salon in New Jersey but the product and the outcome is nice. I didn't put the barrier cream evenly enough on my feet and forgot to do the bottom of my soles so they look funny. My body is nice and tan. The face is even. I am white as a ghost but did the light one. The 2nd darkest. It's REALLY tan but not cheesy.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Well let me start off by saying I'm not a fan of self tanners. I know going to the tanning bed and laying out is awful for you but, I feel that I get a much richer longer lasting tan that way but, none the less I hit a tanning plateau and I really wanted to be insanely dark for a weekend with my boyfriend so I decided to "double dip" and tan in the tanning bed then get a spray tan..
The attendant told me that I only needed to do a medium and I would get insanely dark. This however is not true. I did get dark but, not as dark as I wanted...
I'm Italian, Native American, and French. So I'm light-medium naturally with an olive like complexion. I got close to being "dark" but, I could wear MAC's Matchmaster in 5 and match up perfectly. That level isn't really that dark. I was hoping for more of a 7.5-8.
Also I did have an orange tint. Not anything horrible...not guido status or anything but, a hint of orange.
And the color faded off in like 4 days and claimed to last 7.
Long story short this is OKAY...maybe I'd like it more in the "dark" but, there are much less expensive at home self-tanners I'll probably try first.
*Biggest benefit is perfect application
*Biggest set back is the cost
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is a LONG review but if you're a first timer and super nervous, read this, it will help. I promise! :)
Here's my story; previously, I never cared about being tan and have never, ever been in a tanning bed. Essentially, my mother once read me a six page spread in Cosmo about skin cancer when I was a kid and I was basically terrified of the sun, haha. While I still slather on SPF 45 or higher when I go outside for a few hours, I have started to feel that desire to be tan. I am on a college campus and being tan is HUGE here. Girls are all about the beds and self tanning. I was still on the fence for years and finally, for my college graduation, I thought I needed a little color for all the pictures that would be taken and thought, "Why the hell not?" So I did hours (seriously, hours! haha) of research on what type of spray tans were the best. I watched countless YouTube videos, mined through dozens of blogs, and read reviews like crazy. Finally I settled on getting a Mystic. I then spent the next hour calling all the salons in town to figure out which ones offered Mystics and who had the best deals. After that, I settled on my local Planet Beach. I found their girls to be the nicest and they had the best deal. (Some places I called, the girls seemed almost annoyed with how to explain a spray tan and what to do.) Also. many of my friends recommended Planet Beach, so I made my appointment there. I moisturized heavily for two days before my spray tan and exfoliated the day before and the day of (not heavily, just a gently but thoroughly!).
I arrived terrified but freshly-shaven and showered and with ZERO lotion on. The nice woman walked me through how it works (I'd already seen countless videos but listened to her patiently anyway because she was just so darn nice!) and explained all the products through the Mystic line. Finally, after settling on a package and my color (I went with "Glow" for the first time, it's the lightest color you can select... and I'm one pasty woman, haha!), she led me to the room. It had a giant Mystic booth in it and all the supplies I needed to prepare. She explained what to do and left for me to undress (the rooms are private and lock, so don't worry!). I quickly stripped and repeatedly read the instructions on the poster on the wall. I seriously was freaking out and questioning my whole life, haha. I put on the barrier cream super thoroughly (this is THE most important part!) on my feet, between my toes, over my pedi, on my ankles, on my hands, between my fingers, and on my mani. I did not put any on my elbows or knees and didn't find that they collected any extra since I exfoliated REALLY well before coming. Remember, DO NOT rub in the barrier cream... it's supposed to be super thick and just sit on top of your skin. It looks crazy, but trust me, that's the best way to apply it. Naked, barrier creamed up, and with my hair net on (pull it back a little so it's not covering your hairline); I nervously stepped into the huge booth. I swiped my hand in front of the censor and the robotic lady began talking to me. From there, it really was a breeze. There are numbers on the floor that tell you where to put your feet and the lady always tells you when/how to rotate and there's always enough time between sprays. You basically just stand there with your arms a little bent out from your body and fingers spread wide apart (cupping them can cause product to build up and leave your with orange crevasses) and let it spray you twice on the front in the two positions, and then twice on the back in two positions. But when you turn to the back, keep the same body position but put your hands slightly in front of your tummy so it doesn't get your palms. Aside from that, it's really easy, just make sure to try not to breath in deeply while it's spraying because it can be pretty intense. It was literally over in like a couple of minutes. The machine dries you and the spray is not cold, so it was pretty pleasant. Once you get out, you take off your hair net and carefully wipe off your barrier cream. I also "feathered" the cream while taking it off so my tan would blend nicely into my wrists and ankles and not look weird and have obvious lines. It worked really well. I gently towel-dried off (don't worry about it removing your tan because it won't) to prevent any streaks and changed in to my loose, dark clothes I brought.
