Unlisted Brand • mystic tan • Self Tanners
|Would buy this product again.||69%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I read the reviews on here before getting a mystic tan. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding recently and wanted a nice glow. I readily arrived at the tanning salon without any lotions, body spray products and freshly shaven legs. The girl at the salon advised tanning in a bed for a few minutes since this would "open my pores" and therefore make the product apply more evenly and last longer. Not sure why I fell for that, (the whole point of the spray tan was to not use a bed) whatever - anyway, she then instructed me to use the lotion ( not sure what it's called) heavily on my hands and feet before going in to the spray booth. I wish I would've used more of this, she said that on drier skin, the spray tan would apply darker and "streakier". She was right.
To make a long story short, I liked the overall outcome of this mystic tanning experience. I got a level 2 and it took about a total of 6 hours for the color to set in. I did appear to be a bit on the orange side at first, but this slowly settled into a nice glow/tan color. I'm latin, so my natural skin color is yellow toned. I also noticed a bit of streaking on the 2nd day, especially around my feet. the streaking around these areas never really went away, but slowly faded once the spray on washed off. I do advise to moisturize like crazy once the 12 hour period of having this stuff on wears off. It indeed extends the life of the tan, and adds to the glow effect. My hands actually looked drier 1 day after, but once moisturized looked ok. I paid around $35 for this including the cost of the tanning bed. I would rate about a 6/10, and if I found myself needing some color at the last minute again, would opt for this product again.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
I'm a light-complected, cool-toned gal who occassionally needs to look good in a formal. I do not tan or use tanning beds, so I need a spray tan to give me some color. I had gone to several spray tan technicians before giving my local, automated Mystic Tan spray booth a try. I used it on two occasions, months apart.
I found the results to be mediocre, at best, and expensive. To get sprayed twice is $35. The problem is, I need it done three times to get even coloring from Mystic Tan. They charged me another $15 for the third shot. They have different settings and I found that the only way to get even coloring is to have them use the lowest setting and go in three times, leaving a day in between each. The first occasion, I was not happy with the lightest setting, so I had them kick it up a notch. Big mistake. I ended up with drips that you can't remove! Also, the color on me had undesireable orange undertones.
I eventually found, through word-of-mouth and eye-witnessing of the results on others, that Copper Zone spray tans are MUCH better. The best I've found, too! Copper Zone spray tans provide more color, more even color because a technician sprays it on you and because it contains a bronzer which helps to see how much has been applied, right away, and more natural color. It is also less expensive. I paid $40 to be sprayed two times, and they said that if I wasn't happy with the results after the second time, they would touch-up for free. I never needed it. I got truly brown color...not gold, not yellow, not orange...but bronzey, light brown color on the first spray. After the second application, I looked like I had been tanning all summer long! This product contains a bronzer, so you have immediate color, and then the self-tanner kicks in later.
Mystic Tan works for those who are squeamish about having a total stranger spray them naked or almost naked. It also works better for men, especially for that reason. Just be prepared to leave yourself enough time to apply twice and possibly get another spray for touch-up and have them use the lower settings.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Got the three step package at Ulta with the spray tan. Awful for me, made me look dirty. Took me forever to get it off so i guess that is a testament to the staying power.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have a love-hate relationship with MT. I like how it looks except for my feet and hands. I've tried using vaseline, and that looks better, but it still isn't acceptable for the money this costs. It's not a deal breaker, though because everywhere else looks good. I don't like how the tan fades either. Luckily, this only shows up on my body, and not face, but it looks scaly and it's hard to get rid of.
MT is far from perfect, but it is really good. Don't expect to look as perfect as the sun makes you look. There's no substitute for nature. The spray is way too cold, like others mentioned...It could also be cheaper. If I get a month, it's about $50, but I only go max 2x a week, so use it only about 8 times....