It seriously was so easy. I was ready to go once I was dressed. From there, you just make sure you don't get wet (from rain or shower) for at least four hours but I usually wait overnight. I also washed my hands and feet carefully an hour after the spray tan to make sure I got all the barrier cream off. (Also, I use a Noxzema pad on my face before going to bed since my face always tans more than my body. This gently removes a little tanner and helps to match your face to your body more.) I woke up the next day, showered, and it looked great! I was terrified I'd look in the mirror and see Snooki, but it was just a nice, golden me! I seriously recommend this. It's so easy and after the first time you do it, it's not scary at all. I also found that the Mystic fades super nicely. But I usually do buy the accelerator to add to my color cartridge. I don't care if it speeds up the tan or not, but it helps it looked more "airbrushed" and to fade a lot more evenly. So I highly recommend buying that too.
I gave this all 5's in each department except price, because they are kind of expensive (anywhere between $20 - $40, depending on what type of package you get) BUT they do last a LONG time and are very quality. They usually last a week for me and fade nicely if I don't do any upkeep. Since they are expensive, I also use a gradual self tanner once a week or so between my twice monthly Mystics just to keep it looking good.
I usually use the second to lightest cartridge and it looks so natural and sun kissed. In the end, I seriously recommend the Mystic Tan! :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Okay so I had never done a mystic tan until a week ago. I was so skeptical about this due to the fear of turning orange. However, mystic tan has really revamped their system with the mystic HD. I never used the old one but from what I know the HD has 4 different stances and 4 different shades you can choose from according to your skin tone. Also, the booth is heated and the spray isn't cold either! It also has a drying feature that will dry you off a bit before it sprays you again. One of my main concerns was orange hands and feet. But the girls at TanCo advised me to really coat my palms, fingers, in between fingers, nails and under them, and in between my first finger and thumb: and I mean COAT. As in you can still see white, but they told me to leave the top of my hands so that there wouldn't be a difference between my wrists and tops of hands. Overall, it gave really nice color and faded gradually and evenly which is really nice. I give the new mystic HD two thumbs up :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
The back-story: Same as alot of reviewers, I've stopped tanning in tanning beds. Since it's winter and I'm tired of my pale skin, I decided to give Mystic tanning a try at my local Planet Beach. To make a long story short, I had alot of unused paid-for months of UV tanning, and since I don't want to tan anymore, I asked that those paid-for months be transfered to mystic tans. So, I had 6 mystic tans just waiting to be used. I've never been interested in spray tans because most of the girls I've known who get them are either too pale to tan, red heads, or guidette wannabes; needless to say they all looked pretty bad with spray tans and I didn't wanna go thru that. Well... since I've had nothing to to the past few days, and it's actually getting warm enough to wear shorts right now in south Louisiana, I decided go use one of my Mystic tan sessions.
The review: I did a regular Mystic tan, not the new Mystic HD. I was impressed at how simple the process was. I simply applied the barrier cream to my hands and feet (which btw, didn't do much because my palms still came out orange), stepped into the booth and followed the directions. It sprayed me down for about 8 seconds, once facing front, once facing back, and that was it! I towel dried the way the video I watched said to. What kinda disappointed me was that when I opened the door, the lingering tan mist spread all over the room, so I was really worried it would settle on my skin after I dried off and give me an uneven tan; it also made it hard to completely air dry because the air was still moist. But anyway, my color developed after about 4 hours and looked great! I got a level 2 because I didn't wanna go too dark on my currently pale skin, but I have naturally medium-toned skin, so level 2 would look most natural. The color was nice and even (with the exception of my knees where the stuff rubbed off on the inside of my sweat pants because I was sitting down most of the day... I'm wearing shorts next time). It's been about three days and my color is still pretty good. I've been moisturizing twice, sometimes three times a day.
Overall I'm very satisfied with my first Mystic Tan experience. And since I have 5 sessions left and don't have to pay for them, I'll definitely be doing it again!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
My first ever spray tan experience was with Mystic Tan. I decided to get a spray tan as part of my Halloween costume last year. I had a 2 for 1 spray tan coupon so I got a friend to come with me. We were dressing up like Snooki and Pauly D from Jersey Shore so I figured it was a prime time to try out the spray tan. That way if it looked orange or really ridiculous it wouldn't really matter.
We both chose level 3. I was under the impression there were 4 levels but the woman had said there were only 3 and 3 was the darkest.
We made sure to shower and exfoliate before hand. No lotions, deodorants or makeup. Wore loose fitting dark clothes. I was unexpectedly anxious/nervous about the whole thing since it was new.
Once at the salon in the Mystic Tan room I undressed (it's a nice private room so you can choose to go naked), put on the cap, and I brought a pair of black underwear to wear in the booth because I wanted to see the tan line later and see how dark I got. The woman told me they would be ruined but after I ran them through the wash it was perfectly fine. Probably because they were just solid black. The barrier cream is kind of ridiculous to apply properly. The woman showed me how to apply it beforehand carefully to my fingernails and toenails. I was impatient so I globbed it on quickly which left some streaks between my fingers which showed up as tan lines. But hardly noticeable unless you were staring at my hands from a certain angle. A trick to avoid this is to just paint your nails with a nailpolish base beforehand. Then you can remove it later or paint over your nails. However, if you have a manicure or something make sure to use the barrier cream.
Inside the booth it was darker than I expected. And what I was expecting was a slow-medium speed mist sprayed up and down my body, turn and repeat. I was expecting it to be cold but to be honest I can't remember if it was cold or not because I was in shock at how loud and fast I was being sprayed! After it stopped I pushed the button again as instructed and turned around. It was much better taking the spray on my back. I definitely inhaled it because there isn't much opportunity to breathe otherwise. No big deal, it's non-toxic.
The whole spray process was very fast. Only a few seconds. Once it was done I stepped out of the booth and started to towel away the excess. The excess stuff looked really gross, like a greenish brown dripping off parts of my body. But it did not affect the tan to towel it off. I didn't feel sticky for too long and there was a bit of a smell to it, some people have said it smelled starchy. I can't pinpoint it but there was a bit of odor. Not pungent or anything though.
After I got dressed and looked in the mirror in the daylight I was disappointed. I was still very white. They said there was a bronzer in it which I couldn't even notice. We took it easy after the tan and just waited around for it to develop. Finally about 5-6 hours later we started to notice some colour and we kept getting darker and darker. It looked really good! A nice tan colour. In the photos we look great! Not orangey at all. It wasn't until the next day I woke up I felt I looked a bit orangey in certain areas. After I showered it looked much better. It was probably the leftover bronzer.
When I went to work on Monday people definitely noticed the tan in a good way. I was very happy with the results.