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I seriously love Mystic Tan. I have never had a bad experience with it. I just recently got a membership at Planet Beach to have unlimited Mystic. I love it! I did a level one last weekend. I was afraid level two might look too orange with me being so pale. But after reading all the reviews saying a level 2 or 3 looked good, I'm going to do a level 2 this weekend. I highly recommend Mystic. It's awesome. :]
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond, Curly Eyes: Hazel
This review is for the do-it-yourself MT aerosol spray. First off, I love the MT spray booth. I've done it several times, and it always gives me a nice, even tan with good color. I was excited when I found the MT spray in a can on Sephora. Unfortunately, I did not get the same results. I prepped my skin for a week before using while waiting for it to be delivered, so my skin was moisturized and exfoliated. My upper body turned out well, but my legs and feet look bad. I missed some places so I ended up with white patches, and it ran a little and streaked. I tried "fixing" it the next night with a second coat, but after that, my legs and feet looked very orange and totally silly. I was too embarrassed to expose my legs or my feet until it wore off. I probably can't blame the product completely. If you have a SO or good friend who will help you apply this while you stand still (like the MT booth) then you have better chances of getting good results. I applied it to myself, and I just can't immitate the spray booth well enough to get decent results. I'm considering exchanging it for the MT lotion, but I might just get a total refund and continue my search for a self tanner.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Oh Mystic Tan...how dost I love thee...
I've done Mystic Tan booths about 6 or 7 times in my life...and have had about 3 bad experiences with them...the other four? GREAT.
Some Do's and Don'ts for you all:
DO put barrier cream on the tops and bottoms of your hands AND feet. trust me, you dont want to look like you've been stomping on or high fiving Oompa Loompas...not cute.
DO wear the cap! your hair line will soak up ALOT of color and GD does that look awful.
DO hold your breathe. that stuff stinks to breathe in, and if you do, you'll breathe it right back out which results in these really godawful lines under your nose, which will then turn into a Hitler-esque brown mustache thing. NOT CUTE.
DONT DONT DONT rub in the little droplets with your hands (because they WILL be there, just please use a towel). This is how you get cool orange palms. you're hands will either look dirty for days or look raw from all of the scrubbing you'll do trying to get the sh** off.
DONT! SWEAT! Put on some dark clothes, go home, and do something non strenuous for about three hours. if you sweat, the stuff will run and you WILL look streaky. (this was the cause of two major malfuntions I've had with this machine) I used to go spray tan and then run to dance class. can we say...not cute. (yet again)
DO DO DO Moisturize. if you dont, it will flake. your skin sheds, and youll know exactly how it looks. in between your boobs will go first. then your back, then your arms, stomach and legs.
All in all, this works. if you pick the appropriate level (I either do 2 or 3) for your skin tone, follow the directions exactly !
(make sure you turn around after the machine stops spraying you the first time so your back side gets some spray, a friend stayed front wise the whole time and omg hahahahahah goooooffffyyy tan.), and follow the care.
It's also a plus if you exfoliate before hand. makes it last longer.
I love it :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
yuck i hate these things!! i hadnt been to the tanning bed in months i hold a tan for a very loong time but it was fading . and i was going to fly to meet my boyfriend parents so i desided to go this route . BAD IDEA not only did i watse 35 dollars i was sticky and nasty for hours and i got eh level 2 or 3 i saw no colour what so ever i was pissed! i dorve to see my boyfriend to catch the plane after a few mintues he was staring at me and asked ' didnt you get one of those spray tan things?" even after two days nothing i called the salon all they had to say was '
well some people on react to them" any way this si a ripp off too pricey for a tan that last four days on those it does happen to work on go with the l'oreal sublime bronze any angle spray thats stuff is awsome
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I had been tanning in beds for YEARS but because I have been getting chemical peels, my esthetician told me NO MORE BEDS while peeling b/c it can cause severe hyperpigmentation and basically erases all the work you've done. Because my face has a lot of hyperpigmentation problems and scarring, of course I agreed to obey. Anyway, this also meant that I needed to find a new way to tan b/c I am so used to my skin looking permanently bronzed. Mystic tan, here I come.