Unfortunately it's kind of expensive, about $25-30 bucks per session. So it's only going to be something for special occasions.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I'm 21 and have been using tanning beds, off and on, since I was 15...I KNOW, it's really terrible. I wasn't an every day tanner, but definitely once every week or two. Seriously, I think people would be amazed to find how prevalent tanning is in rural America. It's like no one got the memo that it's bad for you.
Anyway, after years of convincing myself that it's not so bad for me because I never burn, I decided to throw in the towel on tanning beds and look for UV-free alternatives. Since I live in a college town in the rural midwest, my options were limited. I did some research and ultimately came up with a coupon for 1 free regular Mystic Tan -- the Mystic Tan HD is nowhere to be found around here, as far as I can tell. So I convinced my roommate, who has also never spray tanned, to go with me.
The process itself was less than relaxing, which I had expected. The salon we went to has a pretty good reputation for being knowledgeable and helpful, but I got the feeling that the attendant was pretty clueless. She told us the machine was leaking but offered to put us in it anyway, so we went ahead and went for it. She sort of told us what to do, but gave us no options in terms of color. I applied the barrier cream, stepped in, and pressed the button. It was dark, cold, loud, the floor was wet, and I was literally laughing because it was just so awkward. The smell was starchy, but that was to be expected. However, it was reeeeally nice to be in and out so quickly.
This is definitely something you want to do on a day when you don't have much going on. We felt sticky and smelly afterwards. The color set in gradually after a few hours...I did feel like it was a little more orange than a real suntan, but I think that's to be expected for something unnatural.
All in all, I would be willing to try it again. The amount of color I got was good, and it was also nice to know it's not going to give me the side effects that regular tanning does. It's just unfortunate that it's so pricey -- $22 a pop around here -- because I really can't justify that once a week. As far as the bad experiences go, I feel like this is something you just have to try for yourself to determine how it's going to affect you, because everyone's body chemistry is different.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Mystic HD is the only tan I will do. It looks completely natural, fades naturally and gradually without any spots or patches! I wasn't the biggest fan of the regular mystic tan but honestly the HD is better than any hand spray tan I've gotten at any spa in Los Angeles. I do this once a week and no one can tell :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I got one of these earlier this week because they were half off at a local salon. They didn't ask me what level I wanted, so I'm not sure what they gave me. I am very fair skinned and I was hoping for a darker result. It took awhile to develop, I felt like I didn't notice a difference after six hours and it wasn't til the next day I could see any difference. The glow was really light, kind of like Kristen Bell when she has a tan. A friend of mine had gotten the tan where an esthetician applies it instead of a machine and she had a deeper tan, more like Jennifer Aniston, which is what I was hoping for.
I'm doing what one of the other reviewers suggested and have been putting on lotion daily and that is keeping it from fading in a blotchy way. This turned the bottoms of my hands and feet orange even though I put on a lot of the lotion. It also stung a little bit when the machine was spraying it on.
I don't think I would try this again because it's still pretty expensive, but I might try the another spray tan.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
Like a lot of you girls I am a reformed "tanorexic." I used to tan in the bed every day, from the time I was 17 til about 22. My best friend and I worked at a tanning salon and would sometimes tan twice a day, which is pretty bad. I decided to stop after seeing how badly tanning ages people. I saw a woman who was 36 and she looked almost 50. She said it was because she had laid out too much. The first time I got a Mystic Tan was an absolute disaster. I was a sophomore in high school and the girl at the salon recommended I do a combination of bed tanning/Mystic Tan. Well the color looked good and all, but after I got the spray tan I went horseback riding. That was a dumb mistake. It was summer and I sweated and my shirt was soaked right through, I thought it was sweat but it was all the bronzer rubbing off. Also it tanned everything except my hands, but the machine was different back then. It gave me a bad impression of the Mystic Tan. I didn't try it again until I decided to last year after a friend recommended it. She looked very dark, and said she hadn't tanned in the bed in months. The girl at the salon was a Mystic Tan expert, she was really, really dark and claimed that she only did the Mystic. She was very helpful and kind of guided me through it, since it was a whole new machine. In my opinion they changed it for the better. First of all don't overdo it on the lotion you put on your knees and elbows. You only need a dime-size amount for each knee and elbow. I was a little scared when I went into the chamber. I had the stuff they give you to put up your nose, and the little mouth piece. I thought I might suffocate or something. But, you wave your hand in front of the little light detector and this little bell goes off and this friendly voice helps you move in the right directions. If anything you might have to hold your breath for a few seconds while it sprays your face, cause the jets spray your body up and down. If you kind of bend your arms and hold them out at your sides, it will get every part of your body. Then once you're done, you go into the dressing area, pat yourself down with a towel. Don't wipe your body, just kind of pat it in the greasier areas. Then you get dressed, wear black if you can, and you're done. It's best to do on a laid-back day when you have no plans. If you have to like lay in your bed, or when you go to sleep the first night after you get sprayed, put a towel down, even if you sweat a tiny bit, it can stain your sheets. Also, if you can, buy the full-size body moisturizer you can get. It's expensive but the girl at the salon said she used it everyday and it really helped the tan last longer. Where I live it costs about $30 for the Mystic and the lotion is like $45 for a full size. The tan will last a good week, with the lotion you could stretch it out for two weeks. Also, DO NOT wear makeup when you're getting the Mystic Tan. My friend kept her makeup on and it made her break out like crazy. I took my makeup off. Not only does it tan your face, it didn't break me out one bit, and I am very, very acne-prone. Also, don't get the darkest shade, even if you're already tan. It will make you orange. Don't bother with the lightest shade either. Get the in-between/medium shade, especially if you're Caucasian or light-skinned, it will look the most natural. Overall this is probably one of the best products on the market for us reformed tanorexics, if not the best. Many women have told me they go to get sprayed by a stylist/esthetician at a salon with an airbrush machine and that works great too, but I wouldn't know anything about that since I've only done the Mystic. GOOD LUCK and have fun! I always find it to be the equivalent of getting a manicure/pedicure or getting your hair done. It's something that makes you feel good and kind of perks you up. :)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I am a tanning bed expat- used them for years and I have the pigmentation to show for it. I now shun the sun and all things UV related, but I am not willing to sacrifice a little glow on occasion. Enter Mystic Tan. My local Beach Bum had a package: 8 Mystic Tans with instant bronzer for $100. Friends had gotten great results, so I decided to buy a package and give it a go. I slathered the bottoms of my feet, palms of my hands, and fingernails with Vaseline (I had heard the barrier cream was inadequate with regards to keeping the tanner from concentrating on dry areas), placed my shower cap on and got in. The booth was warm, and it instructed me on where to place my feet while going through the four complete sprays. I had chosen a Level 2 with added bronzer, so upon leaving the booth and toweling off the excess, I was left with a pretty light caramel color. Four hours later a beautiful tan developed, and subsequently stayed with me for four full days. For reference I am NC25/ blonde/blue. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a risk free tan that has some staying power.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I got a Mystic HD tan yesterday, because my local tanning salon is having a special on them and I wanted to give it a try. After picking out my shade and scent, I went into the room. I was given very detailed instructions on how to prep for it, which made me feel prepared for the tan. And once you get into the booth, it talks to you and tells you what to do/how to stand every step of the way. It turned out GREAT!! :) I'm already naturally tan, so this increased it a lot and makes me look like i've been laying out for days. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to tan safer or just wants to try it... But make sure that you use plenty of the blending cream!! That's probably my biggest tip. It's a very important part of making it look natural (not orange) and even... happy tanning!! :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I got a mystic HD tan about a week ago for a vacation. The whole experience was very plesant. You must shower and exfoliate before your mystic for an even color. Then you can pick your level of color ( 4 choices) from glow to dark depending on how much color you want. I chose light becuase I am fair and I didn't want to look orange. You also pick which scent you would like and you can get a tan extender or an bronzing instant color for an extra charge. When you get the mystic you first you apply a barrier cream to your hands and feet so they don't get too dark. Then when you step into the booth it has feet plates with numbers on them so it tells you where to put your feet and how to turn for a total of 4 full body sprays. In between sprays it has a warming/drying feature. I didnt wear a nose plug and I was able to breathe just fine and it wasn't too noisy either. Afterwards they tell you not to shower for at least 4 hours so the tan can develop. It has a fake tanner smell to it but honestly it wasn't that bad. The color was perfect: not orange or streaky but gave me a nice sun kissed look. It lasted about a week with normal showering and shaving. It lasts less time if you go swimming so beware. It was very expensive too, $35 for one session and an extra $5 for the tan extender. Overall the color was great but it is pricey so I only see myself getting one for special occasions. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good sunless tan. If you can get the unlimited monthly package in your area it would definetly be worth it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
BLECH! I went in to a place that gave me an airbrush tan a couple of years ago, assuming that they still used that procedure. After paying and walking back to the room, the lady started explaining the Mystic Tan machine. Not what I was expecting!!!
The whole process is stinky, cold and expensive....which I would be willing to deal with if I loved the outcome. But....it made me ORANGE! And I mean, ORANGE!!! My husband, who NEVER notices stuff like that, cracked up at my orangeness...it was THAT bad.
When I did the airbrush tan, I had things that I didn't like about it....I felt like I had something sticky on my skin for a week. But, at least I had a nice, brown, tan look.
Other people seem to love the MT, so maybe it depends on your skin tone. But for me, it was a tanning nightmare.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I'm fair-skinned and skin cancer runs in my family, so to be safe I've always stuck with sunless tanners. The old Mystic Tan booths were cold, stinky, a little frightening, expensive and I got inconsistent results. Just in the last week, I signed up for an unlimited monthly mystic package at a chain place that has the Mystic HD booths.
$40 a month, so slightly more expensive than a monthly UV package, but I don't feel $40 for unlimited is that bad considering I go 2x a week and a single session normally costs $25.
They've changed it up a lot. You now get to choose from for levels of darkness (glow, light, medium, and dark), and they give you your own personal "cartridge" that you place in the booth. There are also 3 scents to choose from that they put in the cartridge for you. Upon going into the room, you place the cartridge in the booth, close the door, and press the "Preheat" button, which makes the booth nice and warm and much more comfortable. The prep is the same as it used to be (hairnet, footies, lotion on hands, elbows and knees). The biggest difference is when you start the session there are 4 stances (slightly angled both directions front and back) versus the two stances for the original mystic booth. I found the spray wasn't nearly as suffocating as it used to be, and between each spray there is a drying session that also clears the mist out of the air.
I found the results to be more smooth and even all over my body than they used to be with the old booths. My hands and feet have always absorbed too much DHA and turn dark orange, so I usually take extra care to use the footies on my feet rather than just using lotion, and I gob so much lotion on my hands that none of the solution sinks into my skin and I can just wipe the lotion off when I come out of the booth. I usually use Sublime Airbrush "Glow" spray tanner on these areas because it has a much lower % of DHA that turns out to be just the right color on these areas. Also, the DHA development smell that is usually strong on me isn't quite as bad now that they've added scents to the solution.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Green
I like the sexy color and easiness of this but I don't like the loud noise so I wear ear plugs to make the sound not as loud (up my nose too cause this is worse if it gets into your lungs I think). I don't like how there is no way to breathe after the front application! I always end up opening the door to quickly breathe...There should be a timer counting down until the last back spray to get people to suck in an extra breathe....If your good at holding your breathe this should be very easy for you. I think I might get a airbrush tan next time but I'm very cheap??