I was mostly worried about the Mystic causing my face to break out b/c my skin is acne-prone and I could just imagine letting the solution sit on my skin for the 5-6 hours they recommend. Not washing my face afterwards was a huge pain for me. BUT I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the tan. I lubed up with lotion and came out with a great, even looking tan (although my hands were orange and wrinkly for a few days...which I think is a small price to pay for a beautiful, even bronze!)
-Even tan that is still visible after 5 days
-No breakouts (yet)
-Much quicker than your typical 15-20 minute bed
-The machine scared the hell out of me. Being closed in a room with jets spraying at you is somehow really freaky to me.
-Awful smell...lasted for days
I will definitely be going back for another session to see if the next handles as well as the first!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I pay $50 for unlimited monthly but due to lack of time I only go couple times a month. I'm perfectly pale and I get level 3 and the next day ..I have a great tan. Level 1 & 2 is a waste of my time because color just doesn't develop. I have experienced the blotch and orange but the key is to apply lots of barrier cream and wipe off really well and you SHOULD be fine. First time is a bitch because your not expecting cold spray and it's overwhelming...Good luck.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I haven't tried this package but I've gotten mystic tans before and they look great, not orange at all, but light cocoa. They key is, IMO, to get a professional custom spray (no toweling, rubbing in etc, just remain air conditioned while tan is developing, avoid getting your tan on a humid day). When a pro does your spray the color is very even. I've never had streaking, missed spots, or areas that are too darkened with the exception of a small amt of streakiness on hands and feet - no big deal really, just add a layer of moisturizer to those areas prior to the spray and if they still come out streaky scrub off within 24 hrs. I am not recommending this but Windex rubbed on streaky hands and feet does work for me, I read a review that the sprays are not for the "very fair" but they really work for me. i can't tan naturaly at all. Just ask the aesthetician to give you the lightest level color. Make sure you exfoliate well and moisturize like crazy for a couple days before your tan, shave 24 hrs prior. Don't moisturize until 24 hrs after the spray. Then, moisturize atleast 2x day.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I get spray tanned quite often. However, a couple of weeks ago I could not make it to my regular self-tanning girl and had to go to Hollywood Tan where they offer this 6 second Mystic Tan spray. I bought it and I was happy with the price (around 17 bucks). I'll admit it, I was pretty cocky going into the booth. After all, I'm a spray tan expert, right? I know how important it is to wipe with the towel afterwards. I'm no longer disoriented by the cloud of tanning spray and can hold my poses like a pro. So what the heck happened here? I came out with GREEN/BROWN STRIPES. These stripes covered the entire length of my legs. And YES I wiped and blended. I noticed them the second I walked out of the booth and began to vigourously rub them away. Nothing helped. Thank goodness they were on my legs and not my face!!! The girl that worked there said that she'd never seen anything like it before. I always seem to have strange experiences like this. Anyway, I liked the color where I wasn't striped but it literally lasted a day (much less time than usual). When will self tanner ever get any easier???? I'm doomed to be pasty...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I have a love-hate relationship with Mystic Tan. Sometimes, it turns out great; I'll get an even natural tan with no spots. Other times I end up with orange areas or streaks. I think it has a lot to do with the settings on their machine. Obviously, its a worthwhile alternative to bed tanning and all the negatives still don't outweigh the side effects of bed tanning. However, my two least favorite things about mystic are:
1) The spray is always so COLD! I feel like a cold, wet rat when I'm in the booth!
2) Inconsistent. Sometimes it's great, other times I'm orange-y.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
hey I work at a tanning salon with the mystic tan, here are some TIPS!
Shave and exfoliate your body before doing the spray tan - this makes for a more even and natural looking tan. It also lasts longer. Use any type of water based lotion to maintain your tan, Oil based lotions such as some from Victorias Secret will strip your mystic tan or even real tan away much faster.
Don't forget to exfoliate your neck!! I made this mistake once and looked dirty ihhh.
If you're worried about your hands or feet looking crazy, do what I do. I always wash my hands REALLY well after I do the spray tan so the DHA solution cannot develop on them. I exfoliate my feet and put a descent amount of barrier cream in between my toes and on the toe nails since these places are often very dry. DHA is extra attracted to dry skin thus why feet and hands/nails often look more orangy or sloppy after a spray tan.
If you do happen to have a mishap don't freak out!! DHA takes about 24 hours to FULLY set so with any self tanner, if you realize an oops spot, there is a solution....as long as you haven't waited over 24 hours. Grab any lotion laying around the house and place a dab around the trouble spot. Rub, rub, rub. The spot should gradually even out the more you rub.
P.S. I recommend calling around or asking the SA what type of solution sprays out of their machine. Some mystic tans don't use the mystic solution. California Tan solution is my HG
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Green
One of my friends went to mystic tan right before a special occasion. I thought it looked natural on her so I tried it. I already have a decent bronzey tan. They had 2 for $20 or 1 for $25 (dumb I know) After I came out of the booth I noticed my face looked a little different but my body looked the same. The next morning (today) my body looks ok BUT my face is a little on the orangey side :/
I also thought I put the barrier cream everywhere but obviously not bc my wrists are splotchy. It is really tricky to get it right I guess. I'll stick to my salon bronze airbrush gun.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
For those who don't care to read the long version (and who could blame you?): Don't - DO NOT bother with the "kit" (I feel this goes for all ST kits) just go for the spray - It sprays so evenly that you truly don't have to rub or blend. It does get a bit messy but it doesn't stain anything (tub, tiles). It provides a good amount of color after just one go 'round - I didn't find it any more orange than any other ST. If you don't bother with the kit it is a VERY easy self tanner to use. Get into the shower (backyard, elevator) and spray. OK, we're done.
Now that we have weeded out the weak: I've done the booth several times and while it has its benefits: gives a lot of color, very even application, a machine applies it for you, it has it's negatives, too: It's expensive (in NYC it's $30 a pop and that's a lot I think) It doesn't last long or wear well (gets grainy and "snake skin" like) and additional applications don't seem to help (doesn't layer well) . Also stinks to high heaven. It's a commitment in that you have to go somewhere, during their business hours, possibly wait, wear or bring "ST friendly" clothes and scurry home and stay there lest someone sees you glazed like a Christmas ham. For these reasons alone I prefer the D.I.Y methods. Except for the D.I. part. It's a total pain, but at least I can do it in the privacy of my own home at 1 a.m. or 7 a.m. or whenever I please. I've got a system that involves latex gloves and a shower cap (very sexy) and experience has shown me that the biggest pain in the ass aspects of self tanning are: even application (blending), drying time (standing around naked) tackiness (some ST's stick to the sheets even when they're fully dry) and reaching the middle of your back. I've tried many sprays (believing them to be potentially the easiest) and thus far the Mystic is the finest, most even, easiest application I've found. It washes out of the tub even after some time (I prefer to wait for the tub rinsing process because I always get splashed and mess up the tan). It needs no blending/rubbing even in areas that may have been over sprayed.
As for the color, my natural tan tends to be on the orange side, and maybe that's why I don't notice much difference in color between STs, but I don't know why there would be either way considering most use the same active ingredient.
If you don't bother with the whole kit (I exfoliate regularly and there's no point in all of that extra crap-it's just a waste of time) it's quick and easy. Dries almost immediately, isn't sticky, doesn't look strange before rinsed off. It does smell, I think. But I found the Sephora spray (also excellent and less $$) to smell worse. I smell so bad at this point I can't even tell anymore.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Well, I have to agree with SusieSephora who's review is downlow. I bought the kit too from Sephora. I bought it Sunday and returned it Monday. I've tried so many self tanners and this one was by far the worst color I've ever been. ORANGE. The kit itself is super easy to follow- The 3 steps are easy although cumbersome and I think kinda pointless. But the most important thing the color!! Yeesh!! I couldn't believe it. Totally completely orange.
I exchanged it for the Clarins in the tub so when this awful color fades I will be trying that.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I didn't do the booth. I bought the Mystic Tan 3-Step Body Kit from Sephora. Word of caution: only do this standing in the tub or shower with the shower door closed. It's messy and it goes everywhere, and you'll have to wash the brown down the drain after you step out of the tub. I was eager to try the aerosol spray because it has a color guide and I thought it would be easier to apply than Banana Boat or Neutrogena aerosols, which are clear. Mystic Tan is actually harder to apply evenly and it likes to settle into places it shouldn't. The spray looks okay on my stomach, but upon close inspection on my legs, it looks blotchy and flaky, even though I followed the instructions with their 3 cumbersome steps. Step 1, the base, makes it somewhat easier to get the spray to be consistent, but even then I had issues after the tan developed, and had to touch up too-brown spots with a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide. Also, the Mystic Tan color is on the yellow side. If you spray too much, it drips and collects. So you have to do several thin applications. Step 3, the Boost, is a low concentration of DHA in a lotion that is much easier to control than the spray and so it is good for maintenance. But you would have to use it every day to get deep enough color. I don't think I will buy the spray again, although I do think the design of the can to spray at any angle is quite a neat feature. I will use Neutrogena Micro Mist on my hands and feet. It's a lot easier to control. (Banana Boat is also easier to control.) And for the rest of me, I will use Xen-Tan or Sun Labs Dark Sunsation. I'm sure that going to a Mystic Tan booth is a much better experience than using the home kit. Perhaps someday I will try that. UPDATE: The Step 3 Boost lotion is not so great after all. Even when used alone, it flakes off unevenly after 24 hours.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I LOVE MYSTIC TAN! I have been doing it regularly for 4 yrs and though yes, it is hard to get the hands perfect (put TONS of barrier cream on them) It is worth a splotchy hand for a tan back, legs, stomach etc... I love self tanners too, and for special occasions I have someone come to my house and do an airbrush tan ( the BEST option)
But for summer weekends, you can't beat Mystic for convenience, quickness and the price is not bad at all if you buy a package (4 for $60 where I live)
Also, make sure you exfoliate, shave and DO NOT put lotion on before you go, it interfers with the DHA
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I tried out the mystic tan before going to a wedding. I have medium-olive skin, but I never pass the chance of looking even more darker! (being a girl, I guess it's only natural...)
This thing is expensive. I paid £20 to have it done, which in my opinion, is absurd! When you compare it to your gradual moisturiser tanner or fake tan, you really do see how ridiculous the price is (I pay less than £3 on my gradual moisturiser tanner, which lasts me up to a year) & yet I'm paying £20 for one occasion. Ahh well - I was thinking that the high price would mean I was going to get a kick ass tan!
I applied the barrier cream to the palms of my hand, nails/cuticles, & bottom of feet. Let me start off by saying you need to put on a fair bit if you don't want the orange hands & stains - I must have put too little on because my palms turned orange & I had stains around my cuticle. I also shoved on a hair net.
I agree with the reviewer below who says you gasp when the spray hits you; although my gasp was more like a small scream, haha. It's cold & the mist caused me to hold my breath for nearly the whole time I was in the booth...although I wouldn't recommend not breathing like I did! =/ I opened my eyes when the spray was doing my lower body & the booth is surrounded with mist EVERYWHERE - hence why I couldn't breathe.
After stepping out the booth, there was no instant colour or anything. I wiped off the excess with a towel & walked back home, no problems (although I did feel sticky for the rest of the night). That night whilst I was sleeping, the smell was slowly killing me...it so so strong! I wouldn't mind if the smell was only slight, but this was like having fake tan scented perfume sprayed in your face for the whole night.
In the morning, I was luminous. I resembled a satsuma! My hands were hideously orange, & my legs were streaky. I still smelt awful too, exactly how I did before I went to bed - the smell hadn't even lessened in the slightest.
Considering the skin colour I naturally have (medium-olive...I'm fairly dark) - this thing still turned me the colour of tangoed orange. It really is too dark. Not even a nice yellow-brown dark, but an orange dark.
I am really suprised that some pale people have said their tan turned out good - I thought they'd turn out more orange than I would?!
I won't be using mystic tan again; too pricey for what it is, & results were laughable.